Book of Revelation of St. John, the Divine

(See also D&C 77)
Chapter 1
John is on the island of Patmos. He addresses the seven churches in Asia: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Each of these churches was in modern-day Turkey.
Jesus Christ washed us from our sins in his own blood. He will come again in the clouds.
John beholds Jesus Christ, the Son of man.
[13] And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
[14] His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
[15] And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
[16] And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
Chapter 2
The Lord calls the seven churches to repentance. He warns agains the Nicolatians. Little is known about the Nicolatians. They may have been a sect that led "lives of unrestrained indulgence" or sensual sin.
The Lord also warns
[14] But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
He also warns against the prophetess Jezebel who seduced the Lord's servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Chapter 3
The Lord reveals through John
[14] And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
[15] I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
[16] So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Chapter 4
John has a vision of heaven. He saw the Lord sitting on a throne.
He saw four beasts, each of whom praised the Lord saying, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." The beast are a lion, calf, man, and an eagle. Their eyes were for light and knowledge.
See Doctrine & Covenants 77:7.
Chapter 5
John sees a book with seven seals that represents seven one-thousand year periods. Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah, is the only man worthy to open it.
The angels, elders, and beasts praise Jesus, the Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world.
Chapter 6
Seals, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are the forces of man's destruction.
1. White horse & rider - conquering
2. Red horse & rider - take peace from the Earth
3. Black horse & rider - with pair of balances - scarcity of food, famine
4. Pale horse with Death and Hell - power to kill with the sword, hunger and plagues
5. Souls of them that were slain for the word of God.
6. Great earthquake, blackened Sun, Moon becames as blood. People hide from the wrath of the Lamb.
See also Zechariah 6.
Chapter 7
John sees four angels restraining the wind. He sees another angels who said:
[3] Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
144,000 of the tribes of Israel are sealed.
Chapter 8
The seventh seal is opened. An angel offers incense with the prayers of the saints before a golden altar.
The angel sends thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake into the Earth.
Great destruction is upon the Earth and the ocean. The Sun, Moon, and stars are smitten.
A star called Wormwood falls from heaven and makes the waters bitter.
There are many possible interpretations for Wormwood. It could represent a meteor, or it might symbolized a historical event such as the fall of a kingdom or destruction by an army. It may even have multiple meanings.
Artemisia absinthium is a bitter plant species.
Chapter 9
The fifth angel sounded his trumpet...
Smoke arises from the bottomless pit.
Locusts come out from smoke to torment those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads, for five months. The locusts may symbolize evil spirits. Their king is Abaddon, or Apollyon, which both mean "destroyer."
The sixth angel sounded his trumpet..
An army of 200 million kills "the third part of men."
Men are wicked, and they do not repent.
Chapter 10
An angel brings a book that makes John's mouth sweet as honey but his belly bitter. The little book symbolized John's mission to gather the tribes of Israel. John's mission is to prophesy among many people, nations, tongues and kings.
The things which the seven thunders uttered are sealed.
Chapter 11
Third Temple of God in Jerusalem.
[1] And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
[2] But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot
forty and two months.
Two witness will prophesy in Jerusalem 1260 days. They are as two olive trees and two candlesticks standing before the God of the Earth.
[6] These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
[7] And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
[8] And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
[9] And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
[10] And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
[11] And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
[12] And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
These witnesses have the same gifts and powers as Moses and Elijah.
See 1 Kings 17-18, Isaiah 51:17-21, Zechariah 4.
A great earthquake occurs killing 7000.
The "four and twenty elders" worship God.
Chapter 12
A woman symbolizes the church, or God's people in both the Old and New Testament. She also represents Israel, Eve and Mary.
(Polyvalent symbolism, in which symbols have more than one meaning, is part of Revelationís imagery. )
The woman delivers a son who represents the Messiah.
Satan is the dragon.
[7] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
[8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
[9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The saints overcome Satan through the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.
Chapter 13

John sees a beast rise up from the sea with seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his head the name of blasphemy. The beast represented the kingdoms of the Earth.
The dragon, or Satan, gave power unto the beast. The beast makes war with the saints.
Another beast arises from the Earth which had two horns like a lamb and he spake as a dragon. This beast is a false prophet who will cause fire to come from heaven and devour his enemies.
Either of the the beasts may symbolize both historical and future "antichrists."
See also Daniel 7.
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Ecclesiastes 1
[9] The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
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The first beast might represent Nero or Domitian.
The Roman emperors were called divus or sebastos, words that referred to a divinity they claimed or accepted for themselves. On coins minted in Neroís reign, he is called the "Savior of the world." According to the historian Suetonius, the emperor during which Revelation was most likely written, Domitian, was addressed as Dominus et Deus noster. It meant "Our Lord and God" (Suetonius, Domitian 13). Such titles were sacrilegious or blasphemous because only God is divine and only Jesus is Savior.
The Roman Empire of Johnís day is itself called "Babylon the Great" (18:2) after another power that dominated a good part of the world in its time. Symbolically, Revelation can also be interpreted as making a point about any evil and oppressive government that seeks to usurp the lordship of God and parody his holiness.
Chapter 14

John sees the lamb on mount Sion.
[6] And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
[7] Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Chapter 15

The saints who were victorious over the beast sing praises.
[3] And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
[4] Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
John sees the temple filled with the smoke of the glory of God.
Seven angels fulfill seven last plagues.
Chapter 16

The seven angels pour out vials of wrath and plagues upon the Earth. The nations assemble for the battle of Amageddon.
[18] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
Chapter 17
A woman, who is a whore, is arrayed in purple and scarlet. She sits on a beast which arises from the bottomless pit.
The name of Babylon is written on the woman's forehead.
Babylon the great is the mother of harlots and abominations.
Ten kings give their power to the beast. The kings make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb overcomes them.
The woman is the that great city which reigneth over the kings of the Earth. The city is built on seven hills.
Note that Babylon symbolizes Rome in 1 Peter 5:13. Also, Rome is built on seven hills.
Chapter 18
An angel announces that Babylon is fallen. Cross reference with Isaiah 21:9.
Babylon shall be "utterly burned with fire."
The kings, merchants and shipmasters of the Earth mourn over Babylon.
Chapter 19
The people in heaven praise God, saying Alleluia.
The testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy (verse 10).
The marriage supper of the Lamb is made ready. The church is the bride. See 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:25-32.
Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The beast and his false prophet are cast alive into a lake of fire and brimstone.
Chapter 20
An angel binds Satan in a bottomless pit for 1000 years. Then he will be loosed for a season. He and his army will be devoured by fire.
The saints live with Christ during the Millenium.
God judges the people according to the those things which were written in the book of life.
Chapter 21
John sees a new heaven and a new Earth. He sees the city New Jerusalem coming down.
God dwells with the saints and rules over them.
John sees the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven. The city has twelve gates, each with the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Chapter 22
John sees a pure river of hte water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb. He also sees the tree of life.
Those who keep his commandments have right to the tree of life.
[16] I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

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