The book of the Apocalypse (unveiling) is a “Revelation” or vision (“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day”). A vision occurs when someone is awake, while a dream occurs while someone is asleep. Either way, the Spirit of the Lord supernaturally enables someone to remember the details of the vision or dream long enough to write them down accurately and completely.
God does not allow us to “make up” whatever we want. The words have specific meaning and God holds us accountable to “rightly divide the Word of Truth.” The symbols used in the book of Revelation are all found elsewhere in the Word of God. God has charged His Church with responsibility to study and understand His Word. “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed.” 2 Timothy 2:15 It is not easy. It will take time.
For example, in the first vision of Jesus Christ, John records that out of the mouth of Jesus Christ “went a sharp, two-edged sword.” While this sounds a little strange to us, Paul already wrote that we are to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Also, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3 So the sharp two-edged sword is the all-powerful Word of God.
Other images are not so clear. Whatever conclusions we come to, God charges us with the responsibility of comparing Scriptures with Scriptures, not coming up with “cleverly devised fables.”
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