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Friday, October 27 2017
Revelation, Revelations or Apocalypse?
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants THINGS which must shortly come to pass"
I was recently called "an ignorant hick" (we seem to live in a time when many people, including some who call themselves Christian, use insults and lies in an attempt to force their way onto others; see also The Character Assassins) for occasionally using the plural "revelations" in describing prophecies of the Holy Bible.
Well, if I am, the apostle Paul must be "an ignorant hick" too.
"12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 12:1 KJV)
So, what's "right"? Why do Bible translations (hint, hint) themselves seemingly differ? The answer is found in the literal meaning of "revelation" and "apocalypse" - as well as the explicit and intended meaning of the words of the Holy Scriptures that are translated as revelation, revelations or apocalypse.
The English-language word "revelation" (as well as its plural form, "revelations") originated from a Latin word, revelare, which literally means to unveil i.e. to uncover, or to reveal. When referring to or describing multiple unveilings, the plural form of the word, "revelations" is used. "Revelations" is not a "hick" word - calling someone so merely reveals the grammatical, linguistic and Biblical ignorance of an arrogant blasphemer.
But why then is the Book of Revelation, which provides many revelations, also called the "apocalypse"?
While the English-language word "revelation" is Latin (i.e. Roman) in origin, the English-language word "apocalypse" is derived from the Greek word (the New Testament was written mostly in Greek; see the Fact Finder question below), pronounced apokalypsis.
Although it's often used to describe a great devastation or cataclysm, the literal meaning of apocalypse is actually an unveiling, or revealing - exactly the same as "revelation" or "revelations." From that, the word revelation, from which the Book (it's actually an epistle, a letter) of Revelation (or, perhaps more accurately, revelations, since it reveals many things) gets its name.
Notice that even when "revelation" is used singularly, it frequently speaks of "things which must shortly come to pass" - things, which is a plural form of thing - the reason that "revelations" is correct. There are many things under the "veil" (e.g. see The Seals, Trumpets And Vials Of The Messiah's Return).
"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" (Revelation 1:1 KJV)
There are many "revelations" in the Book of Revelation. Consider how many there are in just the "seven seals":
Fact Finder: What language was used by the LORD to record the New Testament?
This Day In History, October 27
97: To placate the Praetorians of Germany, Nerva of Rome adopted Trajan (see New Testament Roman Emperors and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?), the governor of lower Germany. The "German connection" to the later "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (its official title) was established very early (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
312: Constantine the Great claimed to see his "vision of the Cross" (see The Signature Of The Antichrist). Constantine was the inventor of the Church of Rome and its "sun day" worship law (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
939: Athelstan died. He was the first Saxon king to have effective rule over the whole of England (Saxons were from Saxony in Germany; the Anglo-Saxons were a tribe of those Germanic Saxons).
1275: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Cuba (it was no "discovery" for the people who were already there; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). All of the four voyages of Columbus were to the islands of the Caribbean Sea.
1553: Spanish reformer theologian and physician Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for heresy.
1612: Polish army forces that invaded Russia capitulated to Prince Dimitri Pojarski and his Cossacks.
1644: The Battle of Newbury; 9,000 royalists under English King Charles I held out against the parliamentary army of 17,500.
1662: Charles II of England sold Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres.
1795: Pinckney's Treaty between the U.S. and Spain established the U.S. southern boundary at the 31st parallel of latitude and gave the U.S. the right to ship down the Mississippi without having to pay duty to Spain.
1806: Napoleon's troops entered Berlin.
1808: The Treaty of Fontainebleau was signed by Napoleon and Charles IV of Spain, divided Portugal into 3 parts.
1809: U.S. President James Madison ordered the annexation of the western part of Florida after Spanish settlers there rebelled against the Spanish authorities. Madison was one of the most imperialistic and aggressive U.S. leaders; he later declared the start of the War of 1812 (1812-1814) with the stated intention to annex ("take territory by conquest") Canada, thereby making Canadians the subjects of the regime in Washington; the war ended with the borders intact, as they remain to this day.
The U.S. was actually created from four rebellions against those who had actually established the colonies and cities in the wilderness: England in the northeast, Spain in Florida, France in Louisiana and Mexico/Spain in Texas. As well, Alaska was purchased from Russia, at a very low price, under threat of war ("sell" it to us or we'll just take it").
1871: The diamond fields of Kimberley in South Africa were annexed by Britain.
1936: Wallis Simpson was granted a divorce in her native U.S. She later married Edward, the Duke of Windsor, who gave up the throne of England for her.
1962: Major Rudolf Anderson of the U.S. Air Force became the only human casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Cuba by a surface-to-air missile.
1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945), an indecisive 2-day air and sea battle around the Solomon Islands ended with substantial damage to both the U.S. and Japanese fleets.
1971: Republic of The Congo name changed to Zaire. The country was earlier ruled by Belgium.
1978: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1994: The U.S. prison population exceeded 1 million people.
1999: Gunmen opened fire inside the Armenian Parliament, killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan, and 6 other members of the government.