Decoding the Apocalypse With End-Times Prophecy

(By Dave Williams) The book of Revelation—the apocalypse—is the final book of the Bible, a culmination of biblical prophecies. Its cryptic style and mysterious symbols have left many shaking their heads, dismissing the book as impossible to understand. But if that’s the case, why would the Holy Spirit have ensured that St. John recorded it?

Several times in this book, we read, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (see Rev. 2:7a). God meant for us to read and understand the writings of the book of Revelation and promised a blessing for those who do (Rev. 1:3).

We are told in the first verse of Revelation that Jesus Himself sent this revelation by “His angel,” who signified these things. Signified means “made known by signs.” Many clues to properly decoding the apocalypse are found in chapter 1 of Revelation: READ MORE