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Precious things are always wrapped and given! God has wrapped His precious message of Revelation with metaphors.

Let us look at the background. John was on the Isle of Patmos for preaching about Jesus (Revelation 1:9). In the book of

Revelation God was outlining the future of many things-the church, the major world kingdoms, the world as a whole, and even the things pertaining to the Roman Empire, which had exiled John.

And if the message of Revelation were given in plain and straightforward language, the Romans would not have permitted it to go out of Patmos. When they read it, it was strange and dark sayings.

For God’s people it was clear. For the symbolic language found its interpretation in other parts of Scripture.

God had already given the “keys” before He gave the “locks”.

For those who have not studied the rest of the Scriptures, the book of Revelation becomes a concealed book. But for a Bible student, it’s a revealed book.

The words of Revelation are like the parables of Jesus-where the righteous might see and the rest may not. Listen to this interesting dialogue:

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand… But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (Matthew 13: 10-13, 16) 

God wants only seekers to find the treasures hid in His Word.

He does not want someone who puts no-real effort to discover anything. Jesus said:

Seek, and ye shall find. (Matthew 7:7)

It means, if one does not seek, he will not find it. Solomon also penned down similar words:

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:2-6)

The book of Revelation is only for His people. To the rest it will be like the parables of Jesus, which the Pharisees hardly understood.

The original Greek word is “apocalypses” meaning disclosure or revealed. It is a revealed book for God’s people. Jesus is the theme and the winner in this great book. It is called “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 1:1).

It is symbolic in its presentation. But these symbols are explained elsewhere in the Bible. One need not speculate about anything. For example, the word “Lamb” appears twenty seven times in Revelation, and only four other times elsewhere in the New

Testament! It is a book about Jesus! Only the ones who have read John 1:29 will know who the “Lamb” is! The same is with the rest of the symbols that are contained therein. One will not understand who the “beasts” of Revelation are if one has not read and studied Daniel, who wrote in detail about them!

And Revelation is not the first book of the Bible; it is the last in sequence. Therefore if one begins to read the Bible and starts with Revelation, for sure he will not understand anything of it.

Only to the ones who are familiar with the rest of the Scriptures this great book will stand as a revealed book!