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Fantastic posts, everyone! Revelation is certainly a fascinating book, and even the title seems to have so many layers to it.
Ἀποκάλυψις - Apokalupsis, is a compound composing of "apo" (away from), and "kalupto" (to cover, hide or conceal). So it has the effect of something being taken away to reveal or disclose something else. The beauty of this is that it works on different levels, whether what WW said about the veil and the bride, or the glory of God being seen through our torn flesh as we are chastised and refined into His likeness.
It is interesting to look at other instances of both words, to see how they might tie in to revelation:
Οὐδεὶς δὲ λύχνον ἅψας καλύπτει αὐτὸν σκεύει ἢ ὑποκάτω κλίνης τίθησιν, ἀλλ' ἐπὶ λυχνίας τίθησιν, ἵνα οἱ εἰσπορευόμενοι βλέπωσιν τὸ φῶς.
(No-one lights a lamp and covers it with a vessel or places it under a bed, but places it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light - Luke 8:16)
Μὴ οὖν φοβηθῆτε αὐτούς· οὐδὲν γάρ ἐστιν κεκαλυμμένον ὃ οὐκ ἀποκαλυφθήσεται καὶ κρυπτὸν ὃ οὐ γνωσθήσεται
(So do not fear them - for there is nothing covered/concealed that shall not be uncovered/revealed and hidden that will not be made known - Matthew 10:26)
Λογίζομαι γὰρ ὅτι οὐκ ἄξια τὰ παθήματα τοῦ νῦν καιροῦ πρὸς τὴν μέλλουσαν δόξαν ἀποκαλυφθῆναι εἰς ἡμᾶς. 19ἡ γὰρ ἀποκαραδοκία τῆς κτίσεως τὴν ἀποκάλυψιν τῶν υἱῶν τοῦ θεοῦ ἀπεκδέχεται.
(For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy (of comparison) of the glory that shall be revealed in us. For the eager anticipation of the creation is for the revelation/disclosing/uncovering of the sons of God Romans 8:18-19)
Ὅτε δὲ εὐδόκησεν [ὁ θεὸς] ὁ ἀφορίσας με ἐκ κοιλίας μητρός μου καὶ καλέσας διὰ τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ 16ἀποκαλύψαι τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ ἐν ἐμοί...
(But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called through His grace, to reveal His Son in me - Galatians 1:15-16)
ἵνα τὸ δοκίμιον ὑμῶν τῆς πίστεως πολυτιμότερον χρυσίου τοῦ ἀπολλυμένου, διὰ πυρὸς δὲ δοκιμαζομένου εὑρεθῇ εἰς ἔπαινον καὶ δόξαν καὶ τιμὴν ἐν ἀποκαλύψει Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ
(That the testing of your faith, more precious than gold which is destroyed, though being tried by fire, may be found to praise and glory and preciousness in the revelation/disclosure/uncovering of Jesus Christ - 1 Peter 1:7)
ἀλλὰ καθὸ κοινωνεῖτε τοῖς τοῦ Χριστοῦ παθήμασιν, χαίρετε, ἵνα καὶ ἐν τῇ ἀποκαλύψει τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ χαρῆτε ἀγαλλιώμενοι.
(but as you have fellowship with Christ's sufferings, rejoice, so that in the revelation/uncovering/disclosure of His glory you may rejoice exceedingly - 1 Peter 4:13)
Even from this very abbreviated list, it is readily apparent that Christ is revealed in us, shall yet be revealed in greater manifestations both personally and universally, and shall be revealed in great glory, which we share in even as we share in His Spirit within. It is furthermore evident that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be even compared to that glory to come (not even in the same ballpark!), and that though Christ has placed this light in us in a way that sometimes seems hidden, it is not to be concealed forever, as every hidden thing shall be brought to full disclosure, and that glorious Spirit which causes such wondrous yearnings and groanings within us, shall yet raise us up in the full might of His glory after we have suffered a little while.
This great process of revelation, as Jesus Christ is seen more and more through our flesh, which is being torn and burned away by judgment, is for me the great theme of the book of the same name. This book was once an austere and troubling book for me, full of mystery and strange scenes, but though I am still far from full revelation, it has become a book of great joy!
Again, I like WW's point about the bride, and there is an interesting dynamic involved, as the veil which veils the bride also keeps her from seeing the groom clearly, and therefore keeps the groom from being revealed in her clearly as of yet. But we know that this changes day by day, as the glorious passage in 2 Corinthians 3 declares:
Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:12-18)