7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
As you know I'm working Revelation for my own interest. There are four methods of interpreting the book of Revelation; Idealist, Preterist, Historicist, and futurist.
I just finished reading a most excellent interpretation or Revelation 13:7-8 from the Idealist perspective.
This is J Preston Eby's most recent writing in his current series.
The preterist view would have this event if Revelation 13 already complete. I am interested in the other two views being historic and futurist, and where they might place the events of Revelation 13.
I am interested in how this effects the life of the believer, doctrine, and overall Bible interpretation.
hi! I believe the Book of Revelation is the peak and culmination of history.. the 'end' of the story as the saying goes..
I believe it is historist (from our day anyway) and also preterist, in that the seals are historist, except the 7th, which imo, we are in the pause (of man's use of the split atom in warfare) of rev 7:1.
The six seals (4 horsemen and the 5th and 6th seal) I believe are described as a blend of what they are at their beginning, and what they are in their full maturity at the very 'end'. This I believe, confuses the vision.
As does there being 2 or 3 inserts (chapters 10, 12, and 13)
It's my belief the seals are the latter age, the years of our Lord, A.D.
The rider on a white horse going out to conquer and conquering I believe is the victorious and overcoming gospel, which like the other horsemen, his ride/gallop? continues throughout/to the 'end'..
the second horseman on a red horse is war which is given a "long" or "great" sword, the same splitting of the atom.. the 3rd always follows war (shortage)
the fourth pestilence, Imo, includes chemical also, and the grave follows after him, including the mass grave..
Rev 12 is the mantle of truth worn by Israel who births the Son of man whom the dragon in the person of Herod tried to destroy at His birth but He is at the right hand of God and will rule the nations with unbreakable law and principle.. the dragon pursues the woman, 70 A.D, a first migration, for the most part, of the faith, there's war in heaven, the dragon&co no longer allowed access to the heavens, he persecutes (inquisitions) the woman/faith fiercely (the 3.5 here being days as years), but there's a 2nd migration (largely) of the faith when she is given the two wings of an eagle to fly (imo, sail) to a new place where she is kept from the "face" of the dragon for 3.5 (1620+350=1970 approx) after which time a flood/proliferation of filth/vomit is spewed after her, by the serpent/beguiling mode of the dragon, trying to wash her (the faith) from off the face of the earth,
....but the earth will open its mouth and swallow the flood (imo, grt droughy, cross ref - Luke 23:28,31 "if they do this in a green leaf" crucify me "what will they do in a dry leaf?" ..and "out of the smoke" (rev 9) of that day, marshall law five months.. (imo)
and the dragon turns his attention back to the rest of the woman's offspring who have the commandments of God and (by then?) the testimony of Jesus - cross ref - "you will not see me again Jerusalem until you say 'blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD" and "if their falling away is salvation for the gentiles, what will their gathering into Jesus be but life from the dead" (i.e. imo, the 1st resurrection at His return and beginning of His long 2nd advent..) and also rev 16:14,15,16
SORRY TO WRITE SO MUCH, but when it comes to the Bk of Rev I have no self control.. It reads like a very plain book to me.. Symbolism yes, symbolism representing events, etc.. altho at least two things are described by John as animals because things like helicopters and tanks were not known to John..
When there is thermo-nuclear warfare, albeit limited, I believe (until the 'end' that is) is when (imo) the 7th seal is opened and things speed up.. we being (NOW) in the pause of seal 6/the splitting of the atom of Rev 7:1...