If God revealed things to John in it, what was his purpose for doing so?
And why is it in a kind of code, why isn't it in plain simple language?
At that time, the disciples of Jesus were being persecuted by both Jews and Gentiles.
Half the book details the judgment on Jerusalem and the destruction of the Jewish nation (seven seals, including trumpets 1-6) and the disciples' deliverance from that destruction (144,000 sealed) while the other half details the persecution of the saints (Rev. 12:17, 13) during the Times of the Gentiles (Rev 10:11, 11:1-13) as well as the judgment on the Western Roman Empire (Rev 16) and the punishment of Rome for persecuting the saints (Rev 17-18).
The information was coded with symbols and Scriptural references from the OT so that the Jews and Romans would dismiss the Christians as loonies without giving a second thought about what was given in the letters. Just like parables.
It was for Christ's disciples to know the truth of his parables, not for those who refused the Gospel.
"Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand." Matthew 13:10-13 ESV)
The message that the kingdom of God was going to be taken away from the Jews and given to the Gentiles was hidden from the eyes of the Jews. As the war neared, many went out proclaiming to be Israel's deliverer, only to lead the Jews to destruction. Had that not happened, Jesus' disciples would never have been chased out of Judea and God's acceptance would have never reached the other nations. (Matthew 21:42-45, 22:1-14.)
Edited by Bluefinger, 15 January 2013 - 07:21 PM.