RAMONA LOWE
THE BOOK OF REVELATION ARTIST
   The Book of Revelation with commentary by Dr. Henry M. Morris and paintings by Ramona Lowe
The paintings are a work in progress and the finished pieces are highlighted in red on Page 2


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Nor need we fear that these prophecies may go unfulfilled.  Unlike the false prophets of both past and present, God’s prophecies are sure:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed…  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:19-21).

If we should wonder whether these amazing forecasts in Revelation will actually come to pass, we need only look at the record compiled by earlier biblical prophets who were moved by the Holy Ghost.  That there have been hundreds of these biblical prophecies literally and meticulously fulfilled is a fact so well known as hardly to need docu-mentation.  These commonly were long-range prophecies, scheduled for fulfillment in the distant future, far beyond the ingenuity of either man or angel to derive by analytical reasoning or by guessing.  Furthermore, prophecies of this type are unique to the Bible, not found in the Koran or the Analects or in the writings of other religions or philosophies.  They are not even found in the writings of modern self-styled prophets such as Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce or Joseph Smith.

Biblical prophecies, therefore, are genuine and divinely inspired, sure to be fulfilled.  The Book of Revelation is the final and definitive assemblage of God’s prophecies of the future, incorporating and explicating all those other prophecies of both Old and New Testaments that are yet to be fulfilled.  It is therefore a tremendously important book for every Christian to study and master.  It is a book of real history – real events with real people – written ahead of time by the One outside of time.  Since every individual who ever lived or will live is to be a participant in at least some of these events, and since they are the most profoundly important events since the resurrection of Christ, it is vital that we understand them and be prepared for them.

Sadly, however, the Book of Revelation has been a book of confusion and mystery to most of its readers, even Christian readers.

The Apocalypse (“unveiling”) has become Apocrypha (“hidden”).  This should not be.  The book was written to show those things which were coming to pass, not to obscure them in a maze of symbolism and dark sayings.  Great blessing was promised to all who would read (or even hear) the words of the book of this prophecy (Revelation 1:3), but how could anyone be blessed by words he could not even understand

It seems anomalous that so many different exegetes of a book that was written as an unveiling of the future would publish such an unending variety of differing interpretations as to leave most seekers after such knowledge altogether confused.  Such was certainly not the purpose of its original writer John, nor of Jesus Christ who sent it by John, nor of God who gave it to Christ.

As the Book of Genesis is the foundation of God’s written Word, so is the Book of Revelation its capstone.  The whole structure must stand upon its foundation and be displayed in its full perfection by its headstone.  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable to men (2 Timothy 3:16, 17) but these two books are the most essential of all, if one must choose.  It is small wonder that the great Enemy of God’s truth has directed his most intense attacks against Genesis and Revelation, denying the historicity of the former and the perspicuity of the latter.  With neither creation nor consummation – neither beginning nor ending – all that we would have is the existential present, and this unfortunately has become the almost universal emphasis of modern philosophy and religion.

Men and women today urgently need to regain a true perspective on God’s creative and redemptive purposes in the world.  They need a true sense of history and prophecy, of time and eternity, of meaning and purpose.  But, like Little Bo Peep, they don’t know where to find them.

The Book of Genesis records the real events of the earth’s primeval ages and Revelation describes the equally real events of the ages to come.  Thus the purpose of the Book of Revelation is one of proper orientation and firm preparation for those events yet coming on the earth.

 

Relation to the Book of Genesis

 

The inseparable relation of the first and last books of the Bible has already been mentioned in the previous section.  In a sense, this commentary is essentially a sequel to the writer’s commentary on the book of Genesis.  The thrust of both is to emphasize the scientific accuracy and the genuine historicity and perspicuity of these two key books of the Bible.

“Genesis” means “beginnings,” being derived from the Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew toledoth (“generations”).  “Revelation” is from the Greek apokalupsis and means, literally, an “unveiling” of something previously concealed.  Thus Genesis is the “Book of the World’s Beginnings,” while Revelation is the “Book of Unveilings of the World’s Future.”  The great themes of Scripture commonly have their beginnings in Genesis, then are progressively developed throughout the Bible, and finally come to their climactic consummations in Revelation.

The first chapters of Genesis describe a sinless world, made for man and placed under his dominion.  Even though sin and the curse have intruded for a time, God cannot be defeated in His purpose, and all that God intended in the beginning will ultimately be accomplished.  The earth must be restored to its original perfection and then continue forever.  Sin and curse must be removed and death will be no more.  The first three chapters of Genesis outline the entrance of sin into God’s perfect creation.  The last three chapters of Revelation outline the purgation of sin from God’s redeemed creation.

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