Christianity Kept the Best to Last

Christianity kept the best to last when it put the Apocalypse at the end of its New Testament. As the I-Ching of the West, the Apocalypse is the final reservoir of prophecy of the New Testament[1] that bundles together many thinly spread Old Testament prophecies. The moving tale of the Apocalypse rings compellingly true and throbs with forceful meaning. The thrust that it packs extends far further than the meager 2% of the Bible that it occupies. Its mere 10,000 words fill barely seven pages of the New York Times,[2] yet packs three millennia of news coverage. Overall, the Apocalypse is a far more important book than most Christians realize. For many centuries interpreters have savored its rich nectar—including folk as famous as Isaac Newton.[3] Naturally, interpreters center on their own centuries, just as mapmakers center on their own locations. Over nineteen centuries, historical events have come to fit more and more of its chapters. Latterly, interpretations of it have mushroomed and now occupy long walls of shelves from floor to ceiling in top theology libraries like the Pitts Library in Atlanta and the Tyndale Library in Cambridge, England.[4]

Revelation interpretations generally take one of three tacks: historicist, spiritual, or revealed. The historicist tack reads its prophecies as past, present, and future events that are centered on the century of the interpreter (and further subdivided into premillennial and postmillennial). The spiritual tack broadcasts its prophecies as tales teaching spiritual messages. The revealed tack accepts interpretations of it by Messengers of God—as Buddha for example interpreted Hindu prophecies and as Jesus interpreted Jewish prophecies. The interpretations that guide New Revelation Codes combine all three interpretive tacks. They read Revelation as historical events that are centered space-wise in the Middle East and time-wise in Chapter 17. They tell its tale as a series of spiritual messages for humankind. They broadcast key parts of it revealed by recent Messengers of God.
The prophecies of Revelation play out on its 22–chapter stage as scenes of past, present, and future events. The new Faith’s interpretations have provably interpreted its Chapters 1–16 as past events, so they can now credibly interpret its Chapters 17–22 as future events too. In other words, prophetic hindsight validates prophetic foresight. Its interpretations explain modern times with important immediacy in warning of a looming Greatest Depression and in heralding a beckoning glorious Millennium, as follows:
Chapters 1–16 cover the past. They are already over as nineteen centuries worth of historical events, closing with Chapter 16’s seven 1800–1900s afflictions. Three of these afflictions took place in Persia, three happened across the Ottoman and Persian Middle East, and the seventh—Armageddon—erupted across the whole planet.
Chapter 17 fits the present time. This Chapter 17 is, by wonderful coincidence, the special Revelation chapter that teaches how to interpret prophetic symbols. Best, it uses examples that are symbols for key historical players. Its mountains, heads, and waters portray Empires and peoples. Its beast and horns depict the modern terrorist organizations and rogue regimes of Muslim Militarism. Its whore of Babylon depicts the greed of modern Malignant Materialism.
Chapters 18–22 fit the future, near and far. Chapter 18 shows modern Muslim Militarism pricking the Babylon bubble of Malignant Materialism, its fanatic terrorist organizations and rogue regimes fueling, sparking, stoking, now burning and blazing the house of economic cards of Malignant Materialism into the ash of a Greatest Depression. Then Chapter 19 brings recovery through spiritual economics affording worthy prosperity (meanwhile Muslim Militarism and Malignant Materialism both vanish). Chapter 20 announces the glorious Millennium that our grandchildren will begin to savor. Chapter 21 presents the divine civilization of New Jerusalem that their grandchildren will relish. Chapter 22 closes for the Changeless Religion of God, eternal in the past and eternal in the future.[5]

Aptly, the initials MM that stand for Muslim Militarism and Malignant Materialism also stand for their Manifestation Messenger nemeses, as well as being Latin for the millennial year AD 2000 too. Each of Revelation’s three main Messenger Angels represent Jesus in a new name rising again and rebuilding the Temple[6] in three Days of religious Eras. Our generation is seeing trying end times[7] becoming buoyant beginning times and is experiencing the end of the age turning into the world to come.[8]

[1] Beale, John’s Use of the Old Testament in Revelation; Aune, 52C1267–87

[2] Joan Harvey 2001, personal count of New York Times, 2001/12/28, pages 1–7, London
[3] Isaac Newton. Newton’s Secrets, Newtonian Manuscripts from the collections of the Jewish National and Hebrew University Library. Jerusalem: Catalogue of 2007/07–08 Exhibition
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[5] Baha’u’llah, Aqdas 182.85; PB 13.196
[6] Matt. 26.61, 27.63, John 2.19–20; and Mark 8.31, 9.31, 10.34, 14.58
[7] Called also end times, final days, end of time, or end of the world
[8] Isaac Newton’s Secrets 39, Yahuda MS 9.2 f. 123r, The End of the World, Day of Judgment and World to Come