History Literature / BookOfRevelation

14th Jun '17 4:09:37 AM VicGeorge2011
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-->And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. (Rev.6:6)

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-->And -->Then I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure living creatures saying, A quart of wheat for a penny, days wages, and three measures quarts of barley for a penny; days wages, and see thou hurt do not harm the oil and the wine. wine. (Rev.6:6)
12th Jun '17 5:04:55 AM VicGeorge2011
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* LightIsGood: The 19th chapter sees Christ riding a blindingly white horse, one that represents the purity and goodness of its rider. This use of white as goodness is also applied to the first Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who rides a white horse, wears a crown befitting the King of Kings, and goes all over the Earth, like how Christ commanded his Apostles to spread news of his Resurrection.

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* LightIsGood: The 19th chapter sees Christ riding a blindingly white horse, one that represents the purity and goodness of its rider. This use of white as goodness is also applied to the first Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who rides a white horse, wears a crown befitting the King of Kings, and goes all over the Earth, like how Christ commanded his Apostles to spread news of his Resurrection. Although with the first Horseman, it may be a case of LightIsNotGood, as Bible students have interpreted his appearance as that of TheAntichrist.



%%* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The DistantFinale.

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%%* * TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The DistantFinale.DistantFinale. It never specifically says ''when'' it's actually going to happen, but it will happen ''quickly'' according to God's timetable.
12th Jun '17 4:56:26 AM VicGeorge2011
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* FoodEnd: The Tree of Life, which Adam and Eve and all humanity was prevented from eating of in the Book of Genesis, is finally granted to the overcomers in the New Jerusalem at the end of this book, which bears twelve different fruits in their months.
12th Jun '17 4:51:17 AM VicGeorge2011
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* SinisterMinister: Jesus condemns the church of Thyatira in one of His seven letters to the seven churches for allowing "that woman Jezebel" (a CallBack to Queen Jezebel from the Books of Kings) to call herself a prophetess, misleading His servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols. As punishment, Jesus would cast this woman into a sicked, and those that commit fornication with her into "great tribulation" unless they repent of their deeds, and on top of that would [[WouldHurtAChild kill her children]] so that others would know that He is the One who searches hearts and minds and will repay everyone according to their deeds.

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* SinisterMinister: Jesus condemns the church of Thyatira in one of His seven letters to the seven churches for allowing "that woman Jezebel" (a CallBack to Queen Jezebel from the Books of Kings) to call herself a prophetess, misleading His servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols. As punishment, Jesus would cast this woman into a sicked, sickbed, and those that commit fornication with her into "great tribulation" unless they repent of their deeds, and on top of that would [[WouldHurtAChild kill her children]] so that others would know that He is the One who searches hearts and minds and will repay everyone according to their deeds.
12th Jun '17 4:50:20 AM VicGeorge2011
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* SinisterMinister: Jesus condemns the church of Thyatira in one of His seven letters to the seven churches for allowing "that woman Jezebel" (a CallBack to Queen Jezebel from the Books of Kings) to call herself a prophetess, misleading His servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols. As punishment, Jesus would cast this woman into a sicked, and those that commit fornication with her into "great tribulation" unless they repent of their deeds, and on top of that would [[WouldHurtAChild kill her children]] so that others would know that He is the One who searches hearts and minds and will repay everyone according to their deeds.
27th May '17 1:37:53 PM DustSnitch
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* BigBad: The book describes a giant, red, seven-headed dragon who seeks to imitate the authority of God by wearing crowns on his head and is behind the army of fallen angels and the two Beasts who come to deceive the Earth. This seems despicable enough, but as John describes the dragon's war against ArchangelMichael, he begins listing the dragon's other identities as the serpent who deceived Adam and Eve into falling in the Literature/BookOfGenesis, the accuser who tortured a good man in the Literature/BookOfJob, and the Devil who reveled in tempting Christ and possessing Judas in Literature/TheFourGospels. From War in Heaven to the War of Armageddon, it turns out Satan has been the greatest force of evil all along.

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* BigBad: The book describes a giant, red, seven-headed dragon who seeks to imitate the authority of God by wearing crowns on his head and is behind the army of fallen angels and the two Beasts who come to deceive the Earth. This seems despicable enough, but as John describes the dragon's war against the ArchangelMichael, he begins listing the dragon's other identities as the serpent who deceived Adam and Eve into falling in the Literature/BookOfGenesis, the accuser who tortured a good man in the Literature/BookOfJob, and the Devil who reveled in tempting Christ and possessing Judas in Literature/TheFourGospels. From War in Heaven to the War of Armageddon, it turns out Satan has been the greatest force of evil all along.
27th May '17 1:37:32 PM DustSnitch
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* BigBad: The book describes a giant, red, seven-headed dragon who seeks to imitate the authority of God by wearing crowns on his head and is behind the army of fallen angels and the two Beasts who come to deceive the Earth. This seems despicable enough, but as John describes the dragon's war against Michael, he begins listing the dragon's other identities as the serpent who deceived Adam and Eve into falling in the Literature/BookOfGenesis, the accuser who tortured a good man in the Literature/BookOfJob, and the Devil who reveled in tempting Christ and possessing Judas in Literature/TheFourGospels. From War in Heaven to the War of Armageddon, it turns out Satan has been the greatest force of evil all along.

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* BigBad: The book describes a giant, red, seven-headed dragon who seeks to imitate the authority of God by wearing crowns on his head and is behind the army of fallen angels and the two Beasts who come to deceive the Earth. This seems despicable enough, but as John describes the dragon's war against Michael, ArchangelMichael, he begins listing the dragon's other identities as the serpent who deceived Adam and Eve into falling in the Literature/BookOfGenesis, the accuser who tortured a good man in the Literature/BookOfJob, and the Devil who reveled in tempting Christ and possessing Judas in Literature/TheFourGospels. From War in Heaven to the War of Armageddon, it turns out Satan has been the greatest force of evil all along.
27th May '17 1:36:29 PM DustSnitch
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* ApocalypseMaiden: The Whore of Babylon.

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* %%* ApocalypseMaiden: The Whore of Babylon.



* BigBad: The book describes a giant, red, seven-headed dragon who seeks to imitate the authority of God by wearing crowns on his head and is behind the army of fallen angels and the two Beasts who come to deceive the Earth. This seems despicable enough, but as John describes the dragon's war against Michael, he begins listing the dragon's other identities as the serpent who deceived Adam and Eve into falling in the Literature/BookOfGenesis, the accuser who tortured a good man in the Literature/BookOfJob, and the Devil who reveled in tempting Christ and possessing Judas in Literature/TheFourGospels. From War in Heaven to the War of Armageddon, it turns out Satan has been the greatest force of evil all along.



* TheEvilGenius: The Second Beast, also called the False Prophet, who works as a one-demon PropagandaMachine for the first Beast and dupes the people of Earth with [[EvilSorceror miracles]]. (This is the demon that the NumberOfTheBeast originally refers to, incidentally.)



* FiveBadBand: The villainous EldritchAbomination[=/=]DemonLordsAndArchdevils form one.
** TheBigBad: {{Satan}} (in the form of a giant, seven-headed dragon).
** TheDragon: The Beast, to whom Satan gives his power and who performs Satan's work on Earth.
** TheBrute: Apollyon, also called Abaddon, the "Angel of the Abyss" who [[MookLieutenant leads an army]] of locust-demons against Earth.
** TheEvilGenius: The Second Beast, also called the False Prophet, who works as a one-demon PropagandaMachine for the first Beast and dupes the people of Earth with [[EvilSorceror miracles]]. (This is the demon that the NumberOfTheBeast originally refers to, incidentally.)
** TheDarkChick: The Whore of Babylon, [[OneBadMother Mother]] of Prostitutes.
** TeamPet: The Creature That Once Was Alive But Lives No More (the Whore of Babylon's [[HorseOfADifferentColor mount]]).
27th May '17 1:21:08 PM DustSnitch
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* TheAntiChrist: Well, there are the First Beast [[note]]The most likely to being one. The other possible AntiChrist in the book is the White HorsemenOfTheApocalypse.[[/note]] and the Second Beast,[[note]]The False Prophet who promotes the First Beast.[[/note]] but no one expressly called the Antichrist (that's actually from the first and second epistles of John, and refers to anti-christs ''plural'', i.e. whoever is "against Christ").

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* TheAntiChrist: Well, there are the First Beast [[note]]The most likely Beast, who calls upon humanity to being one. The other possible AntiChrist in the book is the White HorsemenOfTheApocalypse.[[/note]] falsely worship himself, and the Second Beast,[[note]]The False Prophet Beast, the false prophet who promotes the First Beast.[[/note]] Beast, but no one expressly called the Antichrist (that's (that term's actually from the first and second epistles of John, and refers to anti-christs ''plural'', i.e. whoever is "against Christ").



* {{BFS}}: The second horseman, who sits upon a red horse, takes peace from the Earth and turns men against each other while wielding a great sword that befits his mission in warmongering.



* {{Breakout Character}}: The four Horsemen show up in {{Works}} enough to get their own page despite each being briefly described once and not mentioned for the rest of the Revelation.



* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Each of the horsemen of the apocalypse is identified by the color of their horse: the first is white and brings conquest or victory, the second is red and brings war and division, the third is black and brings famine or pestilence, and the fourth and final horse is a pale green and is ridden by death.



%%* DarkIsNotEvil: Possibly the last two, depending on your interpretation (as they were sent by Yahweh).



* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: Quite a lot of these.

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* %%* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: Quite a lot of these.



* FourIsDeath: The fourth and final horsemen is Death, who is given permission to lay waste to men with wild beasts, and famine, and starvation when he brings Hades in his wake.



* GrimReaper: The horseman that appears when the Lamb breaks the fourth seal on the Scroll of Life is Death itself, and it rides it horse across the Earth bringing Hades in its wake.



%%* {{Hellish Horse}}s



* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Where to begin?

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* %%* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Where to begin?



* HordeOfAlienLocusts: Apollyon's army.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse
** AntiChrist: The first horseman, possibly.
** {{BFS}}: The second horseman has one
** {{Breakout Character}}s: They show up in {{Works}} enough to get their own page.
** ColorCodedForYourConvenience: White (conquest), Red (war), Black (famine or pestilence) and Pale (death).
** DarkIsNotEvil: Possibly the last two, depending on your interpretation (as they were sent by Yahweh).
** FourIsDeath: Literally. (Not connected to the East Asian use of this trope, though.)
** GrimReaper: The fourth horseman.
** {{Hellish Horse}}s
** HonestJohnsDealership: The third horseman is requesting a whole week of pay for a day's worth of grain.
** LightIsNotGood[=/=]LightIsGood: The first horseman, depending on who you think he is and whether you see the horsemen as evil or not.
** ManInWhite: The one on the white horse. Also The Ancient Of Days.
** NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "His name was Death and Hell followed behind him."
** PersonOfMassDestruction: Bad stuff happens when the fourth horseman comes around.
** RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The second and third horse are red and black, respectively.
** SicklyGreenGlow: Death's pale horse is actually a pale ''yellow-green'' horse. Presumably because it's [[NauseaFuel rotting]].
** WhiteStallion: The rider on the white horse is the first one mentioned, but whether he is the leader or not is not said.

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* HordeOfAlienLocusts: Apollyon's army.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse
** AntiChrist: The first horseman, possibly.
** {{BFS}}: The second horseman has one
** {{Breakout Character}}s: They show up in {{Works}} enough to get their own page.
** ColorCodedForYourConvenience: White (conquest), Red (war), Black (famine or pestilence) and Pale (death).
** DarkIsNotEvil: Possibly the last two, depending on your interpretation (as they were sent by Yahweh).
** FourIsDeath: Literally. (Not connected to the East Asian use of this trope, though.)
** GrimReaper: The fourth horseman.
** {{Hellish Horse}}s
**
%%* HonestJohnsDealership: The third horseman is requesting a whole week of pay for a day's worth of grain.
** LightIsNotGood[=/=]LightIsGood: The first horseman, depending on who you think he is and whether you see the horsemen as evil or not.
** ManInWhite: The one on the white horse. Also The Ancient Of Days.
** NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "His name was Death and Hell followed behind him."
** PersonOfMassDestruction: Bad stuff happens when the fourth horseman comes around.
** RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The second and third horse are red and black, respectively.
** SicklyGreenGlow: Death's pale horse is actually a pale ''yellow-green'' horse. Presumably because it's [[NauseaFuel rotting]].
** WhiteStallion: The rider on the white horse is
%%* HordeOfAlienLocusts: Apollyon's army.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: When Christ opens
the first four seals closing the scroll that holds the names of all those who will be welcomed into Heaven, four horses appear with a rider on each one mentioned, but that represents an aspect of the coming age, whether he is the leader it be conquest, war, famine, or not is not said.Death.



* KungFuJesus: Unlike his pacifist depiction in the Gospels, [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus is back to smite evil and kick lots of ass.]] ([[{{Foreshadowing}} He did say]] he came [[MartialPacifist not to bring peace but a sword]].
** Although, depending on the interpretation, his enemies may not be human beings, but rather the spiritual forces behind human evil. This would align more with his original BadassPacifist image.

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* KungFuJesus: Unlike his pacifist depiction in the Gospels, [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus is back to smite evil and kick lots of ass.]] ([[{{Foreshadowing}} He did say]] he came [[MartialPacifist not to bring peace but a sword]].
**
sword]]. Although, depending on the interpretation, his enemies may not be human beings, but rather the spiritual forces behind human evil. This would align more with his original BadassPacifist image.



* LightIsGood: The 19th chapter sees Christ riding a blindingly white horse, one that represents the purity and goodness of its rider. This use of white as goodness is also applied to the first Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who rides a white horse, wears a crown befitting the King of Kings, and goes all over the Earth, like how Christ commanded his Apostles to spread news of his Resurrection.



* MadOracle: Subverted by the author.

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* MadOracle: Subverted by %%* ManInWhite: The one on the author.white horse. Also The Ancient Of Days.



* NumberOfTheBeast: TropeMaker. Though as noted on the page, some early manuscripts identify the number as 616, rather than the more infamous 666.
** Also, the number in Revelation is not three sixes (bear in mind that the ancient Greeks didn't use Arabic numerals), but specifically six-hundred sixty six.

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%%* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "His name was Death and Hell followed behind him."
* NumberOfTheBeast: TropeMaker.TropeMaker; The number six-hundred sixty six is identified as a mark of the First Beast, who comes to make the world falsely worship himself. Though as noted on the page, some early manuscripts identify the number as 616, rather than the more infamous 666. \n** Also, the number in Revelation is not three sixes (bear in mind that the ancient Greeks didn't use Arabic numerals), but specifically six-hundred sixty six.



%%* PersonOfMassDestruction: Bad stuff happens when the fourth horseman comes around.



%%* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The second and third horse are red and black, respectively.



* RuleOfSeven: All over the place. The book begins with letters to seven churches, then we see seven stars, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven plagues, a beast with seven heads...
** It goes beyond those obvious references sevens. Several words or phrases are used in multiples of seven throughout the book. The word 'Christ' is used seven times. The name 'Jesus' is used fourteen times. Jesus is identified as 'the lamb' twenty-eight times. Jesus says the word ερχομαι ('I am coming') seven times. It really would be difficult to list every set of seven, or multiples thereof.
** Also, the Number of the Beast is 666\616 because the Beast cannot have the divine 7, and thus uses 6.
* SealedGoodInACan: Jesus comes back to Earth after ascending to Heaven earlier in the NT.
** SealedEvilInACan: Satan is defeated and imprisoned for a thousand years, after which he must be set loose again.

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* RuleOfSeven: All over the place. RuleOfSeven:
**
The book begins with letters to seven churches, then we see seven stars, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven plagues, a beast with seven heads...
** It goes beyond those obvious references sevens. Several words or phrases are used in multiples of seven throughout the book. The word 'Christ' is used seven times. The name 'Jesus' is used fourteen times. Jesus is identified as 'the lamb' twenty-eight times. Jesus says the word ερχομαι ('I am coming') seven times. It really would be difficult to list every set of seven, or multiples thereof.
** Also, the Number of the Beast is 666\616 666/616 because the Beast cannot have the divine 7, and thus uses 6.
* SealedGoodInACan: Jesus comes back to Earth after ascending to Heaven earlier in the NT.
**
SealedEvilInACan: Satan is defeated and imprisoned for a thousand years, after which he must be set loose again.



* SicklyGreenGlow: Death's pale horse is actually a pale ''yellow-green'' horse. Presumably because it's [[NauseaFuel rotting]].



* TakeThat: Interpreters often tend to identify the villains of the story with their own [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical preferred religious or political targets]]. For instance, during the Protestant Reformation the "whore of Babylon" was often identified with the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholic church]]. Then during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the various Beasts were widely interpreted as Soviet states. And so on, and so on...
** One popular secularist interpretation of the book is that it was originally written as a political satire about the Roman Empire.
*** Even some religious scholars adhere to this, viewing it as a Brer Rabbit-esque disguising account of the persecutions. Romans would punish even the mildest criticism, but who cared about the prophecy of some weird cult?
*** This tends to make sense to some readers today, but given that some of the imagery is actually flagrantly anti-Roman, it would have caused serious problems for Christians if any Roman authority paid attention through even the first chapter, let alone the whole book. Some of the more overt examples include: portraying Jesus holding seven stars in his hand in chapter 1 (an image used for Caesar on currency, even if 1:20 claims it represents the angels presiding over the Asia Minor churches), depiction of God as a red-stone statue on a throne in chapter 4 (imagery possibly borrowed from giant red statue of Jupiter sitting on his throne, in his temple in Rome), describing the destruction of 'the great city' that sits on 'seven hills' in chapter 17 (Rome was widely known as 'the city of the seven hills'), and the dimensions of the New Jerusalem in chapter 21 (12,000 square stadia translates to over 1,900,000 square miles--which would rather neatly encompass the Roman Empire of John's time).

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
**
Interpreters often tend to identify the villains of the story with their own [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical preferred religious or political targets]]. For instance, during the Protestant Reformation the "whore of Babylon" was often identified with the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholic church]]. Then during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the various Beasts were widely interpreted as Soviet states. And so on, and so on...
** One popular secularist interpretation Elements of the book is that it was originally written as a political satire about Book parody and mock the Roman Empire.
*** Even some religious scholars adhere to this, viewing it as a Brer Rabbit-esque disguising account
Empire's persecution of the persecutions. Romans would punish even the mildest criticism, but who cared about the prophecy of some weird cult?
*** This tends to make sense to some readers today, but given that some of the imagery is actually flagrantly anti-Roman, it would have caused serious problems for
Christians if any Roman authority paid attention through even the first chapter, let alone the whole book.and their claims to absolute authority. Some of the more overt examples include: portraying Jesus holding seven stars in his hand in chapter 1 (an image used for Caesar on currency, even if 1:20 claims it represents the angels presiding over the Asia Minor churches), depiction of God as a red-stone statue on a throne in chapter 4 (imagery possibly borrowed from giant red statue of Jupiter sitting on his throne, in his temple in Rome), describing the destruction of 'the great city' that sits on 'seven hills' in chapter 17 (Rome was widely known as 'the city of the seven hills'), and the dimensions of the New Jerusalem in chapter 21 (12,000 square stadia translates to over 1,900,000 square miles--which would rather neatly encompass the Roman Empire of John's time).



* TheWarToEndAllWars: Armageddon.

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* TheWarToEndAllWars: Armageddon. Upon the spilling of the sixth bowl by the angels, demons go out to every king of the world and have them gather their armies at Mount Armageddon for a final battle agains the forces of God, a war in which they are doomed to fail.


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* WhiteStallion: The rider on the white horse is the first Horsemen of the Apocalypse mentioned, but whether he is the leader or not is not said.
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* GodIsGood: As revealed in the Apocalypse, God will one day throw Satan and all evil-doers who ally with him into [[FireAndBrimstoneHell the Lake of Fire]], while the good and the humble will be resurrected in the immortal bliss of earthly paradise.
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