->''"Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy... because the time is near."''

The last book of Literature/TheBible and the New Testament. It depicts the vision of a man named John who is imprisoned on the island of Patmos. Revelation is considered [[MindScrew the most confusing]] and [[GainaxEnding controversial]] book of the Bible.

If you're looking for the Australian movie named after the Book (which has nothing whatsoever to do with it) [[Film/TheBookOfRevelation find it here.]]

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!!Tropes
* AllJustADream: Literally, although in an inversion, it is meant to serve as a symbolic prophecy about what will happen.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: The death of the Two Witnesses in chapter 11 is met with great festivity, as the people give gifts to one another while the bodies of the witnesses lay dead in the open unburied for 3 1/2 days.
** There's also much rejoicing in heaven for the fall of Babylon.
* TheAntiChrist: Not. There is no mention of the Antichrist. 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 Antichrist.
* ApocalypseWow: The TropeNamer [[note]]The book's title in the original Greek is ''apokálypsis'', meaning "unveiling" or "revelation"[[/note]] and TropeCodifier and pretty much everything else. If there's a disaster that can conceivably happen to Earth, it will turn up in Revelation.
* ArchangelMichael: Leads the war against the Dragon.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: Chapter 12 has what is interpreted as the birth of Christ followed by war in the heavens between Satan's angels and God's angels, with Satan and his angels cast down from heaven.
* BackFromTheDead: The Two Witnesses resurrect three days after their death and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascend into heaven]].
** Also those who have been beheaded for not taking the MarkOfTheBeast and worshiping his image.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Jesus. When He first arrived in the Gospels, He was peaceful and has shown forgiveness, but in Revelation 19:11-16, it's the complete opposite. {{Justified|Trope}} in that it's the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and it's time for [[HumansAreSpecial every]][[HumansAreBastards one]] to get what's coming to them.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Two of the Bowl Judgments turn the waters of both the seas and the springs into blood.
* CallBack: Many of the symbols have been already used by other prophets, especially Daniel. The 7 bowls of God's wrath definitely are reminiscent of the 10 plagues of Egypt.
* CurbStompBattle: The legions of the Devil have their merry way with humanity for some time. Then Christ shows up and promptly lays the smack down on all of them before casting them away.
* DeaderThanDead: Most of the villains get destroyed by being [[DisneyVillainDeath dropped]] into a [[KillItWithFire lake of fire]] "which is the second death".
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: The Two Witnesses in Revelation chapter 11, whose bodies are left unburied in the streets for 3 1/2 days until they are resurrected.
* DeathIsCheap: Christ will eventually revive everyone who has ever died. The virtuous/saved will be granted CompleteImmortality, whereas the damned will be more like TheUndead.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: Quite a lot of these.
* DisneyDeath: The Two Witnesses, as well as those who have been martyred for not taking the MarkOfTheBeast or worshiping his image.
* DistaffCounterpart: The Whore of Babylon is associated with the Beast, although they aren't really equals.
* DistantFinale: To the rest of the Bible. Exactly how distant depends on the interpretation but if one believes it has yet to happen than it's an ending over ''2000 years'' in the making. Revelation itself has its distant finale, where Satan makes a third and ultimately final go against God after which he is forevermore locked away and the finale paradise is created.
* DistantReactionShot: The action cuts between the destruction of earth and the reactions in heaven.
* DivineConflict: God vs. Satan, but BecauseDestinySaysSo, Satan will lose to God even at the FinalBattle.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Mankind's going to go through some crap before they can live HappilyEverAfter.
* EldritchAbomination: Both on the forces of good ''and'' evil.
* EndlessDaytime: It's mentioned that in heaven there is no night, since [[LightIsGood God is light.]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Yep. We'll get a new one, though.
* EvilCounterpart: The Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet has been interpreted as the evil counterpart of the triune God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Likewise, Babylon the great, which is described as a whore, is the evil counterpart to the New Jerusalem, which is described as adorned like a bride for her husband.
* ExtraEyes: Lots of the spiritual beings have more than the usual number of eyes, including four creatures who are completely covered in them.
* FallenAngel: TheDevil and his angels get cast down to earth. [[HellOnEarth Unfortunately for earth]].
* FinalBattle: Satan's forces versus God and His holy city in chapter 20, which turns into an AntiClimax CurbStompBattle as God instantly incinerates Satan's forces in seconds.
* 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]]).
* FromBadToWorse: Breaking the last seal signals the angels to blow trumpets that herald disasters. The last trumpet signals the angels to pour seven bowls of God's wrath on the world. And the bad stuff done by Satan have yet to come.
* GainaxEnding: The utter destruction of the world as we know it as nature rips itself apart finally ends with a new Earth and Heaven, not only restored to their pre-Fall glory but transformed by God into an even greater paradise for all who believed.
* GoodIsNotNice: God displays this trope in full effect. He shows no hesitation letting humanity know that the end is here, and that He will hand out His judgments against the entire human race; not to mention condemn them in Hell for eternity if they didn't accept Christ.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Once a person takes the Mark of the Beast and worships its image, they're doomed for eternity.
* HellOnEarth: TheDevil and company are really mad about being [[FallenAngel cast down to earth]], [[OhCrap so they decide to take it out on us]].
* HellInvadesHeaven: Earth isn't the only battleground. War breaks out in heaven, with Michael leading the forces of heaven against the Dragon's fallen angels. Michael's forces are victorious and the Dragon is cast down to Earth.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Where to begin?
* {{Heaven}}: Where much of the action takes place, obviously.
* 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
** 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.
** NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "His name was Death and Hell followed behind him."
** PersonOfMassDestruction: Bad stuff happens when the fourth horseman comes around.
** 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.
* KillItWithFire: The Lake of Fire. Also, the Whore of Babylon's fate, and possibly the interpretation of the fate of whoever tries to kill the Two Witnesses during their time of prophesying.
* 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...]]
* LastOfHisKind: If the John is John the Apostle, then he is the last surviving of Jesus' Apostles.
* TheLegionsOfHell: The bad guys, of course, this being (probably) an account of the final conflict between Heaven and Hell.
* ListOfTransgressions: God will judge the entire human race, and those who have accepted Jesus as savior will go to heaven while those who didn't will be held accountable for their sins.
* MadOracle: The author, possibly.
* MarkOfTheBeast: TropeMaker. Those who worship the Beast get a mark on the forehead or right hand, which the Beast uses to control commerce.
* MindScrew
* MixAndMatchCritter: The Beast from the sea, which is made from a lion, bear, and leopard.
* MoralEventHorizon: In-universe. Taking the MarkOfTheBeast and worshiping its image.
* MysticalWhiteHair: Jesus is described this way in His transfigured form.
* NamesTheSame[=/=]OneSteveLimit: It's never specified whether this was the same John the Apostle, John Mark, or John the Evangelist, or some other unknown John. He definitely isn't John the Baptizer. Probably. Most Bible scholars and commentators are of the view that John the Revelator (as this one is sometimes called) and John the disciple of Jesus are the same person.
* 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.
* NumerologicalMotif: Everywhere (see RuleOfSeven, NumberOfTheBeast, FourIsDeath).
* OneWorldOrder: What the Beast will set up on earth before Jesus defeats him (at least according to [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory some interpretations]]).
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: "An enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads." He turns out to be a personification of TheDevil.
* PlayingWithFire: The False Prophet[=/=]Second Beast has this power.
* RejectedApology: Judgement day will occur and [[HeelFaceDoorSlam it will be too late to repent by then.]]
* ReligiousHorror: The UrExample of a ''lot'' of creepy religious tropes--{{Satan}} figures prominently, among other nasty demonic beings, and lots of people die.
** Jesus ''himself'' is also described rather... eerily, being deathly pale and able to produce a sword from his mouth.
* RestartTheWorld: The old heavens and earth pass away at the end of the book, to soon be replaced with a new heavens and earth.
* LaResistance: Satan mounts a resistance force against "the beloved city" at the end of the Millennium, which ends up [[CurbStompBattle being smoked by God]].
* 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.
* 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.
* SecondComing: {{Jesus}} comes back at the end to settle things once and for all.
* ShiningCity: The good guys go to live in one at the end.
* SoiledCityOnAHill: The world grows even more corrupt and evil and [[ItIsBeyondSaving has to be destroyed.]]
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: The whole book is meant to be a (vague and cryptic) prophecy of how [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Times]] will pan out.
* 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).
* TheStarsAreGoingOut: A third of them go out at once, to start with. [[FromBadToWorse This is just the start]].
* SignsOfTheEndTimes: One of the original {{Trope Maker}}s.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Beast being the most notable.
* TheWarToEndAllWars: Armageddon.
* WatchTheWorldDie: The saints and angels in heaven (and John himself) get front-row seats for the Apocalypse.
* AWolfInSheepsClothing: The lamb with the tongue of a dragon is probably meant to represent this.
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