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

The last book of the New Testament and Literature/TheBible. It depicts the vision of a man named John who is imprisoned on the island of Patmos, which concerns the Second Coming of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and the MassResurrection of Saints into {{Heaven}}. 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 ([[NonIndicativeName which has nothing whatsoever to do with it]]) [[Film/TheBookOfRevelation find it here.]]

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!!Tropes
* AllJustADream: Although in an inversion, it is meant to serve as a [[DreamingOfThingsToCome 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 lie dead in the open unburied for 3 1/2 days. It all ends when the two witnesses [[DisneyDeath rise from the dead]] and are brought up to heaven in a cloud.
** There's also much rejoicing in heaven for the fall of Babylon.
* TheAntiChrist: Well, there are the First Beast, who calls upon humanity to falsely worship himself, and the Second Beast, the false prophet who promotes the First Beast, but no one expressly called the Antichrist (that term's actually from [[Literature/EpistlesOfJohn the first and second epistles of John]], and refers to anti-christs ''plural'', i.e. whoever is "against Christ").
%%* ApocalypseMaiden: The Whore of Babylon.
* 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: He leads the war against the Dragon and his angels.
* 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.
** Two resurrections: first the saints, and a thousand years later, everyone else.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When Jesus first arrived in the Gospels, He was peaceful and showed 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. This is still one of the elements that makes the entire book's place in Christian canon ''hotly'' debated, because Christ is simply so different here compared to the rest of the New Testament.
* {{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.
* 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 (though it's worth noting that Genesis itself makes no indication it was anything other than a serpent God created and then cursed to slither on the ground), 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.
* BigBlackout: If meant to be taken literally, the fifth Bowl Judgment causes supernatural darkness to fall upon the throne of the Beast, during which his subjects will gnaw on their tongues due to the sores that they suffer -- most likely the same kind of darkness plague that fell upon Egypt during the time of the Exodus.
* BlackMarketProduce: Revelation has this to say about the manifestation of Famine; in context, these are astronomical prices expected for staple foodstuffs equivalent to a week's wages for the basics of life and imply both shortages and a lot of black-marketeering going on.
-->Then I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, A quart of wheat for a days wages, and three quarts of barley for a days wages, and do not harm the oil and the wine. (Rev.6:6)
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Two of the Bowl Judgments turn the waters of both the seas and the springs into blood. Also the Two Witnesses are said to be able to turn water into blood during their days of prophesying.
* {{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.
* CallASmeerpARabbit: There are creatures called "locusts" which have human faces, lion's teeth, breastplates of iron, giant wings whose flapping sounds like an army of horse's hooves, and stingers which cause victims to experience several months of solid pain. They're also explicitly described as doing absolutely no harm to plants which is the opposite of what actual locusts do.
* 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.
* ClaimedByTheSupernatural: The 144,000 of the twelve tribes of Israel are all marked with the seal of God on their foreheads.
* ColonyDrop: Wormwood among other stars during 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.
* 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.
%%* DarkIsNotEvil: Possibly the last two, depending on your interpretation (as they were sent by Yahweh).
* 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, then 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.
* DoomedHometown: The city that rules over the kings of the earth, represented by Mystery Babylon, is destroyed by God as the hosts in heaven cheer.
* DragonsAreDemonic: Satan transforms into a dragon so big that a sweep of his tail sends a third of the stars in the sky to Earth, and is likened to a dragon throughout the book.
* 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.
* 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.)
* ExtraEyes: Lots of the spiritual beings have more than the usual number of eyes, including four creatures who are completely covered in them.
* ExtremeOmnivore: John in chapter 10 is given a little scroll to eat from the angel, who says it will taste sweet in his mouth, but will make his stomach bitter.
* 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.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Mostly according to John the Revelator. The Biblical basis for belief in such a hell is extremely shaky, at best. Note that it differs from the popular depiction as the demons are said to be tortured alongside the people in there, not as being the torturers.
* FireballEyeballs: Jesus is mentioned in this book as having eyes like blazing fire, both in the early part of the book where He talks to John and later on when He comes down from Heaven as the Rider of the White Horse, Faithful and True.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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. [[SubvertedTrope As long as the good and humble people also happen to be Christian; if not, they just get condemned to Hell with all the evil-doers.]]
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: Jesus in His first appearance in the book wears a white robe that reaches down to the feet with a gold sash banded around His chest.
* GoodIsNotSoft: 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.
* GenreShift: The first few chapters of the book consist of brief letters by John to the seven churches of that time, critiquing them akin the previous epistolary books of the New Testament. Then chapter 4 has John suddenly carried away to heaven, and things get weirder from there.
* 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.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Once a person takes the Mark of the Beast and worships its image, they're doomed for eternity.
%%* {{Hellish Horse}}s
* 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.
%%* HonestJohnsDealership: The third horseman is requesting a whole week of pay for a day's worth of grain.
%%* 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 that represents an aspect of the coming age, whether it be conquest, war, famine, or Death.
* 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.
* KnightTemplar: The forces of good, in a heroic way. See below; this time, there is [[LeaveNoSurvivors NO mercy]]. Extreme massacres are carried out (a third of the world repeatedly wiped out) in a way commonly considered villainous, but in a heroic depiction.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* LivingStatue: One possible interpretation of the "image of the Beast" that the Beast of the Earth in chapter 13 will set up, that will speak and cause as many as would not worship the Beast to be killed. At least one interpretation that would be feasible in the minds of the early-church readers of this book.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: The Whore of Babylon (representing a culture of idolatry, corruption, etc.) is contrasted with the pure Bride of Christ (representing the church.)
%%* ManInWhite: The one on the white horse. Also The Ancient Of Days.
* ManOnFire: The Two Witnesses of chapter 11 are said to set those who attack them on fire with flame that comes out of their mouths.
* MarkOfTheBeast: TropeMaker. Those who worship the Beast get a mark on the forehead or right hand, which the Beast uses to control commerce.
* MassResurrection: Actually, ''two'' mass resurrections take place -- the dead in Christ first, then all those who are unsaved at the Great White Throne judgment.
* MindScrew: Revelation tends to be interpreted as either a prophecy about how the [[ApocalypseWow world ends]] or a trippy-as-all-hell criticism of Ancient Rome. Take your pick, you still won't be able to totally figure out what's going on.
* MixAndMatchCritter:
** The Beast from the sea, which is made from a lion, bear, and leopard.
** The locusts of the fifth seal, which have human faces and lion's teeth.
** The horses of the army of the sixth seal, which have lion's heads.
* MoralEventHorizon: In-universe. Taking the MarkOfTheBeast and worshiping its image.
* MysticalWhiteHair: Jesus is described this way in His transfigured form.
%%* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "His name was Death and Hell followed behind him."
* NumberOfTheBeast: 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.
* NumerologicalMotif: Everywhere (see RuleOfSeven, NumberOfTheBeast, FourIsDeath).
* OffWithHisHead: Chapter 20 speaks of the resurrected martyrs who have been beheaded for not taking the MarkOfTheBeast or worshiping his image reigning with Christ for a thousand years.
* 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.
%%* PersonOfMassDestruction: Bad stuff happens when the fourth horseman comes around.
* PlayingWithFire: The False Prophet[=/=]Second Beast has this power.
* RainOfBlood: The first Trumpet Judgment rains down fire and hail mixed with blood on the earth.
%%* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The second and third horse are red and black, respectively.
* RedIsHeroic: Jesus in His appearance in Revelation chapter 19 as the Rider of the White Horse appears in a red robe dipped in blood (either His sacrificial blood or the blood of His victims).
* 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. In fact, 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]].
* RiversOfBlood: The third Bowl Judgment causes springs of water (including rivers) to turn to blood. Also the angel who treads on the winepress of God's wrath produces a river of blood that rises up to horses' bridles for a length of 1600 stadia (about 180 miles).
* 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...
** 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.
* SealedEvilInACan: Satan is defeated and imprisoned for a thousand years, after which he must be set loose again.
* SecondComing: UsefulNotes/{{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.
* SicklyGreenGlow: Death's pale horse is actually a pale ''yellow-green'' horse. Presumably because it's [[NauseaFuel rotting]].
* SignsOfTheEndTimes: One of the original {{Trope Maker}}s.
* 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 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.
* SoiledCityOnAHill: The world grows even more corrupt and evil and [[ItIsBeyondSaving has to be destroyed.]]
* SpareBodyParts: Most of the various beasts are described as having extra heads or horns or eyes or tails.
* TheStarsAreGoingOut: In the Apocalypse of John, when the stars (or rather, ''shooting'' stars) fall from sky and the [[WeirdMoon moon turns blood red]].
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: In one interpretation, the whole book is meant to be a (vague and cryptic) prophecy of how [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Times]] will pan out. And at least the last part of the book is that in nearly all interpretations.
* SurrealHorror: Possibly the UrExample. It's full of trippy, nightmarish imagery.
* TheSwarm: the hordes of locust-like flying creatures that will be unleashed to bite the ungodly and transmit agony and hideous infliction upon them.
* 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...
** Elements of the Book parody and mock the Roman Empire's persecution of Christians 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).
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The DistantFinale. It never specifically says ''when'' it's actually going to happen, but it will happen ''quickly'' according to God's timetable.
* UnwantedFalseFaith: The angel who showed John the visions of what was to come warned the disciple not to bow down and worship him. ''Twice''.
* TheVamp: The "woman Jezebel" who was mentioned as a prophetess by Jesus in Revelation chapter 2 in His letter to the church of Thyatira, who was misleading His servants into committing sexual immorality and eating things sacrificed to idols. As punishment, she would suffer in a bed, and Jesus would promise the same things to her followers unless they repent. In addition, He would [[WouldHurtAChild kill her children with death]] to show that it is He who searches hearts and minds and will repay everyone according to their deeds.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Beast being the most notable.
* TheWarToEndAllWars: 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.
* WatchTheWorldDie: The saints and angels in heaven (and John himself) get front-row seats for the Apocalypse.
* 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.
* AWolfInSheepsClothing: The lamb with the tongue of a dragon is probably meant to represent this.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: In the case of the Two Witnesses it's ''literally'', as the Beast that arises from the abyss is said to overpower and kill them after 1260 days of their prophesying.
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