YMMV / Book of Revelation

  • Applicability: As the only book of the Bible about the future, the events depicted are really confusing and each have dozens of interpretations. Loads of fiction thus loves to call attention to elements of Revelation in their story, though usually just the most well known elements like Armageddon, the Antichrist, and demons.
  • Broken Base: Is "The man named John," John the Apostle? There's been quite a debate over this.
    • Is the Book genuinely intended as a prophecy of the future, or is it a stealth Take That! at Emperor Nero? Note that "666" corresponds in Jewish numerology to "Neron Kaisar," the Greek form of his name.
  • Common Knowledge: In canon, the white horseman is actually Conquest, but popular culture knows him as Pestilence. Perhaps because Conquest's schtick is already kind of covered by War.
    • It's likely that, due to Conquest's use of a bow, he was confused with Apollo, who also used a bow and used it to spread plague.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The four riders of the apocalypse. They have exactly one scene and have no mentioning in any other biblical book (apocryphal or not), and only one of them even gets a name (Death). They are amazingly popular in popular culture.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The world goes through near-literal Hell on Earth and gets destroyed at the end, but the good news is that all those who believe get to live in a shiny New Jerusalem God has prepared especially for them. Everyone else burns for all eternity in the Lake of Fire.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Studying the various conflicting interpretations of scholars and preachers and theologians trying to figure which things symbolize what can be quite the Mind Screw.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • It's not called the Book of Revelations, as many think, it's The Book of Revelation. "Revelation" isn't in plural.
    • At no point is anybody by the name of Antichrist ever mentioned in this book. However, "Antichrist" is used to describe those who deny the Second Coming, i.e., anti-Christ.
    • The Rapture is also not in Revelation. It comes from Paul's letters to Timothy. note 
    • "Armageddon" is not the name for the final battle between heaven and hell, but the Greek name for Mount Megiddo, a mountain in Israel where said battle takes place.
    • "Apocalypse" means "unveiling" or "revelation", not "supernatural world-ending disaster".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The book features a toxic meteorite named Wormwood, and as conspiracy theorists never tire of reminding us, Chernobyl means Wormwood.
  • Memetic Mutation: 666
  • Nightmare Fuel: How much fun do you think it'll be to read a detailed account of the entire world being horrifically destroyed?
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The supernatural aspects of this book read like John ate some bad mushrooms, hallucinated, and then wrote it all down.