The Nature of the Book
Is Revelation Prophecy or History?
Dr. David R. Reagan
The book of Revelation itself declares that it is prophecy: "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear
the words of the prophecy . . ." (Revelation
1:3). Four additional times in the last chapter of the
book the message is declared to be prophetic (Revelation
22:7, 10, 18, 19).
So, the real question should be, "Is Revelation
fulfilled prophecy?" I have addressed this issue in an
article about Preterism,
so I will not go into detail. Suffice it for me to say
that everything in the book from chapter 4 on is yet
future. The future aspects are introduced in chapter 4
verse 1 where John is raptured to Heaven and is informed
that he will be shown "what must take place after these
Those who argue that the prophecies of Revelation
have been fulfilled in history can do so only by
spiritualizing the book. Where in history was one-fourth
of humanity killed in one war? (Revelation 6:1-8). Where
is the historical record of 144,000 Jews being suddenly
saved and then called for special service in the Lord's
kingdom? (Revelation 7:1-8). Has there ever been a war
that resulted in the slaughter of one-third of humanity?
(Revelation 8 and 9). Has there ever been a locust
invasion, real or symbolic, that resulted in all unsaved
people suffering terrible torment for five months while
saved people experienced immunity? (Revelation 9:1-11).
Where in history are the two witnesses of Revelation 11
or the two beasts of Revelation 13?
I could go on and on, but I think the point has been
made. The prophecies of Revelation await
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