By Bob Kollin
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Yet we are often unsure about what keys unlock this Revelation to mankind. Bible teacher, Bob Kollin, takes the reader through the door of understanding and addresses key questions such as...
. What is the purpose for the Rapture?
. How can we identify the Antichrist?
. What will the Tribulation be like?
. What is the Day of the Lord?
. Where will Armageddon take place?
. What will happen during the Millennium?
. Will the human race survive eternity?
Bob Kollin is an executive in Human Resources Management having extensive experience in the hi-tech industry with small, medium, and Fortune 200 companies, such as Xerox and Flextronics. For over 25 years he has studied and researched end-time prophecy and the Book of Revelation culminating in this text. Bob holds a BA in Mathematics, an MA in Human Behavior, and is currently working on a Th.D in Advanced Prophetic Studies.
What Leaders are Saying
Revelation Unlocked will soon be considered a classic on Bible prophecy in the way it sets forth and explains the terrible events we believe will soon unfold on earth. As this book is published, the geo-political happenings in the Middle East are boiling over, with the nation of Israel as the target of hostile Arab nations. Revelation Unlocked ties all the current events together and shows their ultimate origin, the books of Daniel, Revelation, and other prophetic books of Scripture. The book draws from many scholarly sources as well as from the explicit verses of Scripture that we believe will soon be fulfilled here on planet earth. This volume is must reading!
- Mal Couch, Ph.D., Th.D., President, Tyndale Seminary,
Ft. Worth, Texas
“A Brilliant presentation of all the various views with substantiating evidence... Revelation Unlocked is a mine of information for those concerned about end-time events in relation to what the Scripture says.”
—Ed Hindson D.Phil. Assistant Chancellor at Liberty University, Lynchburg Virginia
“In this volume, you will enter the portals of infallible truth, as researcher and scholar Bob Kollin unlocks the profound mysteries of Revelation for both teachers and laypeople, that all may understand.”
—Jim Combs, D.Min., LITTD
Provost of Louisiana
Baptist University and
The finalization of God’s redemptive plan for man
Bible prophecy, as revealed in the Book of Revelation, Book of Daniel, Matthew 24, Ezekiel 38-39, and other key passages in the Word of God, describes end-time events in God’s redemptive plan for man. Since these events will occur in the future, the precise manner and time of their occurrence cannot be exactly known. Scholars have made their best attempts at interpreting the scriptures, but in many cases, outstanding prophecy experts differ on the application of scripture, or more specifically, on the timing of a particular event. An approach that will minimize confusion is to first look at the events that are considered “fact” and generally agreed upon by prophecy scholars who adopt the Futuristic school of interpretation with a Premillennial, pre-Tribulation viewpoint, which is the position espoused in this book. For example, those holding this viewpoint would acknowledge the following events as fact:
- Revelation 1:19 represents a general outline to the Book of Revelation.
- The Rapture of the Church will occur before the Tribulation begins.
- The Rapture is imminent, i.e., that no prophecies need to be fulfilled before the Rapture can occur.
- The Rapture will be the last event of the Church Age.
- The Tribulation will last for seven years following the Rapture.
- Three sets of seven judgments will occur in consecutive order during the Tribulation.
- The Antichrist will appear on the scene of history and broker a seven year covenant with Israel.
- The Antichrist will break the seven year covenant after three and one half years.
- The Antichrist will enter the temple and proclaim himself to be God.
- God will send two witnesses or prophets that will minister during part of the Tribulation.
- The Second Coming of Christ will occur at the end of the Tribulation.
- Christ will defeat the armies of the Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon.
- A remnant of Israel will be saved at the end of the Tribulation, completing the spiritual family of God.
- Satan will be bound in the abyss for 1000 years.
- Christ will literally rule on earth for a 1000-year period called the Millennium.
- Satan will be released from the abyss for a short time after the end of the Millennium.
Generally, no two prophecy experts agree on every point. Prophecy is history in advance, and many events cannot be considered absolute fact, because not enough information is provided to lead all experts to the same conclusion. Therefore, these passages must be interpreted. When the facts are not absolutely clear from the Biblical text, the next step is to form assumptions and make speculations, which is how the variance in interpretation occurs. For example, less consensus will be found on the following events:
- Will Old Testament saints participate in the Rapture?
- Who are the elders in heaven?
- Are the 144,000 Jews evangelists?
- Who is the beast in the abyss?
- Who are the two witnesses?
- Who is the woman?
- Who is the male child?
- Is Satan cast out of the second or third heaven?
- What country or region will the Antichrist come from?
- Will the Antichrist have a fatal wound that is healed?
- Will the Antichrist be resurrected?
- What is the mark of the Beast?
- What do the seven heads on the Beast represent?
- Is Mt. Zion of Revelation 14 in heaven or on earth?
- When will the day of the Lord begin and end?
- When does the battle in Ezekiel 38-39 occur?
- What nations are engaged in the Ezekiel 38-39 conflict?
- When will the battle between the Antichrist and the King of the North and the King of the South occur?
- Will the city of Babylon be rebuilt?
- Who will enter the Millennium?
- Will the earth be completely destroyed by fire?
The following examination of the Book of Revelation and supporting prophetic scriptures and topics will address these and other controversial questions in a logical and rational manner that hopefully can be easily understood by the lay reader. Debate and controversy over application and interpretation of Greek words have been purposely avoided, being left to the Greek scholars.
As noted, this analysis follows the Futuristic, Premillennial school of interpretation, which espouses that most events of Revelation will occur in the future and have yet to occur, and that the Tribulation Period (a.k.a “Tribulation”) or seventieth week of Daniel precedes the Millennium. Additionally, the Rapture position expounded in this book is pre-Tribulation, that is, the Rapture of the Church will occur before Daniel’s seventieth week begins. The interpretative method used will apply scripture literally wherever possible and let the Word prove itself. The same meaning of words should be applied to prophecy as to other passages of scripture. Literal meanings are not to be spiritualized; i.e., an earthquake is an earthquake, not the breaking up of society, and hidden meanings of scripture are not sought out, such as finding the United States in the word “Jerusalem.” The judgments in Revelation are viewed as a succession of consecutive, not concurrent events taken in the order God gave them.
As previously stated, scholars differ in their interpretation of various passages of scripture. God’s prophetic Word is an account of history recorded in advance, but many events are not totally described, especially in regard to their occurrence on the prophetic timeline, location, historical versus future application, symbolic representation, etc. Although scholars strive for prophetic accuracy, there will be surprises as history unfolds. No one has all the answers. Even the best prophetic teachers do not have the full revelation and will probably be shocked as events occur. As time progresses and the study of prophecy expands among believers, the body of Christ collectively will possess a more complete revelation of the future. Since God is logical and orderly, this same method or approach has been adopted for this text when examining prophetic scriptures and events, as well as interpretations by leading prophecy scholars. This book is designed to be a companion study-aid to assist students in formulating their own conclusions about current prophetic thinking and interpretative positions. The hope is that this book will provide the lay reader with an overall understanding of end-time events in an easy to follow format, while identifying areas where scholars have differing opinions. Several positions provided in this writing will differ from those adopted by recognized prophecy teachers, but the purpose is not to be dogmatic on interpretation of prophetic events or positions, but to provide options and to challenge readers to think about prophecy and continue their search of the prophetic scriptures, because greater revelation is available to the diligent student.
It is generally accepted that John the apostle is the writer of the Book of Revelation. His style of writing is different than that used in the Gospel of John or the three Epistles of John. However, the difference in style is attributed to the fact that in Revelation, John recorded what he saw, and therefore less of his own style and personality is reflected in the writing. John literally functions as a scribe recording the future as it unfolds before him. He writes what he sees and hears.
Revelation was written around A.D. 95-96 during the rule of the Roman emperor Domitian. Domitian demanded Caesar worship. People had to call him God or die. Because of Domitian’s hatred of Christians, they had to make a life or death choice, Christ or Caesar. Revelation became a hope and encouragement to Christians in times of tremendous persecution that evil would not prevail in the end. It is estimated that under Domitian’s rule, 40,000 Christians were put to death for their faith.
Revelation comes from the Greek word “apokalupsis,” which means to “unveil,” “reveal,” or “uncover” implying “to lift as a curtain.” Revelation is an unveiling of facts and truths hidden in the mind of God that would not be known unless revealed by the Holy Spirit. Revelation is the book of unveilings of the world’s future. It is a look at history beforehand, an actual record of the final phases of world history. The message is not mysterious, hidden, or confusing but illuminating and revealing. Revelation is an unveiling of Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords coming to rescue His people, judge the wicked, put an end to Satan and sin, and establish His everlasting kingdom on earth as initially intended by God.
The Bible would be incomplete without the Book of Revelation. Revelation completes God’s plan and purpose for man. The Bible begins with God creating all things, including heaven and earth, and ends with God reigning over all of creation. The Bible begins human history in the Garden of Eden and ends human history in the eternal city of God. Revelation provides answers to questions about the Church, sin, curse, Satan, Israel, heaven, earth, hell, man, Jew, angels, eternity, etc.
Revelation is also a book of numbers. For example, seven is the number of perfection and completeness, and there are seven churches, seven spirits, seven stars, seven lampstands, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls, seven horns, seven angels, seven thunders, seven heads, seven crowns, seven mountains, seven plagues, seven kings, seven new things, and so on.
In Revelation, God demonstrates His eternal, creative, and almighty nature and attributes of majesty, omnipotence, wisdom, omniscience, love, holiness, faithfulness, truth, righteousness, and judgment. He is referred to or called the First and the Last, Beginning and the End, Alpha and Omega, Word of God, Lamb, Lion of the tribe of Judah, Root of David, Amen, Faithful and True Witness, Beginning of the creation of God, and Lord God Almighty.
Revelation 1:3 declares a blessing for the reader and hearer of the prophecy and for those who keep the things written in Revelation. Therefore, expect and believe that you will receive a blessing while reading and studying this book on end-time prophecy and the Book of Revelation.
As further encouragement in your study, these additional scriptures of importance are provided:
2 Timothy 2:15 – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Acts 17:11 – “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
Ephesians 1:17-19 – “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power…”