The New Testament (or “New Covenant”) is a Book containing 27 chapters which primarily focus on the life of Jesus Christ. By reading it, you can discover the story of His life on earth, from His birth to His death and resurrection, and how His disciples continued to share His message after Christ ascended into heaven. The last Book of the New Testament is known as the “Book of Revelation”: it was written around 90 and 95 A.D. and it details in 22 chapters the events of the Apocalypse. Read on to find out what Christians refer to as the “End Time, ”Judgment Day,” etc.
Let’s dive into a few Bible passages from the Apocalypse of John the Apostle.
The term “Apocalypse” comes from the Greek word “apocalupsis,” which means “an uncovering, a revelation, or discovery.” Using the word “Revelation” helps us understand that we are discussing the revelations of God to the Apostle John during a vision. The Book brings a light to the events of the End Times, and the rewards we believers are to expect for believing in the Good News and the message of the Gospel until the end.
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelation 1: 5). The purpose of the Book of Revelations is to share the truth about the End Times so the faithful can prepare for eternal life. This earth and the sky will end, and a new earth will exist, filled with the believers of the Gospel, those who persevered in their faith in the Lord. Jesus Christ invites us to hope in an eternal life with Him, by showing us God’s Love and His Divine Plan.
John was a disciple whom Christ chose as one of His Apostles. He is also the author of the Book of Revelation.
“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 1:9).
He is also the author of the Gospel of John and three Johannine Epistles (John 1, John 2 and John 3). He called Himself the “beloved disciple.” Christians also refer to him as the Apostle of Love. He died as a martyr around 100 A.D.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.”
“Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.”
“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
“Then I saw 'a new heaven and a new earth,' for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
“Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
“But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”