Revelation[Reading] ➿ Revelation By Anonymous – The publication of the King James version of the Bible translated between 1603 and 1611 coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest The publication of the King James version of the Bible translated between and coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest influence on English language literature in history Now world class literary writers introduce the book of the King James Bible in a series of beautifully designed small format volumes The introducers' passionate provocative and personal engagements with the spirituality and the language of the text make the Bible come alive as a stunning work of literature and remind us of its overwhelming contemporary relevance. Notes on Revelation1 The English version I mean the UK version has an introduction by Will Self The US version has an introduction by Kathleen Norris Will Self probably wrote an interesting introduction Kathleen Norris on the other hand wrote some liberal apologist dribble telling 'the poets' to take back this loving book from the hands of fundamentalists Sadly Kathleen Norris is going to be burning in hell for her view of Revelations And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy God shall take away his part of the book of life and out of the holy city and from the things which are written in this book 229 In other words you can't just take the good and leave the bad for that your own book of life is going to be messed with by the big G and you'll burn in a lake of fire It's ok though you'll be joined by Jenkins and Lahaye co authors of the Left Behind series who have also done a number of cherry picking from this book This is one of the little pleasures of life finding literal bible passages that send people who make their living off of religion to burn for eternity It makes that really slim chance that there is an afterlife and that I will be spending it burning in hell for my views seem worth it; to see those self righteous fucks be tortured for eternity 2 By this book all of those evangelical nit wits who feel the need to burden others with their 'joy' and try to get you to share in the 'joy' with them by taking JC into your heart should just stop what they are doing Good for you you're saved your name is in the book of life mine isn't now leave me alone nothing can possibly change and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world when they behold the beast that was and is not and yet is 178 Maybe I'm reading this wrong but it sounds like pretty hard determinism to me you're name is in the book at the start of the world or it's not if it's not then you are going to be down with the beast and thus burn forever This does not logically effect point number 1 my name is not in the book of life so please stop bothering me but just because your name is in the book of life there are still lots of things that can get your name taken out the big ones being changing the word of G for your own purposes 3 And he cried mightily with a strong voice saying 'Babylon the great is fallen is fallen and is become the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird 182Birds are evil it says so right there but not all of them some of themAnd I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven 'Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; that ye may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of captains and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of them that sit on them and the flesh of all men both free and bond both small and great' And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse which sword proceeded out of his mouth; and all the fowls were filled with their flesh 1917 214 Heaven This seems to involve pre end of the world at least a lot of sitting around God while four beasts continuously sing praise to him Each time the beasts get to the end of their praise everyone kneels down and praises God and then the beasts start again FOREVER This is some Beckett Sisyphus absurdist nightmare The silliness of the praising continues throughout the book God is praised after awful things he sends down on to the world and his omnipotence is praised I get maybe being marveled the first time he does some of his crazy Dungeon Master shit but after awhile it's got to get old For example you're hanging out with some guy who can shoot a basketball from full court and make the shot every time The first time you see it you'll probably think that is pretty amazing and maybe the next ten times you'll think it's still pretty awesome but then he tells you that it's physically impossible for him to miss and he keeps showing you how he can make the shot After awhile you just aren't impressed any It would be like being impressed because I can beat up a five year old Of course I can I'm God like in my size and strength compared to a five year old If anything you'd look at me like I was some kind of deranged lunatic especially if while I was doing it I was expecting everyone to praise me for how great I was at kicking this kids ass Now assume that for some reason this little shit of a five year old really needed to have his ass kicked by me I don't know why but assume it He needs to be knocked unconscious He's little I'm big I could probably hit him once and knock him out; but instead I torture him I break his little fingers I burn him with things I hang him out in the sun with nothing to drink for a couple of days while making sure he stays conscious by shocking him with electricity every few seconds and then I bring him back in give him bad water to drink burn him some until finally after doing this shit to him for awhile I fill the bathtub up with gasoline throw him in it and then light it on fire After each added cruelty am I deserving of praise and deserve to be told that I am just? Just asking 5 I have no idea what to rate this book It's not a nice book It's a sadistic fantasy about getting back at ones enemies It does sum up nicely the persecution fantasies of the religious right in this country though if you can't paint yourself as a martyr then none of the totally awesome death and destruction of Revelation can be brought down upon your enemies I was going to give this three stars but then I saw that everyone who rated this gave it five so I'll give it two stars it really only deserves one since it's basically a crazed manual for revenge with some gnostic mysticism thrown in see the woman giving birth to the man child before the start of the world for example; but for giving me a new textual support for Jenkins and Lahaye's eternal damnation the book deserves an extra star Jesus is apparently exempt from being eaten by the birds even though he is on a horse I think you need higher math logic to solve the problem of why it's ok that the birds don't eat Jesus I think it's actually part of Godel's Inconsistency Theorem I don't know what is up with the sword in Jesus' mouth but I should admit to chuckling every time it was mentioned in the book And every time the line from Heathers about having a sword fight in one of the Heathers' mouth ran through my head Rev 118I am he that liveth and was dead; and behold I am alive for ever Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death210bBe thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life311Behold I come uickly hold that fast which thou hast that no man take thy crown43And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone and there was a rainbow round about the throne in sight like unto an emerald55And one of the elders saith unto me Weep not behold the Lion of the tribe of Juda the Root of David hath prevailed to open the book and to loose the seals thereof 614And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places717For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall lead them unto living fountains of waters and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes82And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets91And the fifth angel sounded and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit107But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel when he shall begin to sound the mystery of God should be finished as he hath declared to his servants the prophets1112And they heard a great voice from Heaven saying unto them Come up hither And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld125And she brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron and her child was caught up unto God and to his throne139If any man have an ear let him hear1413And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me Write Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth Yea saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them153And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb saying Great and marvelous are thy works Lord God Almighty; just and true Are thy ways thou King of saints1615Behold I come as a thief Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments lest he walk naked and they see his shame1717For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will and to agree and give their kingdom unto the beast until the words of God shall be fulfilled 184And I heard another voice from Heaven saying Come out of her my people that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues1916And he had on his vesture and on his thigh a name written KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS2011And I saw a great white throne and him that sat on it from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them211And I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no sea2220He which testifieth these things saith Surely I come uickly Amen Even so come Lord Jesus Sidenote The reason for such vague and short and eh words on each of these books is because I wasn't challenging the study of the Bible when I read these I was challenging myself to read the whole Bible in a year because I knew it would be discipline to keep at it daily I do however plan to pick up a book and study what it is saying Those will be longer reads and notesSo here is my review from my Read the Bible in a Year challenge Usually just snippets of thoughts and random things I liked about the book itself Nothing in depthSo here is my review of Revelations This is my favorite book in the Bible Such promise and chaos It's like a fantasy book but it is actually going to happen It's kind of terrifying but it leaves you in awe and with your mind rolling I love it This is a really great book of the Bible No way in the world am I going to give any kind of star rating to anything in the Bible even if I'm an avowed spiritualist and not a Christian You just don't judge books of faith on the merits of their writing and story construction as far as I'm concernedSo why did I read it and why I am recording that I did so? I'll answer the latter first For my benefitmy own recordAs to the first I remember trying to read what I thought of as Revelations when I was a teenager and again in my early 20s I'm in my mid 50s now I could not make heads nor tails of it and I assumed that it was just because it was written in King James English Had no interest in reading it in any other version because as far as I and my original Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers were concerned the KJV was THE Bible and anything else was modern and heretical Forget the original authors right?Fast forward to 2020 when the world seems to be if not coming to an end at the very least to a major shift in being And when the limited series Waco was streaming on Netflix I can't really remember what all I was doing February through April of 1993 but I remember seeing enough on TV then about the standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidians that I wanted to see how it was portrayed in this day and ageWellWound up not only watching the series but the accompanying Paramount produced short documentaries and then another long documentary 1997's Rules of Engagement After hours and hours of watching some really horrific and crazy stuff I decided I'd better try the Book of Revelation again given that David Koresh had sacrificed dozens upon dozens of lives in his attempt to share its true messageSo Now to the bookIt's very interesting to me that the writer is listed here as Anonymous because it's pretty doggoned clear no matter what version you read that somebody named John wrote it Whether it was John the Apostle or John the Elder which gets my nickel bet is a uestion for the ages But John it is plain as day in all those versesAnybody can find any meaning in this book that they want I think I read one review that talked about how seriously heavy metal the book is Yep I can see that Others talk about how trippy it is Yep can see that too; I told my husband that I imagined John the Whomever had probably had some mushroom tea or the like and used whatever language he had at his command to attempt to describe what he sawexperienced In a year in which part of the world has been on fire Australia we've experienced a global pandemic COVID 19 dust from the Sahara Desert is floating over the State of Alabama in the Southern United States AND we think we're getting confirmed signals from outer space it's mighty easy to find references to all of these things in the Book of Revelation But couldn't one do that too back when the atomic bomb was detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Or when Hurricane Camille hit or an earthuake happened in California or when the accident happened at Chernobyl? When smallpox polio HIVAIDS Ebola came on the scene? Who really knows what goes on at Area 52 to this day?Ah well Some view this writing as completely allegorical a sermon on living one's life as committed to that one true faith in word and deed and heart day after day after day because one never really knows when the end of time will come If it doesI can see thatI'll probably read a plain language version of this before too long But I'll do us all a favor and not write about that Revelation is such a difficult book to understand yet what’s inside likewise causes my heart to pump excitedly with anticipation Jesus WILL come back and I can not wait to see Him riding on His white horse when He returns Great book of the Bible i read this before and let me tell you that is some seriously heavy metal shit in there lambs with seven horns and seven eyes carrying a book with seven seals and after they open every seal some crazy shit happens like stars fall out of the sky or part of the ocean turns to blood wtf i sayi'm basing a lot of my art right now on this book so have been slowly going through it i recommend it as a way to trip yourself out and find cool uotes to use in your own artwriting or just to whip out at partiesalso as someone who is uite spiritual but not at all religious it is very interesting for me to try and find positive and worthwhile things in a book which has been used by some seriously bonkers people to build and perpetuate systems of hate and mass craziness if you know what i mean That's an hour I'll never get back I could imagine nothing worse than believing the drivel that was in this book to be real and is the inspired work of an all knowing book writer and then spending the years it would take to fully understand the nonsense that spewed out of this book and then most assuredly realizing that studying this book is as relevant as studying the efficacy of parapsychology and astrology only in the end to realize that years of your life that was wasted in believing this comic book like drivel would have been better spent fully understanding the Marvel Comic universe instead Stan Lee is inspired than the writer of this nonsense At least Marvel Comics doesn't pretend to really be talking for God Great bedtime reading Good for foreplay too An example of incredibly imaginative fiction writing This is always a challenging read This time I listened to a plan on the Bible app which broke it up in sections which I enjoyed

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  • 64 pages
  • Revelation
  • Anonymous
  • English
  • 27 August 2016
  • 9780802136213