The Book of Revelation is the most important book for this precise time in history. The events that are described within its pages were written for us today. Every strange coded word and phrase is meant for this generation. The application of everything that is written in Revelation was penned for people who are alive today.
Unless a person has spent the past 30 years teaching the entire Bible, they are not qualified to write a commentary on the Book of Revelation. For this reason, a majority of the books today that claim to be a valid commentary were written by people who are not really qualified to write commentary for Revelation.
The reason is simple: In order to really understand Revelation and have the ability to write a valid and accurate commentary, a person must have studied the entire Bible before the Book of Revelation. The texts of Revelation assume that the reader has read, and has a good working knowledge of the whole Bible, before they read and study Revelation.
The Book of Revelation Has 244 Old Testament Citations
I waited to write my commentary of Revelation for 45 years. I have taught this important book more than 17 times in the previous 38 years in the United States, Europe, and Asia. I have published audio commentary on Revelation, beginning about 20 years ago. I did not think that I was ready or qualified to write the book you find here today, until I was confident that I knew and understood the rest of the Bible sufficiently in order to publish a reliable commentary for Revelation.
When the proper commentary is written for Revelation, the author must include hundreds of other texts from all over the Bible, in order to confirm and validate all the statements and conclusions that are included in his commentary. A majority of people who attempt to write a book about Revelation don’t have this ability, and they write commentary based upon their personal understanding and opinions.
When you read this commentary, you will quickly discover just how much of the whole Bible is included in the Book of Revelation. This is by design; and it was the purpose of Jesus, who is dictating the text of Revelation to John, to make sure that the reader receives a complete Bible study for the entire Bible when they read the texts of Revelation.
The second surprising fact of Revelation is just how much personal application there is in this book. You will find that there are more subjects and important questions answered by Revelation, than any other book in the Bible. Essentially every important doctrine and principle of the Bible can be found in a study of Revelation.
This is why this book is so large and detailed and contains so much information. It is my hope that you will be blessed by what I have written in this commentary, and you grow in your faith and relationship with Jesus as a result of this experience.
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In chapter 2:10, what does the book mean about “you will have tribulations for 10 days”/ whats the 10 days?
From my Book of Revelation, verse by verse commentary:
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
History records that early Christians were persecuted and killed by the Roman government for a period of 250 years. Beginning with Nero in 54 A.D. and ending with Diocletian in 313 A.D.
The most reliable source for the true facts of this persecution of Christians is from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. During this period of history, John Foxe estimated that five million Christians were killed for simply believing in Jesus as their Savior.
It is interesting that Jesus spoke to the church at Smyrna, in the book of Revelation Chapter 2, and told them that they would suffer through ten days of persecution and to be faithful even in their death…
And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, “These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: ‘I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.’” ~Revelation 2:8-10
These ten days appear to be a prophetic prediction by Jesus, describing the ten Roman Emperors who killed such a great number of Christians.
All ten of these Roman Emperors recorded their view of Christianity in the records of the Roman Senate Archives. Under Emperor Decius, Christians arrested could purchase a libelous that proved they had converted from Christianity without actually denying Jesus and worshiping a Roman god.
This was accomplished by paying a fee to a Roman official to obtain the certificate.
From the massive records of the Romans, which are extant to the present day, any person of diligence can discover that Jesus is a genuine person of history.
His early followers were brutally executed for simply believing that He had risen from the dead. The only reason the Roman government viewed Christianity as such a great threat, when all other religions were not regarded as dangerous, is due to the primary claim of its leader and the belief of its followers that Jesus Christ had not only died on a Roman cross—He had risen from the dead.
This stunning reality is recorded in the pages of Roman antiquity and is undeniable, empirical evidence of His existence in history. Jesus’ crucifixion is recorded in the Roman archives, and the fact of His resurrection is evidenced by the strong stance His followers took when confronted with death, rather than deny Him.
There is no doubt that John’s letter to the seven churches, from the book of Revelation Chapter 2:8-10, were read to those suffering under persecution. This letter that was written to the church at Smyrna was specifically intended for all those who would suffer under these brutal Roman Emperors.
…you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. ~Revelation 2:8-10
The early christians were encouraged to stand firm in their commitment to Jesus, and not fear death, because they had confidence that Jesus would also raise them from the dead: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” ~John 11:25-26
Although Smyrna, as a period of church history, suffered tremendously during those 250 years, her tribulation in the world caused many millions more to trust Jesus and be saved. There is no more powerful witness than a person who lives out their faith by never giving up on Jesus—even to the point of death.
References: [12.13,14,15] in “The Book of Revelation Commentary”