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A Sermon for All Saints’ Day

Mention The Apocalypse of St. John, also known as The Revelation of St. John, or simply, Revelation, and some eyes might perk up, as well as ears become more attentive. This work of the apostle produces fear in some, curiosity in others, and general confusion among many. It is a book that has sparked manifold end-time movies and books. Because of incorrect understandings of the text, many false teachings about Revelation abound, not least of which are the views called Millennialism, whether pre-millennialism or post-millennialism

The Revelation of St. John, needless to say, is a greatly misunderstood book. Many are simply scared by it, namely, because they don’t understand it.

Revelation is a highly figurative book, with a great use of symbolic language, which has led some to fanciful and sensational interpretations, many of which are simply contrary to the rest of Holy Scripture.

On the whole, in sum, readers generally react in one of two ways: either in fear or with comfort. In fear, because of the judgments of God, the plagues, wars, and death. With comfort, because of the hopeful words found throughout.

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