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22); who is called also "the beginning of the creation of God" (iii. However, the identification of "him who was dead and became alive again" with God, who is the First and the Last, the ever-living Almighty (i. 16, where Jesus is represented as saying, "I am the root and the offspring of David" (comp. vii.-x.); and whosoever shall attempt to hurt them will be devoured by fire from their mouths (II Kings i. But they will finally fall victims to the beast that ascends out of the abyss to make war upon them. 1), of turning the water into blood, and of striking the land with plagues (Ex. 3, the writer represents his vision as having been received in the form of a book, which he is to eat with its bitter contents. 5-6, the angel gives him a measuring-rodthat he may measure the site of the Temple and the altar, which is to remain intact, while the rest of the Holy City is doomed to be trodden under foot by the Gentiles (the Roman soldiers) for forty-two months (Dan. After their dead bodies have been lying for three and a half days in the streets of the Holy City, which shall have become a Sodom and Gomorrah, and the people of all tongues and of all nations have looked upon them and rejoiced at the death of the prophets that had chastised them (by their preaching of repentance), refusing to give them burial, God's spirit will again imbue them with life, and they will, to the astonishment of the people, rise and ascend to heaven; and in the same hour a great earthquake will cause the death of 7,000 people (xi. Of this eschatological feature no trace is found in rabbinical sources, except the appearance of Moses and the Messiah during the war of Gog and Magog (Targ. 8) upon the men who bear the mark of the beast and worship his image (an allusion to the cult of the emperors and to the Roman coins). The fourth pours out his vial upon the sun, which becomes a fire to scorch the people who blaspheme and repent not. The third pours out his vial upon the rivers, and they become blood, the angel of the waters praising the justice of God ("ẓidduḳ ha-din"), which makes those drink blood who have shed that of the saints and prophets.
13], who was, is, and shall be" (Greek text, "is to come").
It presents the book as a "Revelation which God gave . and close of xxii.)—into one so as to make the whole appear as emanating from John, the seer of the isle of Patmos in Asia Minor (see i. The Letters to the Seven Churches: The first part (i. 22) contains a vision by John, who is told by Jesus to send a letter to the seven angels of the seven churches in Asia (founded by Paul and his associates), rebuking them for the libertinism that has taken hold of many "who pass as Jews, but show by their blasphemy and licentiousness that they are of the synagogue of Satan" (ii. Owing to their heathen associations many of their members had lapsed into pagan or semipagan views and practises, under the influence of heretic leaders.