The scariest verses in the Book of Revelation are:
Revelation 22:18-19 (New King James Version)
18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
The traditional and wrong interpretation of this passage
The traditional explanation of these two verses are people taking them literally. They are happy to accept that much of the Book is written in images and that their great knowledge is needed to explain to people what the imagery means, but they have never consulted the Holy Spirit as to what these verses really mean.
People think that these verses mean that if people publish a copy of the Book of Revelation with additional chapters or verses that they have made up, then they will get the plagues that are in this book of prophecy.
We all know that with this warning in the very book they are translating that no publishing company would dare to make up additional verses or chapters and thus fulfill this stupid interpretation.
Likewise they believe that if they omit certain verses or chapters from this book that they will have their names taken out of the Book of Life. As if any publisher would do that with this clear warning in the book!
So the majority of Christians who do not know what this means think that its quite all right to get so called knowledge from the Lord on this book of mystery and publish a book explaining what it all means and if they do a good job of it make a pile of money.
Okay so lets look at what these verses really mean.
Adding to the prophecy means
Adding to the prophecy means getting what takes two paragraphs in the book of Revelation and writing two pages of description about what it means. You have added to the words of the Book of Revelation. For this you will be judged if you are wrong.
Taking away from the words means
If you write your two pages on the two paragraphs and any one sentence of yours in wrong and in your description your wrong description takes away from the real warning of the passage then your name is taken out of the Book of Life and you will spend eternity in hell.
In writing this I realise I am adding to the words of the book. But I also have been told to write it by Jesus himself as a warning to those who might consider to write and expound the book of Revelation to others.
The book is a private book and if you are close to Jesus He will reveal it to you. You don’t need authors writing what they think it means. Very few authors would put pen to paper if they knew that simply once sentence wrong in what they describe would send them to hell.
Writing this therefore is a risky business but I will possibly save some people from hell if they understand that this is the truth.
In fourteen years of studying the role of the two witnesses I have not read one author that has any idea of what they are writing and it is clear to me that they write mainly from opinion and guess work. I know no person in the world that I have ever read that knows more about the role then myself, and most writers seem to think they will be two prophets that stand in Israel and get rejected by the whole world.
I wondered for a long while why I could not find another writer that knew as much as I until the Lord told me that if they have written about it then they have disobeyed the command not to add to the book of prophecy and therefore it was not the Holy Spirit who gave them the knowledge.
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