The Revelation of Jesus Christ was written by the apostle John while he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. It begins with prophecies from the time of Christ and it uses the language and symbolism of the earlier prophets.  It is primarily an End Times prophecy full of symbolism.

…And the third part of trees were burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up…and the third part of the sea became blood..and there fell a great star from heaven…and it fell upon a third part of the rivers…and the third part of the waters became wormwood

Global warming, meteors and asteroids falling to the earth and the waters become poison.

..locusts…were like unto horses prepared unto battle…and there faces were as the faces of men…they had breastplates…and they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails.

This sound to me like an attempt to describe a modern army of soldiers with body armor and fantastic weapons. If you add in the part about wings that sound like thunder, it could be helicopters or even fighter jets.  Then the horses with lion heads that breath fire become artillery and missile launchers.

The Four Horsemen

The first symbol is a white horse, bearing a rider who carries a bow. A crown is given to him, and he goes forth conquering and to conquer.

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

The meaning of each horse and rider varies depending on which interpretation you read.  Suffice it to say they are not friendly.  They are generally interpreted to symbolize drought, famine, pestilence, war and death.

And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

The earthquake this refers to can only mean a reversal of the poles of the Earth as predicted in other prophecies.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

The material world will become a spiritual world as it was before the fall.

Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

When the Earth once again becomes a World of Light, God will be with us and communicate directly with us.  As spirits, we will not suffer disease, pain, hunger or death.

And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;  the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysotile; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

I think most of us know by now that gems and crystals in general are aids to spiritual development as well as protection from demons and devils.

The Numbers

    Several numbers are repeated many times in Revelation: 3, 4 and seven.  Everything happens in cycles.  One of the most common cycles on earth is a three year cycle followed by a four year cycle forming a seven year cycle.  Seven is also often thought to represent the major energy centers of the body.  
    But then the pearly gates are mentioned. twelve gates, each like a large pearl.  And twelve gem stones in the city wall.  Why twelve?  Well if you add eight chakras in the physical body that link to four in the spiritual body you get a total of twelve.


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