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Is the whole Apocalypse deal in the Bible metaphorical?

You know, 4 Horsemen, 666, etc. Is it just a metaphor to how the Romans and Nero were subjugating the people who wrote it? Or is there actually gonna be 4 Horsemen, the Antichrist, etc? Please explain, and don't get offended by my stupidness if I was wrong about the Romans and Nero.

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The key to Bible interpretation, especially for the book of Revelation, is to have a consistent hermeneutic. Hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpretation. In other words, it is the way you interpret Scripture. A normal hermeneutic or normal interpretation of Scripture means that unless the verse or passage clearly indicates the author was using figurative language, it should be understood it in its normal sense. We are not to look for other meanings if the natural meaning of the sentence makes sense. Also, we are not to spiritualize Scripture by assigning meanings to words or phrases when it is clear the author, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, meant it to be understood as it is written.http://www.gotquestions.org/Book-Revelation.html

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When studying Revelations it is helpful to add the book of Daniel to the study; these books help explain one another.
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I guess it would depend on how religious you are but the bible was written by man and man is fallible so really no one can answer this truthfully

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That's the big question, huh, sometimes the Bible is metaphorical sometimes not. I believe our human brains can't and maybe aren't supposed to contemplate it. That we should just except the obvious points in revelation. I myself am also curious. I like to think it's literal as translated in the Left Behind book series.

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EVERYTHING in the Bible is a metaphor. It is all a series of intertwined stories, fables, hearsay, second hand knowledge and conjecture. Of course you will find people who absolutely swear it is true and real. BUT, the reality of the Bible is: It was written by Man, For Man. The Bible is a collection of stories written about Jesus well AFTER his death. It in no way should be thought of as 'His words'. The Bible is 'Their words'. So, the apocalypse is a man made interpretation of what some early documentarian scribes wrote. Does the fact that someone WROTE something make it absolute truth? Think about the imagination of a movie script. If someone found a copy a thousand years from now would everyone just assume IT was true too?

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It isn't all metaphorical. Merely the parables are. It is too late to battle minds so i'm just going to leave this as a matter of faith. The bible is a timeless piece of human knowledge, history, and morality as dictated by God. Say what you want but it could not have been written by mere men
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Revelations, in its original form was supposedly written by one John of Patmos, while he whittled away years of imprisonment. A credible source, no?
His grandiose visions/delusions of the 'end of days' played so well into the intent of Biblical editors it was tacked on to the back of their holy book, to provide a bold ending to their endlessly metaphorical explanations of all things worldly and sacred. The validity of these chapters is, of course, open to interpretation, and likely to remain so.

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Much (not all) of what is in Revelations is symbolic but no matter what you want to call it - appocolypse or whatever - the world WILL end one day and it WILL be very bad and humans, dead and alive, will be culled and judged according to the Choice they made in life. There will be false prophets who come and fool people into believing they come from God and there will come one powerful person who will be cinvincing enough to fool even many Christians into believing he has come from God. I believe the 'four horsemen' are symbols for events God said would occure worldwide as the end draws near. It WILL happen one day.

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