Revelation Is Both Symbolic And Literal

This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study shows how Revelation uses symbols to explain the literal fulfillment.

Some people say that the Apocalyptic message is only symbolic and not literal. They are saying that there is no literal historical fulfillment of the prophecies.

Some people say that the book of Revelation is literal. They are saying that the locust in the 5th Trumpet will be actual locust.

To use that as an example, the symbol of locust is defined in the Old Testament as Arabs.

Judges 7:12 defines that locust represent the Arabians. “Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.”

So the 5th Trumpet is pointing to the rise of Islam and the great Muslim armies, which were used to attack part of the Roman Empire, as part of their judgment.

Here is a summary of the fulfillment of the fifth Trumpet, so that you can see the symbolism and the literal fulfillment:

The 5th Trumpet represents the Lord using the Arabian (Mohammedan) army against the Western Roman Empire from 612-762 A.D., which is 150 years (5 months = 150 days). They wore turbans (crowns of gold); they had beards (faces of men); they had long hair like women; they wore chain-mail (breast-plates of iron); and they were fierce (teeth of lions). The falling star was Mohammed, the smoke out of Satan’s bottomless pit of lies is the Koran.

Revelation is a war manual, and John had to hide the message from the Romans who were in power at the time. He could not say that the Arabs would come and attack the Roman Empire and prevail, as that would have invited more persecution.

The 6th Bowl refers to the symbolic drying up of the Euphrates River. The literal interpretation focuses on the actual Euphrates River being dried up, but it symbolically points back to the domain of the the Turks, who became the great Ottoman Empire. Their drying up literally was fulfilled as they lost control of all of the lands they had conquered and were only left with the country of Turkey.

The 6th Trumpet represents the Lord releasing the Turks to cross over the Euphrates River to conquer 1/3rd of the Roman Empire for 391 years (prepared for the hour and day and month and year, 1 + 30 + 360 = 391) from 1062-1453 A.D., which ended when they used large cannons (out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone) to knock down the thick protective walls of Constantinople.

The 6th Bowl was poured out to dry up the Ottoman Empire, the people (river) of the Euphrates who had been released during the 6th Trumpet. During the 18th and 19th centuries, they lost control of the territories that they had occupied, such as Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; the kings of the East. They lost control of Palestine to General Allenby of Great Britain in 1917 A.D.

So the book of Revelation is both symbolic and literal. If one has not studied the Old Testament, they probably don’t understand the definition of the symbols, which means that they cannot understand the literal fulfillment. I think that it is our Father’s way of testing us to see if we read His whole Word.

Revelation truly is a blessing to those who read it and understand it, as it proves that the Elohim of the Scriptures is the One True Elohim; who foretold all of these events thousands of years ago, and have been fulfilled historically in precise detail. Praise Yah!

David Nikao Wilcoxson

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Revelation is both symbolic and literal. It uses symbols to convey a literal fulfillment. It uses symbols that are defined in the Old Testament, so that people who don’t read the whole Word of Elohim, wouldn’t understand the fulfillment.


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7 thoughts on “Revelation Is Both Symbolic And Literal”

  1. “Judges 7:12 defines that locust represent the Arabians.”???

    That doesn’t make sense at all. The verse you use says the people in the East were “as numerous as locusts”. Not that they are locusts, but as numerous as. Just as Abraham was told in Genesis 15

    “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.””

    … doesn’t mean Abraham’s offspring represent the stars!!!

    Come on, seriously… Don’t stretch things to where they don’t even fit. Because you do it in one part and the whole of this site loses credibility.

    • Greg, Judges 7:12 shows how Arabs were symbolized by locust. I didn’t say that they are locust. Revelation used symbols, in this case of the locust, to point to a literal fulfillment, the Arabs who rose to power.

      Judges 7:12 defines that locust represent the Arabians. “Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.”

      The Hebrew word for locust is ‘arbeh‘, and the Hebrew word for Arab is “arbe“, which is pronounced the same.

      In the Arabian romance The Romance of Antar, the LOCUST is introduced as the national emblem of the ISHMAELITES.

      Mohammedan tradition speaks of LOCUSTS having dropped into the hands of Mohammed, bearing on their wings this inscription, ‘We are the army of the Great God.‘ (Forster’s Mohammedanism Unveiled 1:217).

      I’m not stretching anything. Did you read the full explanation of the fifth trumpet? The Arabs fulfill all of the details.

    • Greg,

      With all due respect, this is a really bad critique of David. I don’t agree with everything on this website, but I don’t understand how you can take a whole page that is dedicated to explaining the “symbology and the literalness” of apocalyptic prophecy and then say David is “stretching” the truth with he infers symbology. You are correct, Abraham’s lineage was not literal stars. Neither are the Arabians literal locusts. It’s a symbol. But the “power was in their tails” and the “fire and brimstone” is literal because it’s speaking of cannons and artillery use to take Constantinople.

  2. Not only must the shoe fit to be proven true … it must stand the test of wear. Time will tell if the symbolic references stated above are true. Here is a point to consider. The “rule of first mention” reveals that locust is FIRST mentioned/discussed in Exodus 10:4 where they are indeed real locusts!


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