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An original, extensive commentary by Homer Dewayne Shappley.
Not a compilation of other commentaries.
If you are curious regarding my "credentials" for producing and publishing this Commentary, some are presented in "About."

Forty documents of this Commentary are currently available. It is not necessary to read the entire Commentary in order to understand the interpretations and applications made in each and every part. For example, Scenes 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Fifth Trumpet of Revelation 9 are depicted, interpreted, and applied in Chapter Four of this Commentary. They take place on the timeline of humanity and the world in a specific period of "five months" and may be understood, as I analyze them, without having to understand all that goes before and comes afterward.

Most recent addition: April 29, 2023.

When was the Book of Revelation written? Part 5 of Chapter 1 of this Commentary.


Prologue to "Revelation: Its Ongoing Relevancy and Fulfillment"

Chapter 1
The Nature and Historical Background of Revelation

Initial considerations for the study of Revelation

Image of the title The Revelation to John inserted on the image showing a part of planet Earth in space with clouds, illustration for the list of the components of the Commentary Revelation: Its Ongoing Relevancy and Fulfillment by Dewayne Shappley.

Part 1  The Origin of Revelation

Part 2 The Meaning of the Word “Revelation.” In Greek, ἀποκάλυψις.

Part 3 The Fundamental Content of Revelation.
Prophecy and Predestination. Time and Spatial Range.

Part 4 The Great Value of Revelation for anyone who reads, hears, and obeys it.

Part 5 When was the Book of Revelation written? 

Chapter 2 (To be added)
The Seven Great Prophecies of Revelation that Lead 
Up to the End of the Material Universe and Material Time

Chapter 3 (To be added)
The Seven Seals of Revelation 

Chapter 4

The Fifth Trumpet. Also called "the first woe." 
Revelation 9:1-12

Scene 1. The "shaft to the bottomless pit" is opened and "smoke" came out of it "like the smoke of a great furnace."

Scene 2 of the Fifth Trumpet. "Out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth. And they were given power like that of scorpions of the earth."

Scene 3 of the Fifth Trumpet. The "locusts torment" people who do "not have the seal of God."

Scene 4 of the Fifth Trumpet of Revelation 9. The “appearance” of the “locusts.

The Sixth Trumpet. Also called "the second woe." 
Revelation 9:13 through 11:14

Introduction to the Sixth Trumpet of Revelation also called "the second woe." In this Commentary, the visions and prophecies of the Sixth Trumpet are presented in fourteen Scenes. Timelines composed of multiple graphics and texts help fix the temporal parameters for their fulfillment.

Scene 1 The four angels "bound at the great river Euphrates" are released.

Scene 2. Out of Asia, two hundred million horses bringing "fire, smoke, and sulfur!"

Scene 3. The Three Plagues of "fire, smoke, and sulfur," of the Sixth Trumpet of Revelation

Scene 4. The Seven Thunders of Trumpet 6 of Revelation, the Proclamation of the fulfillment of the "mystery of God" and the end of time, and the apostle John eats the "little scroll" which is "sweet as honey" in his mouth but bitter in his stomach.

Scene 5 

Part 1. The rod like a staffgiven to the apostle John according to Revelation 11:1 measures the church, its worship, and the worshippers. Timeframe, context, and purpose of the measuring.

Part 2, of Scene 5, of Trumpet 6. Commentary on Revelation 11:2. The court outside the temple,” the “nations,” and the holy city are identified. The timeframe of the “forty-two months” is carefully studied and set. Differences between the “trampling” of Luke 21:24 and that of Revelation 11:2.

The "Two Witnesses" of the Sixth Trumpet. Also called the "Two Prophets."
Revelation 11:3-14

Scene 6 of Trumpet 6. The Two Witnesses (Two Prophets) are identified as Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. They are the Two Olive Trees and Two Lampstands of Zachariah 2. Much biblical evidence is cited. They are represented on earth by their faithful human witnesses, especially by evangelists, elders, teachers, and deacons.

Scene 7 of Trumpet 6 of Revelation. The Two Witnesses prophesy 1,260 days wearing sackcloth. Satan-deceived nations trample over the "holy city" for 42 months. Evidence these two “times” are concurrent, taking place in the “little while” before the Second Coming of Christ. Timeline of events and circumstances.

Scene 8 of Trumpet 6 of Revelation. The WORK of the Two Witnesses is to prophesy and bear witness. How they do their work in the 21st century. The source of their prophecies is explained.

Scene 9 of Trumpet 6 of revelation. The POWERS of the Two Witnesses to consume enemies with fire, shut the sky that no rain falls, turn waters to blood, and smite the earth with plagues proves they are Christ and the Holy Spirit, not Moses and Elijah, Popes, or other church leaders, for human beings are never to avenge themselves, rather love their enemies.

Scene 10

Part 1 of Scene 10 of the Sixth Trumpet of Revelation. The Two Witnesses end their testimony in 1,260 days, a period fixed on graphical Timelines of Revelation. No remedy for unrepentant humans left on earth after that period. Why? Their Satanic armor. Limits to God’s marvelous and admirable forbearance and patience.

Part 2, of Scene 10, of Trumpet 6 of Revelation. The War against the Two Witnesses: They are conquered, and some are killed, thus completing the number of the martyrs of Christ. The War of Harmagedon is real, Christ and the Holy Spirit are left silent and as if “dead” when their faithful representatives on earth are overcome.

Scene 11, of Trumpet 6 of Revelation. The Two Witnesses lie dead in the street of the great city for three and a half days. The great city spiritually as Sodom, Jerusalem, and Egypt. Dead bodies not buried. The enemies who kill them rejoice and exchange gifts. Explanations and applications.

Scene 12, of Trumpet 6 of Revelation. The representatives of the Two Witnesses, that is, their spokespeople and defenders on earth, dead for three and a half days, are physically resurrected, and, hearing a voice calling them, ascend to heaven, their astounded enemies literally beholding both events. Last events of the Second Woe.

Why is there so much "wrath of God" in Revelation? This divine wrath is manifested in 125 verses of the 404 that the book of Revelation has. In contrast, 197 verses of the 404 may be classified as positive, encouraging, inspiring, full of healthy, pure hope.

Chapter 5 (To be added)
The Woman Dressed with the Sun
War in Heaven

Chapter 6

 The First Beast of Revelation 13

Act 1. Scene 1. The first beast rises out of the sea roiled by the four winds of heaven. So do the four great beasts of Daniel. Revelation 13:1-2; Daniel 7:1-3

Act 1. Scene 2. The seven heads of the first beast. Revelation 13:1; 17:2, 9-12; Daniel 7:1-7.

Act 1. Scene 3. A blasphemous name on the seven heads of the first beast. Revelation 13:1

Act 1. Scene 4. The appearance of the first beast. Revelation 13:2

Act 1. Scene 5. A Great, Fiery Red Dragon Gives Power, a Throne, and Great Authority to the First Beast.

Act 1. Scene 6. The 6th head of the First Beast receives a "Fatal Wound,but it was "healed.
When, how, and by whom? Revelation 13:3

Facts and Fictions regarding the Duration of the Roman Empire. The highly deleterious impact on the interpretation of prophecies in Revelation and Daniel of the false Narrative that says “The Roman Empire Ended in 476 CE.” It did not.

Act 2. Scene 3, The number of the name of the Second Beast is 666. The name identified. Revelation 13:16-18

 The Second Beast of Revelation 13

Chapter 6 has 2 more Scenes for Act 2. 

Chapter 7

Ten Dangerous Horns

The Seventh King-Kingdom-Beast of Revelation 17

The Eight King-Kingdom-Beast

The Little Horn

Act 2. The sign of the Seventh King-Kingdom-Beast. Astonishing SIGN for modern times! Revelation 17

Chapter 7 has many more Acts, Scenarios, and Scenes.

Chapter 8 (To be added. Many Acts and Scenes.
The equivalent of 200 plus letter-size pages.
The Great Whore-Great City of Babylon 

Chapter 9 (To be added)
The Seven Last Plagues 

Chapter 10 is composed of Eleven Subjects related to End Time Events.
The Millennium, the End of the Millennium, the First Resurrection, the Day of the Lord that will come like a thief in the night, Christ will appear a second time without any relationship to sin, Every eye will see him, the New Heavens and the New Earth, the White Throne Judgment, etc.

The day of the Lordwill come like “like a thief in the night.” Part 1. Will it come before or after the Millennium? The juxtaposition on the timeline between the Millennium and “the day of the Lord.” 2 Peter 3:10-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-7; Revelation 16:12-16

Part 2 of "The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the Night." "LookI come like thief.Revelation 16:15. Bible texts in Part 2 which prove that the Millennium precedes the coming of "the day of the Lord like a thief." Revelation 6:21; 11:3-13; 14:14-16; 16:12-16; 19:11-22.

PowerPoint image for the coming of the Day of the Lord like a thief in the night composed of 24 principal texts and 3 graphics. Events prior to, during, and after the Day of the Lord in an easy-to-follow sequence, in one image.

These are Parts 1 and 2 of Subject 3, of Chapter 10. Subject 3 has 4 more parts.

Jesus Christ "will appear, a second timenot to deal with sin." Analysis of Hebrews 9:28. 

       For the 
CONDENSED VERSION of this subject click here.

The Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20 and the Judgment of the Nations of Matthew 25. Are they the same?

Chapter 10 is composed of 11 subjects, among them: The Millennium, the First Resurrection, and Every Eye Will See Him.

Chapter 11 (To be added)
Several Subjects of Revelation not covered in previous chapters

Chapter 12 
(To be added)
Revelation 20:11 to the end of the book

The entire commentary on Revelation by the author is the equivalent of about 1,300 letter-size pages.

Related articles on various portions of Revelation

The "Man of Sin, the Lawless One, the Son of Perdition," of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12.

Revelation 9:1-4. Smoke from the Bottomless Pit comes out of not a few universities, their faculties, and student bodies.

Revelation 10:6. Going out into the FUTURE to the LAST DAY of TIME. Looking back at planet Earth in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Revelation 19:10. The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.

Why is there so much "wrath of God" in Revelation? This divine wrath is manifested in 125 verses of the 404 that the book of Revelation has. In contrast, 197 verses of the 404 may be classified as positive, encouraging, inspiring, full of healthy, pure hope.

“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed
as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star
rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture
is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came
by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they
were moved 
by the Holy Spirit.”
2 Peter 1:19-21

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”
1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

Dear student of Revelation, I prepared the first version of this commentary in Spanish, beginning in 1995, for university-level classes taught in the School of Advanced Bible Studies, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and have continued work on it ever since. Having previously translated to English the studies on the First Beast and the Seventh King-Kingdom-Beast as representative of the content, my goal now is to translate, Lord willing, the rest of the commentary and will be adding Chapters, Acts, Scenarios, Scenes, Parts, etc. as that is accomplished, furthering improving the text and graphics. The Commentary is composed of 12 Chapters. Including more than 100 slides, the whole is equivalent to about 1,300 letter-size pages.

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