The Apocalypse or book of Revelation is the last book of Hoy Scripture and is the only prophetical book in the New Testament. The Church makes frequent use of it, particularly in the Liturgy, to sing the praises of the risen Christ and the splendor of the heavenly Jerusalem which symbolizes the Church in the glory of heaven. A certain parallel can be seen between the book of Revelation and Genesis, the first of the sacred books. Genesis describes the beginning of the world through the creative action of God. Using similar symbolism, the Apocalypse speaks at length of the new creation initiated by the Redemption brought about by Christ which will reach its climax when he comes again at the end of the world. The last chapters of Revelation specifically mention the river that watered paradise and the tree of life.
The Apocalypse is a book at once difficult and profound, and yet it focuses intense light on the figure of Christ in glory and builds up our hope of attaining eternal life.
In the following pages, I will attempt to write each line of the book of Revelation and comment on those lines giving you an understanding of the Catholic Church teachings on this last book of the Bible. The first portion of the book, the “Letters to the seven Churches” will be skipped and will begin on Chapter 4.