of kings on the white horse, the quadruple Alleluia and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb; chapter 20 discusses the Millennium and the Great White Throne Judgment; chapter 21 deals with the New Jerusalem and the New heaven and New Earth; and chapter 22 talks of the New Jerusalem and the River of Life (Dominguez 2006).
Bible scholars have different interpretations of the Book of Revelations. Some say it is a description of the difficult times that the Israelites were going through during the Old Testament and ends with the birth of Christ. On the other hand, some scholars say it is about the journey that the New Testament Christians are going through beginning with Christ's birth until His final return to take the believers with Him.
What ever is the standpoint of these Bible scholars, the fact remains that as seen through the themes of each chapter of the Book of Revelation there is a pattern of a flow of events from dark to light. The dark times represent the difficult times and the light is the hope that finally someday all these trials will come to an end and that happiness will at last be attained for "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Revelation 21:4).
The first verse of the Book starts with the phrase: "to show his servants what must soon take place" (1:1). This projects that the things that are written in the Book are prophetic and will serve as a guide to the ones who read and believe it. True enough, many of the prophecies have already been fulfilled such as the reign and fall of empires like the Roman Empire and the rise of the Eagle which is interpreted as America, and others (Dominguez 2006).
The last chapter echoes back the message emphasizing the eminence of the message, "The angel said to me, 'These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place'" (22:6).
The Christians to whom this Book was addressed were in a "great crisis of faith". "They lived in the catacombs, persecuted and killed by the Romans who threw them to the lions in ridiculous feasts of diversion, and it seemed that Jesus was doing nothing, he was not moving even a finger to help them" (Dominguez 2006).
The term "soon" is repeatedly used to emphasize the imminence of the events