With more bizarre creatures than a Muppets movie, more symbols than the periodic table, and more global destruction than "The Day After Tomorrow" and <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/search/site.aspx?q=2012">2012</a> combined, Revelation is easily one of the most fascinating and confusing books in the Bible. You may not understand much of it, but you might be surprised how well you know the Bible's final pages. Take this quiz and find out exactly how much you know about the least read book of the New Testament.
According to the opening line of Revelation, the book is the revelation of whom?
(Revelation 1:1 "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him..."). However, in the Authorized King James Version of the Bible, the book is entitled "The Revelation of Saint John the Divine." So, don't feel too bad if you guessed John for that one.
Who wrote the book of Revelation?
See Revelation 1:1-2, 4. Or, the explanation of the answer to Number 1...
Jesus addresses letters to the churches in seven cities, including which of the following cities?
The Philly mentioned in Revelation is an ancient city in modern day Turkey, however, not Pennsylvania. (See Revelation 3:7-13)
Which of these animals is able to open the sacred scroll in Revelation 5?
While the scroll-opener is introduced by an elder as "The Lion of Judah," he is clearly depicted as a "lamb which looked as if it had been slain." (Revelation 5:6ff)
Which of these does NOT trigger plague or destruction in the book of Revelation?
The swans are from "The Twelve Days of Christmas," not Revelation.
Which of these is NOT an embodiment of evil in Revelation?
The eye-covered bird-ox is actually one of the good guys (Revelation 4:6-7). There are freaky-looking creatures working for both sides!
Where do the demons and kings of the world gather for a final, epic battle with the army of the Lord?
See Revelation 16:16. Megiddo, the location for which Armageddon was named, was the site of a number of important battles in ancient Jewish history.
Which of these hymns is NOT found in the book of Revelation?
"The Lord is my shepherd" is from Psalm 23.
At both the beginning and the end of Revelation, God is identified as which of the following?
Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet; Omega is the last. Thus, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End" (Revelation 22:31).
According to tradition, where was the book of Revelation written?
John identifies his location as Patmos (Revelation 1:9). However, exile is never explicitly mentioned in the book; the belief that John was on the island as punishment is a later assumption based on church tradition.
Who appears to be the primary intended audience for the book of Revelation?
Revelation was written to encourage believers who occasionally faced severe mistreatment under the rule of Roman officials. Much of the symbolism in the book resembles ancient Jewish images used to depict God's deliverance from an oppressive empire.
What is the significance of the number 666 in the book of Revelation?
Using a number coding system common in Greek-speaking nations, 666 could be a numerical representative of the names of the Roman Emperors Nero or Domitian. Or, you know, Ronald Regan.
The story of Revelation ends with God's people living where?
The holy city is repeatedly referred to as "the New Jerusalem."
Which of these is NOT found in the God's holy city, the New Jerusalem?
John explains the absence of temple, writing, "I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple" (Revelation 21:22).
Which of the following movies was NOT (at least loosely) based on the book of Revelation?
Although the Resident Evil movie contains the word "Apocalypse," the film is about the living dead, not the living Christ. Besides references to Revelation, what else do the three remaining films have in common? Terrible, terrible reviews from critics.