The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible and
therefore the final word to the followers of Jesus, is like a cinematic
explosion of blood, violence and redemption. It may be scariest book
ever written that has a really happy ending. There is a reason so many
creators of literature, film, and popular music — from Francis Ford
Coppola’s Apocalypse Now to Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast — have
plumbed the book’s depths for artistic inspiration.
Whereas most of the rest of the New Testament is as gentle as a lamb,
with its talk of faith, hope and love, the Book of Revelation has been
read for nearly 1,700 years as a nightmarish warning to sinners,
heretics and non-believers about the reign of terror to come for those
who reject Christ.
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