The Book of Revelation is one of the most complex and mysterious in the Sacred Bible. To interpret the messages for our modern day, Biblical scholar and BYU professor emeritus Richard Draper delivered a fireside address Feb. 26, 2017 at the Los Angeles Temple Visitors Center. His appearance was sponsored by the Widtsoe Foundation.
The heart of Lucifer’s evil design is to “seek the misery of all humankind” and the blueprint for much of that dark work is in the Book of Revelation, said Richard Draper, a biblical scholar and Brigham Young University professor emeritus of ancient scripture.
Speaking on “Uncovering the Book of Revelation” in the New Testament to an overflow crowd at the Los Angeles Temple Visitors’ Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Feb. 26, as a guest scholar of the John A. Widtsoe Foundation, Draper said the adversary’s work can be easily identified by any means that “take people and turn them into property” whether it is a shop owner who knowingly overcharges for services, or the global spread of drugs, sex and human trafficking in the 21st century.
In Revelation 14:12, the King James Version refers to the “patience” of the saints during the trials and tribulations of the last days. In the new translation of the Greek, Draper and Rhodes believe the phrase “steadfast endurance,” not patience, more accurately defines what will be needed to withstand “the pressure that will come from the intolerance of the world toward righteousness.”
There will be casualties and tough times, but the followers of Christ are promised they will get through it, said Draper.
Followers of Christ should “stay away from Babylon” at all costs because she will take down everyone and everything in her path, and the fall will be “hard and fast,” he said.
There are actually two warnings regarding Babylon — to those who refuse to come out of the great city and to those who have fully embraced Babylon’s offerings. Draper likened this to the example in the New Testament of the wise and foolish virgins.
Draper summarized the key roles for the followers of Jesus Christ in the last days: to be prepared, to exercise faith, to stand their ground (or endure) and pray.
The Lamb will “shepherd them and lead them to living springs of water and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. The job of the true Lamb, Jesus Christ, is to protect the righteous. God and Christ are in charge. We need to have the eyes to see,” said Draper.