Before you can allow yourself to believe the REAL truth about God and scripture, you have to allow yourself to be a "free thinker" and escape all the myths, fairy tales, drama, and romantic/heroic machinations of man that we like to fantasize about and desire to identify with.
The book of Revelation should be the first book of the New Testament……
….then the WARNING at the end of Revelation makes more sense as a FOREwarning , but also even the Maccabees had the “lion of Judah” as “Messiah” (we don’t have a “Messiah”, we have a SAVIOR”…eternal Savior in the eternal dispensation of God (age of eternity).
In 2000 years, nobody has ever asked the common sense logical question “What is the name of the battle IN ENGLISH? (Rev. 16:16 tells us IN HEBREW, I am not going to reveal it in English,…..that is YOUR mission, if you desire to know the truth).
After you find out the name in English, you will be able to discover that it was an actual military battle and is ancient history, then you will also be able to understand other strange things that had never been noticed by the teachers, scholars, theologians, or churchgoers….
why is the word “shipmasters” is in the text? (these MERCHANT ships caused much “buying and selling by sailing the trade routes of the sea).
There have been other battles fought at that location since the one described in the book, but how many times will the Lion of Judah become the Lamb of God?.....and also….
…..how many times must it be announced that God has a new name? (Revelation 2:17,…after 2000 years, you must find that name ON YOUR OWN, I will not reveal it to you).
Revelation 5:5 “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered,
Humanity has a death wish and we like to believe that our death will be glorious (we will all go from dust to dust, some will wake to ETERNAL LIFE and some will wake eternal scorn).