"…our Savior Jesus Christ…abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" — from 2 Timothy 1

Quiz on the Apocalypse
First published February A.D. 2013

Cf., that is to say "confer with," Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, and Luke 4:4 for motivation to take this quiz. Use your Bible while you work, or challenge yourself by refraining. Spelling counts on fill in the blank questions, which are usually passages from the New King James translation. Where appropriate, the correct answer and/or commentary is provided with your score.

1. What is the definition of APOCALYPSE?

M.  The original meaning of this alternate title for the last book of the Bible is unknown.
E.  It is a synonym for Armageddon.
A.  Invented in conjunction with the movie Apocalypse Now (1979, dir. F.F. Coppola), it was intended to convey the idea that a shadowy, sinister underworld is ever present.
N.  An unveiling or uncovering.
S.  An overwhelming, fiery destruction.

2. Which statement is NOT made about the two witnesses of the Apocalypse?

C.  These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.
L.  Fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies.
O.  These have the power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy.
U.  They have power over waters to turn them to blood.
D.  They will make war against the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit, and overcome him.

3. T or F: The human penman of the divinely inspired book of Revelation identifies himself therein only as "the disciple whom Jesus loved."


4. Many know the first words of the Bible, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Can you add the two words which will complete the final verse of the Bible? Here it is:

The of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. .

5. According to the book of Revelation, the Book of Life was written:

R.  When God established His covenant with Abraham
Y.  On the first of the six days of creation
O.  At the time of the Fall of Man
U.  Before the foundation of the world
I.  When Jesus rose from the dead
N.  When Jesus ascended into Heaven

6. The thousand year period during which those who participate in the first resurrection reign with Christ is mentioned:

T.  In the Old Testament book of Zechariah and in Revelation.
H.  By Christ in His Olivet discourse, in two of Paul's epistles, and in the Apocalypse.
O.  In Revelation and other New Testament books.
U.  In one chapter of the Apocalypse.

7. The church in which city was charged by Christ with "leaving their first love?"

E.  Ephesus
P.  Philadelphia
T.  Thyatira
L.  Laodicea
S.  Smyrna

8. T or F: At Ezekiel 2:8 - 3:4, the prophet EATS a scroll in the midst of his vision experience. Likewise, John the apostle in the midst of his vision eats a small book given to him by an angel.


9. At the beginning of the Apocalypse, the writer says, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet…" The phrase "in the Spirit on the Lord's day" most likely means:

J.  that the writer was having an out of body experience.
O.  that the writer was experiencing a vision of the great future Judgment Day.
U.   that the writer was acutely aware of Christ's victory...he was powerfully assured that Christ was finally unrivalled.
R .  that the writer was worshiping God in Spirit and truth on the first day of week, Sunday.

10. Complete the verse: "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the and the of David, the bright and morning Star." (Each blank is one word.)

11. In His apocalyptic vision, John saw:

S.  All of the following.
Y.  A great sheet with many animals on it, while he heard a voice saying, "Arise, kill and eat."
M.  A ladder with angels ascending and descending on it.
B.  satan fall from heaven like lightning
O.  The holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from heaven
L.  A valley of dry bones, while he heard a voice commanding breath to enter them

12. In His apocalyptic vision, John also saw:

F.  None of the following.
I.  A secret code for foretelling the future.
G.  Saint Peter standing at the pearly gates.
U.  The devil bound and cast into the bottomless pit and a voice promising he would never be released from it again.
R.  The names of the twelve apostles written on twelve gates.
E.  All of the above.

13. In the risen Christ's letter to another one of the seven churches He wrote, "I know your works, and where you dwell, where satan's throne is." That church was in the city of:

T.  Thyatira
P.  Pergamos
L.  Laodicea
S.  Sardis
E.  Ephesus
N.  New Orleans

14. Which phrase is NOT found in Revelation?

H.  Seven golden lampstands
E.  Seven stars
P.  Seven spirits of God
T.  Seven scrolls and seven scribes
A.  Seven horns and seven eyes

15. In chapter 15, the redeemed are represented as singing the "Song of Moses" because:

L.  The deliverance God gave His people from bondage through the exodus from Egypt foreshadows the greater deliverance He gives through Christ.
I.  Moses wrote the 90th Psalm as a prayer, and in the passage the redeemed are praying.
F.  Moses will have a new assignment in the life to come, namely Chief Musician of Heaven.
E.  Moses appeared at the transfiguration of Christ.

16. Much superstition and speculation has arisen on account of the statement in Revelation 13:8 about the "number of the beast," 666. Some Greek manuscripts give a different number, which is: .

17. The names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel in Revelation chapter seven, from each of which tribes twelve thousand are sealed, are not identical with the twelve names of the sons of Jacob as provided in the book of Genesis. This means that:

T.  The belief that Scripture is infallible and cannot be broken must be discarded.
R.  Natural Israel and spiritual Israel are two utterly distinct groups.
I.  Over the course of history, the tribal distinctions became less distinct, and Revelation accurately reflects this.
B.  As in other places in Scripture, the names of the SONS of Israel and the names of the TRIBES of Israel are not always identical.
E.  Looking not only at Genesis but at all of Scripture, we learn that there were more than twelve tribes of Israel in ancient times. God sovereignly chose to seal men out of the particular twelve listed in Revelation chapter seven.

18. Complete the verse: "Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of in front and in back."

19. It is written that the dead bodies of the two witnesses (see question 2 above) would "lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt," namely the city of:

G. Antioch   O. Jerusalem   T. Athens  
H. Rome   A. Samaria   M. Jericho

20. T or F: Although all of Scripture is for all of God's people of all times, the apocalypse was directed less at the church that was on Earth at the time of its writing, and more at the church of many generations beyond the time of its writing, as a "last days guidebook."


21. Immediately after the letters to the seven churches, we are presented with a passage in the Apocalypse best described as:

L.  A glimpse into the adoration of God the Creator and Redeemer which takes place in Heaven.
O.  Not a greatly detailed but "broad brush strokes" summation of how history will unfold until the return of Christ.
V.  Very mysterious predictions which will not be understandable until the time of their fulfillment is near.
E.  An incredibly difficult portion of Scripture, the interpretation of which is best left to highly educated scholars.

22. The book of Revelation gives us an insight into the relationship between Hades and the lake of fire. What is it?

H. They are two levels of Gehenna, or hell — the second death. 
E. They are revealed as purgatory (temporary punishment) and hell (eternal punishment), respectively. 
C. Hades itself is ultimately thrown into the lake of fire. 
K. They are identical.

23. Which best expresses the basic structure of the book of Revelation?

V.  It is a vision, and therefore has a very loose structure so that each reader can form his own interpretation.
E.  A collection of visions about the future, very difficult but possible to integrate with one another.
I.  Prologue, seven letters to seven churches, further exposition on what the seven letters mean, concluding vision of heaven.
L.  A depiction of the victorious, risen Christ ruling over all things and subduing all enemies.

24. T or F: I am persuaded that the physical, public, visible, and glorious return of Jesus Christ will occur within the next several decades.


25. Complete the verse: "…He said to them, "It is not for you to know or which the has put in His own ." (Each blank is one word, and they must appear in the order given in the text.)