Bert de Bruijn decodes ‘Revelation’ with new book

A Lacombe man is encouraging Christians (and anyone else so inclined) to make a closer inspection of the Bible with his new book.

REVEALING REVELATIONS – Bert de Bruijn reads from his new book

REVEALING REVELATIONS – Bert de Bruijn reads from his new book

A Lacombe man is encouraging Christians (and anyone else so inclined) to make a closer inspection of the Bible with his new book.

Bert de Bruijn, a now semi-retired minister, has recently published his first book, Take Another Look at Revelations, a study that analyzes the many symbols and metaphors existing in the Book of Revelation.

de Bruijn said that he felt his book was important because it simplified the complex messages within Revelation.

“Lots of people have interpreted Revelation and I was never very convinced that people were getting the message,” said de Bruijn.

de Bruijn went on to say that it is difficult to interpret Revelation because its story is told as it was revealed in a vision to the apostle John, as a sequence of images. Much of Revelation is symbolic and deals heavily with the spiritual element.

de Bruijn said some interpretations make the mistake of taking too much of the scripture literally.

On the other hand, one can also make the mistake of thinking the scripture does not relate to the real world at all.

“Just because it is all symbolic doesn’t mean it has nothing to do with real life,” said de Bruijn. “Rather the opposite. It has everything to do with real life, but the images are given as a metaphor.”

He gave the example of one scene within Revelation that deals with the return of Christ where he is shown to come leading an army of the Christians who have gone before coming down from heaven on horseback.

He said that according to the Christian tradition, it is true that Christ will return, but the manner of that return may not be exactly as described in that imagery.

“Well, the reality of that is absolutely true. But I doubt very much that we will see horses coming out of the sky.”

Revelation is perhaps best known to the public at large as being the final book of the Bible, which describes the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. However, de Bruijn said very little of the book actually deals with the end times and most of it deals with things that are always happening, what is generally referred to as ‘the eternal present.’

Numbers are one thing that he said are incredibly important in the book of Revelation.

He said that certain numbers refer to certain things, something he discovered is consistent throughout Revelation.

“It became obvious that these numbers were important, so I started to list them.”

For example, he discovered the number four always refers to the whole earth, the number three to a person’s allegiance of worship, seven refers to Jesus or God, six to Satan, said de Bruijn.

He said Revelation uses specific numbers of repetitions to refer to different things. For example, if a passage uses repetition to describe something seven different ways, that passage is referring to Jesus or God.

He said this is done so the reader always knows, even if it isn’t spelled out, what the passage is referring to.

“The numbers give you clues to what is actually meant.”

He went on to say that some have even misinterpreted scenes in Revelation that relate to daily life within the church as scenes describing events that still have yet to take place.

He added that it became quite clear in his study that this is not the case.

de Bruijn first got the idea to write the book when he was asked to do a Bible study on Revelation in the late 90s.

In preparation for the study, he noticed there are many references that were consistent throughout the book. As the study progressed, these references became even more clear to him.

After the study, he completed the first draft of his book in 2001 and then the project remained more or less untouched until de Bruijn came to Lacombe in 2006.

He then acquired a printing contract and worked on tweaking and rewriting his draft until recently.

de Bruijn will be doing a reading and signing for his new book, Take Another Look at Revelation, at the Kozy Korner on Oct. 25th at 1:30 p.m.


Just Posted

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

The Sylvan Lake Gulls show off the home jerseys (white) and their way jerseys at the Gulls Media Day on June 17, before the season opener. Following the media day, the team took to the field for their first practise. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake Gulls ready to throw first pitch as construction continues

The Gulls inaugural season kicks off June 18 with a game against the Edmonton Prospects

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

The Montreal Police logo is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Some Quebec politicians are calling for an investigation after a video was released that appears to show a Montreal police officer with his leg on a young Black man’s neck during an arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Probe called for after video appearing to show Montreal officer’s knee on Black youth’s neck

Politicians call for investigation after clip evokes memories of George Floyd incident

Thousands of protesters make their way through the downtown core during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ottawa, Friday June 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs’ study of systemic racism in policing concludes RCMP needs new model

Chair of the House public safety committee says it’s time for a reckoning on ‘quasi-military’ structure

A case filled with packages of boneless chicken breasts is shown in a grocery store Sunday, May 10, 2020, in southeast Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski
One million chickens euthanized during labour dispute at Quebec slaughterhouse

Premier says waste amounts to 13 per cent of the province’s chicken production thrown in the garbage

A section of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies is seen west of Cochrane, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021. A joint federal-provincial review has denied an application for an open-pit coal mine in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, saying its impacts on the environment and Indigenous rights aren’t worth the economic benefits it would bring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Alberta Rockies not in public interest

Public hearings on the project in southern Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass region were held last fall

Most Read