Book of Revelation

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
  1. Introduction to Revelation – (A Brief introduction to and outline of the Book of Revelation)
  2. The Fourfold Division of the Book of Revelation – (The visions of John divide into four main sections marked off by his four experiences “in the spirit”)
  3. The Isle of Patmos – (Revelation 1:9John is exiled on the Isle of Patmos for his testimony and is a “fellow participant” with the churches in the Tribulation)
INTERPRETING REVELATION
  1. A Call to Action – The Seven Beatitudes of Revelation – (Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” the book of Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution)
  2. Victory over the Dragon – The Triumph of the Saints – (Revelation 12:11The saints overcome the Dragon and his forces through the death of the Lamb and their faithful witness, “even unto death”)
  3. The First Recipients of the Book of Revelation – (The book of Revelation is addressed to seven actual churches in the province of Asia in the first century A.D.)
  4. John – A Fellow-Participant in the Kingdom – (Revelation 1:9Exiled to the isle of Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation of the churches and a surrogate for them in his visions)
  5. The Universal Extent of the Beast’s Reign – (In Revelation, “all” means “all.” All rulers and nations that refuse to follow the Lamb render homage to the Beast)
  6. The Unsealed Scroll – The Season is Now! – (Revelation 1:1-3Unlike the book of Daniel, the scroll is unsealed in Revelation. The messianic age and the time of fulfillment arrived in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus)
  7. Literal versus Non-Literal Interpretation of Revelation – (Revelation informs the reader from the get-go, and by direct statement and example, that it communicates symbolically)
  8. Linear Chronological Sequencing in Revelation? – (To assume Revelation’s visions are laid out in a linear sequence with events in a strict chronological order is to miss the larger picture of the book)
  9. Provided Interpretations in the Book of Revelation – (The book of Revelation communicates symbolically and provides many of the necessary interpretations of its images)
  10. Revelation – A Fully Open-ed Book – (The purpose of the book of Revelation is to unveil, not to conceal or mystify)
  11. Common Errors in Interpreting the Book of Revelation – (The real-life relevance of the book of Revelation is easily lost if we approach the book with incorrect presuppositions)
TOPICAL STUDIES
  1. The Death and Exaltation of Jesus in the Book of Revelation – (The book of Revelation links the present reign of Jesus to his past Death and Resurrection, the immovable foundation of his kingdom)
  2. Food Offered to Idols – (Daniel 1:14Daniel and his companions refused to participate in the religious rituals of the imperial court)
  3. The Messianic Reign of the Lamb in Revelation – (In the book of Revelation, Jesus began his Messianic Reign following his Death and Resurrection in fulfillment of prophecy)
  4. The Ruler of the Kings of the Earth – (Revelation 1:4-6In the book of Revelation, the Lamb is declared the ruler over all things following his death and resurrection)
  5. The Apocalyptic People of God – (Final victory is achieved by the redemption of men and women from every nation. Identification with the Lamb is what determines membership in the People of God)
  6. The People of God in the Book of Revelation – (From start to finish, the people of God are identified and defined by their relationship to Jesus, not ethnicity or membership in the nation of Israel)
  7. The Mark of the Beast – Considerations – (When we imbibe the values of the existing world order, we begin to take the “mark of the Beast”)
  8. Embracing the Mark of the Beast – (Revelation 13:11-18The “inhabitants of the earth” are willing participants in the veneration of the Beast and Christians are not immune from the danger of taking its “mark” or number)
  9. The Seal of God or the Mark of the Beast – (In Revelation, “all” means “all.” All rulers, nations, and inhabitants of the earth that refuse to follow the Lamb will render homage to the Beast)
  10. The Antichrist – His “Military” Campaigns – (The language of war is employed in Revelation to portray the assaults of the Dragon against the saints who follow the Lamb)
  11. Unsealing the Sealed Scroll of Daniel – (The “scroll” that Daniel was commanded to “seal shut” is unsealed and its contents unveiled in the book of Revelation)
  12. The Prophecies of Daniel in Revelation – The Season of Fulfillment – (The prophecies of Daniel find their fulfillment in the Book of Revelation)
  13. The Church and the Tribulation – (In the book of Revelation, faithful saints experience “tribulation,” whereas, the unrepentant undergo “wrath”)
  14. The Wrath of God in the Book of Revelation – (In the book of Revelation, “Wrath” refers to the final judicial sentence of God on His enemies at the final judgment)
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