Category Archives: Interpreting Revelation

EPILOGUE – REVELATION

 SYNOPSIS – If anyone fails to keep the words of the book, he will be excluded from citizenship in the city of New Jerusalem – Revelation 22:6-21

The book of Revelation concludes with an epilogue that recalls earlier promises to “overcoming saints” and reiterates warnings against faithlessness. It, again, summons the followers of the “slain Lamb” to render homage to God alone and calls for Jesus to “come quickly.” Testimony and assurances from uncontestable sources attest to the trustworthiness of the “words of the book,” which are “prophecy” and the “testimony of Jesus.”

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Outline of the Second Division

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The book of Revelation is divided into four major literary units. The Second Division begins with John’s vision of the Divine Throne and continues until the end of the series of Seven Bowls of Wrath (Revelation 4:1+16:21).

The first division viewed events from the perspective of John on the Isle of Patmos. This next division sees events from the perspective of the Throne at the center of the Cosmos. Continue reading Outline of the Second Division

Victory over the Dragon

SYNOPSIS:   The saints overcome the Dragon and his forces through the death of the Lamb and their faithful witness, “even unto death” – Revelation 12:11.

dinosaur statue

In Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation, the “sign of the Great Red Dragon” appears, a sign that war has commenced “in heaven,” the battle between the Dragon and Michael the Archangel. Continue reading Victory over the Dragon

Call to Action – Revelation’s Seven Beatitudes

SYNOPSIS:  Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” the book of Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution.

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The primary purpose of the book of Revelation is not to be a tool of divination by which one may peer into the future or to provide a detailed chronology of history in advance. Instead, it summons the people of God to vigilance, right living, and faithful witness while living in a hostile society. It is not so much about when certain events will occur, but how churches must “overcome” in their present situations and, in the end, arrive safely in New Jerusalem. Continue reading Call to Action – Revelation’s Seven Beatitudes

Daniel Chapter 7 in the New Testament

SynopsisSeveral phrases from Daniel are employed in the New Testament, especially, the “Son of Man” and the “little horn” that wages “war against the saints”

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The vision of a “Son of Man” figure in the book of Daniel that receives dominion occurs several times in the gospel accounts of the New Testament, quite often in descriptions of the return of Jesus. For example, his ‘Olivet Discourse,’ Jesus foretold how all the tribes of the earth mourn when “they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 10:2313:4116:27-2824:3025:31Luke 21:27). Continue reading Daniel Chapter 7 in the New Testament

Seventy Weeks – Missing from Revelation

SYNOPSIS:  Despite its frequent use of Daniel, the book of Revelation does not apply its “Seventy Weeks” prophecy to any of its visions.

Forest for the Trees

The application of the prophecy of the “Seventy Weeks” from the Book of Daniel is missing from the book of Revelation, an Old Testament prophecy foundational to the chronologies and expectations of several popular interpretations concerning the end-times. That is, Revelation never attempts to use the “Seventy Weeks” prophecy for its chronology or to shed light on any of its images. The book includes no verbal allusions to the passage from Daniel 9:24-27. Continue reading Seventy Weeks – Missing from Revelation