Category Archives: Interpreting Revelation

CALL FOR PERSEVERANCE

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

The book of Revelation is not a divination tool for deciphering future mysteries. Instead, it summons God’s people to vigilance, right living, and perseverance in testimony during trials and persecution. Its concern is not when certain events will occur, but how the churches must “overcome” and thus arrive at the city of “New Jerusalem.”

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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.

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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

The Fourfold Division of Revelation

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The book of Revelation consists of a Prologue, the Vision Proper, and an Epilogue. The Vision itself falls into four recognizable divisions, each starting with an episode in which John finds himself “in the spirit” in a new location where he receives a new vision.

The first vision begins with John on the isle of Patmos where he “came to be in spirit.” This section describes how his visionary experience began. His sudden transition “in the spirit” marks out the first major literary section of the book. Of relevance is the clause, “I came to be in spirit,” and the location, “on the isle of Patmos.” Continue reading The Fourfold Division of Revelation

Season of Fulfillment – Revelation Interprets Daniel

SynopsisThe prophecies of Daniel find their fulfillment in the Book of Revelation, beginning in the first century A.D.

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The Book of Revelation uses passages from the Hebrew Bible more frequently than any other book in the New Testament, especially from the Book of Daniel. But it does so allusively, never employing direct citations. Instead, John folds phrases from key texts recorded in Daniel into his narrative, often modifying them to make a point. Continue reading Season of Fulfillment – Revelation Interprets Daniel