This is the word of god and the testimony of jesus christ. As the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth 1. An overview of revelation multimedia training kit covers the book of revelation verse by verse. The revelation explained church of god evening light. The charts provide handy thumbnail sketches and collections of data on the contents of the. Some will interpret the how, what, and even the timing in the book of revelation differently depending on their method of interpretation. Nothing in history can compare with the various worldwide judgments that god says will be poured out on earth and certainly jesus christ has not returned to earth. A commentary of the book of revelation bible truth. Great prophecies in the book of revelation show how and when these catastrophic events will occur.
The book of revelation in the bible is one of the more difficult books of the bible to understand. Charts on the book of revelation is a useful tool for teachers and a helpful guide for students to many complex and disputed issues related to the interpretation of that biblical book. The following facts and principles of interpretation should be understood in order for one to arrive at a correct understanding of the book of revelation. Reagans book, wrath and glory, covers the book of revelation chapter by chapter. The book of revelation often called the revelation to john, apocalypse of john, the revelation from jesus christ from its opening words, the apocalypse, the revelation, or simply revelation is the final book of the new testament, and consequently is also the final book of the christian bible. Book of revelation explained scripture by scripture. A study outline of revelation the church of christ in. The following is the forward and a portion of a chapter from a forthcoming book which, in my view, falls in. We hope this commentary is a beneficial study tool in your devotion to the word of god. Revelation then becomes merely a collection of stories designed to teach spiritual truth. The book of revelation, often called the revelation to john, or the apocalypse of john, is a book of the new testament that occupies a central place in christian eschatology. This view also ignores revelations prophetic character and, if carried to its logical conclusion, severs the book from any connection with actual historical events.
The book of revelation explained by edgar cayce article by kevin williams the final book of the bible is called the book of revelation. Others consider themselves so sure of every detail of the. G if ts, oce and t hepera on of t new testamen church how to study ident ifying the beasts of revelat on jud e, t h ac t s of t po a, volume 1 sunday school quarterly jud e, t h ac t s of t po a, volume 2. Before beginning to go through the content of revelation, we recommend that you read through the, and sections to familiarize yourself with the framework concerning this incredible book of god. Those events are subject to interpretation but they are not a salvation issue.
The revelation is the only prophetic book of the nt and it is the keystone of the word of god. The book of revelation is perhaps the most mysterious book in sacred scripture. A commentary on the book of revelation southside christian. Revelation means an unveiling, a disclosure, a display of who god is and what he promises to do. The key to bible interpretation, especially for the book of revelation, is to have a consistent hermeneutic. The book of revelation explained takes you on a easy to understand and eyeopening journey through the book of revelation. This booklet contains vital understanding that will forever change your outlook on the future. The interpreters of revelation are divided into three main schools. The greek term denotes an unveiling or uncoveringthus, a revelation. Pack staggering events foretold in your bible will shock the whole world. The book of revelation explained volume 4 other publications by the author dan iel and rev at on texts exam ned depressi on did j esu d c nd i to h ll. The author of the book of revelation, saint john the divine, offers a transcription of seven letters and later describes strange beasts, visions of judgments, governments, demonic battles, heaven, and a new world order a prophetic vision for the end of the world. The book of the revelation pastor david legge 4 reign of righteousness.
Outline for this study of the book of revelation pages 1, 2, and top of page 3. John wrote revelation while a prisoner on the island of patmos, approximately 8595 a. This is probably never truer than in the book of revelation. It comes from my lutheran study bible and includes both a brief summary of the book of revelation and a handy charttimeline. Charts on the book of revelation kregel publications. Its title is derived from the first word of the text, written in koine greek. And many religious people believe that the book of revelation offers no help anyway, because it cannot be understood. It does not accept the literal interpretation of the book of revelation and instead spiritualizes or allegorizes most of prophesy to make it fix into their interpretation. Its title is derived from the first word of the koine greek text. The literary genres of the book of revelation are an apocalypse, a prophecy, and an epistle or letter. The woman in the wilderness 1 and there appeared a great wonder in heaven. And there has been much speculation about it some of it bordering on offthewall, but some of it serious and scholarly. This false view is held by most protestant denominations, most covenant theologians and many in the reformed movement.
The book of revelation is the only book in the new testament that begins by specifically stating its source, the revelation of jesus christ, which god gave to himand signified it by his angel to his servant john rev. Some general comments about the book of revelation and its uniqueness. The name of the book, revelation, is a translation of the title in the original new testament greek, apocalypsis the origin of the other name by which the book is now known, the apocalypse. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. Principles of interpretation, in symposium on revelationbook 1.
Every statement is to be taken to mean for exactly what. This commentary is based upon my personal notes, reflections and study of the book of. The way the book of revelation is actually written is as a series of kind of unfolding revelations, each one of which gets to something deeper in the story. The word revelation means an uncovering, unveiling, a disclosure of truth. It is most important to understand that the book of revelation does not list the scenes and events in the same order in which they will actually occur.
Charles, a critical and exegetical commentary on the luihlation of st. It here signifies an opening up of hidden knowledge to understanding. The revelation is a very solemn book speaking much about divine judgments but it is also a. A commentary on the book of the revelation edgar cayce readings 1971, 19932015 by the edgar cayce foundation 5 the book of the revelation with the edgar cayce readings as given for each chapter chapters 122, with interpretation 91 toward a better understanding of the book of the revelation, a group project. Studies in the book of revelation project gutenberg. The book of revelation is a revelation, the revelation of jesus christ 1. So this book is a revelation of jesus christ, not in the sense that matthew, mark, luke and john revealed him, but rather than the humiliated christ, we have. One of the basic rules of bible study is to always let the bible interpret itself.
The book depicts him as the risen, glorified son of god ministering among the churches 1. But god is working out a supreme master plan, involving every human being. Symbolic language, however, is one of the chief characteristics of apocalyptic literature, of which. The book is not a conceal ment, a puzzle, a riddle, as some people think.
He made it known by sending his angel to his servant john, 2 who testifies to everything he saw. In fact, the opening passage contains a blessing to everyone who reads, hears, and keeps the words of this prophecy. Although prophecy is scattered all through the bible, two books focus almost entirely on symbolic representations. Differences of interpretation, they point out, have divided christians, and therefore the book should not be interpreted. Outline for this study of the book of revelationpages 1, 2, and top of page 3. In other words, it is the way you interpret scripture. The greek word semeion, which is translated as wonder, sign, or miracle, is used to describe a woman clothed with the sun. The vision which opens the book and the verse that organizes it. Book of revelation for dummies cheat sheet dummies. These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of david. An apocalypse is a very specific kind of literature with no modern equivalent. It is the story of salvation, and therefore man organically belongs to the story. The revelation of saint john the apostle geneva bible 1599.
It was held by john wycliffe, john knox, william tyndale, martin luther, john calvin, sir isaac newton, george whitefield, charles spurgeon, and matthew henry. Book of revelation explained a testimony of jesus christ. The revelation of john the divine the argument it is manifest, that the holy ghost would as it were gather into this most excellent book a sum of those prophecies, which were written before, but should be fulfilled after the coming of christ, adding also such things as should be expedient, as well to forewarn us of the dangers to come, as to. Take a look at the basic structure of the book of revelation.
The discipleapostle john, who followed jesus christ and witnessed his crucifixion, authored it. Ten keys for interpreting the book of revelation digital commons. Author of revelation in the new cambridge bible commentary series. This vision contains a tremendous amount of symbolism. The author endeavors to encourage the persecuted saints of his own day and, by application, the church throughout the ages. The book of revelation introduction the revelation of jesus christ, which god gave him to show his servantsthings which must shortly take place.
There will be differences of opinion about exactly what and the timing of events that take place in the book of revelation. It fittingly has the last place ending the scriptures and gods revelation to man. A testimony of jesus christ is a commentary that explains some of the mysteries of revelation. Summary of the book this is not a comprehensive outline of the book. The bible is a history book, it tells the pastbut like no other history bookit tells the present and future just as clearly. There are several other articles available on biblical interpretation. The patriarch job portrayed this truth as well when he penned the words of elihu, the only comforter to whom god laid no. Smith penned this revelation commentary, and the intervening time. Book of revelation was written to address this need. The book of revelation must be taken literal whenever possible. Written by a man named john possibly john the apostle toward the end of his life, he records a vision he experiences, probably while dreaming or meditating. The book of revelation is by far one of the most challenging books in the bible, yet well worth the effort to study and comprehend. The greek name of the bible book of revelation, apoka.
Its purpose is to give encouragement and hope for all. First of all, it is a book which narrates the creation, fall and salvation of man. I wanted to share it with all of you, because this was significant in helping me to properly understand what the word of god has to say about this controversial subject and because students of bible prophecy absolutely love charts and timelines. It is only when we start to overallegorize it or to force its interpretation according to our preconceived ideas or doctrines about the end. The interpretation of revelation has always been a subject of debate among bible interpreters. Revelations of divine love catholic spiritual direction. Revelation with book summary versebyverse bible commentary.
Revelation is first and foremost a revelation about jesus christ 1. Of the which the first is of his precious crowning with thorns. The book of revelation, a prophecy of warning and hope. Charts on the book of revelation is a useful supplement to. This name indicates the meaning of revelation it uncovers matters that had been hidden and discloses events that would happen long after it was written. This view was very common among the reformers at the time of the protestant reformation. The apocalypse, or revelation to john, the last book of the bible, is one of the most difficult to understand because it abounds in unfamiliar and extravagant symbolism, which at best appears unusual to the modern reader. The holy scriptures start with a revelation on the past genesis 1 and they end with a revelation on the future. The book ends with confirmations of authenticity by god, christ and john.
They generally take all the book literally and hold the premillennial theory to be a true one. You will start understanding the book of revelation. The continuoushistorical method those following the continuoushistorical method of interpretation believe that the book describes all of the history of man until the end of time. This commentary on revelation will prove, contrary to what most people think, that the revelation, the last book of the bible, is not difficult to understand if we will take a simple, facevalue, commonsense approach to interpreting it. Chapter i a revelation of lovein sixteen shewings this is a revelation of love that jesus christ, our endless bliss, made in sixteen shewings, or revelations particular. The interpretation of the book revelation lamb and. Hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpretation. If youre befuddled by the book of revelation in the bible, dont fret. On the other hand, the book of revelation is as well the book of human destiny.1496 754 1191 420 915 513 1345 63 744 1233 1099 1407 458 416 249 253 1575 374 1222 1238 1243 228 426 229 1378 198 907 1009 935 765 721 1072 1388 1341 1211 31 406 630 1189 467 1232 266 1374 1138 459 681 412 395 105