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The Book of Revelation

January 6, 2011

Revelation BLOG post #1

Thank you for your presence at the first study on the Book of Revelation. The Lord willing I am going to BLOG our studies to give highlights, review, or further explanation of difficult verses.

Revelation has always been the most difficult to interpret for Christians. My first exhortation to you was to ask the Lord that He would reveal to you by His Spirit the meaning of the text. He wouldn’t have given us the promise of verse 3 “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” if the text is impossible to understand it is also hard to be a blessing to us!

Remember that there are mysteries that we will not understand this side of heaven. Let’s remain humble and hungry.

I mentioned the 4 views of interpretation of Revelation:

Futurist: Revelation is predictive prophecy and deals with events and prophecies not yet fulfilled. I told you that this is my view.

Idealist: Revelation is seen as a symbolic or allegorical expression of the struggle of good and evil. The battle between God and the forces of darkness.

Historicist: Revelation is a symbolic story of certain periods of history. John is retelling (for example) the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and other events in history.

Preterist: Most or all of the events of Revelation have already happened. It is a retelling of the past. Two types: Orthodox and Full. Full Preterism is heresy because it denies and rejects truths clearly taught in Scripture.

Revelation Chapter 1


Grace and peace to the 7 churches from:

1. God the Father…Him who is and who was and who is to come…this sounds like Jesus but v5 says the grace and peace is from Jesus Christ too. See Exodus 3:14-15

2. The Holy Spirit…and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne. This verse produced the most questions. I believe it is refering to the Holy Spirit, “7” being the number of completeness or perfection. See also Rev 3:1, 4:5, 5:6 and Zechariah 4:3, 10

[Here is another  suggested interpretation…the seven spirits are Angels…Luke 9:26; 1Tim 5:21]

3. Jesus Christ…and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness. From verses 8 and 11 we can see the strong reference to the deity of Jesus Christ. He is the sum total of all expressions of language and will come again as the Almighty (1:8)

I also suggested that the blessing of grace and peace showing us a powerful order in God’s dealings with people. Peace always follows grace! Peace with God comes from Justification and the peace OF God follows. See Romans 5:1.

Steve Fisher suggested that grace and peace are common NT greetings. Grace reflecting the Greek greeting and Peace the Hebrew greeting. The gospel is for all peoples!

Let me encourage you to post your thoughts and challenges if you have a different or better interpretation. Be a Berean [Acts 17:10ff]


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