He made it known by sending his angel to his servant john, 2 who testifies to eve rything he sawthat is, the word of god and the testimony of jesus christ. Revelation is meant to produce in you comfort, courage, hope, and praise. This january bible study 2019 expository notes and leader helps is intended to help those who will teach jbs. In all its uses, revelation refers to something or someone, once hidden, becoming visible. The revelation to john new international version the prologue 1. I thought it was a discussion of revelation in general, only to find out it was an interpretation of the book of revelation as found in the new testament, and also known as the book of the revelation of saint john the divine. On the other hand, the book of revelation is as well the. The interpreters of revelation are divided into three main schools. The book of revelation brings to us great changes in the course of the history of the world. The book of revelation also called the revelation of john or the revelation of st. Since the book of revelation is not only the last book of the bible but also the conclusion of the entire holy book, we can surely see how each of these three categories will consummate. It is the first book that many new to the bible want to study, while it is often neglected by mature.
Yet it has a clear message for all who would devote themselves to its pages. The book ends with confirmations of authenticity by god, christ and john. I encourage you to bring your insights to class to share with others. A commentary of the book of revelation bible truth. The book of revelation must be taken literal whenever possible. Studies in the book of revelation project gutenberg. The final volume deals exclusively with the book of revelation. The most basic of bible interpretation principle employed is this. In the book of genesis, a serpent, more subtle than any beast of the field, tempted the woman in paradise. The greek name of the bible book of revelation, apoka. Schools of thought as to the interpretation of the book.
John the divine is an example of apocalyptic writing a form that delivers a message using symbols, images and numbers. More than conquerors an interpretation of the book of revelation by william hendriksen. The interpretation of the book revelation lamb and. In beginners guide to revelation, robin robertson uses his unique skills as a jungianoriented therapist to reinterpret this magnificent document as a saga of changing human consciousness. An apocalypse is a very specific kind of literature with no modern equivalent. Professor of new testament interpretation asbury theological seminary author of revelation in the new cambridge bible commentary series 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 bible may be said to begin and end with the story of a serpent. Part of book of revelation for dummies cheat sheet. The four major schools of prophetic interpretation if we are to have any success in being free of the inertia of preconceived ideas, if we hope to be aware of our own hidden biases, we must first try to identify them. But god designed this book for a very different purpose. Book of revelation explained scripture by scripture. This view maintains that the words in the entire book have. There are several other articles available on biblical interpretation.
So this book is a revelation of jesus christ, not in the sense that. When i chose to read this book i had no idea what i was in for. Naturally we would like to know when they happened or when they will happen, but these questions divide the greatest specialists in biblical interpretation, so we mustnt imagine that we. The preterists thought revelation talked about the past and how the church struggled. Yet revelation is also one of the most difficult books in the bible to interpret and. It fittingly has the last place ending the scriptures and gods revelation to man. Futurist occurs in the future the futurist school holds that everything after chapter 4 is yet to happen in the future.
Introduction revelation is a confusing book to most people despite the many commentaries written. As simple and commonsense as this rule is, it is amazing that it is. Youll find four major interpretive approaches to the book of revelation that can help you read, understand, and. 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 prophet joseph smith described this focus of the book of revelation. Historicist interpretations of the book of revelation wikipedia. Pdf more than conquerors an interpretation of the book. The interpretation of the book of revelation has often proven difficult throughout the history of the christian church. What this book reveals or unveils is jesus christ in glory. Youll find four major interpretive approaches to the book of revelation that can help you read, understand, and figure out the apocalyptic letter of john. The book of revelation introduction the revelation of jesus christ, which god gave him to show his servantsthings which must shortly take place.
Historicism, a method of interpretation in christian eschatology which associates biblical prophecies with actual historical events and identifies symbolic beings with historical persons or societies, has been applied to the book of revelation by many writers. While there is only one old testament apocalyptic book daniel and one new. The four major schools of prophetic interpretation if we are to have any success in being free of the inertia of preconceived ideas, if we hope to be aware of our. Mark hicks austin, texas october 2010 vi metaphysical bible interpretation acts to revelation. Professor of new testament interpretation asbury theological seminary author of revelation in the new cambridge bible commentary series charts on the book of revelation is a useful tool for teachers and a helpful guide for students to many complex and disputed. The purpose of revelation many people either fear the book of revelation or have an unhealthy interest in it. A case for the futurist interpretation of the book of revelation introduction while previous generations of dispensational interpreters may have enjoyed the luxury of the widespread assumption that the book of revelation primarily concerns future events, such a. The historicist view follows a straight line of continuous fulfillment of prophecy.
The interpretation of the book revelation lamb and lion. Though it is little more than a piece of scholarly gossip, some have even suggested that the reformer john calvin, one of the best interpreters of the scriptures the church has known, shied away from writing a commentary on the book of revelation for this very reason. The book of revelation the culmination of prophecy someone has written an exposition of the book of revelation in two parts and entitled his volumes the crown jewel of prophecy. 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. 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. Metaphysical bible interpretation acts to revelation. And the climax was reached when god entered history himself, and for ever. A case for the futurist interpretation of the book of revelation introduction while previous generations of dispensational interpreters may have enjoyed the luxury of the widespread assumption that the book of revelation primarily concerns future events, such a golden age has now come to an end. Charts on the book of revelation is a useful supplement to. There are four major schools of interpretation for the book of revelation. Teaching plansthe teaching plans, beginning on page 3, are designed for eight sessions using the 2019 january bible study personal study guide, revelation. The book of revelation reveals the majesty and glory of the lord jesus. They generally take all the book literally and hold the premillennial theory to be a true one. The first volume deals with the prophecies found in the old testament.
The revelation to john new international version the prologue. I know of no better collection of materials that illuminates revelation than this resource. Answers to a variety of questions on the book of revelation including, the meaning of the first horseman, the timing of the bowl judgments, the application of the churches of laodicea and thyatira to history, and the meaning of nation against nation. You and your family are a blessing beyond description to us and so many others. Teaching plansthe teaching plans, beginning on page 3, are designed for eight.
Revelation is a long epistle addressed to seven christian communities of the roman province of asia minor, modern turkey, wherein the author recounts what he has seen. 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. 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. Pdf more than conquerors an interpretation of the book of. Studies in the book of revelation an introduction, analysis, and notes containing a concise interpretation according to the symbolic view, numerous references to authorities, and general mention of other interpretations, with the text of the american revised version edited in paragraphs, for the use of bible students. In the first verse of the book, the apostle john recorded christs words. Interpretive models for the book of revelation as a whole. The real meaning of the bibles book of revelation is a popular, ongoing debate. Although prophecy is scattered all through the bible, two books focus almost entirely on symbolic representations. Reagans video program, revelation revealed, presents a sweeping overview of the entire book of revelation. The book of revelation bold type and underlining of scripture text have been added for emphasis your questions and comments are welcome note. The bible is a history book, it tells the pastbut like no other history bookit tells the present and future just as clearly.
The interpretation of revelation has always been a subject of debate among bible interpreters. 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. Different schools of interpreting revelation evidence unseen. However someone else told me the catholic church does not claim to know what the book of revelation means. According to ladd, theology, 671, the preterist interpretation rests partly on the assumption that the genre of revelation is very similar to other jewish apocalyptic literature such as the apocalypse of enoch, the assumption of moses, 4 ezra and baruch and is therefore interpreted similarly. Under this view, the book of revelation is mostly a book of future prophecy. Truths about him and his final victory, that the rest of scripture merely allude to, become clearly visible through revelation about jesus christ see historical and theological themes. The book of revelation apocalypse 1 introduction revelation1 or apocalypse2 is a unique, complex and remarkable biblical text full of heavenly mysteries. Charts on the book of revelation kregel publications. To jerry and sherry roberts thank you for your faithful friendship and love for our lord and my family.
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. An overview of revelation multimedia training kit covers the book of revelation verse by verse. Parts of the old testament, particularly in the book of daniel, are also written in the apocalyptic genre. But god is working out a supreme master plan, involving every human being.
Book of revelation for dummies cheat sheet dummies. And many religious people believe that the book of revelation offers no help anyway, because it cannot be understood. Please let me know how this material can be improved. The reason most commentaries fail to enlighten the books contents is because they violate one or more of the three basic principles of sound biblical interpretation. I have spoken with this deacon about the book of revelation and he wanted to be sure i understand the catholic churchs interpretation. Every statement is to be taken to mean for exactly what is written unless such interpretation is highly. This new book the book of revelation a study is available to download as a kindle ebook or pdf as the footnotes in the book bear out, most of this new book is a bringing together of various commentaries on revelation, leaning heavily on my favorite and very readable commentary, more than conquerors. For 800 years the prophecies in the book of revelation have captured the collective western imagination. Reagans book, wrath and glory, covers the book of revelation chapter by chapter. The revelation of jesus christto show unto his servants things which must shortly come.1019 869 510 540 556 1372 1368 1118 106 969 879 576 1370 184 1192 301 1209 1378 511 534 671 1097 129 880 915 1026 1512 1358 312 1168 738 616 320 1429 1308 943 610 908 259 284 1335 858 1439 742 1044 703 1484