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Revelation, Introduction

Revelation, Introduction

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AN INTRODUCTION – 9 HELPFUL INSIGHTS TO KNOW ABOUT REVELATION

 

Putting a few fundamental structures in place beforehand is good to aid the clarity of Revelation.

 

1. GOD’S PLAN

Revelation is not an add-on to the Bible. It is the culmination of God’s plan of the ages, the fulfilment of every promise that He has ever made.
 

For this reason, knowing the Old Testament is the one requirement for understanding Revelation. Few people study it, but I will refer to it as often as needed, including quotes from it.

Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
 
God’s plan will roll out, your perception makes the difference. Accordingly, your world will fall in place, or it will fall apart. 
 

2. PROPHECY IS THE FORM

Revelation is a prophetical book, and your perspective about bible prophecy has everything to do with your understanding of this book. See more Trusting Bible Prophecy is About Trusting God.
 
Much harm has been done by our Nostradamus way of understanding prophecy, setting and failing dates. But nothing can be further from the truth. 
 
The Hebrew mind knows “prophecy is pattern.” God repeats himself in wording, symbols, Old Testament stories as analogies, etc, until we get it. 
 
Isaiah 28: 9-10 “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.
 
 

A PROPHETIC WORD TO STRENGTHEN AND PREPARE

 
 God in His mercy, gave us His prophetic word to prepare us for the end times. 
 
Luke 21:28: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up hour heads, because your redemption draws near.”
 
For those who know and love God, it will strengthen their faith
 
John 13:19 “Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.”

 

3. OMNIPRESENT

One does not need to be a scientist, but some basic understanding would be helpful. Allow me to explain. You and I are 3-dimensional beings; we cover height, width, and depth. And we are bound by the dimension of time.

In stark contrast, God is not even 4-dimensional. He is multidimensional. He is much more than we can grasp with our three-pound brain. He is certainly not bound by time, as we are.

When we look at God’s plan through the ages, it explains how God can be omnipresent, everywhere, all the time. And how He can know the end from the beginning.

4. LOVE AND WRATH 

God’s nature is both love and justice. We saw the majestic love of the Father when he sent his Son to die for us, the love of the Son when He went to the cross for our sins, and the love of the Holy Spirit in applying the salvation. 

And yet, God will not suffer men to trample His law and walk away with blood on their hands. His love is wholly just, and His justice entirely loving. The wicked will be judge. 

 THE GOSPEL IS the EXIT 

The blood of Christ will give you the right to exit at the right time. See more The RaptureKnowing where you stand with God makes the difference between looking forward to Jesus’ second coming, and fearing it. 

 

5. SEVEN IS THE NUMERICAL STRUCTURE

The Bible has an underlying numerical structure that is phenomenal, it is called gematria. Not to be confused with the evil practice of kabbalah. 
 
The number seven, or an exact multiple of seven, is used throughout Revelation. There are seven seals, seven trumpets, seven angels, seven bowls, seven churches, seven lampstands, the 70th week of Daniel that is seven years long, and many more.
 
Seven is the number of completions in the Bible. There are seven days in a week. Every 7th year is a Shemitah year, 7 x 7 years = 49 years, and every 50th year is a Jubilee year. The rainbow has seven colours, seven musical notes in an octave, and many more. 
 
The book of Revelation is filled with 7, the number of completions. God is completing His plan for the ages, stretching from Genesis to Revelation.
 

6. TIME LAYOUT, THE SCOPE

There is a clear overall time layout in the Book of Revelation. Its most basic form covers what was, what is, and what is to come. See Revelation 1.

From this basis, details unfold chapter by chapter. See more Revelation, Scope and Sequence.

Revelation 1 covers “what was” from creation until the first coming of Christ and His crucifixion.

Revelation 2 and 3 cover the “what is.” The Church age, also known as the age of mercy, is where you and I fit in.

Revelation 4 and onward covers “what is to come”, referring to the future.

The Outline of the Book of Revelation

7. JOHN IS THE AUTHOR

The author of Revelation is the disciple John, a fisherman from Galilea. He was one of the inner circle when Jesus was on earth. Note that John the Disciple and John the Baptist are not the same person. John the disciple wrote the book of Revelation.
 
Domitian, the Roman emperor, martyred and killed all the disciples but not John. Instead, he was in exile on the Greek Island of Patmos, approximately 85-95 AD. 
 

During this time, he received a vision from God about the end times and wrote the book of Revelation. John was writing about future events that had not happened in his lifetime.

After his exile, he retired and died in Ephesus around 90 AD.

 

8. SYMBOLISM

 

The book of Revelation is a tapestry of vivid symbolism that captivates and challenges readers. It serves multiple purposes, conveying profound and complex spiritual truths surpassing language and cultural limitations.

Additionally, the symbolic language acted as a form of encrypted communication, protecting the early Christians facing persecution.

By employing symbolic elements, Revelation becomes a timeless message, transcending historical contexts and speaking to believers across generations and continents.

9. LITERAL OR FIGURITIVE

The best bible scholars believe in taking Scriptures at face value. Like all other books, an author gives out a book to convey a specific message, his message. Scripture is God’s word. “God says what He means, and He means what He says.”

While figurative interpretations may offer metaphorical richness and symbolic depth, they will not serve you well in coming to a good understanding of God’s plan for the ages.

CONCLUSION

 People have been speculating about Revelation and its content for many years. Yet, there is a collective increase in understanding in our day. 

Would you like to delve into the book of Revelation, then come along for a step-by-step version. See Book of Revelation.

Daniel 12:4 “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” 

 

 THE END

We are being plunged into a time when the Bible says more than any other historical period. That includes the time Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea.

Chuck Missler

BOOK OF REVELATION

Revelation, Scope and Sequence

Revelation, Introduction

Revelation 1

Revelation 2

Revelation 3

Revelation 4

Revelation 5

Revelation 6

Revelation 7

Revelation 8

Revelation 9

Revelation 10

Revelation 11

Revelation 12

Revelation 13

Revelation 14

SOURCES FROM THE WEB:

Missler, Chuck at koinonahouse.org

Korman, Baruch at  loveisrael.org

Barnett, John at dtbm.org

Ice, Thomas at pre-trib.org

Breaker, Robert at thecloudchurch.org

De Young, Jimmy at sermonaudio.com

BOOKS:

Johnson, Ken. Ancient Church Fathers.

Missler, Chuck. Daniel’s 70 Week’s: Profiles in Prophecy.

Hitchcock, Mark. 101 Answers to Questions About the Book of Revelation.