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
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.
2. PROPHECY IS THE FORM
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
Luke 21:28: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up hour heads, because your redemption draws near.”
John 13:19 “Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.”
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
5. SEVEN IS THE NUMERICAL STRUCTURE
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.