A while back, I met one of our staff members after teaching about prophecy, at church.
He had gone to great churches throughout his life, but he told me something startling—he said that in all his years of going to church, he had never heard a series on the book of Revelation, not one single time in his entire life. The last book in the Bible is probably one of the most misunderstood. But the content it consists of is too important to miss out on. The book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible, that I know of, that has a blessing associated with it for those who will read it—not once but twice! AF Blog Understanding the latest news through a biblical lens.
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Revelation shows us that Christians were dealing with persecution in several ways when the letter was written:. Revelation contains more Old Testament references than any other New Testament book—almost 70 percent of its verses contain Old Testament references. Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel make the most important contributions to Revelation. In Revelation 1, John draws on the following symbols from book of Daniel to describe his vision of Jesus:.
And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man , dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool , as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
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His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace , and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In this passage, understanding Daniel helps us understand Revelation. As we struggle to identify what the vision is about, we should turn to both the historical context and the Old Testament.
With most literary genres in the Bible, we begin with the details and work toward an understanding of the whole text. With Revelation, however, we should start with the big picture and work toward an understanding of the details. As we try to identify theological principles in Revelation, we should focus on the main ideas. Read a section of Revelation and try to capture the main idea in a short statement.
For example, the main idea of Revelation 4—5 relates to the ascended and exalted Lord, who alone is worthy to execute the divine judgments. Resist the temptation to focus so much on the details that you miss the main idea. As has been said, when reading Revelation, the main thing is to make the main thing the main thing!
If the central interpretive rule is to grasp the main idea of each vision, it becomes important that we have a general understanding of how the book unfolds. We see the book unfolding in seven broad movements, bracketed by an introduction and a conclusion. These seven principles will give you a lifeline as you study your way through this famously challenging text.
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