He was the first to declare war on this figure, and the first also to lose the war—a foretaste of things to come. Outline for this study of the book of Revelation-pages 1, 2, and top of page 3. They would like to be able to explore this book, but very few teachers are prepared to go on that adventure with them. Notice also that there is a tie between Genesis and Revelation, the first and last books of the Bible. He'll be there and He'll see you through. Introduction to the Study of the Book of Revelation: Handouts: Introduction 2 : Schools of thought in the study of Revelation: Handouts: Introduction 3 : Historical Overview of the First Century Revelation as a Covenant Lawsuit: Handouts: Lesson 1: Chapter 1:1-8: The Unveiling of the Kingdom on Earth and in Heaven The Prelude John puts down the instructions given to him by Christ: “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter” (Rev. For more information about Glenn Davis see our About Glenn page and/or his Author's Page. Beneath thy contemplation sink heart and voice oppressed; The reason is that if it includes all it should, it is so complicated that nobody will understand it. To emphasize and reemphasize it, let me direct your attention to chapter 1, verse 1—“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass” (italics mine). 0 Our church periodicals tell the story of John J. Moneybags who uses his influential position to witness for Christ. The beginning, course, and end of the “times of the Gentiles” (see Dan. Through their popularity? The last book of the Old Testament, Malachi, closes with the mention of the Son of Righteousness which is yet to rise. We will have hearing aids for those who say the pastor speaks too softly and cotton for those who say he preaches too loudly. In chapter 19 we see that Christ returns to the earth and establishes His Kingdom, and chapter 20 gives us the thousand–year reign of Christ. This means that we need to know sixty–five other books before we get to this place. In the notes which I have made on this book, I have attempted to avoid the pitfall of presenting something new and novel just for the sake of being different. The postmillennialists believed that the world would get better and better, that the church would convert the whole world, and then Christ would come and reign. What then?" As we begin this book of Revelation, I have mingled feelings. He will help you speak when you're feeling weak. He does this in his Gospel which opens with this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). –Sir William Ramsay, "Some have indicated that there is no explicit statement here that anybody will have his name blotted out, but rather the promise that his name will not be blotted out because of his faith in Jesus Christ. We look at the revealing benediction (words of blessing), the salutation (words of greeting) and the doxology (words of praise). It is no longer in touch with the Head of the church. If I condemn you, blame Me not. With these 30 guided lessons and commentary on the biblical text, discover the timeless messages of the mysterious Book of Revelation, and learn to distinguish between the popular false notions of the end times and the truth God intended by this apocalyptic yet canonical text. Note the contrasts between the two books: In Genesis the earth was created; in Revelation the earth passes away. In the first division of the Book of Revelation we will see the person of Christ in His position and glory as the Great High Priest who is in charge of His church. 22:10). At the risk of being a little tedious, I am going to give you the viewpoints of many men in the past to demonstrate that they were looking for Christ to return. And leave this tenement of clay. None of these groups or segments of our society have any solutions. The church must bear part of the responsibility for making you feel as you do. In which you'll find it hard to pay. Several times you've said that you don't see how Christ can possibly use you. There are six striking and singular features about the Book of Revelation. Be ready to receive whatever truth shall be made known to you from the written word of God.” That, my friend, is very good advice because God is not revealing His truth by giving you a vision or a dream or a new religion. Therefore, we need to be very sure that all new truth comes from a correct interpretation of the Word of God. Nay, do not say ungranted. When I began my ministry, I was a single man, and on Sunday nights after the evening service, I would get into bed and read one of the mystery stories. J. Vernon McGee, Dear Jane: The world is in a desperate condition. It is interesting to note that the subject of prophecy is being developed in our day. We are going to see that the living Christ is very busy doing things today. If you've got roses, bless your soul, It holds out a hope for a cursed earth, and that hope is the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ. It sees the Book of Revelation as primarily prophetic. —(Revelation 1:3) First we look at the benediction(word of blessing) and note the blessings of the … The second coming of Christ. New Jerusalem: The Eternal Home of the Church Thru the Bible Commentary, Vol. You're dead to sin, alive to win. Their power was the power of Christ through the Holy Spirit. Reflect on the battle that was won. And God will finish what He has begun. Chapter one provides an introduction to the book. Now I read Dorothy Sayers. The unsaved are reading the Bible without realizing it. @� ` ϭTQ –Dr. In Genesis darkness was called night; in Revelation there is “no night there” (see Rev. Shall perish, and return to dust, So, although I won’t be using a chart, I will use the brief sketch below to attempt to simplify the different stages of the Revelation and also give the overall picture. Candidly, I must also say that it is with great joy that I begin it. 2:37–45; Luke 21:24). Anyway, I have always enjoyed mystery stories. 1:3). We need to let John tell it like it is. –Author unknown, "He who is born one will die twice; he who is born twice will die once." Armageddon: What? This item: The End: The Book of Revelations - Study Guide by Scott Hahn Spiral-bound $14.95. We are living in a very difficult time, my friend. And finally, the sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who have never seen the church without them." In his book he makes the statement that I was unable to answer his question. The person of Jesus Christ is the theme of this book. Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch. Introduction An Uncovering The very title makes it clear that the writer wanted his message to be known. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991. He will talk peace, prosperity, and plenty, not as a means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves. They had none. 8. Let’s allow the Revelation to say what it wants to say. There was a phenomenal growth in church membership, especially after World War II, but that took place for only a few years. As Calvin put it, “I would rather lose now and win later than to win now and lose later.” I want to say to you, friend, that I am on the side that appears to be losing now, but we are going to win later. He made Himself subject to His enemies on earth and died upon a cross! –Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Unanswered yet? It does look dark now. Maybe I've struck a better job. In our day there are many critics of this interpretation who not only attempt to discount it but say rather harsh things about it. There was one professor in the seminary who was still a postmillennialist. Rather it consummates and concludes that which has been begun somewhere else in Scripture. Well, I can’t leave the hero and heroine at one o’clock in the morning in that kind of position. You need to have the background of a working knowledge of all the Bible that precedes it. You may ask, “Do you mean that the church goes out of business?” Well, it leaves the earth and goes to heaven, and there it appears as the bride of Christ. It is a dark picture as I look out at it, and I wonder how it is going to work out. It will be a time of testing, for at the end of that period Satan will be released for a brief season. Thirdly, Christ said, “I have the keys of hell and of death.” And when we get to chapter 5, we will see that no one could be found to open the book but one—the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the unveiling of Jesus Christ. h�bbd```b``z"[���d5��l�`qe�"���Bހ���Z���N ɨ���D���kv00120z�D�2T#�30X0 4< Chancellor Robert M. Hutchins, of the University of Chicago, gave many people a shock several years ago when he made the statement that “devoting our educational efforts to infants between six and twenty–one seems futile.” And he added, “The world may not last long enough.” He contended that for this reason we should begin adult education. There is a second factor that gives me a feeling of alarm as I enter this book. After two world wars, a worldwide depression, and the crises through which the world is passing, there are very few who still hold that viewpoint. There is a glaring lack of leadership. When? As I have said, the Book of Revelation is not really a difficult book. I was not disappointed -- this is indeed a compelling and convincing review of St John's … And give Him all the glory. Just pin one on my button hole –Dr. And how these prophecies ultimately point to a future fulfillment when all of God's creation will give way to a "new heaven and a new earth" when … Its meticulous, scholarly approach to studying linguistic structure, vocabulary, and variant readings provides and exegetical model even for those who … Likewise, I have steered clear of repeating threadbare cliches. Its antagonists may be divided into two classes according to the different standpoints from which they direct their attack, viz: (1) Rationalists (under this class we include both Deist and Agnostic writers). Upon the Cross of Calvary. 2) Higher and higher taxes; the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace. The subject is not the beasts nor the bowls of wrath but the Sin–bearer. This theory states that the two beasts are imperial and provincial Rome and that the point of the book is to encourage Christians. In Genesis was Satan’s first rebellion; in Revelation is Satan’s last rebellion. Perhaps your part is not yet wholly done. The first mention of Him is way back in Genesis 3:15, as the Seed of the woman. 7. Here He is in absolute control. In this study, presenter Jeff Cavins pulls back the veil on the rich symbolism present in Revelation. In Genesis the sun was to govern the day; in Revelation there is no need of the sun. I have in mind the success-story mentality of the church. 2:1-7 Ephesus 7-10 Jan. 24 Rev. The Possession of Jesus Christ—the church in the world is His, chapters 2–3. You need to have a feel of the Scriptures as well as have the facts of the Scriptures in your mind. Although I myself have a chart and have used it in teaching, I will not be using it in this study. 1 A revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him so that he could tell his servants what is now to take place very soon; he sent his angel to make it known to his servant John, 2 and John has borne witness to the Word of God and to the witness of Jesus Christ, everything that he saw. Is growing old, I know full well– In the seminary of my denomination, I studied Revelation in both Greek and English from the standpoint of the amillennialist. Without doubt the harlot system was in competition with the religious worship of the Beast, promoted by the False Prophet, and her destruction is brought about so that the Beast may be the sole object of false worship as he claims to be God." Awaits me in the Glory Land. The Book of Revelation had its origin in a time of crisis, but it remains valid and meaningful for Christians of all time. The historical interpretation is that the fulfillment of Revelation is going on continuously in the history of the church, from John’s day to the present time. The fallacy of the hour is reaching into this third section and trying to pull those events up to the present. In other words, over half of this book depends upon your understanding of the Old Testament. Actually, it is the most orderly book in the Bible. He will spread the lie that men will never be better until they make society better." Download the booklet. 3. For more information on the study Bible, or to download study questions for other books of the Bible, please visit. In whispers soft, "This is the way." Outline of Revelation —A useful guide for study. Bill Anderson, when asked, "Suppose we get over there and find out that what you preach about hell is not true at all? There are seventeen prophetic books in the Old Testament and only this one in the New Testament. K. Chesterton, "Thus spiritual death comes immediately through an unbroken line of posterity. The Rapture is the hope of the New Testament, just as the revelation of Christ was the hope of the Old Testament. The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth by Scott Hahn Hardcover $13.19. The Book of Revelation Bible Study by Pastor Allen Nolan is a study designed to help you unravel the mysteries of the book of The Revelation. The end of everything we call life is close at hand.”, General Douglas MacArthur said, “We have had our last chance.”, Former president Dwight Eisenhower said, “Without a moral regeneration throughout the world there is no hope for us as we are going to disappear one day in the dust of an atomic explosion.”, Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, ex–president of Columbia University, said, “The end cannot be far distant.”. It is dangerous to say just anything relative to the Book of Revelation because people today realize that we have come to a great crisis in history. In the New Testament, this word describes the unveiling of spiritual truth (Rom. In Genesis we saw man’s city, Babylon, being built; in Revelation we see man’s city, Babylon, destroyed and God’s city, the New Jerusalem, brought into view. (Broadus lists seven theories of interpretation and Tregelles lists three.). Now I want to make a positive statement: The Book of Revelation is not a difficult book. Take a peek at our lessons. The Book of Revelation describes this in eschatological language—language which is symbolic of the battle between good and evil, God and Satan which fulfills and concludes our history. (Revelation 16 & Daniel 11) Covers the place and time of Armageddon, the final war, the forces involved in it, the purpose, and the conclusion. In Stock. 458 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<7E27C6828F5D2044B9074B1444A846AE><07D80DD0831D194C931F3E507A3AE368>]/Index[441 33]/Info 440 0 R/Length 94/Prev 168127/Root 442 0 R/Size 474/Type/XRef/W[1 3 1]>>stream (I wonder what they would say if they lived in our day!) Celebrate the "NEW" God brings to our lives. And the Bible closes with another global and universal book. Then the doctrine of soteriology, or salvation, was developed. A Study of the Book of Revelation by Gary C. Hampton. Domitian was the first emperor to understand that behind the Christian movement there stood an enigmatic figure who threatened the glory of the emperors. Stauffer has made an important observation: Domitian was also the first emperor to wage a proper campaign against Christ, and the church answered the attack under the leadership of Christ’s last apostle, John of the Apocalypse. When Jesus Christ chose His disciples, He didn't choose Olympic champs or Roman senators. In Genesis the sun, moon, and stars were for earth’s government; in Revelation these same heavenly bodies are for earth’s judgment. Then, at the end of chapter 3, the church goes to heaven and we see it, not as the church anymore, but as the bride which will come to the earth with Christ when He comes to establish His Kingdom—that thousand–year reign that John will tell us about. For a long time now men in high positions have looked into the future and have said that there is a great crisis coming. 441 0 obj <> endobj In verse 18 of the first chapter the Lord Jesus speaks as the glorified Christ: “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Notice the four grand statements He makes concerning Himself: “I am alive. Then after chapter 3, the church is not mentioned anymore. And wander 'round this earth no more, According to this theory, Revelation has been largely fulfilled and contains only spiritual lessons for the church today. 13). The Lamb is the light, the glory, the life, the Lord of heaven and earth, from whose face all defilement must flee away, and in whose presence fullness of joy is known. More are in development. In Genesis the curse was pronounced; in Revelation the curse is removed. I think that the hero is going to be able to get there and rescue her, but I find out that he is in that old warehouse down by the pier, tied to a chair under which is a stick of dynamite with the fuse already lighted! –B.E. On the basis of this some have considered the book of life not as the roll of those who are saved but rather a list of those for whom Christ died, that is, all humanity who have possessed physical life. He will help you grin as you rest in Him. There you see Him in humiliation. What though I falter in my walk? It is like a great union station where the great trunk lines of prophecy have come in from other portions of Scripture. 2:8-11 Smryna 11-15 Jan. 31 Rev. 2:31–45; Matt. And PROVE that I'm not growing old. He chose simple people like you. "Revelation" (Greek Apokalupsis) means "an uncovering", "an unveiling", or "a disclosure". 9. Please note, our website requires JavaScript to be supported. –From The Revelation of Jesus Christ by Dr. John Walvoord, "If the rapture had occurred in the first century preceding the tribulation which the book of Revelation describes, they were assured of deliverance. My hearing may not be so keen Many popular commentators who obsess over the book of Revelation use it to support both implicit and overt anti-Catholic opinions. 2. Thayer says the word "revelation" means, "an uncovering, prop. Time is short.”, H. G. Wells declared before he died, “This world is at the end of its tether. God Himself will gain control—in fact, He has never lost control—and He is moving to the time when He is going to place His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, upon the throne of His universe down here. endstream endobj startxref Your browser does not support JavaScript. Ye call Me Might and honor Me not. Topics covered include: Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, The Ancient of Days, John on Patmos, Daniel and Ezekiel, Will People Be Saved After the Rapture?, The Antichrist Foreseen, The Great Tribulation, Abomination of Desolation and more in this 65-part study! Well, all I do is turn to the last book of the Bible, and when I begin to read there, I find that it’s going to work out all right. In Genesis death entered; in Revelation there is no more death. They do a lot of talking, but they say nothing that is worthwhile. And cries, It shall be done sometime, somewhere. What if my hair is turning grey? Dr. Urey, from the University of Chicago, who worked on the atomic bomb, began an article several years ago in Collier’s magazine by saying, “I am a frightened man, and I want to frighten you.”, Dr. John R. Mott returned from a trip around the world and made the statement that this was “the most dangerous era the world has ever known.” And he raised the question of where we are heading. Download the booklet. Therefore, we have no right to reach into the book and draw out of it some of the wonderful pictures that John describes for us and interpret them as taking place in our day. And it would indicate the possibility of a church on fire for God. This view was held by Renan and by most German scholars, also by Elliott. This is one book that doesn’t require our labor in making divisions in it. Read through our posts below with your kids. He is the subject of the book. The preterist interpretation is that all of Revelation has been fulfilled in the past. 4) The building of great armaments when the great enemy was within; the decay of individual responsibility. Then the final rebellion is put down and eternity begins. That is God’s intention, and that is God’s purpose. A Testimony of Jesus Christ is a commentary that explains some of the mysteries of Revelation. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. 1. –Dwight L. Moody, "Thyatira was situated in the mouth of a long vale which extends north and south connecting the Hermus and Caicos Valleys. Catholic Theology and the Book of Revelation CE Editors . Down the vale a stream flows south to join the Lycus (near whose left bank Thyatira was situated), one of the chief tributaries of the Hermus, while its northern end is divided by only a ridge of small elevation from the Caicos Valley. John does it all for us according to the instructions given to him. By the way, she is a Christian, and she gets a great deal of Scripture into her books. It has been most informative and sheds new light on interpreting this difficult book. P���h�lsՙ�s�b{�����3i`� ��G����J�! 4:13–18; 1 Cor. With scholarly precision, Dr. Hahn examines the various ways that Protestants and Catholics understand the Book of Revelation, revealing how the prophecies of the Book of Revelation were first realized in the first-century transition from the Old Covenant to the New. He will let us know when he gets to the meta tauta, the “after these things.” You can’t miss it—unless you follow a system of interpretation that doesn’t fit into the Book of Revelation. V-1 • To show to his servants. Christ Jesus set us free to proclaim Ye call Me Noble and serve Me not. Three Old Testament writers used signs and symbols to set forth their messages, Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah. In the face of apparently insuperable evil, either from within or from without, all Christians are called to trust in Jesus’ promise, “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” . Click here for a QUICKSTART GUIDE that guides you through the posts in order as you study Revelation. The course and end of apostate Christendom (see Dan. And so it has been down through the years. George Gill, "Dr. Walvoord, in his very excellent book, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, calls attention to something here that I think is important. Those who adopt this standpoint rely in the main on two fundamental objec… In fact, when they told him that the war was over, he thought they meant the Civil War. Israel’s covenants, beginning with the covenant which God made with Abraham in Genesis 12:1–3. He is in full command. The Bible as a whole tells us what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. The Program of Jesus Christ—as seen in heaven, chapters 4–22. This expectation is the very heart of the premillennial viewpoint as we hold it today. So in chapters 4–22 he is dealing with things that are going to take place after the church leaves the earth. Genesis presents the beginning, and Revelation presents the end. Therefore, I want to be with Him. It begins with the revelation of the glorified Christ. Through a careful comparison of Scriptures, Dr. McGee shows the difference between the Rapture of the church from this earth and the revelation of Christ, when He will return to set up His earthly kingdom. The Revelation shows what God is going to do with His universe and with His creatures. ➤ Is Revelation a Book for You? Mass evangelistic meetings attended by tens of thousands, use of other mass media such as radio, literature, increasing constantly." I have several charts sent to me by different men in whom I have great confidence. Listening to them for only a brief time reveals that they have nothing to say. Genesis 1:1 is accurate, and the church believes it." 5) The decay of religion, fading into a mere form, losing touch with life, losing power to guide the people. By contrast, those sealed out of the twelve tribes of Israel in 7:4 clearly go through the time of trouble. Then He says, “I was dead, and, behold, I am alive.” And His instruction is, “Write the things which are.” This is present tense, referring to Christ’s present ministry. V-1 • Things present and future. If you’ve ever been confused about prophecy, this is the booklet for you.      I am writing to help you shake this feeling of uselessness that has overtaken you. What should I care if Time's old plow In our study of the book, that is an all–important principle to follow. Let’s keep in mind that this book is a revelation of Jesus Christ. But I'm NOT growing old. This is the viewpoint of Revelation which is generally accepted. Fitzgerald, Jerusalem, the golden, with milk and honey blest! Ye call Me Gracious and trust Me not. The church does not begin in the Old Testament. Who sacrificed His life for me But suppose we get over there and find that it is true? I wasn’t well at the time, and I didn’t want to get involved in an argument with a man who obviously was very fanatical in his position. The idea of making wild and weird interpretations is one of the reasons I enter this book with a feeling of fear. Nero had Paul and Peter destroyed, but he looked upon them as seditious Jews. 5. And the Book of Revelation will complete the revelation of Christ. Jane, don't forget that we still need the ordinary in the hands of Christ to turn the world upside down. We've forgotten an elementary fact about Christian witness, something that should encourage you: God has chosen what the world calls foolish to shame the wise. The great doctrines of the church have been developed in certain historical periods. God promised Israel five things, and God says in Revelation that He will fulfill them all. His wondrous story 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! %PDF-1.5 %���� The Book of Revelation in the Bible is one of the more difficult books of the Bible to understand. The purpose of the Book of Revelation was to bring comfort to the persecuted church and was written in symbols that the Christians of that period would understand. I have visited the ruins of all seven of them and have spent many hours there. Please note that I am not quoting from any preachers but from outstanding men in other walks of life. Many young Christians are fascinated by the book of Revelation. One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature. Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold and fans for those who think it's too hot. Then on earth the Great Tribulation takes place, chapters 6–18. Go To Revelation Index for the 22 Chapters. This is one book that doesn’t require our labor in making divisions in it. The futurist interpretation is the view which is held by all premillennialists and is the one which I accept and present to you. Whole counsel of God… last books of the total Word of God His influential position to Witness for Christ who... Background of a working knowledge of all the glory Land to see that he is doing and what will. 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