The Book Of Revelation Study [Pt 1]
Welcome Back Grace Nation! I am happy to be graduated and back on track!
I’m so excited to be able to begin this series with you guys over the past few months I’ve been studying The Book of Revelation in detail and I’m excited to bring my knowledge of what I’ve learned to the website. Now I know there are a lot of different views and there a lot of different opinions surrounding the Book of Revelation I’m not here to begin a debate or to argue with anyone. If you disagree with me great I’m happy that we are both able to gain understanding from the book but let’s keep our arguments to a minimum. Besides it’s clear in the beginning of Revelation that this book is meant to be understood so let’s do our best to try and understand it. As you begin this journey I’ll be bringing a lot of information to you hopefully it doesn’t get too confusing I’m not saying that I understand this book in its entirety as no one does, I’m just going to be able to bring the information that I have learned through my studies. If something seems off or something seems un-biblical please let me know and I’ll be anxious to fix it. Now let’s begin.
At a certain point in human history, at a time only known to God, Jesus will return to this Earth at his second coming. At that time, he will destroy the counterfeit “Mystery Babylon”. And that the second coming God will usher in a brand new world, a new Heaven, A New Earth, and the New Jerusalem. Jesus Will Conquer death, and all those who put their faith in him will be given new bodies and live forever. Jesus said these words “behold I will make all things new.” When we trust in this reality we have unshakable hope
In fact Revelation is the Bible’s greatest book of Hope reveals God’s final chapter in the story of Humanity’s salvation that begun in Genesis. In the end, God is Victorious. That’s a great hope of our faith and that’s why “God’s Prophet” (John) is sounding the alarm regarding the second coming.
Now this is just an introduction so we won’t be diving deep into the text but I would like to begin and Revelation 1:5. Where Jesus is given three names.
Revelation 1:5 – and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To him who loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
As the faithful witness, Jesus has set the example for those called to bear witness in a hostile world. Paul reminded Timothy of that when he went on trial for his life before Pilate, Jesus witnessed the good confession (1st Timothy 6:13). Thus the church is urged by Jesus to be faithful until death (Revelation 2:10)
The second title for Jesus is the first-born from the Dead. First found in Paul’s writings (Colossians 1:18) arising from his understanding of (Psalm 2:7) “you are my son today I have begotten you”. Paul understood this reference to the resurrection of Christ (Acts 13:33). The title first-born from the dead came to suggest the resurrection of Christ, seeing as the guarantee of a later resurrection of Believers (1st Corinthians 15 23). Mentioned here it reminds those who are called upon to be faithful until death that Jesus faithfulness was Vindicated by Resurrection from the dead. His Vindication came first there’s will follow.
The last title he is given is the ruler over the kings of the earth. John is lifting The Horizon of his readers perspective above the Earthly rulers. Some of whom may have been the visible source of their sufferings, to him who sits enthroned above the kings of the earth exercising absolute sovereignty over them. In times of persecution, “the king of the earth who set themselves against the Lord and against his anointed” (Psalms 2:2) loom large and the view of The Afflicted church. But when the veil is pulled aside as it is here to reveal the one who sits in the heavens (Psalms 2:4) has not relinquished any part of his Sovereignty to tyrants such as Leaders of this time the church takes courage and comfort and such encouragement may be the Principal reason God sent these Visions to John on Patmos.
These three names had monumentally encouraged the churches at that time, however they should also monumentally encourage us, they remind us of the future hope that is coming that will come no matter what happens. We should be able to take hope in that, we should be able to take joy in that, and we should be able to live in that.
To give you a little bit of information regarding the studies; I am planning to go in order through the book. I won’t be going through every verse but I will be going through some of the verses that people like to talk about and also be going through some of the verses that people don’t like to talk about. This was just a little introduction we will be going back to the first three verses in the book. We will also be looking at the context into which this book was written and also at the time it was written. A lot of people have different points of view of a when this book was written I’ll be telling you my point of view you don’t have to agree with it but I will be sharing when I believe this book was written. I will also be trying to steer clear of choosing a side as to the four potential view points you can have on this book. However it may become evident as we go throughout the series but as of right now I truly haven’t picked the side I truly haven’t agreed with everything that one side has to offer as I don’t think every side has everything correct that’s why I’ll be taking my point of view on this book, I’ll be pulling things from different points of view to create a view of my own. This is a learning experience for me too I’m learning just as much as hopefully you guys will be. This probably won’t be a sermon series. This is more of a theological in-depth study of the Book of Revelation so I hope you’re ready to dig in. Now I do plan to continue the sermons and I do plan to continue “thoughts of the week” as I’m getting back into the website, so don’t worry those are still coming. As I said before I’m excited for you guys to take this journey with me and I hope that at the end we come out of it smarter than what we did going in. I will also be trying to steer clear of all controversy as the series isn’t meant to make any arguing come out of it. This series is just too hopefully be able to explain a book that people are sometimes scared to go into.
I often hear Revelation referred to as the book that is too scary to read, or the book that no one understands. This book is meant to be “heard” (Rev 1:3) or as translated from Greek it’s meant to be understood. Now I’m not saying that we will be able to understand everything as we still can’t understand God’s greatness. But I do feel like we can’t understand more of the book than what we do. Now there are tons of metaphors used throughout the book the way that I will be deciphering them strictly from biblical context, if I can’t find any Biblical reference to the metaphor then it will have to be up to interpretation of the reader. For example when God talks about the seven lampstands, he clearly states what they are, they are the seven churches. However God isn’t as kind in some of the other metaphors used, for example when he talks about the double edge sword coming out of Christ mouth, this requires a little more research. When we hit metaphors like this it causes us to have to go back into scripture and look for what he’s talking about. So if we go into Ephesians 6 we see that the sword of the spirit is the word of God. We can apply that to revelation the sword coming out of Christ mouth is the word of God everything that come out of his mouth is perfect and everything that comes out of his mouth is the word of God. That is just an example of how we will be interpreting this book. I will be posting another in depth summary of the context of this book, why It Was Written, when it was written, how it was written. Like I said this is just the introduction. There’s a lot of research that we still have to do before we can even begin digging into the actual text as this book is taken out of context to often we need to ensure that we’re reading it within context. You see the New Testament cannot be read without the context of the Old Testament. And the Old Testament cannot be read without the context of the New Testament. So that exact approach that we will be taking.
I am SO EXCITED.
References for this study include but are not limited to the following;
“The Babylon Code”
“Revelation, the four viewpoints”
“The Commentary of Revelation”
If I use anything outside these sources I will make sure to cite them at the bottom of the post. I will most likely be using other sources to study with, however these will probably be the 4 main sources I use. All 4 of these sources are books, If I use a website I will make sure to include a link to the site.
Peace and Love