Wednesday, November 12, 2014

An Introduction to the New Testament (Session 20 – The Revelation of John)

You may listen to a podcast of this session at PodBean.

During this session, we considered the Revelation of John.

Considering the Revelation of John

The title of the book is derived from the first word of the text, apokalypsis, meaning “unveiling” or “revelation”. The Book of Revelation is the only apocalyptic document in the New Testament canon, although there are short apocalyptic passages in various places in the Gospels and the Letters. There’s also apocalyptic material in Daniel and Ezekiel.

  • They generally focus on the end of human history as a climatic battle in which the current age is evil, the godly suffer, and good triumphs.
  • The vision is often communicated in dreams and conveyed by angels.
  • Symbolism is a frequent characteristic of apocalyptic writing.
  • Numbers are important.

The Revelation can be interpreted in four different ways.

  • Futurist - It offers a straight-forward account of the end of the world.
  • Preterism - The visions are related to the their first-century context.
  • Idealist - The images are regarded as an account of the journey of the soul to God.
  • Historicist - The book has been used as a interpretative lens through which we can view history.

The author is identified as John of Patmos, and the book was probably written in the late first century, at the end of the reign of the Emperor Domitian, to churches in the Roman province of Asia.

The Revelation may be divided as follows:

  • Introduction (Rev. 1)
  • The Seven Letters to the Seven Churches. (Rev. 2-3)
  • Before the Throne of God (Rev. 4-5)
  • Seven Seals are opened (Rev. 6-8:6)
  • Seven trumpets are sounded (Rev. 8:7-11)
  • The Seven Spiritual Figures. (Rev. 12-15)
  • Seven bowls are poured onto Earth (Rev. 16)
  • Aftermath of Babylon the Great (Rev. 17-18)
  • The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:1-10)
  • The Judgment of the Beast, Devil and Dead (Rev. 19:11-20:15)
  • The New Heaven and Earth, and New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:1-22:5)
  • Conclusion (Rev. 22:6-21)

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