Introduction to Revelation
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Delivered By
Will Robbins
Delivered On
September 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Revelation Bible Study

Introduction to the Book of Revelation

“What is the purpose of the Revelation & why should we seek to better understand it?”

Author, Date, Setting, and Purpose

  1. Author: John, possibly John who wrote the Gospels.
  2. Date: Possibly written just before 70 A.D. (fall of Jerusalem) and/ or finalized in 90 A.D.

  3. Setting: Written on the Isle of Patmos to the persecuted church. Emperor? During the reign of Roman Emperor Nero (54- 68 A.D.) or Domitian 81-96

  • Nero 54- 68

  • Domitian 81-96

Testimony from the Book of Revelation tells us what it is about and why we should read follow its' message.

The 7 Beatitudes of Revelation

  1. Be blessed through obedient perseverance. (Rev. 1:3, Rev. 16:15, Rev. 22:7)
  2. Future blessing in promised rewards. (Rev. 14:13, Rev. 19:9, Rev. 20:6, Rev. 22:14)

Interpretive approaches: "Why all the confusion?"

  1. Historist: Revelation is seen to relate to the Western church.
  2. Futurist: Ch. 4-22 occur in the future.
    • Dispensational
    • Classical
  3. Preterist (past): The Book of Revelation's events occurred during the time of John, 1st Century.
    • View 1: Revelation relates to Rome's real and harsh oppression of believers and Rome's fall.
    • View 2: The persecution is overstated to emphasize a call for believers to be separate from the world and worship Christ alone. This view over spiritualizes the 1st century 
  4. Idealist: This view relates primarily to the church between Christ's first and second comings. This view sees the battle is between God and evil. Between the church and the world throughout all times.
  5. Eclectic: This view focuses on minimizing the weaknesses and focus on the strengths of the preterist(past), futurist, and idealist approaches. This view sees the vision as being relevant to John's readers (Preterist), but this view also sees the end of Revelation as describing the end of world history.

Conclusion: We do not know when Christ will return, but that until His return that we should be His faithful witnesses till people from every nation, tribe and tongue come to worship Him  (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Revelation 7:9-13). We can rest assured that God is sovereignly bringing His kingdom come through His obedient people for their blessing and His glory!


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