Revelation Bible Study Series: 2. Understanding the Book of Revelation 1
2. REVELATION SERIES:Understanding the Book of Revelation
This series of Bible Studies on the Book of Revelation interprets the Book of Revelationbased upon a
understanding of the book. This understanding is based uponsound Biblical interpretation, as will be seen throughout the series. The Book of Revelation is made up of seven sections, each section being parallel and spanning theentire Gospel dispensation. What this means is that the Book of Revelation covers theperiod from the first coming of Christ to His second coming - and even beyond this.Each section is intended to portray the same period of time but from varyingperspectives. Yet, as each section is reached, there is a definite movement in thought.There is a progression in the development of themes and focus toward the very end of the dispensation. For instance, the final judgment is barely mentioned in the beginningof the book, yet it becomes a more clearly developed theme as you move through thebook towards the very end.
2.1 OUTLINE AND SURVEY OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION
The following is a suggested outline for, and brief survey of, the Book of Revelation.
A. THE EARTHLY PERSPECTIVE (1:1-11:19)
1. Christ in the Midst of the Lamp stands (1:1-3:22).The lamp stands represent the seven churches (1:4,11,20), to which John is to write.The number seven is to be taken as symbolical of completeness and fullness(1:4,12,13), as it is throughout the Book of Revelation. What this means is that theseven churches are symbolic of the whole church throughout the gospeldispensation. With this in mind, each church is to be seen as typical of conditions inindividual churches at any given time throughout history (2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22).