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John. 19). It states that the two beasts are Imperial and Provincial Rome. which is an unveiling. has adopted this view. It dissipates and defeats the purpose of the book. This is the view of all premillennialists and is the view which we accept and present. Tragelles lists 3): 1. 3. Preterist theory: All of Revelation has been fulfilled in the past. According to this theory. Special blessing is promised the readers of this book (Revelation 1:3). This book is like a great Union Station where the great trunk lines of • • • • . Revelation is not a sealed book (Revelation 22:10). He reaches farther on into eternity future in the Book of Revelation. the writer. Amillennialism. The point of the book is to encourage Christians. It is a series of visions. It is a revelation (apocalypse). but these can be divided into four major systems (Broadus lists seven theories of interpretation. for the most part. according to this theory. especially from Revelation 4 on to the end of the book. It had to do with the days of either Nero or Domitian. expressed in symbols.REVELATION WRITER: John the apostle DATE: About A.D. 4. Contrast Daniel 12:9. a warning is issued to those who tamper with its contents (Revelation 22:18. 2. Historical theory: Fulfillment of Revelation is going on in history. Futurist theory: This theory holds that the Book of Revelation is primarily prophetic and yet future. and Revelation is the prophetic history of the church. Revelation has been largely fulfilled and there are spiritual lessons for the church today. Likewise. also by Elliott. Historical-spiritual theory: This theory is a refinement of the historical theory and was advanced by Sir William Ramsay. 95 THEORIES OF INTERPRETATION: There have been many approaches to this book. STRIKING FEATURES: • • It is the only prophetic book in the New Testament (in contrast to 17 prophetic books in the Old Testament). The view was held by Renan and most German scholars. reaches farther back into eternity past than any other writer in Scripture (John 1:1-3). It had to do with local references in John’s day.
31) 5. The PERSON of Jesus Christ — Christ in glory. Greetings from John the writer. Interpretation of the seven stars and seven lampstands. 2:8-11 C. 19 G. judging His church (the great High Priest in the Holy of Holies). course. The church (Matthew 16:18) 3. 3 A. v. 19 I am he that liveth. vv. and have the keys of hell [hades] and of death. 2:18-29 . 4-8 E. v. Satan and evil (Ezekiel 28:11-18) 6. The “man of sin” (Ezekiel 28:1-10) 7. 52) 4. v. Time division of the contents of the apocalypse. 2:12-17 D. The Great Tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30. Beatitude of Bible study. The resurrection and translation of saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Letter of Christ to the church in Thyatira. 9-18 F. Letter of Christ to the church in Pergamum. and. The beginning. five things promised Israel KEY VERSES: Revelation 1:18. and the things which shall be hereafter. Title of the Book. 1 Corinthians 15:51. The Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 3:15) 2. 3 D. 20 II. Letter of Christ to the church in Ephesus. There are at least 10 great subjects of prophecy which find their consummation here: 1. 2 C. Matthew 13) 8. Chapters 2. OUTLINE: I. The post-incarnate Christ in a glorified body. 15) 10. Method of revelation. v. It is imperative to a right understanding of the book to be able to trace each great subject of prophecy from the first reference to the terminal. Chapter 1 A. behold. 1 B. vv. 2:1-7 B. Amen. and end of the “times of the Gentiles” (Daniel 2:37. The POSSESSION of Jesus Christ — the church in the world. Revelation does not originate but consummates. and from Jesus Christ in heaven. Israel’s covenants (Genesis 12:1-3). and was dead. Luke 21:24) 9. and the things which are. The course and end of apostate Christendom (Daniel 2:31-45. I am alive for evermore. v. Write the things which thou hast seen.prophecy come in from other portions of Scripture. The second coming of Christ (Jude 14. Letter of Christ to the church in Smyrna.
5 …I will come again. 4. 14 B. Chapters 4. 4:4. 6 (Rider on a black horse) d. 3:14-22 III. The PROGRAM of Jesus Christ — the scene in heaven. Chapters 6 — 8:1 a. Chapter 7 (1) Reason for the interlude between the 6th and 7th seals. 12 7. Opening of the second seal. Chapters 4 — 22 A. Letter of Christ to the church in Sardis. 4 (Rider on a red horse) c. 6:12-17 (The Day of Wrath has come — beginning of the last half of the Great Tribulation) g. Opening of the fifth seal. that where I am. 6:9-11 (Prayer of the martyred remnant) f. 5:5-10 6. 5:13. vv. Interlude. 3:7-13 G.E. 5. 3:1-6 F. 8:1 (Introduction of seven trumpets) . 5:11. Letter of Christ to the church in Laodicea. 2 (Rider on a white horse) b. vv. 6:1. 6:5. 5 Four living creatures. Opening of the fourth seal. The Great Tribulation in the world. 4-8 (3) Redeemed multitude of Gentiles. 6:7. 2. 1-3 (2) Remnant of Israel sealed. Letter of Christ to the church in Philadelphia. and receive you unto myself. Opening of the seventh seal. 3. 9-17 h. 4:1-3 Twenty-four elders. Opening of the third seal. Throne of God. 5:1-4 Christ: the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb which has been slain. there ye may be also. (John 14:3) 1. 8 (Rider on a pale horse) e. A myriad of angels of heaven joins the song of praise and redemption. Universal worship of the Savior and Sovereign of the universe. The church in heaven with Christ. Chapters 6 — 18 1. Opening of the seven-sealed book. Opening of the sixth seal. vv. 6:3. Opening of the first seal. 4:6-11 Book with seven seals.
13 f. vv. 9:13-21 h. Seventh trumpet — end of Great Tribulation and opening of temple in heaven. 13:11-18 (1) Wild beast. Wild beast out of the earth — a religious leader. v. Remnant of Israel. 10:1 — 11:14 (1) The strong angel with the little book. 8:8. 8:7 c. Looking to the end of the Great Tribulation. vv. deity assumed. wars with the dragon. defying God. Wild beast out of the sea — a political power and a person. 5 (4) Wild beast. Picture of the lamb with the 144. 4 c. The woman — Israel. 18 4. death-dealing stroke. 11:3-12 (5) Doom of the second woe — great earthquake. 3 (3) Wild beast. 1-5 b. vv. stars smitten.” 11:1. The dragon persecutes the woman. delegated authority. 10 h. Blowing of the seven trumpets. vv. The red dragon — Satan. 8:10. 2 b.2. Second trumpet — seas become blood. 2 (2) Wild beast. Michael. Chapters 8:2 — 11:19 a. v. designation. Chapter 14 a. 15-17 (4) Wild beast. vv. 11:13. 8:12. vv. v. vv. Interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets. Third trumpet — fresh water becomes bitter. 6. First trumpet — trees burnt. Chapters 12. 10:8-11 (3) Date for the ending of “the times of the Gentiles. 9 d. 12:3. description. Fourth trumpet — sun. v. Seven performers during the Great Tribulation. 10:1-7 (2) John eats the little book. 4. 7 c. 2 (4) Duration of the prophesying of the two witnesses. 12:1. vv. 11:15-19 3. 8:2-6 b. delusion perpetrated on the world. 13:1-10 (1) Wild beast. Sixth trumpet — angels loosed at river Euphrates. 1. The child of the woman — Jesus Christ. the archangel. 14 i. 12-14 (3) Wild beast. defiance denied to anyone. 9:1-12 g. description. 11 e. 6 d. 12:13-16 f. 8 . 11 (2) Wild beast. Fifth trumpet — fallen star and plague of locusts. Angel at the altar with censer of incense. 12:5. 13 a. moon. Pronouncement of judgment on Babylon. Proclamation of the everlasting gospel.000. 12:17 g. 6-8 (5) Wild beast. 9. 12:7-12 e.
having seven golden bowls. Preview of Armageddon. Four hallelujahs. vv. 19-21 . Pouring out of the fifth bowl. Chapter 19 1. 1-7 (2) Wild beast destroys the great harlot.d. Chapters 17. The two Babylons judged. Chapter 18 (1) Announcement of fall of commercial and political Babylon. Interlude: kings of inhabited earth proceed to Har-Magedon. vv. 16:3 d. vv. Praise for those who die in the Lord. vv. 14-20 5. 9-19 (3) Anticipation of joy in heaven because of judgment on Babylon. 11 g. v. Preparation for final judgment of the Great Tribulation. 16:4-7 e. Pronouncement of judgment on those who received mark of the beast. 16:17-21 6. vv. 15:5 — 16:1 b. 16 a. 1-8 (2) Anguish in the world because of Babylon’s judgment. 9-12 e. Pouring out of the seventh bowl. 2. vv. Pouring out of the second bowl. 16:10. 16:13-16 i. vv. Marriage of the Lamb and return of Christ in judgment. Chapter 17 (1) Great harlot riding the wild beast. vv. vv. Pouring out of the first bowl. 4. 17. Pouring out of the fourth bowl. 16:12 h. Pouring out of the sixth bowl. The apostate church in the Great Tribulation. 15:1-4 (2) Temple of the tabernacle opened in heaven that seven angels. might proceed forth. 16:2 c. 18 Hell opened. 18 a. 8-18 b. 13 f. 16:8. vv. Chapters 15. vv. Pouring out of the third bowl. 11-16 War of Armageddon. 7-10 Return of Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords. 9 f. Political and commercial Babylon judged. 15:1 — 16:1 (1) Tribulation saints in heaven worship God because He is holy and just. 1-6 Bride of the Lamb and marriage supper. 20-24 C. 3. Pouring out of the seven mixing bowls of wrath. 5. vv.
21 “Alpha — Omega” PAST “Things…seen” PRESENT “Beginning — End” FUTURE The Cosmic Crisis Son of Man in Heaven “I am he that liveth” “the things which thou hast seen” The 7 Churches “I was dead” “Behold. Final invitation and warning. Saints of the Great Tribulation reign with Christ 1000 years.D. 11-15 E. 22:17-19 9. New relationship — God dwelling with man. 3 The Great Tribulation Chs. New center of the new creation. 10 5. 2. New heaven. River of the water of life and tree of life. 21:9-21 4. vv. Revelation 4 — 22 Crisis in the Future Great White Throne Chs . 22 1. 21:24-27 6. New Jerusalem. vv. 6 — 18 9 1000 years Ch. 20 Eternity Chs. Entrance into eternity. 7-9 4. 21. vv. Satan bound 1000 years. Final promise and prayer. Promise of return of Christ. Setting of Great White Throne where lost are judged and follow Satan into lake of fire and brimstone. I am alive” “the things which are” (After removal of true church and before the coming of Christ to creation) “I have the keys of hell and of death” “the things about to be after these things [meta tauta]” Revelation 1 Christ in Glory Ch. 5 Church Chs. new earth. 22 . 22:20. 21:22. description of the eternal abode of the bride. 1-3 2. Satan cast into lake of fire and brimstone. Chapter 20 1. Satan loosed after 1000 years. Millennium. New Jerusalem. 23 5. 4-6 3. v. Chapters 21. 4. New era. vv. 22:6-16 8. eternity unveiled. 3 Church in the World 1 Ch. 1 Revelation 2. 21:1. 21:3-8 3. 2 2. 22:1-5 7.
(Excellent comprehensive treatment) These notes.. Chicago. Chicago. Winona Lake. Grand Rapids. Gaebelein. Illinois: Moody Press. Philadelphia. Revelation. Inc. California 91109-7100 #16222-ABAAAa . These books may be obtained from a Christian library or bookstore or ordered from the publishers. 1915. Strauss. a list of recommended books is included for those wanting a more detailed study. The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Herman A. There’s a New World Coming. Grand Rapids. Vernon. The Book of Revelation. Illinois: Moody Press. Indiana: Brethren Missionary Herald. an Expository Commentary. They are to be used with the Bible and will be more meaningful as you look up all the Scripture references. Chicago. The Book of Revelation. Hoyt. 1971. Vernon McGee. inexpensive survey) Seiss. Reveling Through Revelation. Neptune. 1968. THRU THE BIBLE RADIO Pasadena. McGee. J. California: Vision House Publishers. Walvoord. Charles C. The Apocalypse. 1966. (Especially good for young converts) Larkin. A. Ryrie. (A fine. 1957. Lectures on the Book of Revelation. A. Pasadena. are for the purpose of giving assistance to the listeners of the THRU THE BIBLE RADIO program. 2 vols. Revelation. New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers. Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House. Lehman. New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers. The Book of Revelation. Donald Grey. Hal. The Revelation. (Includes fine charts) Lindsey. Arno C. William R. New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers. California: Thru the Bible Radio Network. The Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. John F. 1919. Neptune.RECOMMENDED BOOKS: Barnhouse. Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House. H. Due to the necessary brevity of both notes and broadcasts. 1935. J. Lectures on the Book of Revelation. Ironside. Illinois: Moody Press. prepared by J. Clarence. Pennsylvania: Published by the author. Newell. 1966. Neptune. 1973. Santa Ana. 1964. 1960. 1979.
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