Thursday, September 22, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Revelation part one
"For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Central Issue - Jesus Christ
Key Verse - Revelation 1:8
"’I am the way and the truth says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’"
"’Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.’"
I. "What you have known” Chapter 1
II. "What is now" Chapter 2-3
III. "What will take place in the future" Chapter 4-22
Author - John - Revelation 1:1, 4, 9 & 22:8.
Wrote the book from the small island of Patmos around 90 AD.
The purpose - Revolves around what the Church was facing at that time
The Primary Recipients
Four Views of Interpretation
Allegorists or nonliteral – view the book as a symbolic portrayal of the conflict between good and evil.
Preterits – view the book as a description of first-century events, showing the church’s triumph over Judaism and paganism.
Historicists – view the book as a preview of the Church Age; the prophecies have been and continue to be fulfilled in the history of the church.
Futurists – view the events of Revelation 4-22 as yet to occur; events will follow the Church Age.