BACKGROUND – REVELATION

LITERARY STRUCTURE


Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein: for the season is at hand.


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Introduction to Revelation – (Introductory and Background information on the Book of Revelation)

The Fourfold Division of the Book – (An Outline of the major literary divisions and features of Revelation)

Outline of the Second Division – (Revelation 4:1 – 16:21 – An outline of the second major literary division of the Book)

Seven Beatitudes – Call to Action – (The seven beatitudes in the book provide the church with marching orders)



HISTORICAL CONTEXT


I was on the isle that is called Patmos for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”


The Isle of Patmos – (Background information on the island of Patmos and the imprisonment of John)

Taking Revelation’s Target Audience Seriously – (Revelation is addressed to seven real first-century churches)

Original Recipients of the Book – (Revelation is addressed to seven real churches that existed in the province of Asia)



BACKGROUND FROM DANIEL


Seal not up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, for the season is at hand. “


Unsealed Scroll of Daniel – (What Daniel was commanded to seal shut the Lamb unsealed and revealed in the book of Revelation)

The Time of Fulfillment is now – (The Sealed Scroll of Daniel is unveiled in the Book of Revelation)

The Missing Seventy Weeks – (The New Testament never employs the Seventy Weeks of Daniel to interpret the “last days”)

Unsealed Scroll – Epilogue – (The Lamb is authorized to open the Sealed Scroll and to unveil its contents)

Fourth Beast is not Identical to the Single Beast from the Sea(The single “beast from the sea” is related to, but not identical with, Daniel’s fourth beast)

INTERPRETATION


The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks are seven churches.”


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Key that unlocks Revelation – (Jesus Christ, the “slain Lamb,” is the interpretive key to the Book of Revelation)

Literal and Nonliteral Language – (Revelation informs the reader from the start that it communicates symbolically)

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A Fully Opened Book – (Revelation’s images unveil rather than encrypt the true state of affairs)

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Provided Interpretations – (Revelation often provides clear interpretations of its visions)

Common Errors of Interpretation – (Some common errors often made when interpreting the visions of Revelation)

Linear Chronological Sequence? – (Are Revelation’s visions presented in strict chronological sequence?)



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