Category Archives: Interpreting Revelation

UNSEALING THE SCROLL

Daniel was commanded to “seal the scroll,” but John was commanded NOT to seal the scroll – “for the season is at hand.”

At the close of his visions, the angel commanded Daniel “to close the words and seal the book until the season of the end.” However, in Revelation, the “scroll” is unsealed and opened to reveal its contents. Daniel was told to “seal the scroll,” but John was commanded NOT to do so. The verbal parallels are quite deliberate.

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FOURFOLD DIVISION OF REVELATION

The book of Revelation consists of a Prologue, the Vision Proper, and an Epilogue. The Vision itself falls into four recognizable divisions, each starting with an episode in which John finds himself “in the spirit” in a new location where he receives a new vision. Continue reading FOURFOLD DIVISION OF REVELATION

Revelation is a Fully Opened Book

SYNOPSIS:  Christians do not need to wait until History’s final years to understand the message of Revelation. The understanding of its visions was made plain to the first-century churches of Asia.

Today, some voices claim that the correct understanding of many end-time prophecies will not be revealed until the “last generation” before the return of Jesus. Information still veiled will be decoded only in the last few years prior to the end of the age. Frequently, a key passage from the book of Daniel is cited to validate this claim.

This popular teaching is based on the commandment of an angel to the prophet Daniel to “seal the book until the time of the end.” This interpretation assumes this means that the predictions recorded in the book of Daniel will not be understood until the final generation before Jesus arrives in glory. Usually, precisely how this information will be disclosed is left unstated. Continue reading Revelation is a Fully Opened Book

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION

The book of Revelation records a vision received by the Apostle John while he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. He was there “on account of the testimony of Jesus.” It was originally addressed and presumably delivered to seven Christian congregations located in key cities of the Roman province of Asia. Most likely it was penned in the late first century when Domitian was emperor in Rome (A.D. 81-96).

“A Revelation”

The first word of the book is the Greek noun apokalypsis (Strong’s #G602), a “revelation.” The English term ‘apocalypse’ is derived from it, a title commonly assigned to the book.  As originally written, the word was not the title of the book but, instead, it designated what it is, namely, a “revelation” from Jesus Christ. It is placed in the first position for emphasis. Continue reading BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION