Rev Background


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  1. Introduction to Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (An introduction to and overview of the book of Revelation)
  2. Fourfold Structure - {PDF Copy} - (The four major literary divisions of the book are each marked off by John finding himself "in the spirit")
  3. Provided Interpretations - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation communicates symbolically, and it provides the reader with many key interpretations of its images)
  4. Revelation's Recipients - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation was addressed to seven actual churches in the province of Asia in the first century A.D.)
  5. New Testament Language - (Was the New Testament originally composed in Greek or Hebrew? Overwhelmingly, the evidence points to the former) - {PDF Copy}
  6. Isle of Patmos - {PDF Copy} - (John was exiled to Patmos for his testimony – A fellow participant in the Tribulation and Perseverance in Jesus)

  1. Unlocking Prophecy - (Jesus, the Word become flesh, is the interpretive key that opens the Hebrew scriptures and the book of Revelation) - {PDF Copy}
  2. The Mark of the Beast - Considerations - {PDF Copy} - (When we imbibe the values of the existing world order, we begin to take the "mark of the Beast")
  3. The Missing Seventy Weeks - {PDF Copy} - (The book of Revelation does not apply the Seventy Weeks prophecy to any of its visions)
  4. Literal vs Nonliteral Language - {PDF Copy} - (It is an error to insist on interpreting symbolic images "literally")
  5. Chronological Sequence? - {PDF Copy} - (Are Revelation’s visions presented in chronological sequence? If so, how do we explain the many parallel descriptions that link them?)
  6. Common Errors of Interpretation - {PDF Copy} - (The real-life relevance of Revelation is easily lost if we approach the book with incorrect presuppositions)
  7. Unsealing the Scroll - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel was commanded to seal the scroll, but the angel sent by Jesus commanded John NOT to do so since the season was now at hand)

  1. The Epistles to the Seven Churches, (By Richard Trench. PDF - Read online or download [public domain]).
  2. Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, (By William Ramsay. Read online or download PDF [Christian Classics Ethereal Library -]).


Son of Destruction

Unsealing the Scroll