Rev Background

{BACKGROUND AND STRUCTURE}

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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. The Book's Recipients - {PDF Copy} - (In its entirety, Revelation is addressed to seven congregations located in the Roman 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. Patmos - (John was exiled to Patmos because of his testimony – A fellow participant in the Tribulation and Perseverance in Jesus - Revelation 1:9) - {PDF Copy}

{INTERPRETATION}
  1. Unlocking Bible Prophecy - (Jesus, the Word become flesh, is THE one and only interpretive key that unlocks the Hebrew Scriptures and Bible prophecy) - {PDF Copy}
  2. The Missing Seventy Weeks - {PDF Copy} - (The book of Revelation does not apply the Seventy Weeks prophecy to any of its visions)
  3. Literal vs Nonliteral Language - {PDF Copy} - (The Book of Revelation informs the reader from the start that it communicates visually and symbolically)
  4. 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?)
  5. Common Errors of Interpretation - {PDF Copy} - (The real-life relevance of Revelation is easily lost if we approach the book with incorrect presuppositions)
  6. 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)

{ONLINE COMMENTARIES}
  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 - ccel.org]).

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