Revelation 1-3

{BACKGROUND AND STRUCTURE}
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  1. A Brief Introduction to the Book of Revelation - {PDF Copy}
  2. The Fourfold Division of the Book of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (The major literary divisions of the book)
  3. An Outline of the Second Division of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (A proposed outline of the literary structure of the Division in chapters 4-16)
  4. Provided Interpretations in the Book of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation communicates symbolically and provides many important interpretations of its images)
  5. Revelation's Target Audience - {PDF Copy} - (The book of Revelation was addressed to seven actual churches in the province of Asia in the first century A.D.)
  6. The Messianic Reign in Revelation - (Revelation assures beleaguered Christians that Jesus reigns and is in firm control of history) - {PDF Copy}
{SEVEN CHURCHES}
  1. The Isle of Patmos - {PDF Copy} - (Background information on the island of Patmos and the imprisonment of John)
  2. The Prologue to the Book - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:1-3 - The first paragraph of and the introduction to the key themes and characters of the book)
  3. Call to Action - The Beatitudes - {PDF Copy} - (Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution)
  4. Greetings from the Throne - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:4-8 - The salutation from the Throne to the seven churches of Asia highlights the main themes of the book, especially the present reign of Jesus)
  5. The Ruler of the Kings of the Earth - (Revelation 1:4-6 - Jesus is declared the "Ruler of the Kings of the Earth" due to his death and resurrection) - {PDF Copy}
  6. Tribulation, Kingdom, Endurance - {PDF Copy} - (Exiled on Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation, kingdom, and endurance - “In Jesus” – Revelation 1:9)
  7. The Opening Vision on Patmos - {PDF Copy} - (A vision of a "son of man" figure walking among seven golden lampstands - Revelation 1:9-20)
  8. Introduction to the Seven Letters - {PDF Copy} - (An overview of the seven letters to the churches of Asia)
  9. The Church at Ephesus - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:1-7 - The messenger of the assembly at Ephesus is commended for rejecting false apostles but chastised for losing his “first love")
  10. The Church at Smyrna - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:8-11 - The church is promised more tribulation based on its past faithfulness in persecution)
  11. The Church at Pergamos - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:12-17 - The church at Pergamos is corrected for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam”)
  12. The Church at Thyatira - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:18-29 - The false prophetess, “Jezebel,” deceived many saints at Thyatira into accommodating idolatrous practices)
  13. The Church at Sardis - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:1-6 - The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings and a summons to repent)
  14. The Church at Philadelphia - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:7-13 - Like the church at Smyrna, Philadelphia receives no correction. She is faithful and, therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial)
  15. The Church at Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:14-22 - The church at Laodicea receives no commendation, only correction)
  16. The Apocalyptic People of God - (The church in Revelation is composed of men and women from every nation redeemed by the Lamb) - {PDF Copy}
{RELATED SUBJECTS}
  1. The Exaltation of the Lamb - (In Revelation, the exaltation and sovereignty of Jesus are based on his past Death and Resurrection) - {PDF Copy}
  2. Kept from the "Hour of Trial" - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:10 - The promise of escape from the "hour of trial" refers to escape from the final judgment)
  3. The Beginning of the Creation of God - (Revelation 3:14 - In Jesus, his death and resurrection, the New Creation commenced) - {PDF Copy}
  4. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (The deceivers within the churches of Asia)
  5. The Tribulation of the Church - {PDF Copy} - (Tribulation is what followers of the Lamb experience and through which they must persevere)
  6. The Season is at Hand - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:1-3 - A provided example of how to interpret the book - The Season of Fulfillment began in Jesus)
{INTERPRETATION}
  1. Jesus - The Key that Unlocks Prophecy - (Jesus is the interpretive key that unlocks Bible prophecy) - {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. Unsealing Daniel - {PDF Copy} - (Unlike the book of Daniel, in Revelation, the scroll is unsealed. With the Resurrection of Jesus, the time of fulfillment had arrived)
  4. The Missing Seventy Weeks of Daniel - {PDF Copy} - (The book of Revelation does not apply the Seventy Weeks prophecy to any of its visions)
  5. Literal and Nonliteral Language - {PDF Copy} - (It is an error to insist on interpreting symbolic images "literally")
  6. Linear Chronological Sequence? - {PDF Copy} - (Are Revelation’s visions presented in chronological sequence?)
  7. Common Errors When Interpreting Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (The real-life relevance of the book of Revelation is easily lost if we approach the book with incorrect presuppositions)
{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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