Summary: A Bible study on Revelation Let's talk about God's world, God's Word and God's workers (Material adapted from Alger Fitch's book, Revelation, Chapter 1 The Perspective of Preaching, pg. 25-37)
Many get caught up in the details of Revelation and ask questions like:
Who are the Nicolaitans mentioned in Revelation 2:6, 14-15? Who are the four living creatures in Revelation? What is the sea of glass mentioned in Revelation 4:6 and 15:2? Who are the twenty-four (24) elders in Revelation? Who or what is Abaddon/Apollyon? What is the prophecy of 1,260 days in Revelation?
What about the rapture? What is the Great Tribulation? What is the meaning of wormwood in Revelation? What is the mark of the beast (666)? Who are the two witnesses in the book of Revelation? Who are the 144,000? What is the whore of Babylon / mystery Babylon? What is the abomination of desolation?What is the battle of Armageddon? What are Gog and Magog? Did Jesus have a tattoo (Revelation 19:16)? Why is God going to release Satan after the 1000 years? Will there literally be streets of gold in heaven?
So many questions that we miss the main message of Revelation. Many books of the Bible contain a verse(s) that help us unlock the main meaning of the book. Revelation does not disappoint in this regard. Read Revelation 1:9-10
We find here 5 key ideas being developed by John in the Revelation.
Suffering 2) Kingdom 3) Patient endurance 4) Word of God and the testimony of Jesus 5) The Lord’s, specifically the Lord’s Day, the Lord’s Spirit, and the Lord’s Voice
We have 5 Wednesday nights until Dr. Cottrell comes and is with us. Cover these 5 themes, one each night. In April going to try something different and get more involvement, discussion.
Who wrote this? John the apostle. Some debate about this a few hundred years after the writing of Revelation and this debate goes through today. However, 2,000 year old tradition that John the apostle gave us Revelation should not be abandoned until evidence is found to the contrary.
Where was this written? Island of Patmos, only thing there was a penal colony.
When was this written? Most likely date is 96 AD. This explains why John is there on Patmos. The Emperor Domitian insisted that everyone in the empire address his as “Lord and God.” Those who spoke these words about Domitian were free, those who said that Jesus is Lord and God were punished. 40,000 Christians were martyred during Domitian s reign and many more were exiled to places like Patmos.
The style is symbolic apocalypse. This is a symbolic form of literature depicting the struggle between good and evil, with a climactic victory for the good.
Why is this written? To trace the progress of the church from the beginning of the mission to the end of time. The Lord will be with his church throughout the struggles and opposition. I’ve read the back of the book and we win.
Tonight we talk about the word of God and the testimony of Jesus
Thesis: More specifically we talk about God’s world, God’s word and God’s workers