Summary: background of Revelations
Welcome & Prayer
What basically do you know and have you been taught about Revelation?
-special blessing for reading (1:3)
-Span of Bible: Where does Revelation fall?
*gospels: ministry of Christ
acts: founding of the church
epistles: principles for the church
Revelation: future of the world
major message: victory of Christ over his enemies
“revelation” = uncover, reveal, make manifest, unveiling, disclosing
this is an open book where God reveals his plans for the end of the age
#overhead of views of Revelation -
Preterist - “past” - 1st century - 5-11 Judaism, 12-19 Rome, 20-22 glory over these victories
Idealist - [symbolic] ideal symbols of constant struggle - allegory of all of existence
Historist - sees history of church - all individual interpretations
Futurist - plain interpretation - most of book deals with time to come in future
John - 95AD - [15-20 yrs after others] during the reign of the Roman emperor Titus Flavius Domitian
Emperor demanded to be worshiped as God
Isle of Patmos - tradition: boiled in oil
##overhead - Asia minor
recipients - 7 churches - distribution centers - to whole world
Last of the disciples to die
##overhead - time of writing
Apocalyptic literature: eschatological, written during persecution, visions,
symbols - 300+ OT references in Revelation
*7 seals, trumpets, vials, stars, lampstands
Purpose: encouragement in suffering
Our focus: how do we respond to what the book says
## overhead - circles of interpretation
plain sense maked common sense, seek no other sense
avoid extremes: no meaning of symbols, seek to explain every point
##overhead - timeline - will fill in with coming weeks
*assuming pre-trib rapture for now - Rev 3:10, 1 Thess 4 - will get into that more in future
##overhead - chapter titles - homework sheets for coming week
##overhead - full timeline - emphasize three main breaks in the book
--breakdown of book: 1:19 - which was, and which is, and which is to come
Page through book
Read the chapter
*Have you ever dreamt about something, and it came true?
*What type of movies do you like to watch?
Do you like horror movies? Movies about the end of the world?
**Do you ever think about how everything is going to end?
*How were you raised to think about Revelation? What do you think about when we talk about Revelation? Have you ever read the book?
Basis for Study:
What does the passage say?
What does the passage mean?
How does this truth affect me?
Setting of the Book
Jesus has been resurrected for about 65 years (AD 95). There is now a generation of Christians who never met Christ. The gospels assert Jesus’ coming to rule & reign; but it has not happened yet. The Roman government is in control. The Emperor, Domitian, wants to be worshipped as a God, and brings persecution to the church. Christians are asking, "Is God really in control? When is he returning?"
Purpose of the Book
-not to be confusing, or a riddle.
-given to believers under a lot of pressure from the state
-some things are meant to be understood by believers, but not by the Roman authorities who might intercept them