Summary: These are notes for a study through the Book of Revelation. This is the introduction.
The Revelation Of Jesus Christ - Introduction
THREE STEP PROCESS OF BIBLE STUDY
All Bible study consist of three processes. The first process is:
1. Observation – deals with the question - What do I see? If you have been a Christian for a while – we usually jump to interpretation to quickly because we think we know what the Bible says. During our study here I want us to slow down and take a good hard look at what is written. What does the Bible actually say? After we find out what it says we need to move on to the next step:
2. Interpretation – deals with the question, “What does it mean?” Most of us are very good at this process. Take for example John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.” How do we interpret this – “God loves everybody.” How do we get to this interpretation? Because all of us are in the world therefore God must love everybody. This is a process of interpretation.
After we have seen what it says and found out what it means it is time for:
3. Application – deals the questions: “How should this affect my life?” In other words, “What should I be doing now?” Biblical principles should be applied to your life.
1. Bible – I suggest a Bible translation that you can understand. For Bible study I do not recommend a paraphrase. You need to find a Bible that takes the original langue and strives to put it in an understandable English translation. You may want to look at more than one translation in order to get a better grasp of what is being said.
2. Concordance – Next to the Bible this is perhaps the most important tool out there. The concordance will list every word in the Bible and will give you a text reference. This becomes very helpful if you can remember a portion of a verse but do not know where the verse is located. You can look up one of the words in the verse and then look at the references and find the verse you were looking for.
3. Commentaries – Commentaries are books of comments written about a particular book of the Bible. These are helpful if you want some insight as to what the passage is saying. They are other people’s interpretations of what the text means. Remember: they are only other people’s interpretations. In other words – they are giving you their opinions.
Another recourse that is out there for those of you who use computers is found at: E-Sword.net Here you can download a Bible study program for your computer. This program will give you various Bibles and commentaries. You can do a word search which acts as a concordance. So in that one program you have all the resources I have talked about. For me – this program has help me save a massive amount of hours when it comes to Bible study.
As we begin looking at the Book of Revelation we need to remember that there have been various:
METHODS OF INTERPRETATION
There have been many approaches to this book, but these can be divided into four major systems: