Book of Revelation

This is a study on the final book of Revelation in the Bible.

Full of confusing symbols and situations, it often proves difficult for Christians to understand what God is communicating through this book about Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time.

Here is an overview of the nine sections of this study:

1. Introductory points

Firstly, these are seven general introductory points about the book of Revelation.

They are facts about what the book is generally all about before getting into the detail and different interpretations.

Secondly, there are ten key issues in Revelation that must be studied.

In themselves, they have probably already been heard of at some point. The difficulty is understanding their meaning and how they relate to each other.

They include the assumed Historicist method of interpretation which is applied here to explain what is in the book, but with later reference to other ways.

Therefore, before going into the details, we are starting with a summary of these critical issues to help then refer back to them throughout the book.

2. The beginning

The first four chapters cover an introduction in chapter one and then letters to the seven local churches.

This then describes what is happening in Heaven and the good news about God ultimately being in control of everything that unfolds.

3. The middle difficulties

We then have bad news between chapters five and sixteen, which explains what is happening on earth before Christ’s Second Coming.

They focus on people on earth and forming twenty-one difficulties or punishments – seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls.

4. The middle interludes

There are separate pieces of mainly better news about what’s happening in Heaven and God’s people between the moderate difficulties.

This is compared to the contrasting worldly system that is ultimately influenced by Satan.

Three interludes among these twenty-one punishments can then be looked at. These help time and explain things from a heavenly perspective.

5. The earth’s end

Chapters seventeen and eighteen then describe how the earth comes to an end.

This refers to the overall worldly Babylon system, which is falling away as we lead up to the Second Coming of Christ.

6. The final afterlife

After the downfall of Babylon and the final deterioration of the world, Christ then comes in chapter nineteen for believers back to Heaven.

There is then a gap of time called the Millennium before matters finally conclude.

Now at the very end of time, there is a final judgement and description of the two new afterlives of Heaven and hell.

7. Spiritual patterns

The study has looked at everything in the order that it is written throughout the book of Revelation.

If you look into further, specific spiritual patterns emerge throughout these End Times events that help confirm the applied Historicist method of interpretation.

This section looks at three main ones. Firstly, the literacy chiasm structure that begins to mirror events backwards, and secondly, how Revelation matches what is happening in Heaven with Christ as the High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary.

Thirdly, we look at other references to End Times events elsewhere in Scripture outside Revelation.

8. Other interpretations

After going through what I understand to be the correct way of interpreting the happenings in Revelation, we look in more detail at the alternative methods.

The most popular is the Futurist, specifically the Dispensationalist version of this, and then the Preterist.

9. Summary & lessons

We conclude with a final summary of what the book of Revelation covers and interpretations of this.

This then leads to what practical lessons and changes must be made once you understand the book, as it is meant to be a warning and encouragement of how believers should prepare for the Second Coming of Christ, not an intellectual debate on doctrinal issues for the sake of it, or to leave us in confusion.