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The Book of Revelation

by Chuck Missler

A Unique Promise: Revelation 1:3

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Revelation is the only book of the Bible that promises a special blessing to the reader! The Book of Revelation will become the “Lens” which we will look through when we study the other books of the Bible.

“He Shall Glorify Me”: John 16:14

To Whom Is This Given?

The first two verses of Revelation explain that this revelation was given to Jesus so He could show it to the church:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by his angel unto His servant John: who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

The title of this book is singular, not plural: the revelation. It is incorrect to refer to it as “Revelations.”

Aποκάλυψις is the noun and is used nineteen times and means “revelation,” or to unveil or uncover.

Aποκάλυπτω is the verb and is used twenty-six times and means “to reveal.”

This revelation was given to Jesus. He, in turn, showed it to His servants through John.

Basic Units

To better understand the Bible, it helps to break it down into basic units.

The Greek word semaino comes from sema, which means “a mark,” “to give a sign,” “to signify or indicate,” or “to make known.” There are 4,591 semas in the Bible. The word is translated a “code” (Rev 1:1) or “to give a signal,” or “sign” (Rev 15:1), “wonder” (Rev 12:1, 3) and “miracle” (Rev 19:20). This same word is used by John for the miracles of Christ. It’s a “spiritual code,” understood only by those who know Christ personally.

Revelation is in code: every code is explained in Scripture (virtually every other book of the Bible is required)!

The Design

Everything began in Genesis and is consummated in Revelation with an integrated design.

Two Basic Discoveries

  1. The Bible consists of sixty-six separate books penned by over forty authors over a period of several thousand years that are an integrated message system.
  2. It can be demonstrated that the origin of this message is from outside of our dimensions of space and time.

The Central Theme

Our Presuppositions

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Acts 17:11

Luke is warning you. Don’t believe anything that someone else says or teaches. Check it out for yourself!

Revelation: “The Unveiling”

John, the Author

John, the author of Revelation wrote five books:

John was born in Bethsaida to Zebedee and Salome. He was a Galilean fisherman and partner with Peter and Andrew. He was an early disciple of John the Baptist and seemed to be well connected. He knew the High Priest personally, and had direct commerce with Nicodemus and others (John 18:15). He and his brothers were known as the “sons of thunder.”

John was one of the inner circle:

The Patmos Exile

Patmos is a small island, six by ten miles wide, forty miles from Miletus and twenty-four miles from the coast of Turkey. John was exiled to the island of Patmos by Domitian (AD 81-96), the brother of Titus who destroyed Jerusalem. According to Irenaeus (second century AD), Revelation was written by John during the reign of Domitian.

Irenaeus, Clement, and Eusebius wrote that after Domitian died, John returned to Ephesus, went to the churches, appointed leaders, and set things in order.

Alternative Views of Revelation

The Book of Revelation claims to be prophecy all throughout the book (Rev 1:3; 22:7, 10, 18-19; 10:11).

Why Prophecy?

Why are we interested in prophecy?

Still, most people assume that the future is but a linear extrapolation of the present; life will just go on. But the Bible says otherwise.

Eschatology: Amillenial & Premillenial Views

Eschatology is the study of the last things. Most people believe either Amillennial (do not believe Christ will literally rule on the earth for a thousand years) or Premillennial (believe in a literal millenium where Christ will rule on the earth for a thousand years). Hermeneutics is the theory of interpretation and most people either believe the Bible is “literal” or “allegorical.”

Eschatology

Amillennial Problems

Eschatology

Premillennial Divisions

The Premillennial views are divided by the question of when does the church get raptured? The Post-Tribulation (at the end), Mid-Tribulation (middle) and Pre-Tribulational (raptured before the Tribulation) all have separate viewpoints.

The Heptadic Structure: The Sevens

Description

Reference in Revelation:

Seven Churches

1:4, 11, 20; 2; 3

Seven Seals

5; 6

Seven Trumpets

8, 9

Seven Bowls

15; 16; 17:1; 21:9

Seven Lampstands

1:12, 13, 20; 2:1

Seven Spirits

1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6

Seven Stars

1:16, 20; 2:1; 3:1

Seven Lamps

4; 5

Seven “Title-pairs”

2; 3

Seven Promises to the Overcomer

2; 3

Seven Horns

5:6

Seven Eyes

5:6

Seven Angels

8:2, 6; 15:1, 6-8; 16:1; 17:1; 21:9

Seven Thunders

10:3, 4

Seven Thousand

11:13

Seven Heads

12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 7, 9

Seven Crowns

12:3

Seven Plagues

15:1, 6, 8; 21:9

Seven Mountains

17:9

Seven Kings

17:10, 11

Seven Beatitudes

(More Subtle) Sevens

...and many, many more.

Tenses of Redemption: Time Dimensional

Past

Present

Future

God

Which Was

Which is

Which is to come

(Rev 1:4)

(Col 1:15-17; John 8:58)

(Heb 7:25)

(Rev 1:7)

Jesus Christ

The Faithful Witness

First Begotten of the Dead

Prince of the Kings of the Earth

(Rev 1:5)

(John 14:1-3; John 8:14)

(Col 1:18-20)

(Matt 25:31f; 1 Cor 15:24f)

Unto Him That

Loved us (the cross)

Washed Us from our sins in His blood

Made Us Kings and Priests

(Rev 1:5)

(Gal 2:20; John 3:16)

(Heb 7:25; 9:14)

(1 Pet 2:9; Luke 19:17;

Rev 2:26; 5:10; 20:4; 22:5)

Write

The Things Which Thou Hast Seen

The Things Which Are

The Things Which Shall Be Hereafter

(Rev 1:19)

(Rev 1:12-18)

(Rev 2 and 3)

(Rev 4-22)

Three Tenses of “Being Saved”

– Positionally (Eph 2:8, 9) Called justification

– Operationally, by the Holy Spirit, moment-by-moment (Rom 6) Called sanctification

– Called “the redemption of our body” (Rom 8:23) Called glorification

Types

Idioms

“Whole Counsel of God”

What is your “protection” with staying on track with all the different viewpoints?

[The early church’s hymnal was the Book of Revelation!]

Climactic Doxologies

Worship

(It is interesting if you take these above words and combine the amount of times they are in the Old and New Testament, they are always a multiple of seven! For example, there are 24 “Hallelujahs” in the Old Testament and 4 in the New Testament totalling 28, which is a multiple of 7.)

Things Out of Place

There are several things out of place today which Revelation corrects, for example:

Three (different) Women

1)

Wife of יהוה

Woman of Revelation 12

Israel

2)

Virgin Bride

Bride of Christ

Church

3)

Harlot

Mystery Babylon

Woman who rides the Beast

Creation vs. Redemption

There are two big events in Gods plan: the Creation and the Redemption. Which is more important? Lets look at how much space in the Bible is dedicated to each of these.

The Space:

The Price:

Redemption is the restoration of that which was lost to the original owner (Luke 21:28; Rom 8:23; Gal 3:13; Eph 1:14; Dan 8:26; 12:4, 9).

Genesis vs. Revelation

There is a contrast between the book of Genesis and the book of Revelation. Everything in the Bible starts with Genesis and is climaxed in Revelation.

Genesis = Beginning; Creation Revelation = Redemption; Completion

Genesis

Revelation

Earth Created 1:1
    Earth Passed away 21:1
Sun, moon, stars 1:14-16 4:12; 8:12
Earth’s government 37
    Earth’s judgment 16:8
Sun to govern Day 1:16
    No need of sun 21:23
Darkness called night 1:5
    No night there 22:5
Waters He called seas 1:10
    No more sea 21:1
A river for earth’s blessing 2:10-14
    A river for New Earth 22:1,2
Man in God’s Image 1:26
    Man Headed by Satan’s Image 13
Entrance of sin 3:6
    End of sin 21:27
Curse pronounced 3:14-17
    No more curse 22:3
Death entered 3:19
    No more death 21:4
Cherubim first mentioned 3:24
    Cherubim final mention 19:4
Man driven out of Eden 3:24
    Man restored 22
Tree of life guarded 3:24
    Access to Tree of life 22:14
Sorrow and suffering enter 3:17
    No more sorrow 22:4
Religion, art, and science separated from God 4
    Judged, destroyed 18
Nimrod founds Babylon 10:8-10
    Babylon falls 17, 18
God’s Flood to Destroy evil generation 6-9
    Satan’s flood to Destroy elect generation 12
A bow: God’s promise 9:13
    A bow for remembrance 4:3; 10:1
Sodom and Egypt: representing corruption and judgment 13, 19
    “Sodom and Egypt” referring to Jerusalem 11:8
A confederation against Abraham’s people 14
    A confederation against Abraham’s Seed 12
A bride for Abraham’s son 24
    A bride for Abraham’s Seed 19
Marriage of 1st Adam 2:18-23
    Marriage of Last Adam 19
Promised Seed:
Possess gate of enemies 29:8
    Promised Seed possessing 19
Man’s dominion ceased and Satan’s begun 3:24
    Satan’s domain ended and man’s restored 22

One Integrated Design

The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.

Prophetic Scriptures

According to J. Barton Payne, Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy

Major Prophetic Themes

There are major themes going on in the world today, each one of which is a fulfillment of a theme of prophecy.

All of these things are predicted in scripture and all of them, you can track today in an intelligence gathering sense.

Our Challenge

We are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more than about any other period in history …including the time when Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea!

The Ultimate Issue

How to Study

This was an excerpt from the first session of Chuck Missler’s Revelation Commentary Handbook.
http://store.khouse.org

This article was originally published in the
May 2022 Personal Update NewsJournal.

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