Studies in Revelation

      Over the past centuries theologians have held, or been influenced by four interpretative views of Revelation.  These views have gone through  modification and development as theologians have studied scripture. Let us briefly look at those views.
                                                              1. Preterist
    The first is what is called the preterist view. It places the events of Revelation in the past. This view holds that John was addressing his world and his times. So this view holds that the literal aspects of Revelation have been fulfilled.  Therefore the relevance to today's reader is held to be that of encouragement. God does intervene in the affairs of man.
                                                               2. Symbolic
      The second view is the symbolic view. Revelation is seen to portray the continuing conflict between the forces of good and the forces of evil. What John sees and describes is symbolic of that conflict. Here, like the preterist view, the purpose of the book is to give encouragement. That encouragement is found in the fact that in the end good will triumph.
      The third view is the futuristic view. This is a view that was popularized by the rise of dispensational theology. This view places the events of Revelation, particularly chapters 4 and following, into the future. It is held that John describes what Jesus referred to as the tribulation. (Matt. 24)  That tribulation is held to be seven years long, and divided into three and a half year segments.
                                                                4. Historicist
     The fourth view is called the historicist view. This is the view held by the reformers. They saw the book of Revelation as giving a panorama of history from the first century until the return of Christ. Since it was difficult to correlate the events of history with the things that John described, this view was eclipsed with the popularization of dispensational theology.
     In these studies I support the historical view.  Revelation is a New Testament book.  It is the “revelation of Jesus Christ” given to John and sent to the Church. She is expected to use Revelation to fulfill her calling and purpose.
     I trust that these studies will cause you to look at the book of Revelation in a different light. Studies will be added about every month, until the book of Revelation is completed. Your observations and comments are welcomed.  Enjoy!

Study One         Historical or Futuristic / Literal or Figurative
Study Two         Revelation 5: The Throne and The Sealed Book
Study Three      Revelation 6: The Lamb Breaks the Seven Seals
Study Four      The 144,000 of Revelation 7
Study Five       Revelation 8: The Seven Trumpets of the Opened Book
Study Six        Three Woes
Study Seven   A Mighty Angel, A Little Book and Seven Thunders
Study Eight      Two Witneses
Study Nine       The Seventh   Trumpet
Study Ten         That Which Is: A Woman in Heaven; The Church
Study Eleven    That Which Was: The Two Beasts of Revelation 13
Study Twelve      God's Wrath is Good News
Study Thirteen     Back to the Future: The Church
Study Fourteen      Seven Last Plaques

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