Survey of the New Testament: Revelation (3 of 3) by Steve Wagers

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Survey of the New Testament: Revelation (3 of 3)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book
Steve Wagers

1) NARRATION of the GOSPEL of Christ
(Matthew-Acts)
2) EXPLANATION of the GRACE of Christ
(Romans-Jude)
3) CONSUMMATION of the GLORY of Christ
(Revelation)

The Revelation of John
96 A. D. The "disciple whom Jesus loved" has been the faithful pastor of the Ephesian church for a number of years. Most believe that at the time of his revelation, John is approx. 95 years old, nearly blind, and has been exiled to the island of Patmos (Greek islands) for preaching the gospel of Christ.

The REVELATION (singular) of Jesus Christ
Gr. 'Apokalupsis' (Apocalypse)
"An unveiling, appearing, manifestation"

The language is Greek, but the thoughts and idioms are Hebrew, saturated with Old Testament connotations and overtones. There are 550 references to Old Testament passages.

Revelation provides a sequel to the book of Daniel.

Central TRUTH
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass…from him which was, and which is, and which is to come." [1: 1, 4]

Central THEME
Jesus is the KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS


Central THRUST
1) HOW John SPOKE of GRACE (1-3)
2) WHAT John SAW about GOVERNMENT (4-20)
3) WHO John SHOWED in GLORY (21-22)

4 Interpretations of Revelation

(1) PRETERISTICALLY
Already been fulfilled in the early history of the church
(2) HISTORICALLY
Book covers the whole period of history from apostolic period to the present.
(3) IDEALISTICALLY
Does not speak of actual events. Its
symbols depict spiritual realities.
(4) FUTURISTICALLY
The major part of the book has yet to be fulfilled, and shows what the future holds.

Genesis COMMENCES--Revelation COMPLETES

Genesis-Paradise Lost
Revelation-Paradise Regained

Genesis-Garden of Eden
Revelation-City of God

Genesis-Serpent's Deception
Revelation-Serpent's Destruction
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