This article is an account of the political thought of the book of Revelation. It reflects on how the goodness of creation is questioned by the apparent meaninglessness of the historical events. Only if history can be shown to have a purpose can the praise of creation resume. The sacrificial death of the Messiah of God is the event that interprets all other events.
How should we interpret the book of Revelation? This article evaluates five approaches to interpreting this book.
This article shows that the book of Revelation is not just about the future, but also about the past and the present.
In Chapter 1 Hamilton provides a popular overview of the content, structure, and theology of the book of Revelation.
Why do so many people struggle to understand Revelation? The author encourages readers to see it as a picture book, not a puzzle book. The Introduction wants to provide readers with a basic approach to the reading and understanding of Revelation.
The author provides in Chapter 1 an expository Bible study of Revelation 1.
This article is about Revelation 1:9-20.
This article offers an explanation of the meaning of the "white stone" in Revelation 2:17.
This Introduction considers the usual introductory questions and aspects of the Book of Revelation. It considers the date of writing, the purpose, author, genre, the historical interpretation, how readers should interpret the symbolism, the use of the Old Testament, the structure, and an outline of Revelation.
This article on Revelation 2:18-29 is about the letter to Thyatira.
This is a short introduction to the book of Revelation.
This article is on Revelation 3:1-6 and complacency in the church is also discussed.
In this article on Revelation 3:7-13, the author discusses the church in tribulation (persecution of the church)
What is the possible origin of the praise sections in the book of Revelation? Seal argues that John shaped his praise utterances according to the form of acclamations shouted to dignitaries of his time. The article first defines acclamations before discussing their form and function in John's Roman world.
Is it possible for a true believer to lose his salvation? How should we read and understand the promise of Revelation 3:5? Should this text be read as a support for the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints? The author wants to demonstrate that a good reading of this passage does not include the possibility of the loss of salvation.
This article refers to apocalyptic speculation in the present context of a generation of prophets, whether religious or secular, who are annoucning the coming of the end of the world. This article is directed against current misdirected apocalyptic speculation in the light of a similar development during the time of the French Revolution in the 18th century.
In Dispensationalist theology it is traditionally argued that “Babylon” in Revelation 14, Revelation 17, and Revelation 18 is a symbol indicating some form of a re-established Rome. This view is built on a reading of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah in such a way that the rebuilding of the city and empire of Babylonia should be expected in the eschaton.
What should be imagined is new about the new heaven and the new earth, proclaimed in Revelation 21:1-8 and 2 Peter 3:10-13? Does Revelation portray God as creating a new heaven and earth ex nihilo? Will the new earth be a reproduction of the pre-fall original creation, or will it somehow be a renewal of this present creation after the fall?
Smith interacts with some earlier criticisms of Richard Bauckham on the exegesis offered by Smith on the tribes of Revelation 7. For Smith, what is at stake in their discussion is whether the apostle John demonstrated literary competence, making purposeful creative use of traditional imagery and expectations to communicate a clear message.
The book of Revelation is not only a portrait of the Lamb’s triumph; it is also a prophetic exhortation for his followers to triumph in him. It is “he who overcomes” that will inherit the blessings of the Lamb’s victory (Revelation 21:7). What does it mean to “overcome”? What kind of victory does the book of Revelation have in mind for believers? Read the article for the answers.
The way commentators interpret Revelation 13:18 often reveals their exegetical approach to the whole of the book of Revelation. This article is a brief survey of the interpretation of that chapter in the seventeenth and eighteenth century in England]. Interpretations are often a reflection of the times; the mainstream of Protestant interpreters saw in the [[Beast a picture of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church.
This article is an explanation of Revelation 9:1-12.
A proof-text used for the doctrine of eternal torment in hell is Revelation 14:11. Bowles examines this text and argues for a new interpretation, suggesting that the traditional reading of this verse misses much. Thus, in contrast to the traditionally accepted viewpoint on this text, the author argues that God will bring his enemies to judgment, with absolute destruction and extinction as the result.
The allusions to the Old Testament in the book of Revelation form a key to its interpretation. This article is a survey and evaluation of recent studies on the role of the allusions in how Revelation is to be interpreted.
Looking at Revelation 19:14-16, this article shows that the "armies of heaven" represents Christ's faithful saints, and that Christ identifies Himself with them. The author shows how Christ will conquer the wicked through the word, since Christ's word brings His wrath. This is put in the context of all of Revelation and the way it should be read.
This is a continuation of the role of Revelation 20:4-6 in the debate on amillennialism, or other theologies such as premillennialism and postmillennialism. The author focuses on the believer's reign with Christ, explaining the identity of the saints, the nature of the first resurrection, and the role of the "rest of the dead."
The author continues to deal with Revelation 20 as a Scripture text supporting amillennialism rather than premillennialism. Specifically, the issue of the binding of Satan for a thousand years is dealt with. The issue of the literal or figurative interpretation of the thousand years is also discussed.
In these four articles the author discusses the Millennium from the viewpoint of Revelation 20:1-6. The first article is about the premillennialists' reading of Revelation 20. The author then continues to look at the structure of the book of Revelation and what this means for the understanding of Revelation 20:1-6. After this he expounds Revelation 20:1-6 (third and fourth article).
This article reflects on Christ's letter to the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2.
Why did God give us the book of Revelation? God gave the book of Revelation so that Christians would see their situation in its true perspective, know the enemy, see Christ in His triumph, display the beauty of the church, and receive encouragement to endure, remain pure, and witness.
Though there are many different interpretations of the book of Revelation, three things are clear: the book of Revelation inspires adoration for Jesus Christ, promotes awe and wonder, and gives hope for the believer.