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.
This article discusses the renewal of theological interpretation of Scripture. The article first mentions the strength of objections to theological interpretation in the 19th century, the time when the paradigm of historical criticism was established. This is followed by a consideration of the problem of conceptualizing revelation within the Old Testament, as done by Preuss in the 20th century.
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.
This article shows that the book of Revelation is not just about the future, but also about the past and the present.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can God be known? Knowing God is dependent on his revelation. This article discusses the relationship between God's revelation and his incomprehensibility. It concludes that knowing God is possible because God has revealed himself to us, so that we can know him—not exhaustively, but according to his perfect and wise counsel.
In Chapter 1 Vos puts forward his understanding of biblical theology as a theological discipline. He emphasizes the historical character of biblical revelation. The Bible was for Vos far from a series of isolated proof texts; it was for him an organism with a rich diversity that gives unanimous expression to its message of redemption.
Whose task is it to do theology? How and where must it take place? Friedrich Schleiermacher's views on revelation as feeling and dialectical conversation are critically discussed. His view on the church as a "dialectical community" is considered, and appreciation is expressed for his view that theology is ultimately the task of the church.
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.
What is the relation between faith and reason? Through giving an answer to this and other questions, Oliphint wants to provide a biblical foundation for apologetics. A discussion of John Calvin’s understanding of the twofold knowledge of God (Lat. duplex cognitio Dei) and awareness of divinity (Lat.
What is the relationship between revelation and reason in apologetics? What is the role of revelation when biblical veracity itself is under attack? These concerns are major aspects of this chapter. The basic argument of this chapter is that the apostle Paul’s gospel of the resurrection functions as proof of final judgment in Acts 17:31. Paul’s argument depends on revealed categories derived from redemptive history.
How does God bring us to understand him, and to comprehend the world of spiritual reality? This article looks at John Owen's answer to this question: through the giving of revelation, the inspiration of Scripture, the authenticating of Scripture, the establishing of faith in Scripture, the interpreting of Scripture.
Beale reacts to the view of evangelical colleagues that God has inspired all of Scripture in such a way that the marks of human fallibility are woven into it. As background to his argument against such a position, Beale notes that the apostle John was given the same prophetic commission to write the Word of God as Ezekiel was.
How should we interpret the book of Revelation? This article evaluates five approaches to interpreting this book.
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.
This article looks at four different approaches to the inspiration of Scripture: denying inspiration, believing in partial inspiration, adding something extra to Scripture, or accepting Scripture as the inspired word of God. The author also discusses the relationship between inspiration and revelation, showing what it means to confess biblical inspiration.
The only way in which God can be known is through His self-revelation. Man cannot get to know God through his own effort. God reveals Himself to man because of the covenant that He made with mankind. In this article the author highlights some modern threats to gaining this knowledge of God; namely, agnosticism, skepticism, rationalism, and mysticism.
How is it possible that some people believe in Christ while others do not? This article answers this question by discussing how God’s revelation is a particular revelation. God reveals himself through Christ and the word particularly to those He wills to save. Through the Holy Spirit God gives understanding of the word to those whom He chooses.
This is the first article in a series on various doctrinal issues facing the church today. Here the author evaluates the claim that God gives believers today special revelation, Working from the history of mysticism and Quakerism, the author shows how this claim undermines the sufficiency of scripture.
Working from the book of Revelation, this article highlights elements that are essential for true worship of God. True worship is shaped by a right fear of God and involves thanksgiving expressed in singing and a life of service to God. Corporate worship should have these attributes while believers anticipate worship in eternity.
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.
To speak about the Godhood of God is to affirm that God truly is God. Looking at God and His attributes, this article shows how society through its lifestyle can deny these attributes and paint another picture of God, which this article calls the "modern god". The author points to creation, revelation, salvation and providence as affirmation of the Godhood of God.