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Sunday night series on Revelation May 2, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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These are the questions for Sunday night’s first study in the book of Revelation. Feel free to come prepared. 

LEARNING HOW TO READ THE BOOK OF REVELATION

REVELATION 1:1-8

Why is it important that John establish his credentials as an apocalyptic writer? How is it that he does this?

What is the twofold purpose of this apocalypse? (We will want to ask ourselves as we look at the seven churches, how does the twofold purpose of the apocalypse apply to them.)

When will these things happen according to verses 1 and 3? Has everything mentioned in the book of Revelation already happened? What has and what has not? What does this tell us about the return of Jesus Christ being imminent (Compare with Romans 16:20 and 2 Peter 3:8)?

What are the credentials of Jesus Christ in giving John this apocalyptic book?

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1. roberttalley - May 7, 2007

Last night started well but we ran out of time discussing imminency and did not get to the credentials of Jesus Christ. I hope to post something this week on imminency. Check back in a couple of days and see if I have. In short, here are the answers to the questions above that we covered.

Why is it important that John establish His credentials as an apocalyptic writer?

There were many apocalyptic writings both Jewish and Christian. Apocalyptic writings developed during the silent years after God ceased to send prophets. Some of the prophets had apocalyptic visions but were not true apocalypses which were written under pseudonyms of historical personages like Enoch or Moses. John wrote apocalyptically but not pseudonymously because the readers need to know that this apocalypse is both genuine and from Jesus Christ Himself.

How is it that He does this?
In verse 2 he claims as a witness (1) to have prophetic authority from God; (2) to confirm the witness of Christ Himself, see Hebrews 2:3; and (3) to have seen what he recorded. Interestingly, he gives his name at the beginning of this book which he does not do for his gospel or his epistles.

What is the twofold purpose of this apocalypse (verse 3)?

(1) Instruction and blessing for the present and (2) preparation and hope for the future.

When will these things happen according to verses 1 and 3?
“Shortly”, “the time in near”

Has everything mentioned in the book of Revelation already happened? What has and what has not (Example verse 7)?
His return in the clouds has yet to happen.

What does this tell us about the return of Jesus Christ being imminent (Compare with Romans 16:20 and 2 Peter 3:8)?
The point of “shortly” and “the time is near” is that the believer must be ready at any time for the things recorded in this book.

2. Follow-up on last Sunday evening's discussion of "Imminency" « Eternally Significant - May 9, 2007

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3. Melanie Stephan - June 30, 2007

Hi Robert. This is an important message, please read and pass it along. God has made contact. The message is about Revelation. The message is from God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost respectively. It was sent in the Spring of 2006. It is about the meaning of First is Last and Last is First as written in Revelation. The message is this: In the morning I go to Heaven. In the afternoon I live my life. In the evening I die, death. What does this mean? In other words this means Birth is Last and Last is Birth. To understand this don’t think from point A to point B. Think of this as a continous circle of life. Birth is First, Life, Death, Birth is Last, coming full circle. God also said that Judgment will be before Birth in Heaven. AS birth on Earth is painful so will birth in Heaven. It is possible that this message was delivered by one of God’s Angels in the Spring of 2006. Yes, God has made contact and he sent a messenger. Spread this message along, just like a chain letter. Tell two people. Melanie Stephan

4. roberttalley - July 1, 2007

Thanks for your comment, Melanie. The phrases “First is Last” and “Last is First” are not found in the book of Revelation. I am not sure why God would send a message to interpret the meaning of something that does not exist. There are four times in the book of Revelation where Jesus says that He is “the First and the Last”. This refers to Jesus being Eternal God. Any meaning apart from that has to be read into the text by the reader. Otherwise, God is not clearly revealing Himself, which is in contradiction to the whole book of Revelation.

5. Melanie Stephan - July 14, 2007

Jesus sent me to two places. First was to Daniel, where the book opened right up to the Dream about the Tree being cut down. The second place was to Revelation. The number 7 was the clue where to look. I saw the words First and Last. Now someone else said the same thing that you did, “First will be Last” was in Matthew. I don’t read the bible so I don’t know what it says. Now I am a regular person outside of the Church so you and the other person know more about the bible than I do.

6. roberttalley - July 14, 2007

Hello again Melanie! I’m glad you were able to respond.
Certainly Daniel and Revelation are two very closely connected books with each other. If you would like to know more about how Daniel and Revelation fit in to the whole Bible, I would be glad to make some suggestions. Perhaps you can start with the book of Genesis, especially the life of Abraham beginning in chapter 12. That is enough to get you started. If you need some help getting started, you can see my sermons on Abraham. There are four of them. Just click on Abraham in the categories column of this blog.

The same man who wrote the book of Revelation also wrote the Gospel of John. That would be an excellent place to understand John’s view of Jesus before Jesus gave him the book of Revelation.


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