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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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Introduction To Revelation

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[The book of Revelation is one of the most amazing books of the Bible.  Many pastors and teachers view this book as mystic and difficult to understand and as a result avoid its study altogether.  Yet, it is a book of the Bible that nearly all biblical students desire to study and know.  The fascination with the book of Revelation is based in its prophetic content, which mixes subterfuge with victory and triumph.  Most people desire to know what the future has in store and the book of Revelation offers both hope and despair for the future.] 

[While many love to study Bible prophecy and the book of revelation, there are others who hate this revealing text.  Adrian Rogers once stated,] 

[“. . . There is someone who hates the books.  His name is Satan.  In fact, there are two books in the Bible Satan especially hates—Genesis and Revelation, the first and last books of God’s Word.]

[Why does Satan hate these two books?  In the Book of Genesis, Satan’s doom is prophesied.  In the Book or Revelation, Satan’s doom is realized.  There is no devil in the first two chapters of God’s Word or in the last two chapters of God’s Word. For every child of God, these are books that tie the gospel message together.]

[In Genesis we see the creation of the heavens and the earth.  In Revelation we see the creation of the new heavens and new earth.  In Genesis we see the first Adam reigning on earth.  In Revelation we see Jesus, the last Adam, reigning in glory.  In Genesis we see an earthly bride brought to the first Adam.  In Revelation we see a heavenly bride brought to the Lord Jesus Christ, the last Adam.]

[In Genesis we see the Beginning of death and the curse.  In Revelation the Savior brings us to a state where there is no more death and no more curse.  In the Book of Genesis man is driven from God’s face in sin.   In the Book of revelation we see God’s face in glory.  In Genesis, Satan appears for the first time.  In Revelation he appears on earth for the last time.  The Book of Revelation is the golden clasp that seals God’s Word in holy, divine perfection.”[1]] 

[Adrian’s words are insightful and revealing.  It seems to me that many who despise this book of the Bible hate it for the same reasons that Satan hates this text.  If the prophecies in the Revelation are true, then it will scare the rebellion out of the lost and will provide an immovable foundation for the redeemed.  These will be the results that we hope to discover as a result of this study; that the lost might be saved, and the saved might be secured with an undeniable assurance for the future.] 

[Without any doubt, for the Prophetic School, in the study of Bible prophecy there is a security, purity, and liberty.  Security is found through the inevitable conclusion discovered at the end of the study, our Lord Jesus Christ wins over every evil foe and this corrupt creation and all those who choose to side with and serve Him are guaranteed the benefits of His glorious victory.   Our purity results from the anticipation and immanency of our Lord’s rapture of His Church to begin the fulfillment of each of the end time events revealed through our Lord’s prophetic Word (1 John 3.1-3).  Our liberty endures through the certain knowledge that though the enemies of our Lord may take our  mortal lives through persecution our eternal souls are secure and our physical resurrection is promised, we are truly free from the wickedness that surrounds us and the death that pursues us.  Eternity is ours and our hope is lively and sure.]

[Formatted For Preaching and Bible Study]

[As I write this study I will format its text in an outline format to make it easier for a preacher or Bible teacher to develop an organize study from this content.  I will offer major point with underlined words, sub points with underlined words, and bracketed text.  This format is unconventional in a formal writing style but will be used with intention in this text.  It’s purpose will be as follows:]

[Preaching Outline]

[Your preaching and teaching outline is the text as printed on the page.  Use this outline to prepare for your class session.  Print it out to provide the notes you will need to lead your class or preach your sermon.]

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[To quickly develop a Power Point out line, delete all text in brackets within the text.  This provides an outline that can be easily copied and pasted into a Power Point presentation.  I find it most effective to format the Power Point so that each point appears on command at the appropriate time in the class.  It has been said that student retention increases exponentially if the can see as well as hear a class presentation.]

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[To quickly develop a student handout with blanks to be filled in by the student.  Take the Power Point outline and empty the blanks leaving an empty line.  Printing this outline with blanks to your students will encourage them to go ahead and take notes.  As a matter of fact it says to your students that you expect them to take notes.  Expectation is a catalyst for learning.  Taking notes during a class will further enhance your student’s retention of the lesson. ]  

[For far too long we have taught our students to approach the Bible with a light heartedness.  We teach for life change and to reach a lost and dying world.  The world is best evangelized by the members of the Church.  How can our fellow Christians reach the world for Christ if they cannot remember the things they have studied beyond the door of the worship center or class room.  It is time to expect far more from our fellow Christians.  A lost world demands it.] 

[Now let us discover the mysteries and wonder revealed in the Revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ as given to the Apostle John.]

Preface To The Book

 

[As we embark upon the study of this book of the Bible there are some basic things the we must initially consider.  These include the points of views from which biblical prophecy is approached, the authorship of the text, and the date that the epistle was written.] 

A.    Four Common Views [- There are various points of view when it comes to the study of the book of Revelation.  Before we consider the various points of view there are some terms that need to be defined.] 

1.      Important Terms [- These important terms include,] 

a.       The Tribulation Period [– A period of time, lasting seven years, unlike any other period of time in human history where in the creation is redeemed by God through justice and judgment and wherein the anti-christ, Satan’s superman, is given unfettered authority over this corrupt world.] 

b.      Rapture [– The taking out of God’s elect and spiritually redeemed, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ.] 

c.       Post Tribulation [– A position that teaches that the rapture occurs after the seven year tribulation period.] 

d.      Mid Tribulation or Pre Wrath [– A position that teaches that the rapture occurs in the midst of the tribulation period.  There are various views about when the rapture actually occurs.] 

e.       Pre Tribulation [– A position that teaches that the rapture occurs prior to the tribulation period.  This view is consider correct by this author and will be the position held throughout this study.] 

f.       Millennium [– A Period of one thousand (1000) years following the tribulation period and the second advent of Christ where in our Lord Jesus Christ will reign supreme on this earth.] 

g.      Post Millennial [– A position teaching that Christ actually returns at the end of the millennium and that the work of the Church on earth will grow and improve our world’s conditions until the world is prepared for our Lord’s return.] 

h.      AMillennial [– A position holding that there is no literal millennium and that the millennium represents the whole period of the Churches movement on earth, however long that might be and culminates with the return of Christ.] 

i.        Pre Millennial [– Teaches that Christ returns at His second advent and reigns on earth for a literal thousand year period.  This is viewed as the correct view by this author and will be taught throughout this study.] 

2.      Common Views [- Having considered the important terms we will now consider the carious points of view employed when studying The Revelation or Bible Prophecy.  Understanding each of these viewpoints will help a student of biblical prophecy to understand what a preacher, teacher, or fellow Christian mean when they talk and debate about various Bible prophecies.  Altogether there are,] 

a.       The Preterist School [- The Preterist believes that the prophecies contained within Revelation have already been fulfilled. These commonly teach that everything contained in the book of Revelation found fulfillment when Israel was conquered by Titus in 70 A.D.  Some might push the date of Israel’s destruction back to 313 A.D., but the argument is essentially the same. The preterist teaches that we are not looking for a rapture, tribulation period, the millennial reign of Christ, and for some the second advent of Christ.  Some preterist will go as far as to imply that we are currently living on the New Heaven and New Earth.  In considering the pretenses of preterism it seems reasonable to imply that preterism in a form of Amillenialism which literally mean “no millennium.”[2]]

b. The Presentist School [- Some refer to this as the Idealist or Allegorical View.  "A Presentist is one who views the events in Revelation, not as actual events ‘per se’, but rather as an expression of those principles and forces active in any age"[3]  For instance, a presentist would imply that the book of revelation portrays the struggle between good and evil in our lives.  To hold this position one would have to hold that the message in Revelation is allegorical in nature and is not intended to be understood in any literal sense.]   

c.      The Progressive School [– Also referred to by some as The Historical View.  This view holds that Revelation presents the historic struggle of the Church as it has occurred throughout this current Church age.  This point of view gained popularity during the beginning of the reformation but faded into oblivion when the 1260 day-year time period, essential to its understanding, expired without the anticipated fulfillment of its prophecies.  Beliefs that poured out of this system that are still encountered today include the belief that the Catholic Pope is the Anti-Christ and the Catholic Church is the Great Whore.]

d. The Prophetic School [- Often called the ‘Futurist School’.  The Futurist believes that the majority of Revelation in prophetic, and is yet to be fulfilled. This is the view point of this author and of this study.  The futurist looks for the Rapture of the Church, the Bema of Christ, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, The Great Tribulation Period, the Second Advent of Christ, the Millennial Reign of Christ, the great White Throne Judgment, and the New Heaven and New Earth all yet to come.  All of these will be address as this study proceeds through the Revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.] 

3.      Their Implications [-Thus the question arises, “Does ones point of view really matter?  Without any doubt ones point of view makes all the difference in the world.   One’s point of view will change the way they approach every other passage in the Word of God.  Biblically and theologically ones point of view when it comes to Bible prophecy will change their whole understanding of the Bible.  Your point of view will affect your,] 

a.       Interpretation or Hermeneutics [- You point of view determines whether your normal approach to scripture is allegorical or literal in nature which in turn will dictate your understanding of every other passage of scripture.  The pre-millennial, pre-tribulation, literal approach to the Bible will lead one to understand the Bible in its grammatical and contextual senses and will lead one to understand the remnant of the redeemed.  The post or amillennial, mid or post tribulation approach largely allegorizes and manipulates various texts, often encouraging the understanding of texts outside of their context, especially in the parables and will lead one to be ecumenical in their understanding of the redeemed.] 

b.      Anticipation or Immanency [- The pre-tribulationist and literalist will hold a sense of immanency concerning the near rapture of the Church which will compel them to live in continuous preparation and purity (1 John 3.1-3).  The post-millennialist or amillennialist will likely sense that, considering the world’s current condition, that there is much time remaining and no need to be overly zealous about the Lord’s return.] 

c.       Mission or  Purpose [-The pre-tribulationist will understand that lost souls have only a short time to respond to the gospel and will work diligently to win the lost to Christ.  The post or amillennialist will likely feel that their task is to help improve upon our political, cultural, and social conditions and their purpose will be more humanitarian than evangelical in nature.] 

[These are but a few of the areas affected by ones point of view concerning bible prophecy which in reality reflects ones point of view concerning Scripture all together.  It is important to note that it is doctrinally impossible to be all things to all people when it comes to these points of view.  Any curriculum that strives to be all of these points of view to their readers will be none of these points of view.  Many Church curriculums have become much of nothing when it comes to doctrine, the primary content of the Bible, because they try to be all things to all people and as a result teach no doctrines at all for fear of offending somebody.  You must study to rightly divide the Word of God which requires that you know who you are and lift your banner high.] 

B.     The Cooperation In View [– The cooperation in view within the Revelation deals with the books authorship.  The epistle begins, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” (Revelation 1:1)[4].  We notice immediately that this is not the Revelation of the apostle John, it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ as given to the apostle John.  Hence, John is the penman that wrote the epistle, but our Lord Jesus Christ is the author of the book in that the text reveals Him in all His glory and the text was given through inspiration as is all scripture (2 Tim 3.16-17).]

 

[The apostle John is traditionally attributed as the penman (author) of The Revelation. However, Some claim that a different John had to have written Revelation due to a difference in style between Revelation and the other works of the Apostle John.  Circumstances that could have affected John’s style include:]

 

1.      [The Nature of Prophetic Literature The Revelation is the only New Testament book whose subject almost wholly predicts future events.  While our Lord, in the gospels, provided prophetic discourses and word pictures the major theme of this epistle is to coming revelation of the King of kings yet to come.  Without any doubt the student of Biblical prophecy will quickly realize that the language, types, and symbols that permeate those things yet to come thrust upon us a style that can only be attribute to our God through inspiration.  Therefore, the very nature of the prophetic literature being penned by the apostle John and the lofty, nearly indescribable things he was trying to describe thrust upon him a style that may have seemed beyond his capacity.]

 

2.      [Its Visionary Deliverance – The visionary deliverance seen by the apostle John must have seemed beyond the penman’s capacity to describe.  At least twenty times the apostle used the word like throughout this epistle.  In chapter one alone John writes, ]

 

[“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Revelation 1:13-15)]

 

[These phrases, and many others used to express a likeness, demonstrate the difficulty inherent when one is trying to describe a divine vision or a distant future event in the limited vernacular of one’s culture and language.]

 

3.      [John’s Current Circumstances The apostle John received The Revelation while exiled to the island of Patmos (Rev 1.9).  He was sent to this barren Island in persecution to fill the Churches that the Apostle shepherded with fear and to destroy their ministry and testimony.   The apostles circumstances may have led him to change his writing style to help preserve its message in difficult times.  David Jeremiah explains it as follows,]

 

[“Then, too, symbols can be used as a secret code. Just as secret projects are given code names, so the prisoner of Patmos has a spiritual code which was circulated to the churches.

The political climate of this period was not unlike that of the 1940’s.  A diabolically wicked leader, believing in his own ability to rule his empire and establish himself with god-like powers, realized that these people who called themselves Christians has an allegiance to another God.  Whereas Hitler annihilated the Jews, the emperor Domitian set out to abolish the influence of the followers of a man called Jesus.  Some Christians were killed; others, like John, were imprisoned for their faith.

The early Christians were looking eagerly for the return of their Master, but sixty years after his death this hope was still unfulfilled.  John wanted to encourage those believers, so he wrote letters to the churches, urging them to stand firm, not to waver in their faith.  However, he had to disguise this message in such a way that the Roman authorities would not understand it.  The Christian could decipher this secret code, but Domitian and his henchmen would be puzzled by it. It would be similar to POWs in our country tapping out codes on cell walls to encourage their fellow prisoners.[5]”] 

[That the apostle John is the penman of The Revelation goes without doubt.  Grant R. Jeffery points out that the writings of the early Church fathers attested clearly to the authorship of the apostle John.  Jeffery wrote, “Virtually every major Christian writer in the first two and a half centuries accepted Revelation as the inspired work of the disciple John.  Tertullian, Papias, Clemens, Alexandrinus, Origen, Jerome and Augustine together with the vast majority of orthodox believers accepted John as the inspired author of these unique visions.[6]  Therefore, it is safe for us to know and say that the apostle John penned this prophetic book of the Bible.] 

C.    The Confirmation In View [– The Date of the books authorship is an undeniable confirmation of the prophetic and futuristic nature of the epistle.  There are two general views about the date of the Authorship of this text.]

 

1.      [68 A.D. - Some maintain that 68 A.D. is a likely date for the authorship of the book due to the severe persecution the church endured under Nero.  However, history reveals that Nero’s persecution normally resulted in execution and death and rarely in exile.  Jeffrey notes, “There is no historical record of banishment of exiles under Nero.[7]  Those who hold to this early date for the epistle are normally preterist and must insist upon a date that precedes the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D or their whole theology falls apart.  If the apostle John wrote after the fall of Jerusalem then they cannot claim that the prophecies contained within the book were all fulfilled in that event.  It seems clear that the prophecies of Revelation were not fulfilled in 70 A.D. because many of the essential elements within the text have gone unfulfilled.  The primary prophecy left unfulfilled being the failure of our Lord to physically return to this earth as King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev 19.11-16).]

 

2.      [96 A.D. – A more widely accepted view held by modern scholars and the works of the church fathers, such as Irenaeus is that The Revelation was written very close to 96 A.D.  This position is supported by the unimaginable persecutions of emperor Domitian. History records that emperor Domitian’s persecution was permeated with exiles of the type noted in this text.  The conditions of the Churches described in Revelation 2 and 3 also support the conditions described under the reign of Domitian.  Jeffrey notes that men like Irenaeus, Jerome, and Eusebius all clearly confirmed this later date for the authorship to the text.]

 

[The date of the authorship of the text is a confirmation of the futuristic prophetic position of the book.  Since the book was written after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. the prophecies contained within the epistle could not have been fulfilled in that event.  Therefore, we must look forward to a future fulfillment of the text.]

 


Bible Study September 14, 2009



[1] Adrian Rogers, Unveiling The End Times In Our Time: The Triumph Of The Lamb In Revelation (Nashville: B&H Publishers, 2004), 2.

[2] For further study of preterism consider this article: Walter D. Huyck Jr, "Preterism: Matthew 24.34," [online] This Christian Journey, 2008, cited 8 July 2009, available from <http://www.thischristianjourney.com/ThisChristianJourney/GeneralPages/Preterism.htm>.  Also,  Dr. Thomas Ice, "Has Bible Prophecy Already Been Fulfilled," Conservative Theological Journal, Vol 4 (2003). Another great resource dealing with preterism under the heading of Kingdom Now and Dominion Theology see Grant R. Jeffery, Apocalypse (Colorado Springs:Waterbrook Press, 1992), 52.

[3] Lehman Srauss, The Book Of The Revelation (New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers, 1964), 18.

[4] All scripture quotes are from the King James Bible unless otherwise noted.

[5] Dr. David Jeremiah, Escape The Coming Night (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, 1990), 35.

[6] Grant R. Jeffrey, Apocalypse (Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 1992), 48.

[7] Ibid, 50

 


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