Introduction to the Book of Revelation page 2 Index
Introduction Page One and Research Material
Introduction KJB - Remnant Study Bible with E.G. White Comments
  • Every story describing a climatic battle between good and evil has its root in the book of Revelation, where the final battle between good and evil - Armageddon - plays out. The question of why a good God would allow evil is laid to rest forever as the risen Christ deals with it once and for all. (RSB 1387)
  • The Book of Revelation also has a bad news-good news context. The bad news is that judgment Day is coming, finding many unprepared to meet their Creator God, who is "Merciful and Gracious" (Exodus 34:6), has held back His wrath for a long time. Now it will be fully unleashed in response to all-encompassing evil. (RSB 1387)
  • Like the Book of Daniel and parts of the Book of Zechariah, Revelation is an apocalyptic book. Seven churches are examined and graded by the risen Christ. John's visions of the outpouring of God's judgment reach a climax at the battle of Armageddon, when the rider on the white horse - the Lamb - rides to victory. Christ's millennial kingdom begins. (RSB 1387)
  • How fitting that Revelation ends with a glorious vision of Heaven - the prize for a race run well - and a plaintive cry of "Come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20). (RSB 1387)

Dates:

  • While some scholars would date the book as early as the time of Nero (A.D. 54-68), early Christian writers almost unanimously date Revelation toward the end of John's life, during his exile on the island of Patmos (A.D. 90-95) when Domitian was emperor. (RSB 1387)

Author:

  • The apostle John is widely considered to be the author of Revelation. In the third century however, Dionysius, a bishop of Africa, attributed the book to John the Presbyters, rather than the apostle John. But most scholars believe that the apostle John is the author. (RSB 1387)

Meaning of the Name:

  • In the Greek, the title is "Apokalypsis Ioannou," or the "Revelation of John." The word "Apokalypsis" means "unveiling." End-time events are unveiled through the visions given to the apostle John. (RSB 1387)

Christ in Revelation:

  • The risen Christ can be seen throughout the Book of Revelation. His revealed truths are given to the apostle John (Revelation 1:1). He is "the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth" (Revelation 1:5); the "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending" (Revelation 1:8; Revelation 1:11); the Lamb worshipped in heaven (Revelation 5); the victorious rider on the while horse who is called "Faithful and True" (Revelation 19:11-16); the "King OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:16). He is the One whose return is longed for by every Christian. (RSB 1387)

Overview:

  • Certain numbers (4, 7, 10, 12) figure heavily in the Book of Revelation. The risen Christ has seven stars in His right hand and points out seven golden lampstands (Revelation 1:12-20). Seven churches are named (Revelation 2; Revelation 3). Seven lamps are alight around the throne of God (Revelation 4:5). God's judgment unfolds through seven seals (Revelation 5; Revelation 6), seven angels with trumpets (Revelation 8; Revelation 9), seven angels bearing the seven last plagues (Revelation 15; Revelation 16). A beast with ten horns and seven heads rises out of the sea (Revelation 13:1). A woman has a crown with twelve stars (Revelation 12:1). The holy city of Jerusalem has twelve gates, each with an angel guarding it (Revelation 21:12). Four living creatures worship before the throne of God (Revelation 4:6-11). Four riders - popularly known as the four horsemen of the apocalypse - ride out as the first four of the seven seals (Revelation 6:1-8). Death and destruction follow in their wake. (RSB 1387)
  • All the books of the Bible meet and end in the book of Revelation, and it harmonizes perfectly with the book of Daniel. In Revelation we see unsealed what was sealed in Daniel. Also, Revelation includes references to twenty-eight of the Old Testament books, focusing on the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. (RSB 1387)
  • Revelation can be divided into two sections: (RSB 1388)
    • Revelation 1-3: Messages for Seven Churches:
      • The strengths and weaknesses of seven churches - Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea - are discussed as a warning of the coming conquering King. (RSB 1388)
    • Revelation 4-22: A Message for the Whole Church:
      • God's judgment on the earth unrolls with the opening of seals and the sound of seven trumpets (Revelation 6-17). But evil reaches a crescendo with the coming of the beast of the sea (the Antichrist), the false prophet (Revelation 13), and minions of the dragon (Revelation 12). The final battle between the forces of heaven led by the rider on the white horse (the risen Christ) and the forces of evil ends in a victory for the forces of heaven and the destruction of the Antichrist, the false prophet and their armies (Revelation 19). Satan and his angels are bound on earth for 1,000 years while the saints live with Christ in heaven. While in heaven the saints sit in judgment. When Christ returns to reign on earth, evil is finally eradicated when Satan is cast into the lake of fire along with his demons and followers (Revelation 20). The book ends with the blessed hope of all believers: a vision of heaven and the promise of the imminent return of the risen Christ (Revelation 21-22). (RSB 1388)

Key People:

  • The risen Christ, John, the leaders of the seven churches (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea), the woman clothed with the sun, the dragon (Satan), Michael the archangel, the beast from the sea, the beast from the earth, the 144,000, the twenty-four elders and other worshiping believers, Babylon the Great/Mother of Harlots, three angels carrying the message of Revelation 14. (RSB 1388)

Key Events:

  • Assessment of the seven churches; seven seals are opened; seven trumpets; the martyrdom of two witnesses; the conflict of the woman and the dragon; sealing of the 144,000; rise of the Antichrist and the false prophet; seven last plagues; fall of Babylon; marriage supper of the Lamb; battle of Armageddon; millennial kingdom of the risen Christ; destruction of Satan and the final judgment of the wicked; vision of new heaven and earth. (RSB 1388)

Key Word:

  • Revelation. The book of Revelation is a book of "unveiled" truths (revelations) about end times. (RSB 1388)

Key Verses:

  • "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand" (Revelation 1:3). (RSB 1388)
  • "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people (Revelation 14:6), Saying with a loud voice, 'Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters' (Revelation 14:7).

Uriah Smith: Revelation - Introduction:

  • The Revelation, usually termed "The Apocalypse," from the Greek name meaning "a disclosure, a revelation," has been described to be "a panorama of the glory of Christ." In the Evangelists we have the record of His humiliation, His condescension, His toil and sufferings, His patience, His mockings by those who should have done Him reverence, and finally His death upon the shameful cross - a death esteemed in that age to be the most ignominious that men could inflict. In the Revelation we have the gospel of His enthronement in glory, His association with the Father upon the throne of universal dominion, His overruling providence among the nations of the earth, and His coming again, not a homeless stranger, but in power and great glory, to punish His enemies and reward His followers.(US 337)
  • Scenes of glory surpassing fable are unveiled before us in this book. Appeals of unwonted power bear down upon the impenitent from its sacred pages in threatenings of judgment that have no parallel in any other portion of the Book of God. Consolation which no language can describe is here given to the humble followers of Christ in this world. No other book takes us at once, and so irresistibly, into another sphere. Long vistas are here opened before us, which are bounded by no terrestrial objects, but carry us forward into other worlds. And if ever themes of thrilling and impressive interest, and grand and lofty imagery, and sublime and magnificent description, can invite the attention of mankind, then the Revelation invites us to a careful study of its pages, which urge upon our notice the realities of a momentous future and an unseen world. (US 337)
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