The Book of Revelation

revelation_churchesThe book of Revelation is a glorious gift of God to His Church. Speaking through the exalted Christ, and of the exalted Christ, He uses a multitude of visions and prophecies to instruct, warn, and comfort His pilgrim people as they make their way through the wilderness of this evil age, past the Consummation, and into the New Heavens and the New Earth.

In evangelical circles there are four basic approaches to understanding the Revelation. Some interpret it as speaking primarily of the last of the Last Days (futurists). Others say it speaks primarily of NT times, of days now long past (preterists). Still others argue that it pictures different stages of Church history (historicists).

The idealist school of interpretation holds that the Revelation was meant to speak to all Christians of all times. Here, in the Grand Finale of Scripture, God uses a wide variety of symbols (often drawn from the OT) to communicate certain ideas about spiritual principles and realities that believers of all generations are sure to encounter, and must therefore understand well. This method, which does not rule out the possibility that the Revelation sometimes speaks of events unique to the very end of the age, has the advantage of incorporating the elements of truth found in the other three views.

As a rule, this page will present idealist interpretations of the Revelation.

One thought on “The Book of Revelation

  1. Jacob Winter October 9, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    I was raised under premillennial dispensationalism. But the one thing that bothered me was the complexity of the whole idea. The more I studied, the more obscure it became, until I couldn’t see it at all. After hearing Pastor Mark Chanski preach on Revelation, I quickly took up his amillenial perspective. What a blessing the Book of Revelation has become! Not only do I have a complete understanding of the book, but I am convinced even young children can understand it. The “progressive parallelism” is almost too apparent to overlook, almost to the point where I struggle to understand how anyone can argue against it. It has also helped me come to a greater understanding of other text (i.e. Daniel, Olivet Discourse, etc.) I am glad I found this site. It is a great blessing to have a place where I can find almost anything I could possibly need to help me in my studies. Be it recommended commentaries, online blogs and articles, or even sermons, this site has it all! God bless everyone who has contributed to this site! I am sure to be a regular visitor of this page!

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