The Study of Revelation

Date Title "Revelation, Part 1"  Chapters 1 through 6
Feb. 5
9:30 a.m.
Introduction
to
Revelation
Introduction to Apostle John's "Revelation"

• Author, Date, Place of Writing, Purpose, and Recipients

• Review of the Four Main Interpretive Views of Revelation (See details of the four views in next week's section.)


For review and application: Click here1. When have you had a "revelation" that you were eager to share with someone?
2. Who wrote the book of Revelation, and where was he when he wrote it?
3. To whom was the book addressed?
4. Why is Rome portrayed negatively?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Feb. 12
9:30 a.m.
The Four Main
Interpretive Views
of Revelation
• Review of the Four Main Interpretive Views of Revelation:
    Historicist, Preterist, Futurist, Idealist (Spiritualist)

"Prologue" and "Greetings and Doxology" (1:1–8)

Listen to the first chapter recited by Max McLean of The Listener's Bible.

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Click here The Historicist view: Revelation surveys the whole of church history.
Representatives:
1. Matthew Henry. Acts to Revelation, vol. 6 in Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible. [Fleming H. Revell]
2. Jim Pinkoski. The Prophecies of Daniel and Revelation [Frederick, Md.: Amazing Facts, Inc., 1986]

The Preterist view: Fulfillment of Revelation is in the past, shortly after the time of writing.
Representatives:
1. David Chilton. The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation. [Dominion Press, 1987].
2. Kenneth Gentry. The Book of Revelation Made Easy: You Can Understand Bible Prophecy. [American Vision Press, 2008]

The Futurist view: Everything after chapter three awaits fulfillment in the future.
Representatives:
1. Hal Lindsey. There's a New World Coming: A Prophetic Odyssey. [Harvest House, 1973]
2. Henry M. Morris. The Revelation Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Revelation. [Tyndale House, 1983]

The Spiritual (or Idealist) view: There is no single fulfillment; only transcendent principles and recurrent themes.
Representatives:
1. William Hendriksen. More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation. [Baker Book House, 1939]
2. Henry Alford. The Revelation in The Greek Testament, revised by Everett F. Harrison [Moody Press, 1958]
to see Tim's outline of the four main views of Revelation.
Feb. 19
9:30 a.m.
The Vision of the
Glorified Christ
"The Vision of the Glorified Christ" (1:9–18)

Listen to the first chapter recited by Max McLean of The Listener's Bible.

For review and application: Click here1. What religious pictures adorn the walls of your house? Your mind?
2. What is the meaning of the seven stars? The seven lampstands?
3. What's significant about John's circumstances (v. 9) and the day when he received this vision (v. 10)?
4. How does an understanding of the book of Daniel help you understand the symbolism in Revelation 1:9–18?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Feb. 26
9:30 a.m.
Special
Teaching
Guest Teachers Today — Wil and Gloria Swihart

"The Real Deal about Homosexuality" Part 1

Teachings will include: What homosexuality is and what isn't; how one responds to homosexuality when experiencing it in the family or with friends; a live testimony from a pastor who worked directly in the deliverance process; and resources and helps for responding to or learning about homosexuality.

Relevant reading: "The Bible and Being Gay" from Blogos.org
Mar. 4
9:30 a.m.
Special
Teaching
Guest Teachers Today — Wil and Gloria Swihart

"The Real Deal about Homosexuality" Part 2

Teachings will include: a live testimony from a person freed from homosexuality, and how churches and individuals should respond to and deal with homosexuality.

Relevant reading: "The Bible and Being Gay" from Blogos.org
Mar. 11
9:30 a.m.
Special
Teaching
Guest Teacher Today — Pastor Dick Jefferson

"A Pastoral Wrap-up on the Sexual Identity Question”

Scriptures, deliverance, and discipleship; questions; personal experiences from 45 years of ministry with the those struggling with the issue; and a few conclusions
Mar. 25
9:30 a.m.
One Like a
Son of Man
"The Apostles' Commission to Write" and "The Letter to the Church in Ephesus" (1:19–2:7)

Listen to chapter 1 and listen to chapter 2.

For review and application: Click here1. What is the meaning of the seven stars? The seven lampstands?
2. What does it mean for a church to be a light?
3. At first glance, the Ephesian church was doing everything right. Where were they falling short and how could they obey the command in 2:5?
4. Why was repentance necessary for the Ephesian church??
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Apr. 1
9:30 a.m.
The Letters to
the Churches
in Smyrna and
Pergamum
"To the Churches in Smyrna and Pergamum" (2:8–17)

Listen to this chapter.

For review and application: Click here1. What problems is the church in Smyrna facing?
2. Jesus talks about life and death over and over to the Smyrnans. Why do you think He does this?
3. What do you think Jesus means by calling Pergamum the place "where Satan has his throne" (2:13)?
4. How are the Christians in Pergamum being tested?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Apr. 8
9:30 a.m.
The Letters to
the Churches
in Pergamum
and Thyatira
"To the Churches in Pergamum and Thyatira" (2:12–2:28)

Listen to chapter 2.

For review and application: Click here1. What do you think Jesus means by calling Pergamum the place "where Satan has his throne" (2:13)?
2. The Ephesian church was strong on resisting false doctrine and immorality but weak on love (2:2–4). The Thyatiran church was strong on love but weak on resisting false doctrine and immorality (2:19–20). Which of these, if either, are you more like? What can you do about this?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Apr. 15
9:30 a.m.
The Letters to
the Churches
of Sardis and
Philadelphia
"To the Churches of Sardis and Philadelphia" (3:1–13)

Listen to chapter 3.

For review and application: Click here What encouragements does Jesus offer in 3:7–13 to those suffering persecution?
to read the question Tim will ask.

• 10:15 a.m.: Meet the Stanfield missionary family. Jeff and Christine will tell of their work with World Global Missions in Kenya and Uganda.
Apr. 22
9:30 a.m.
The Letter to
the Church
of Laodicea
"To the Church of Laodicea" (3:14–22)

Listen to chapter 3.

For review and application: Click here1. In context, is 3:20 addressed to believers or unbelievers? What is the meaning of the verse, in your own words?
2. In each letter, Jesus closes (before or after the promise to the overcomers) with the same summons for those with ears to hear. What is the point of this call? Whom do you think He is addressing?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Apr. 29
9:30 a.m.

The Throne
in Heaven
(Part 1)

"The Throne in Heaven" (Part 1) (4:1–11)

Listen to this chapter.

For review and application: Click here1. What does the association between God and thunderstorms suggest to you about God?
2. What impressions does 4:1–11 give you of God the Father? What can we learn about Him from this chapter?
3. Thrones, especially God's throne, are mentioned 45 times in Revelation. Why do you think they appear so often? What do they have to do with the book's message?
4. What attitudes do you think are expressed by falling down before God? What is expressed by laying one's crown before Him?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
May 6
9:30 a.m.
The Throne
in Heaven
(Part 2)
"The Throne in Heaven" (Part 2) (4:1–11)

Listen to this chapter.

For review and application: Click here1. Search for or Google "the millennium" view; check out a few different definitions.
2. See how it might include "premillennialism," "postmillennialism," and "amillennialism."
3. Bring your questions to class this Sunday.
to read the questions Tim will ask.
May 20
9:30 a.m.
The Scroll
and the Lamb
(Part 1)
"The Scroll and the Lamb" (Part 1) (5:1–14)

Listen to this chapter.

For review and application: Click here1. For what is the Lamb praised and worshipped (5:9–10, 12–13)?
2. How is this relevant to your life today?
3. What can we learn about worship (its true meaning, nature, and reasons) from 4:1–5:14?
4. What are your impressions of heaven from 4:1–5:14?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
May 27
9:30 a.m.

Pentecost
Sunday
Special
Teaching
"Focus on Global Day of Prayer" by Pastor Dick

-- What is prayer? What is your personal practice of prayer? (when/what/why/how?)
-- Read three different prayers and note what the focus is in each: Daniel 9:1–19; Ephesians 1:15–23; and John 17:1–26.
-- Would you say that you have a growing prayer life?

(Tim has been called away to join a medical team serving firefighters in Southern California. Please pray for his safe return next Sunday.)
June 3
9:30 a.m.
The Scroll
and the Lamb
(Part 2)
"The Scroll and the Lamb" (Part 2) (5:7–14)

Listen to this chapter.

Dr. Donald Gray Barnhouse once observed that "there are four things out of place in the universe: the church, which should be in heaven; Israel, which should be living in peace occupying all the land promised to her; Satan, who belongs in the lake of fire; and Christ, who should be seated on His throne reigning. All four of those anomalies will be set right when Christ takes the scroll from His Father's hand."

For review and application: Click here1. Are these verses to be taken literally or symbolically? Why? What helps you decide? (Here's a clue: Will all humanity be redeemed? Will those humans who hate God join in singing His praises?)
2. How is this chapter relevant to your life??
3. Is it easy or hard for you to enter into the kind of worship that is depicted in 4:1 through 5:14?
4. What is the significance of the new song? What does it tell you about the events about to take place?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
June 10
9:30 a.m.
The First Four
Seals
"The Beginning of the End — The First Four Seals" (6:1–8)

Listen to this chapter.

Whatever the precise contents of the scroll — a contract, a will, God's plan for history — the important thing is that only the Lamb is worthy to open it and bring those contents into effect. His sacrificial death and resurrection have made Him worthy. The first four seals usher in (1) false peace, (2) war, (3) famine, and (4) death.

For review and application: Click here1. From the description in 6:2–8, what do you think each of the four horsemen represents?
2. What do the judgments caused by the four horsemen have in common?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
June 17
9:30 a.m.
The Fifth Seal "Prayers for Vengeance —The Fifth Seal" (Part 2) (6:9–11)

Listen to this chapter.

MacArthur: "While Scripture reveals that God is loving, merciful, and gracious — a savior of sinners — one truth about Him that is decidedly unpopular today is that He is a God of vengeance against those who reject Him and salvation in His Son.... Speaking of a time when God would take vengeance on Israel's enemies. Jeremiah declared, 'For that day belongs to the Lord God of hosts, a day of vengeance, so as to avenge Himself on His foes; and the sword will devour and be satiated and drink its fill of their blood; for there will be a slaughter for the Lord God of hosts, in the land of the north by the river Euphrates (Jer. 46:10)....Nor is God's vengeance limited to the Old Testament. Jesus described the future time of God's judgment during the Tribulation as the 'days of vengeance' (Luke 21:22).

God's vengeance is not to be equated with petty human vindictiveness and bitter desire for revenge. God's holiness, righteousness, and justice demand that He take vengeance on unrepentant sinners. Vengeance belongs to the Lord because all sin is ultimately against Him and an offense to Him (Psalm 51:4)."

For review and application: Click here1. The fifth seal is an interlude rather than a judgment (6:9–11). What is the answer to the martyr's question in 6:10?
2. Revelation 6:10–11 was an important insight into heavenly reality for John's first-century readers enduring persecution. Why is this an important insight for you and other modern Christians?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
June 24
9:30 a.m.
The Breaking of
the Sixth Seal)
"The Breaking of the Sixth Seal," Fear of the Wrath to Come (6:12–17)

Listen to this chapter.

MacArthur (a futurist) comments: "Unlike the first five seals, each of which involved humans in one way or another (the four horseman and the saints under the altar), in the sixth seal, God acts alone. By the time this seal is opened, the midpoint of the tribulation has passed and the world is in the final three-and-one-half-year period known as the 'great tribulation.' By then the final Antichrist has desecrated the temple in Jerusalem, the world worships him, and a massive persecution of Jews and Christians has broken out.

The warnings that the traumatic events of the first five seals are the beginning of God's judgment will go unheeded. But the events of the sixth seal will be so devastating and terrifying that they will be attributable only to God."

For review and application: Click here1. What occurs when the sixth seal is broken (vv. 12–13; see Mark 13)?
2. Who can stand the wrath of God? How?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
July 1
9:30 a.m.

Special
Teaching
"A Psalm for the Summer" by Pastor Dick

With summer upon us, Pastor Dick will highlight the value and timeliness of Psalm 139, a.k.a. "The Presence of God." Please read Psalm 139 in your preferred version (or listen to it) before Sunday's class teaching and discussion begins.

See the continuation of Revelation: Part 2 (Chapters 7–14)

See the completion of Revelation: Part 3 (Chapters 15–22)



Adult Sunday school classes are taught by in House #1.
   Doors open at 9 a.m. for fellowship.
   Worship and prayers begin at 9:15 a.m.
   Class begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends by 10:30 a.m.

Please invite people who you feel would appreciate learning about Apostle John's book of Revelation.

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