1 The book Of Revelation A Study Guide With Introductory Comments, Summaries, Outlines, And Review Questions MARK A. COPELAND. Mark A. Copeland The book Of Revelation Table Of Contents Introduction 3 Chapter Twelve 59. Chapter One 12 Chapter Thirteen 63. Chapter Two 17 Chapter Fourteen 67. Chapter Three 22 Chapter Fifteen 72. Chapter Four 27 Chapter Sixteen 75. Chapter Five 31 Chapter Seventeen 79. Chapter Six 35 Chapter Eighteen 84. Chapter Seven 39 Chapter Nineteen 89. Chapter Eight 43 Chapter Twenty 94. Chapter Nine 47 Chapter Twenty-One 98.
2 Chapter Ten 51 Chapter Twenty-Two 103. Chapter Eleven 54. This Study Guide was developed in preparation for teaching adult Bible classes. w The objectives for each section are usually things I plan to emphasize during the class. w I have found that summarizing and outlining helps me to better understand the Word of God. It is a practice I highly recommend to others. w I generally delete the answers to the review questions before printing the material and giving it to the students. But that you might know what answers were intended by the questions, I have included them in these guides.
3 These outlines were developed in the course of my ministry as a preacher of the gospel. They are included in The Executable Outlines Series, a collection my sermon outlines and Bible Study materials. Visit the EO web site ( ) to browse or download more material. Feel free to use them as they are, or adapt them to suit your own personal style. To God be the glory! The Executable Outlines Series, Copyright Mark A. Copeland, 2001. The book Of Revelation 2. Mark A. Copeland The book Of Revelation Introduction AUTHOR. John, identified as one "who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ".
4 (1:1-2). While debated by some, he was most likely the apostle John, brother of James, and author of the gospel of John and three epistles. His authorship of this book is supported by the testimony of Justin Martyr (165 ), Clement of Alexandria (220 ), Hippolytus (236 ), and Origen (254. ). THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE book . Revelation is certainly different from other books of the New Testament. It is also very different from any kind of writing that is familiar to most people today. Unfortunately, this has caused some people to shy away from the book ; or on the other hand, to misuse it in propagating wild and fanciful theories.
5 Most people conclude it is just too mysterious to understand. But it was actually written to make things clearer! The word " Revelation " in the Greek is apokalupsis, which means "an uncovering" or "unveiling." It is therefore a book designed to uncover or unveil, not conceal. Part of the challenge in understanding the book is that it is written in a style not familiar to modern man. It is an example of what is called "apocalyptic literature" which was quite popular from 200 to 200 As such, it was a type of literature well known to the Jews and Christians of the first century church.
6 Features of apocalyptic literature include the use of highly symbolic or figurative language (cf. "signified", 1:1). It was normally written in times of persecution, usually depicting the conflict between good and evil. There are other examples of apocalyptic literature in the Bible . In the Old Testament, for example, the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Zechariah each contain elements of this style of writing. In the New Testament, Matthew 24 contains apocalyptic elements. THE DIFFICULTY IN UNDERSTANDING THE book . The early church likely did not have the problem understanding the book we do today.
7 They were well acquainted with the style of apocalyptic literature. They were living at a time when the symbols of the book were likely familiar to them (similar to how a picture of a donkey fighting an elephant would be understood by us as depicting conflict between the Democratic and Republican parties). In fact, I. believe the book was originally intended to be understood by a casual hearing, as implied by the opening beatitude: "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
8 " (1:3). The book Of Revelation 3. Mark A. Copeland This verse suggests a setting in which one is reading while others listen. The listeners were expected to understand enough to be blessed by what they heard. Our difficulty with this book is due to our unfamiliarity with apocalyptic literature as a method of communicating a message. We are also far removed from the historical and cultural context of the times which would make the symbolism easier to understand. To properly interpret the book , we must try to understand the historical context in which it was written.
9 We must also interpret it in a manner that would have been meaningful to those to whom it was first addressed. DIFFERENT VIEWS OF INTERPRETATION. Different views of interpreting the book generally fall into four categories: The "preterist" view - The book refers to events that were fulfilled in the first century , or shortly thereafter. It was written primarily to encourage the original readers. Its value for today would therefore be didactic (teaching the value of faithfulness to God). The "historicist" view - The book provides a panoramic view of the future of the church from as it goes through history.
10 This view finds in the book such events as the rise of Catholicism, Islam, the Protestant reformation, world wars, etc., ending with the return of Christ. As such it would encourage Christians no matter when they lived. The "futurist" view - Apart from the first few chapters, the book depicts events which immediately precede the second coming of Christ. Therefore most of the book has yet to be fulfilled (or is being fulfilled now), and its value is primarily for Christians who will be living at the time Jesus returns. The "idealist" view - The book does not deal with any specific historical situation.