The Book of Revelation

More Than Just a Book recap

Weeks 1-6 looked at the big picture of Bible reading and study.

Weeks 7-13 looked at specific books from each of the main sections of the Bible and we applied our Bible study tools.

2 Timothy 3:14-17
Revelation 1:1-3

The word translated as “revelation” is where we get the word “apocalypse” ...which means “disclosure or unveiling.”


  • 95-96AD... written by the Apostle John who is exiled to the Greek Island of Patmos (Rev. 1:9)

Where are we in the Grand Narrative?

  • Vision of the New Creation

What is the Literary Style?

  • Prophetical narrative

  • John is not writing what he heard from God, but rather what he was shown. (Rev. 1:2)


  • Ch. 1 - Prologue

  • Ch. 2-3 - Jesus’ words to the Church

  • Ch. 4-20 - Prophetical vision of the end times

  • Ch. 21-22 - Culmination of all history and the eternal New Creation



Revelation 4:11; 19:1-8

Warnings & Judgment

As awe-inspiring as Revelation is, it is also sobering.

Jesus is now presented as a Warrior.

Revelation 19:15

Three churches were told, “But I have this against you” (Ephesus, Pergamum, Thyratira).

Two churches were strongly challenged to repent (Philadelphia and Laodicea).

One church has nothing said positive about it...says that you think you’re alive, but you’re dead (Sardis).

One church is given a positive, encouraging word (Smyrna).

To all churches He says, “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

God’s Sovereignty
All of history is God’s story of redemption.

Revelation 1:8

You need to think of sovereignty in terms of a king, a kingdom, and subjects.

Revelation 21:1-8; 22:6; and 22:20-21

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