Revelation is the easiest book in the Bible to read and to teach—providing you have read all the books in the Bible that precede it! We noted at the very start of our study together that the Bible—in its final, finished form—is a unified literary work: The curtain rises in Genesis and it falls in Revelation. In between we have a linear narrative: God is the main character; sin is the conflict; redemption is the theme. Thus, reading Revelation is like reading the final chapter in a 2,000-page novel. How could one expect to understand the final chapter without having read the chapters that precede it? Obviously, one could not.
Just so in the book of Revelation. In Revelation ten great biblical themes merge, like ten great trunk lines coming together in Grand Central Station. Nearly all the extravagant imagery and events we witness in Revelation is introduced earlier in such books as Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, Matthew, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, and 2 Peter.
In this lesson we lay out a method for reading Revelation, and we get our foot in the door in Chapter 1.
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