This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder at our Sunday morning service on Sunday 17th January 2016 is the 2nd in our verse-by-verse study through the book of Revelation.
The book begins with the Greek word ‘apokalypsis’ (translated ‘Revelation’), and it’s from this we get our word ‘apocalypse’. Despite it’s modern cataclysmic usage the word actually means ‘unveiling’ and this book ‘unveils’ Jesus in glory and majesty, in a way that had not been seen before, presenting Jesus as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
There are two books in the Bible that have been more attacked than any other. Genesis, because it is the book of beginnings and exposes Satan as the deceiver of the human race, and predicts that the Saviour will be victorious over him; and Revelation, the last and concluding book because it records in advance his destiny and ultimate defeat. This has led to all kinds of wild and unscriptural ‘interpretations’ of the book, as well as the lie that it is not for today, or that it is too hard to understand. Whilst there is a lot of imagery in Revelation, all of the symbols point to a literal truth and usually this is explained in the book itself.
Incredibly, in the 404 verses of this book we have over 800 allusions to the Old Testament. This should help us to see that this book does not stand on its own, but is the culmination of all that has preceded it, the conclusion to God’s great drama that has been played out in time and space. For a list of these Old Testament references see Cosmic Codes by Dr Chuck Missler.
In this session we explore John’s vision of Jesus (verses 10-20), and note eight characteristics that stand out to John as he looks upon the one he had walked with along the shores of Galilee, yet now unveiled before his eyes in majesty and authority and in a way John could never of imagined.
We also see the divinely inspired outline for this book that Jesus gives to John in verse 20, where he is told to write the things…
–Thou hast seen > Chapter 1
–The things which are > Chapter 2-3
–Which shall be hereafter > Chapter 4-22
May this study bless you as you grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
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