Revelation is the capstone of the whole Bible. Allusions and images from the prophets are interwoven to reveal God’s plan. It may also be the most controversial book of the Bible.
In the Greek translation, Revelation means “Apocalypse.” Apocalypse means “a revealing or unfolding.” Revelation tells us what is true about the world. While it doesn’t always predict the future, it reveals what is true in the physical and spiritual realms.
Outline of Revelation:
Chapters 1-3: Letters to the Seven Churches
Chapters 4-19: The Tribulation – The judgment of God on unrighteousness
Chapter 20: The Millennium – The Thousand Year Reign
Chapters 21-22: New Heaven and Earth
The four main ways to interpret Revelation are historical, future, preterist, and symbolic.
There is value in looking at this book from all of these viewpoints. This book has to be applied to all Christians in all ages.
Revelation deals with how God carries out his judgment on the wicked.
When things seem out of control, Revelation reminds us that the Slain Lamb reigns on his throne and is, ultimately, in control and has not surrendered his authority. This is why the saints could cry out in worship – because of the victoriousness and sovereignty of God.
No matter what interpretation one makes, it is important to keep the big picture in mind: the Lordship of Christ. This is the end of all things and the beginning of eternity for the people of God.
For more on Revelation, look at Terry’s 10-part Series on Revelation here
Brittany Proffitt lives in Dallas, TX, holds a BA in Religion, and is a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is passionate about Scripture and how God’s Word impacts individuals’ hearts and lives.