The last book of the Bible is known as the Book of Revelation, or the Revelation of John, or sometimes the Apocalypse, or the Apocalypse of John, or simply Revelation. In reality, it is the Revelation of God given through Jesus to the apostle John.
This revelation has the form of a letter, the longest letter in the New Testament. But the title, or heading prefixed to the letter, makes it clear from the start that this is no ordinary letter from a Christian leader to a group of churches. It is a letter from heaven, a prophetic revelation from Almighty God!
While the voice that speaks in the letter is John’s voice, the voice that speaks in the long title is anonymous. It could be John. But if so, John is distancing himself from his own persona by referring to himself in the third person as his servant John. It could also be an individual Christian or a Christian community that is ‘publishing’ John’s long letter after the fact for a wider audience. Quite simply, there is no way to be certain. As far as is known, the voice that speaks in the extended title is not heard again, for the rest of the book stands complete as a letter. It has the customary beginning and ending of early Christian letters, like Paul’s or Peter’s.
The Revelation is about the certainty of the Second Coming of Jesus, who will create a new heaven and a new earth in the manner that was originally intended, and he will rule those who have been faithful to him forever. This will be the fulfilment of all the hope and promises that God has spoken of through Scripture since the dawn of time.
The Second Time is not a further time of dealing with sin that was achieved once for all on the Cross. This time Jesus will come in judgement. The faithful will be rewarded and those who rejected the Christ of God will face eternal damnation, not extinction, but everlasting suffering, separated from the love and presence of God.
There are many eschatological viewpoints and the interpretation of this book depends very much on the individual. An outline of eschatological schools of interpretation can be found here. The book contains much imagery of what it will be like in the final days before Christ returns, which has been widely interpreted throughout the church age to mean different things. Ultimately, it will be done in the way that God deems it to be. Those who choose not to delve too deeply into various interpretations of the detail of this great book, find great solace if they have chosen to follow Jesus and should consider the consequences of failing to do so in this life.
|Introduction||Watch||03 October 14|
|Chapter One||Watch||07 October 14|
|Chapter Two||Watch||12 October 14|
|Chapter Three||Watch||15 October 14|
|Chapter Four||Watch||17 October 14|
|Chapter Five||Watch||18 October 14|
|Chapter Six||Watch||21 October 14|
|Chapter Seven||Watch||24 October 14|
|Chapter Eight||Watch||27 October 14|
|Chapter Nine||Watch||28 October 14|
|Chapter Ten||Watch||29 October 14|
|Chapter Eleven||Watch||31 October 14|
|Chapter Twelve||Watch||01 November 14|
|Chapter Thirteen||Watch||03 November 14|
|Chapter Fourteen||Watch||07 November 14|
|Chapter Fifteen||Watch||07 November 14|
|Chapter Sixteen||Watch||08 November 14|
|Chapter Seventeen||Watch||10 November 14|
|Chapter Eighteen||Watch||11 November 14|
|Chapter Nineteen||Watch||14 November 14|
|Chapter Twenty||Watch||15 November 14|
|Chapter Twenty One||Watch||17 November 14|
|Chapter Twenty Two||Watch||18 November 14|
|Summary||Watch||16 November 14|