In my early teens, the elderly members of the small church I attended loved the book of Revelation.
They were devotedly preoccupied with connecting dots, charting out future events, and relating the bewildering imagery and symbolism of the ancient document to their daily lives.
As a result, they arrived at conclusions about what was going to happen in the future—a number of which did not come to fruition. Extravagant assurances captured their attention, only to prove unfounded with the passing of time.
Many of these good people turned to further study to see what had gone wrong. I, on the other hand, turned the other way. Instead of approaching Revelation with a genuine desire to learn and be blessed, I decided it was a waste of time.
This sad state of affairs persisted in my life, even into my pastoral experience. It became abundantly obvious, particularly when I asked the congregation for topics they would like me to address.
Invariably, the most requested topic was “Revelation.” And my response: “I promise to teach it before I retire… and when I understand it.”
Finally, after many years, I made good on that promise.
The result is my 8-message series End Times: What’s Going On?—an illuminative teaching with simple points that will help you make sense of Revelation.
Notice first that the opening verses of Revelation tell us what kind of document the Apostle John is writing. Revelation 1:1-3 says…
“The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”
The Hebrews were quite familiar with prophetic teaching, which predicted where present events would lead. Similarly, apocalyptic writings—or revelations—foresaw the future and warned people what lay ahead. And epistles—or letters—were means of teaching, encouraging, and exhorting.
With this in mind, you can approach Revelation expecting insight about what’s going on around you and where it might lead. You can also glimpse at what lies in the unknown future, and you can learn how it all applies to daily living in the here-and-now.
In other words, Revelation is prophetic, apocalyptic, and pastoral.
Even in our most troubling days, God’s announcement “I am making everything new” in Revelation 21—crowned by “a new heaven and a new earth”—should excite the most jaded believer and fill the modern church with hope.
Which brings me back to the series I told you about earlier...
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