I've always avoided the study of Revelation, because it was too hard to understand. But I finally had to tackle it as I wanted
to have a better grasp of the judgment of God.
At the conclusion of a year of study, there was a discussion of whether to share the results publicly, because
my conclusions contrasted sharply with other established scholarly work. But in consideration of those before me and, with deep
respect for their work, this study of Revelation is being released to inspire others to read this difficult book and discover the
joy of having some sense of clarity that objective biblical hermeneutics can bring.
The approach I used was to understand Daniel thoroughly and Ezekiel and Zechariah partially (they're hard to understand!) before
attempting Revelation. Because of the challenges of figurative speech and unnatural events, a large chart was made of each
observation of the text on a 12 x 9 foot wall in my dining room. By using painters tape, the table could change how observations
were classified to enable a better understanding of the text. The picture on the right shows an early version of the table.
The beauty of this methodology is that the observations can be easily checked and validated by peer review.
Inferences can also be evaluated to determine if it is evidence based, or an interpretative error based on an error in biblical
I am indebted to my wife as she allowed this work to stay in place while we had several dinners with a variety
of believing and non-believing friends. To say the least, it stimulated an interesting range of dinner conversations.
The table has been condensed so that it can be printed out in several sheets. By joining the sheets together, you can follow this
study and make your own notes or expand upon it on your dining room wall...
The in depth articles ( For deeper study) you may encounter
at the bottom of various pages may help you see what I saw and understand the conclusions that I made.
This special web tool was built to help you read through Revelation, which can be seen at the end of this systematic
study. It shows an example of Using a Chart to Record Your Observations, and is based on the table that
was developed. You can Print this Table.
For those who prefer learning with a traditional exegetical approach, another teaching tool was developed,
Revelation - An Explication. However, using the table is an easier way to track and annotate your
observations of the book of Revelation.
If this study is correct, it answers many commonly asked questions such as:
1. Were there one or two great earthquakes (sixth seal and seventh bowl)?
2. Why was there 30 minutes of silence in heaven before the seventh seal?
3. What is rapture? How is it different from resurrection?
4. If Satan, Antichrist and False Prophet are thrown into the lake of fire, what happened to
fallen angels? (view)
5. How was the Abrahamic Covenant fulfilled?
Revelation is a very difficult book to understand and interpretations abound. As a rigorously tested objective
study, I hope this will cause you to test your own hypothesis and discuss it with your friends, wrestle with some
of its observations and publish your work. In sharing your work, God will use you to help all of us grow closer to
Him. Let's start this systematic study on Eschatology!
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