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 interpretation contrasted sharply with other established scholarly work. But in consideration
of those before me and, in 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 biblical hermeneutics
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.
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.
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. I hope this study will cause you
to 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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