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An Exegesis of the Book of Revelation: Almost there
Filed in: Biblical Studies, Current Affairs, The Revelation of Jesus Christ


We're just about ready to embark on this journey.

A few assumptions going in - I don't care to defend these - for the purpose of this study we're going to accept them:

1. Revelation was written by the apostle John under the inspiration of the Spirit of God - the same John who wrote the Gospel of John and I, II, III Epistles of John. Scholars say this Book is 'Johannine'.

2. It was written sometime in the first century A.D. - for our purposes it doesn't really matter exactly when.

3. It is a book of prophecy and the only work of apocalyptic literature in the New Testament.

4. Though it makes no direct quotation from the Old Testament, Revelation contains hundreds of references to symbols and images from Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Psalms, Exodus, Jeremiah, Zechariah, Amos, and Joel. Because of these allusions, it is intended to be interpreted largely in the sense that interpretations are given in the rest of canonical scripture for like images and symbols.

5. On time. Human beings are, for the most part, bound in the space-time continuum of the four dimensional (at least!) universe that we live in. God is not. God is understood to be outside of this continuum - outside of the arrow of time. Though this is not stated directly in the Book it is a significant assumption that we make going in. We must be very careful not to necessarily apply the space-time continuum to what God says or shows. Kind of like a scientist who should be careful about saying "before" or "after" when doing an experiment with quantum mechanics.

6. Revelation is the only Book in the canon that promises a blessing for those who read it. We assume that invitation extends to all people of all points of view.

7. 'Exegesis' for our purpose means that we are going to examine the meaning of the Book, verse by verse, context by context, chapter by chapter - many time resorting to search out the meaning by delving into other prior works in the canon - such forays may be long and extended. As we develop themes, we will often summarize them but only after development. All this to distiguish between approaching this work without 'worrying about the details' or 'not paying attention to the weird stuff'.

Generally, posts are going to take this form: a) We'll start with a context - a set of verses in a contextual group, b) We'll examine at least the three major interpretations for that group of verses, c) We'll examine Old Testament references (if any) for that group, d) We'll pursue my interest in a call for unity on the particular subject or context, and e) I'll venture my thoughts. In many cases getting through a particular area or context will take many posts. As always your comments are welcome.

We start in the next post.

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