About this Commentary

 

What I am going to present here is a condensed version of many years of comprehensive study of the book of Revelation.

 

For more than 10 years, our church launched into an intensive and thorough study the book of Revelation. At the time, there were a vast number of interpretations of this book, and it was difficult to determine which interpretations were correct and which were not. For that reason, we decided to start a comprehensive study that did not rely on any of the available commentaries. We wanted to independently analyze the book, although we were familiar with most of the mainstream commentaries of the book of Revelation.

 

The main reason for doing it this way was to free ourselves from accepting a particular viewpoint without thoroughly checking it. Besides, which one should we pick? And how do we know that the one we choose is the right one? Our choice didn’t make it easier to study, but then that was the point.

 

Thus, our approach in studying the book was as follows:

 

  • Careful study of the book. Every week we agreed to each read the book 7 times before we would meet for our weekly discussions.
  • Check any ideas and thoughts against the context of the passage and against other verses in Scripture—to make sure there are no contradictions (because God cannot contradict Himself).
  • Study the book in a small group setting.
  • Ask the Lord to help us understand the book of Revelation.

 

We found a number of advantages to group discussions when studying the Revelation:

 

Everyone participated, and thus thoughts and ideas are thoroughly evaluated and discussed before a conclusion is drawn.

 

Since we all have distinct personalities and may look at things at slightly different angles, the discussions helped us to see many more details and make the revealed truth more “wholesome” and complete.

 

In addition to the above mentioned approach, we also decided to establish timeframe of main events before looking into details. This ended up being the key to our understanding of the book of Revelation.

 

The book of Revelation is full of symbols which can be difficult to understand. Many of these symbols can only be understood within a correctly established context of events. Thus it was important to first build a sequence of the main events described in the book. Only then could we look into the details in the light of the established context.

 

After all the time we spent in studying this book, we were able, as a minimum, to understand the purpose of this book, the main events described in this book, and their sequence.

 

The Book of Revelation - Overview

 

The book of Revelation can be divided into six distinct and chronologically placed parts:

 

  1. Introduction and purpose of this book (Chapter 1)
  2. The letters to the seven churches in Asia (Chapter 2 and 3)
  3. Around God’s throne (Chapter 4 and 5)
  4. The Great Tribulation and Second Coming of Christ (Chapters 6 to 19)
  5. The one thousand year kingdom of Christ on earth (Chapter 20, verses 1 to 10)
  6. The Final judgment and eternity (Chapter 20, verse 11 onward to Chapter 22)

 

I am going to present in these writings a much shortened version of many years of studying the book. I will concentrate primarily on the events around the Second Coming of our Lord and the Great Tribulation. These events cover most of the book, from Chapter 6 to 19, and are of the greatest significance to us as Christians while also being among the most controversial passages among Christians today. I am also planning to show how some of the modern day interpretations don’t always agree with what the Scriptures actually tell us.

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