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CMIN 301 (Su '17) T13b - Preaching Revelation

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Transcript of CMIN 301 (Su '17) T13b - Preaching Revelation

(Adapted from Zondervan Academic Resources for "Grasping God's Word)
“of Jesus Christ” – both about Jesus and
from Jesus
Preaching Revelation
Interpretive #1
Historical Context

Emperor Domitian (A.D. 81-96)
But some Christians are turning away from Christ and compromising with the world system.
Central theme:
Revelation 2-3
Promise to those who “overcome” at end of the seven messages in chapters 2-3
Revelation 12:11
Believers “overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death”
Revelation 21:7
“He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son”
A letter
An “unsealed” or open book (22:10)
"Blessed is the one who reads the words of this
, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3
(1:3; 22:6-7, 10, 18-19)
A prophetic-
“The revelation [
] of 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. Revelation 1:1
Your initial response to reading Revelation?
In this “final chapter” of the Bible, God pulls back the curtain to give his people a glimpse of his plans for human history—plans that center around Jesus.
Interpretive #2
Literary Context

The double-edged message:
Interpretive #3
The Larger Story

12:1 - 14:20 The people of God versus
the powers of evil
22:6 - 21 Conclusion
(PGW, 207ff)
Interpretive #4
OT & Historical Context

- We may know what Revelation is saying, but we may
not know what the images and symbols are referring to.
Look to the OT
historical-cultural context
Interpretive #5
Focus on the Main Idea

- Don't press all the details
- Start with the
big picture
and work toward an
understanding of the details.
Sermon keys
Preach with
- live with unanswered questions
- don't press all the details
episodes or scenes
rather than specific verses or even individual images
Preach the
themes or topics
of Revelation
- e.g., women, songs
- Help people get inside the situation
- Learn to pray for persecuted Christians
- Revelation answers the question:
Who is Lord?
- Revelation gives us the
we need to overcome.
- And in the end . . .
God wins!
“revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1)
“revelation” – unveiling or open display
Persecution of Christians is becoming more intense and widespread.
Opens and closes like a NT letter
(1:4-5; 22:21)
Whole book is a letter
Revelation is situational
Includes both
Revelation is not just about the future;
- Literature in which God promises to intervene in human
history to overthrow evil and establish his kingdom
- Intensified form of Hebrew prophecy written during a
time of crisis
- Abundance of strange and bizarre images
(picture language)
- Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah in the OT
1:1 - 3:22 Introduction
4:1 - 5:14 Vision of God and the Lamb
6:1 - 8:1 Opening of the seven seals
8:2 - 11:19 Sounding of the seven trumpets
15:1 - 16:21 Pouring out of the seven bowls
17:1 - 19:5 The judgment of Babylon
19:6 - 22:5 God’s ultimate victory
Keep the
larger purpose
of Revelation in mind
- enter the symbolic world
- provide a heavenly perspective
Resist to outdo
the book
- Don't compete with the biblical images
with your
- Warn the complacent;
- comfort the suffering
"Caesar is Lord"
"Jesus is Lord"
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