Futurist theologians look ahead, staying alert to the signs of impending divine rescue in the Rapture and divine judgement in the Great Tribulation. For futurist scholars, Revelation 14 remains a pivotal event yet to occur. #Revelation14 #Apocalypse
The four basic scholarly frames of reference will layer well with historical insight and scriptural overlay while leaving room for the possibility that John’s prophetic oracles have yet to be (completely) fulfilled.
It is one of the more mysterious and intriguing verses in John’s account.
As John watched, a paean of praise broke forth. It was only then John saw that the right hand of the One sitting upon the throne. #Revelation5 #Sevenseals #SevenSealedScroll
Seven represents all that is—the sum of the physical cosmos (the number four) and the spiritual realm (the number three). This was not unique to Judaism, but was also well-established in the Greco-Roman world.
How do we outline a book that's a letter, but also prophecy, but also apocalypse? It's the Word of the Lord, highly symbolic, yet also (in parts) plain speaking and historical.
Growing up, I did not realize good would triumph in the end. In my young life, it seemed clear evil was the stronger, and evil would prevail. Good would tragically die.
Revelation was written in the setting of Asia Minor, just off the coast of the Aegean Sea, towards the end of the first century, under the reign of Emperor Domitian.
So who did write Revelation? Can we even answer that? Thankfully, yes, to a great degree, just from what is contained within the book itself.
What approach do we take, perspective do we use, and hermeneutic do we employ when reading Revelation? It's not a slam-dunk answer.