Reading through Revelation – Solid advice I stumbled upon




Brethren, here is something I found while preparing my next post on Revelation. Lord bless your labors for the Lord Jesus, our Beloved!


2 Timothy 3:16

NASB

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

2 Peter 1:19-21

19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.


“Prolonged Study Needed for the Understanding of This Book. Because of its symbolism, its saturation with Old Testament passages and themes, the various schemes of interpretation that have developed concerning this book through the ages, and the profundity and vastness of the subjects that are here unveiled, I believe that the Apocalypse, above every other book of the Bible, will yield its meaning only to those who give it prolonged and careful study. Professor William Milligan has challengingly reminded us that, ‘The book is there, and it must either be excluded from the N.T., or the Church must continue her struggle to comprehend it until she succeeds in doing so. Consider – 1. In the first place, that we start with the supposition – a supposition denied by none of those to whom these lectures are addressed – that the Revelation of St. John is part of the Word of God. This consideration settles the whole question. The simple fact that a book has been given by the Almighty to man constitutes man’s obligation to make every effort to understand it. It may be hard to do so. We may be long defeated. Not less is the effort one that we are to make; using all the appliances in our power, and watching, if we still feel that we are in darkness, for the first symptoms of light. Nothing is more certain than that had it not been intended that we should use this book, the Exalted Redeemer would not have given it by revelation to His servant John’ (Lectures On the Apocalypse, p. 4).”

The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, 1962, pp. 1500-1501.


 

19 thoughts on “Reading through Revelation – Solid advice I stumbled upon

  1. Maria, your obvious thirst for Knowledge of God and His revealed truth is obvious from your own posts. I have chapter in the book titled, Understanding Revelation, I begin on the first page with the following which is my own observation after much study.
    The Revelation in my thinking, only reaffirms the oneness of Jew and Gentile as taught in scripture. It exposes the world totally corrupted by the fall of Satan, and covers a time period from that fall through the birth of Messiah; and extends through to the end of this age and beyond.
    I then end the chapter with the following: Revelation is historic, and it is specific to future events. It is allegorical and it is literal to His plan for His creation and, more specifically, for His people in creation. It is awesome in its revealing of His judgments and final wrath, and of His love and final rewards.
    There of course is more, much more, but this kinda helps one know where I stand with its interpretation. I am neither historically bound, nor am I completely in the literal camp, because the Revelation is not bound by either.
    Thanks Maria, for what you do here.

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  2. The first 3 verses of Revelation 1 lays the foundation of its interpretation. From this we answer Scripture with Scripture:

    Revelation 1:1-3 (KJV) The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

    Love the third verse! Why “keep” these things except that this Book unfolds before us both in enlightening our mind of understanding and in seeing these things unfolding in history, assuring us of its future fulfillment. \o/

    Have a blessed day, Maria!

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    • Sherry, these things are true. It’s also true that we can be misled and can’t understand all of Scripture on our own, but need one another and those whom God has sent to help us:

      2 Peter 3
      14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

      Talk back please, sister…
      \o/

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      • Oh, yes! I agree! But whoever we look to we still must make sure they are following the foundation of those verses. They should show us Scriptures answering to Scriptures.

        Have a blessed evening, Maria! And keep up the good work that you do! What you told me on the phone the other day was an answer to a prayer I had made the day before. It makes so very much sense! \o/

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        • You’re right, Sherry, that these verses are foundational!

          The origin of this Message,
          The content,
          The timeframe
          The blessing in keeping it!

          A while back, I heard of a seminary prof whose students implored him to teach a class on Revelation. He refused to until he had studied it carefully. Ten years later he said he was ready to teach through it. Whether it is your first reading or twentieth it yields up treasures.

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  3. Hey Maria,

    I just did an update post on Daddy and wanted to let you know. For some reason Maria your soul has been with me throughout these past several months. Also, thank you for your prayers. Love and God Bless, SR

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