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


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.