Overview of Revelation

The first five words of the book of Revelation state its purpose and the purpose of the whole Bible. They are “The revelation of Jesus Christ”. It is not the revelation of John. He is not “John the Revelator” as some call him. He is the writer of the revelation that the Lord gave to him. It is the Lord’s testimony (Rev 1:2 & 9, 12:17, 19:10 - spirit of prophecy). The deity, authority, and victory of Jesus Christ are on full display throughout the book. Revelation 1:3 says we should read, hear, and keep what is written in this book. Some people shy away from the study of prophecy and the book of Revelation especially. They think it is too hard to understand and that it is too symbolic and the

The rapture and the second coming

The next two major events in prophecy are the rapture and the second coming of Christ. These are not the same event. This is evident by the different details of each event. Although the English word rapture is not in the KJV, the event is. In 1Thessalonians 4:17 the Greek word harpazo is translated caught up. That is also the definition of the word rapture. This event is also described in 1Corinthians 15. This whole chapter is about the essentiality of the resurrection of Christ and also about the saved will also be resurrected. Verses 15:23-28 describe the second coming when death and the Lord’s enemies will be vanquished. Then the purpose of the “sonship” of the Lord will be completed and

Signs of the times

With the advent of the internet came a great surge in the flow of information. Like most things, this has its pros and cons. Some of the pros for students of the Bible is the volume and speed of studying that used to be much more laborious and time consuming. Large and expensive study materials have been replaced with quick, free, and easy websites, articles, programs, etc. At least one con is that this also gives people who are not accurate in their interpretation a voice they would not have otherwise had, and it gives people who are not astute in their study of scripture much more opportunity to be exposed to wrong interpretations. The student of the Bible must be better than ever at disce

The 70 weeks

Daniel 9:24-27 is a prophecy about 70 weeks. Many students of prophecy consider this one the most important prophecies in the Bible. It provides a broad timeline from before 500 B.C. to the second coming of Christ, or about 2500 years. As we learned in lesson 1, the Old Testament prophets by and large did not see the church age in their visions (Rom 16:25-26, Eph 3:2-6, Col 1:26). Sometimes there are time gaps in their prophecies as a result. Isaiah and a few others mention Gentiles (Is 9:2 w. Mt 4:14-16, Is 11:10 w. Rom 15:12, Is 42:1-7 w. Mt 12:17-21, Is 49:6 & 22 w. Lk 2:32, Is 60:3-16, Is 61:6 & 9, Is 62:2, Is 66:12 & 19). Other mentions are Amos 9:12 (see Acts 15:15-17) and Malachi 1:11


Eschatology - that part of Christian theology concerned with the final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity (end-time prophecy) 1. The ultimate purpose of prophecy is to show the victory of Christ. The last book of the Bible has been called many things. One of them is “The Revelation of St. John”. However, the first five words of the book reveal not only its purpose, but the purpose of all prophecy, and indeed the whole Bible. Those words are “The revelation of Jesus Christ”. The prophecies of the Old Testament and its entire content serve to point us to Christ. Near the start of His earthy ministry Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:

This is your conscience speaking

The conscience has often been depicted as an angel sitting on one shoulder speaking into one ear telling us to do right, and a demon on the other shoulder speaking into the other ear tempting us to sin. While this is not accurate, it does describe the essence of what goes on in our conscience. We should first ask what the conscience even is before going any further. The Greek word translated conscience in the New Testament is syneidēsis, which is defined by Strong’s Concordance as “the soul as distinguishing between what is morally good and bad, prompting to do the former and shun the latter, commending one, condemning the other”. This is the only word translated as conscience in the New Tes