“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” (Matthew 24:21). There is great misunderstanding and distrust of two key books of the Bible, with those books being Genesis and Revelation. A study of these books is not difficult. This stop along the way through the Book of Revelation will focus on key pillar support verses that God’s Holy Spirit has provided by Divine Inspiration that was given to the Apostle John. The video that is provided Dr. Jimmy De Young, will closely follow this study of the “end times,” which is known as Eschatology. Dr. De Young is a recognized scholar on the events of the end times. The following link provides information on him and the ministry that he leads. At 1:43:30 in the video time, there will be a pause of information. The discussion will continue at 1:44:15. This video is well worth saving for future references. Other videos may be provided for following discussions on the subject that we are studying.
Jimmy De Young And Prophecy Today
“Step By Step Through The Book Of Revelation.” Key pillars of “The Revelation Of Jesus Christ” will be discussed.
References: JW (Dr. John F. Walvoord, Revelation Commentary). Mine (my comments).
Revelation 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Re vs 3: The next great event on God’s prophetic calendar, the imminent return of Jesus Christ to rapture His church, is near from the standpoint of prophetic revelation and could occur at any moment. Our task is to be obedient and expectant! (JW).
Message to the Seven Churches
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— 6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.
Re vs 7: This verse relates to the second coming of Christ. He was received by a cloud at His ascension (Acts 1:9), and He will come again in the clouds of heaven (Mt 24:30; 26:64; Mk 13:26; 14:62; Lk 21:27). There is no indication that the world as a whole will see Christ at the time of His rapture (1 Thes 4:16-18, where believers will be caught up “in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” vs 17). But when Jesus comes back to establish His kingdom, all will see Him, including both those who “pierced him” and all the peoples of earth. Of course, Jesus’ crucifiers who were responsible for His death on Calvary are dead, but this term doesn’t have to be limited to them. According to Zech 12:10, the nation of Israel will look on Jesus when He returns and mourn its rejection of Him as Messiah, although many Jews will be saved during the tribulation. The wailing of the Gentile nations will, in large part, be not a cry of repentance, but one of sorrow and judgment. To this, John adds, “Even so, Amen.” This is a powerful statement of Christ’s coming and the events surrounding it. The NET Bible seeks to capture the force with the rendering, “This will certainly come to pass! Amen!” Jesus is called “the Amen” in Rev 3:14. (JW)
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Re vs 8: God now speaks, declaring Himself to be the Alpha and the Omega, the first and last letters of the alphabet. The description of the Father given in vs 4 is then repeated here, concluding with the title, “the Almighty,” a word that occurs nine times in Revelation. It is probable that vs 8 applies to Christ, even as vs 4 does to God the Father, since Christ is the eternal Second Person of the Godhead (Rev 22:12-13). (JW)
The Patmos Vision
9 I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, 11 saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
Re vs 10: John was carried beyond normal sense into a state where God could reveal supernaturally the contents of the book. Peter (Acts 10:20-11; 11:15) and Paul (Acts 22:17-18) had similar experiences. John was projected forward to the future day of the Lord as he received the revelation of the unfolding of the end times, as opposed to “Sunday,” which is also known as the Lord’s day. (JW)
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; 13 and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. 14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15 His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.
Rev vs 13: Christ is portrayed as in the middle of the lampstands, that is, in the midst of the churches. His title, “son of man,” frequently appears in the Gospels, but only twice in Revelation (here and in 14:14) The title emphasizes Jesus’s humanity and Messianic character, and He used it more than any other term to refer to Himself. (JW)
17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. 19 Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Rev vs 19: Here, we have a three-part outline of Revelation. The things referred to as having already been seen are those in Chap 1. The second division, “those [things] that are,” include Chap 2 and 3, with the seven messages of Christ to the churches. The third division, “those [things] that are to take place after this” would include the bulk of the book, comprising Chap 4-22. The advantage of this outline is that it deals in a natural way with the material. In fact, we can say that this outline is the only one that allows Rev to speak for itself without artificial manipulation, and that leads to a “futurist” interpretation. It is worth noting that practically all other approaches to Rev produce widely differing interpretations with little uniformity. The futurist school at least agrees on some of its main lines of interpretation. The “futuristic” approach, held by conservative expositors, who are premillennial, regards Rev as futuristic, beginning with Chap 4, and therefore subject to future fulfillment. The “preterist” approach adherents maintain that Rev is a record of conflicts of the early church with Judaism and paganism. The events of Rev 4-20 are viewed primarily as a description of the Jewish war, its culmination in the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, and the persecution of the early church. Preterists follow a mixture of literal and symbolical/allegorical methods of interpretation, rejecting a consistent, literal method of interpretation. Since preterists view Rev as a prophecy about the events of A.D. 67-70 for their view to be viable, Rev must have been written in A.D. 65-66. This date is highly problematic, in that full preterism holds that Jesus returned in A.D. 70 in the clouds of judgment against unbelieving Israel, and that all Biblical prophecy, including Rev, was fulfilled in A.D.70. (JW) Dr. De Walvoord’s view of preterism agrees with the comment that is provided by Dr. De Young in his video discussion. (Mine)
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