This study of the book of Revelation uses the vantage point of comparing earlier prophetic writings to help understand and interpret John's message to the early Christians. In other words, in this course we look at this book from a 1st century Christian perspective.

 

We want to let the Bible do the interpreting, rather than another man or religious organization. Doesn't mean we'll know everything about it, but at least we'll have more answers, lest confusion and a greater sense of security. That's what the 1st century Jesus followers got out of it.

Lesson 1 - An Overview

In Lesson One Joe Works presents an overview and gives us tips and keys that will help with understanding this controversial book. Since John wrote his letter to Christians living in the 1st century, we take the perspective of looking at from their vantage point.

 

In this overview we briefly look at things like the timing of the book, and a little bit about intent. In later lessons more time will be spent on these things.

 

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Lesson 2 - Introduction Chapter 1

  • Keys to understanding the book
  • Timing of the book
  • The situation of the Saints in the 1st Century
  • The overriding theme: Victory
  • A Johannine Theme: Victory
  • No More Tears
  • John meets Jesus
  • The Ascended King
  • Q&A from the audience

 

 

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Lesson 3 - Chapters 2 & 3

  • Ephesus who tested apostles
  • Smyrna who was poor, yet rich
  • Pergamos where Satan reigns
  • Thyatira with Jezebel
  • Sardis with their spiritual zombies
  • Philadelphia had the key of David
  • Laodicea was neither hot nor cold

 

 

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Lesson 4 - Chapters 4 & 5

  • Heavenly Worship
  • Believe in God, believe also in Me
  • The Throne Scene
  • Who is Worthy?
  • The Conqueror
  • Conquering Lion/Slain Lamb
  • Response to Redemption
  • Seeing Jesus in Our Midst

 

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Lesson 5 - Chapters 6 & 7

So, lets see. We have 144,000 on the Earth who 1st must be sealed before the four horses do their thing. Then we have an innumerable set of individuals who were once from the Earth, but now present before the throne in heaven, who apparently don't need the seal. Interesting. And this is after the 'souls under the altar' ask the Lord, "How long before . . ."

 

Is chapters 6 & 7 an answer to their question? Hmm, this might make sense. But only if we look at it from the vantage point of those who John wrote this letter to. Exclusively to Jesus followers in the 1st century.

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Lesson 6 - Chapters 8 & 9

  • The Seventh Seal
  • Seven Trumpets
  • Fire from Heaven
  • Four Trumpet Blasts
  • Fifth Trumpet - Woe to the Unsealed
  • Sixth Trumpet - An Army Unleashed

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Lesson 7 - Chapters 10 & 11

  • Seven Thunders Speak
  • Eating the Book
  • 2 Witnesses, 2 Olive Trees and 2 Lampstands
  • The 7th Trumpet Sounds

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Lesson 8- Chapters 12 & 13

  • A Child is Born
  • War in Heaven
  • Offspring of the Woman
  • The Sea Beast
  • The Beast that was, and is not

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Lesson 9- Chapters 13 & 14

  • The Land Beast
  • The Lamb & His Flock
  • Announcement of What is to Come
  • Revelation 15-22 Outline
  • A Tell of Two Reapings

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Lesson 10- Chapters 15 & 16

  • Angels & Plagues
  • God Alone is Holy
  • A Smoke-Filled Room
  • Seven Bowls
  • Armageddon

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Lesson 11- Chapters 17 & 18

  • Judgment of the Harlot
  • Who is She?
  • Harlots of the Bible
  • Telling A Mystery
  • The Mystery Revealed
  • A Titanic Moment
  • A Tale of Two Responses
  • A Stone's Throw
  • Silence & Darkness
  • Sequential or Repetitive?

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Lesson 12- Chapters 19 & 20

  • If anyone worships the Beast . . .
  • Invited for supper: Part 1
  • Rider on the White Horse
  • Invited for supper: Part 2
  • Satan bound . . . Saints live and reign
  • What is the meaning of the 1000 years?
  • A Great Judgment - comparing Dan 7 with Rev 20
  • When Revelation reveals

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Lesson 13- Chapters 21 & 22

If Revelation - Chapters 21 & 22 Outline:

  • Dwelling With God
  • New Heavens and New Earth
  • New Jerusalem
  • Tabernacle of God is With Men
  • The Lamb's Wife, a Great City

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