2021 - 2022           The Book of Revelation

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Trinity Fellowship's Tuesday Night Bible Study is led by Stefan Matzal. During the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022, we worked our way through the book of Revelation. The overall schedule for the year can be found at this link.

Week Twenty-Three (May 24, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 22:10-21.

The marked-up text of Rev. 22:10-21 can be found here.

The diagram of the entire book of Revelation can be found here.

The diagram of Rev 4-16 can be found here.

Stefan's 12-point summary of the theology of Revelation can be found here.

This session was recored; please contact Stefan for the recording.

Week Twenty-Two (May 17, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 22:1-9.

The marked-up text of Rev. 22:1-9 can be found here.

Discussion of views regarding the rapture.

Here are links to the rapture views diagram and chart.

I also referenced the millennial views again; that diagram can be found here.

This session was recorded; contact Stefan for the recording.

Week Twenty-One (May 10, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 21:9-27.

The marked-up text of Rev. 21:9-27 can be found here.

The chart of parallels between Rev. 17:1-3 and Rev. 21:9-10 can be found here.

Week Twenty (May 3, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 21:1-8

The marked-up text of Rev. 21:1-8 can be found here.

Ian Paul's proposed chiastic arrangement of Rev. 21:1-5 can be found here.

Week Nineteen (Apr 26, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 20.

The marked-up text of Rev. 20 can be found here.

The chart of Premillennialism and Amillennialism can be found here

Week Eighteen (Apr 5, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 19:11-21.

The marked-up text of Rev. 19:11-21 can be found here.

Week Seventeen (Mar 29, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 19:1-10.

The marked-up text of Rev. 19:1-10 can be found here.

Week Sixteen (Mar 22, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 18.

The marked-up text of Rev. 18 can be found here.

Week Fifteen (Mar 15, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 17.

The marked-up text of Rev. 17 can be found here.

Week Fourteen (Mar 8, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 15 - 16.

The marked-up text of Rev 15-16 can be found here.

Week Thirteen (Feb 15, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 14.

The marked-up text of Rev 14 can be found here.

The diagram of the structure of Rev. 4 - 16 can be found here.

Week Twelve (Feb 8, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 13.

The marked-up text of Rev 13 can be found here.

Week Eleven (Feb 1, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 12.

The marked-up text of Rev 12 can be found here.

A simple summary of the basic storyline of Rev 12 can be found here.

A difficult interpretive issue is trying to understand the timing of Satan being cast out of heaven. Two options are presented here.

Week Ten (Jan 25, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 10-11.

The marked-up text of Rev 10-11 can be found here.

Week Nine (Jan 18, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 8-9.

The marked-up text of Rev 8-9 can be found here.

I created a chart representing the somewhat-chronological unfolding of the seven seals, trumpets, and bowls of Rev 6-16. My reading of the text is that the seventh seal consists of the seven trumpets, and that the seventh trumpet consists of the seven bowls. That understanding is visualized in this chart.

Week Eight (Jan 11, 2022)

Discussion of Rev. 7:1 - 8:1. To understand the significance of the sealing (Rev 7:2-3), see Rev. 9:4.

One key question is whether the 144,000 is a reference to ethnic Jews or if it is using Israelite language to talk about the church (Jew and Gentile) in general. I used this chart to talk about that question.

The marked-up text of Rev 7 can be found here.

At the beginning of the study, I showed the diagram of the structure of Rev. 4-16 which you can find here.

Week Seven (Nov 9, 2021)

Discussion of Rev. 6.

During the study I showed a chart depicting a part of Mark 13, which you can find here.

Week Six (Nov 2, 2021)

Discussion of Rev. 5.

The marked-up text of Rev. 5 is available here.

Week Five (Oct 26, 2021)

Discussion of Rev. 4.

The marked-up text of Rev. 4 is available here.

Two quotations about the theology of Revelation can be found here.

Week Four (Oct 19, 2021)

Discussion of Rev. 3.

The marked-up text of Rev. 3 is available here.

(The Bible study did not meet on Oct 12).

Week Three (Oct 5, 2021)

Discussion of Rev. 2.

The marked-up text of Rev. 2 is available here.

Week Two (Sept 28, 2021)

Discussion of Rev. 1:9-20.

The marked-up text of Rev. 1:9-20 is available here.

A map showing the locations of Patmos and the seven churches can be found here.

A chart showing different interpretations of Revelation 1:19 is available here.

Week One (Sept 21, 2021)

Introduction to Revelation, and a discussion of Rev. 1:1-8.

The marked-up text of Rev. 1:1-8 is available here.

A simple diagram of the structure of the entire book of Revelation can be found here.

Notes about the structure of Revelation, the theology of Revelation, and the theme of Rev. 1:1-8 can be found here.

Introduction

There are three major approaches to the book of Revelation. (1) The "past tense" view sees much of the content of Revelation as referring to or being fulfilled in events that took place in the first century AD, especially those events surrounding the destruction of the temple in AD 70. (2) The "timeless truths" view is not very concerned with pinning the events described in the book to any particular set of events in human history, past or future, but is instead interested in the principles for Christian living found in the book. (3) The "future tense" view sees much of the book of Revelation as describing events that are still future to us today.

 

I think that in light of, for example, the phrase, "what must take place after this" in Rev. 4:1, the future tense view is the best view. However, the other two views are important because they remind us that Revelation was written to Christians in the first century and meant something to them in their context. The book was intended first of all to call Christians to persevering faith and behavior in the face of opposition from the world. We need to hear this message today as well. The future comes into play because Christ's future victory over all evil encouraged the original readers and encourages us today to not assimilate to the patterns of the world, but instead to live courageously in light of future vindication.

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