2021 - 2022           The Book of Revelation

Details

Trinity Fellowship's Tuesday Night Bible Study is led by Stefan Matzal. We meet in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 7pm. You may also participate via Zoom. Contact Stefan if you need the Zoom link. Each week we will both discuss a portion of Revelation together and share prayer requests and pray together. The overall schedule for the year can be found at this link.

Currently, the Bible study is taking a break for the holidays; we will meet next on Jan 11, 2022, at which time we will consider Revelation 7:1 - 8:1.

Week Seven (Nov 9, 2021)

Discussion of Rev. 6.

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

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

This session was recorded; contact Stefan for the recording.

Week Six (Nov 2, 2021)

Discussion of Rev. 5.

This session was recorded; contact Stefan for the recording.

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

Week Five (Oct 26, 2021)

Discussion of Rev. 4.

This session was recorded; contact Stefan for the recording.

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.

This session was recorded; contact Stefan for that recording.

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.

This session was recorded; contact Stefan for that recording.

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. 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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