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					The Revelation
Introduction Part 2
Kirby Woods Baptist Chruch
August 23, 2009
Fritz Baker

Review:
"The revelation of Jesus Christ." [The word "Revelation"] is not plural. It is not
"Revelations" - it is singular. This is a message that's meant to be understood.
This is not a message to be hidden.

The book also promises a blessing and is the only book in the Scriptures that
promise:
    A blessing to the reader and the speaker:
    A blessing to those who hear this.
    A blessing particularly to those who keep the message.
    A blessing to those who believe and those keep these things and watch
      for these things to happen.

Now, who made the message and who sent the message? It's the unveiling of
the Apocalypse, the unveiling of the Lord Jesus Christ. God gave the message.
He gave it to the Lord Jesus; the Lord Jesus gives it to the Angels who are the
messengers. The Angels give it to the apostle John, and the apostle John gives
it to his servants. The servants are those who receive it - that's us! The servants
are those who trusted Christ those who believe that Jesus of Nazareth is exactly
who he said He was. We are his servants. We are compelled to follow what the
Lord Jesus has given us.

Homiletics

   1. The Golden Rule of Interpretation:
   2. The Law of Double Reference. (not double fulfillment)

Today’s Lesson, the remaining hermeneutical laws
    3. The Law of Recurrence.
This law states that in some passages there would be a chronology discussed
and then in subsequent passages there will be a return to a portion of the first
section with an expounded or an expanded text. We see that in Genesis 1:1 -
2:3 that records the seven days of creation. Right after that, from Genesis 2:4 -
25 it goes back to the sixth day and it adds all kinds of details about Adam and
Eve and creation. So the same thing happens in the book of Revelation.
Chapter 6 through 16 deals with the chronological sequence of the events of the
Tribulation and ends with Armageddon and the Second Coming. Then, Chapter
17 and 18 follow this “law of recurrence." Chapter 17 provides additional detail
about the first half of the tribulation and Chapter 18 about the second half of the
tribulation.

   3.5 [Not taking scriptures out of order]
No one breaks this law with the creation of the planet, Or with the first coming of
Christ. The days are in order, events are not spiritualized such as where Christ
was from: Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazarene.

    4. The Law of Context
This law states that a text apart from its context is a pretext. (Or reason)
A verse can only mean what it means in its context and must not be taken out of
its context.

If there is a verse within a passage and that verse is being referred to within the
context, if you want to reuse that verse someplace else, it is inappropriate to take
that verse and put it someplace else and assign to it a different meaning. People
frequently do that saying, "I'm claiming this verse is for me." "I like that verse."
But the verse in its context is entirely different than what the individual wants it to
be.

[Out of Context Examples]
Here is an example from Zechariah 13:6 where when the verse is taken from its
context, it can have an unintended meaning:

And [one] shall say unto him, What [are] these wounds in thine hands?
Then he shall answer, [Those] with which I was wounded [in] the house of
my friends.

Out of its context, this verse looks like it could be a Messianic verse.

The common saying - You can prove anything by the Bible” - is only true when
the four basic principles of Biblical interpretation are violated.

Hermeneutics and interpretation must be equally applied to all parts of Scripture.

 [Inconsistent Hermeneutics]
Some theologians use proper hermeneutics for prophesy that has already been
fulfilled. But. when they get into unfulfilled prophecy or that which is yet future,
they change the meaning of the words, giving a meaning to the text that words
don't give us. They assign different meanings to the words than what the context
of the text is saying.

Reading into the Bible.
We must not read through a particular lens of theology. Idiomatic Phrases
[The Bible is full of idiomatic phrases. Without a complete understanding of how
a phrase was used at the time the words were written, we will not know what they
mean and we will apply our own definitions for the words, sentences, and
phrases that that we come across that God didn’t give to them].

What’s an idiomatic phrase? It is a phrase used in a culture in a specific period
of time having understandable meaning to the people at that time. An idiomatic
phrase used outside of its time can be confusing and indiscernible to those who
hear it without proper understanding of it usage We frequently use idiomatic
phrases in our own language.

Somebody who doesn’t know these idiomatic phrases would need to figure it out
in order to gain understanding of what we are talking about. The same thing is
true with the Hebrew languages; there are lots of idiomatic phrases. The Greek
language has less of them and the Hebrew has more. We need to understand
how the idiomatic phrase enhance or clarifies the meaning of the text we are
reading. We will be learning a lot more about idiomatic phases.

The Whole Council of God
There is a story line that runs throughout the Bible – [from bookend to
bookend]. It starts with creation and flows throughout the Scripture and
necessarily ends with the re-establishment of the Eternal Order that is revealed
in the book of the Revelation. Without the proper placement of this book at the
end of all things, the Bible has no complete story to tell and more confusion is
added. Satan then has accomplished one of his goals, to continue to cause
doubt regarding God’s Word (Gen 3:4),

It's important to realize that there are 66 books in the Scriptures. There are over
40 authors. The Bible was written over a period of approximately 1,650 years
from people that didn't know each other for the most part. They lived on four
separate continents. They lived in North Africa. They lived in Asia Minor. They
lived in the Middle East and in Europe. In many instances, they didn't know each
other because they existed generations apart.

The book of Revelation puts the entire Bible in focus. There are 404 verses in
this book and it references over 550 verses in the Old Testament. It is very
relevant. We will be spending much time with the Old Testament Prophets to
help us understand this book.

Start of Lesson 2

The Beginning of The Last Days:

Only the Biblically illiterate fail to see that we are in the “Last Days.”

The Last Days began with the First World War as Christ said in the Olivet
Discourse. Nation rising against Nation and Kingdom against Kingdom” is a
Jewish idiomatic phrase, which means a conflict in the total region under
discussion. In the Olivet Discourse He was discussing the events surrounding
His Second Coming, which pertain to the entire world. Matthew records our
Lord’s words with respect to the beginning of the end or as the Bible states the
beginning of the latter days.

IT IS HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE TO RESORT TO GUESSWORK REGARDING
THE SYMBOLS AND IDIOMATIC PHRASES IN THE BIBLE. GOD GIVES US
EXPLANATIONS IF WE LOOK.
Mat 24:7-8
 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and
there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.

According to all three Gospel writers, the sign of the end of the age is said to be
when nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. This act will
be coupled with famines and earth quakes in various places. Yeshua clearly
stated that this would be the beginning of travail (sorrows). The term travail
means “birth pang”. It refers to the series of birth pangs that a woman undergoes
before giving birth to a baby.

The prophets pictures the last days as a series of birth pangs before the birth of
the Messianic Age. The beginning of travail, the first birth pang and the sign that
the end of the age has begun is when nation rises against, nation and kingdom
against kingdom. It is important to find out just exactly where and how this idiom
is used in the Bible. It is used in at least two OT passages.

First it is found in:

Isaiah 19:1-4
   1. The burden of Egypt. Behold, Jehovah rideth upon a swift cloud, and
       cometh unto Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall tremble at his
       presence; and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.
   2. And I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall
       fight every one against his brother, and every one against his
       neighbor; city against city, [and] kingdom against kingdom.
   3. And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it; and I will destroy
       the counsel thereof: and they shall seek unto the idols, and to the
       charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
   4. And I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord; and a
       fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.

Here the land of Egypt is in view and the idiom points to a conflict all over the
land of Egypt as the nation is engrossed in a civil war.

Second it is found in:
II Chronicles 15:1-7:
    1. And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
    2. and he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa,
       and all Judah and Benjamin: Jehovah is with you, while ye are with
       him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake
       him, he will forsake you.
    3. Now for a long season Israel was without the true God, and without a
       teaching priest, and without law:
   4. But when in their distress they turned unto Jehovah, the God of
      Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
   5. And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to
      him that came in; but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of
      the lands.
   6. And they were broken in pieces, nation against nation, and city
      against city; for God did vex them with all adversity.
   7. But be ye strong, and let not your hands be slack; for your work shall
      be rewarded.

In this passage it is the Middle East that is in view. The idiom points to conflict all
over the Middle East.

In the Olivet Discourse it is the whole world that is in view. This is clear from
Matthew 24: 14; 21; 30 and 31, hence the idiom refers to a worldwide conflict.
This world wide conflict is the first birth pang, signifying that the end of the age or
the last days have begun.

Local wars between a few nations (wars and rumors of wars) would not indicate
that the end had begun. He said that when there is ”nation against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom,” this will mean the end of the age has begun.

The Jewish usage of these statements. This expression used in the Olivet
Discourse is a Hebrew idiom for a world war. Remember Jesus is Jewish and all
the writers of the Bible were Jewish. Even if the New Testament was written
Greek, the men were all steeped in the Jewish culture, which they knew and by.

The “Zohar Chadash” states:

“At that time wars shall be stirred up in the world. Nation shall be against nation
and city against city; much distress shall be renewed against the enemies of the
Israelites.”

The Bereshit Rabbah states:

“If you shall see the kingdoms rising against each other in turn, then give heed
and note the footsteps of the Messiah (XLII:4)

The Rabbis clearly taught that a worldwide conflict would signal the coming of the
Messiah. Yeshua corrected this idea slightly, for He said that when the world war
occurs, while it does not signal the coming of the Messiah, it will signal that the
end of the age has begun. These birth pangs that Yeshua talked about are the
same as the footsteps the rabbis talked about. The “footsteps of the Messiah had
to do with a series of events that lead up to the coming of the Messiah

World War I, 1914-1918, was the fulfillment Matthew 24:7, for that was the
first time the entire world was at war. As virtually all historians agree, World War
II was merely a continuation of World War I. Furthermore; both world wars had a
decisive impact on Jewish history. World War I gave impetus to the growth of the
Zionist movement, and World War II let to the re-establishment of the Jewish
State.

Since WW I, history has entered the last days. However, the last days are an
extended period of time. We do not know when the end of the “Last Days” will
occur. The last days are a period that includes the consummation of the church
age and the Great Tribulation. The period of the last days up to the beginning of
the Tribulation is unrevealed in Scripture. The Great Tribulation is seven years
long.

The sign that the end of the age has begun is the worldwide conflict fulfilled by
World War I and World War II.

Jesus does describe these calamities as the beginning of sorrows, which is
literally the beginning of labor pains; the idea is implying an increase of intensity
and frequency in these calamities and in giving birth to a new age – the
Messianic Kingdom.

The Outline of the Book of Revelation:

The outline is actually summarized by the Book of Revelation itself in verse 1:19.
Rev 1:19
      Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and
      the things which shall be hereafter;

The verse divides the Book of Revelation into three sections; the things John
saw; the things, which are; and the things, which must come to pass hereafter.
This outline follows the outline summary given in this verse.

Introduction – 1:1-3
Salutation – 1:4-8
       I. The Things John Saw – 1:9-20
               A. The Glorified Son of Man – 1:9-11
               B. The Revelation – 1:12-16
               C. The Interpretation – 1:17-20
       II. The Things Which Are – 2:1 – 3:22
               A. Ephesus – 2:1-7
               B. Smyrna – 2:8-11
               C. Pergamum – 2:12-17
               D. Thyatira – 2:18-29
               E. Sardis – 3:1-6
               F. Philadelphia – 3:7-13
               G. Laodicea – 3:14-22
       III. The Things Which Must Come To Pass Hereafter – 4:1-22:21
               A. Events in Heaven Preceding the Great Tribulation – 4:1-5:14
                      1. The Throne of God – 4:1-11
                      2. The Lamb and the Seven Sealed Scroll – 5:1-14
               B. The Great Tribulation – 6:1-18:24
                   1.The First half -6:1-9:21
                         a. The Seal Judgments – 6:1-17
                         b. The 144,000 Jews and the Worldwide Revival –
7:1-17
                           c. The Trumpet Judgments – 8:1-9:21
                    2. The Events of the Middle of the Tribulation – 10:1-14:20
                           a. The Little Book – 10:1-11
                           b. The Tribulation Temple – 11:1-2
                           c. The Two Witnesses – 11:3-14
                           d. The Seventh Trumpet – 11:15-19
                           e. Israel in the Tribulation – 12:1-17
                           f. The Beast from the Sea – 13:1-10
                           g. The Beast from the Earth – 13:11-18
                           h. Midtribulation Announcements – 14:1-20
                    3. The Second Half – 15:1 – 16:21
                           a. The Prelude – 15:1-8
                           b. The Bowl Judgments – 16:1-21
                    4. Recurrence: The Two Babylons – 17:1 – 18:24
                           a. Ecclesiastical Babylon (First Half) – 17:1-18
                           b. Political Babylon (Second Half) – 18:1-24
             C. The Second Coming and the Aftermath – 19:1 – 20:3
                    1. Prelude to the Second Coming – 19:1-10
                    2. The Second Coming – 19:11-18
                    3. The Campaign of Armageddon – 19:19
                    4. Antichrist and the False Prophet – 19:20
                    5. The Gentiles – 19:21
                    6. The Binding of Satan – 20:1-3
             D. The Messianic Kingdom – 20:4-6
                    1. The Reign of Messiah – 20:4
                    2. The First Resurrection – 20:5-6
             E. The Aftermath – 20:7-14
                    1. The Last Revolt - 20:7-10
                    2. The Great White Throne Judgment – 20:11-14
             F. The Eternal Order – 21:1 - 22:5
                    1. The Passing of the Old Order and the Creation of the New
–                                  21:1-8
                    2. The Eternal New Jerusalem – 21:9 – 22:5
                           a. The Establishment of the City – 21:9-10
                           b. The Description of the City – 21:11 – 22:5
Conclusion – 22:6-9
    A. The Authentication – 22:6-9
    B. Declarations in the Light of the Revelation – 22:10-15
    C. The First Affirmation – 22:16
    D. The Invitation – 22:17
    E. The Warning – 22:18-19
    F. The Second Affirmation – 22:20
    G. The Benediction – 22:21
Credits to:
Dan Woodhead
First Baptist Church, Pentwater Michigan
Scofield Prophecy Studies

				
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