Surviving Revelation pt 5

Surviving Revelation pt 5

Learning the Geography

Continuing a short study on the blessings, pitfalls and challenges of studying the Book of Revelation.

In the midst of the back-streets of Malaga there is an old tavern that shares the name of our eldest grand-daughter. Finding it has always been a challenge, but gradually I have developed an inner map of the old part of this city; if I have the cathedral on my left and this plaza on my right, and that monument ahead then I can find my way. 

In the same way, I remember I would look at Revelation, hoping to make some sort of sense of it’s confusing imagery. I once described it as being a spaghetti-hoop-soup with monsters lurking-within-it!

With time though, and with the help of some brilliant teachers, I now have a better understanding of its geography and it has become less fearful or confusing.

There are the inspirations of chapter one; the deep challenges of chapters two and three; the absolute awe of chapters four and five in the throne-room; the horrors of the tribulations of chapter six; the beautiful reassurances of chapter seven, and so on. 

We will need to attune ourselves to it’s rhythm: it’s high points and low points. As we familiarise ourselves with it’s highways and byways, it will offer up its truths to the diligent student.

Recently I taught an overview of the whole of the Book of Revelation to a class, from the beginning to the end. I had to cut one or two corners! It took me a whole hour and I was shattered at the end of it but it served its purpose of giving the students a geographical understanding of the whole of Revelation. 

I felt the students were then able to traverse its chapters and imagery with more confidence and were thus able to appreciate its message more clearly.  

In the days ahead I would like to put a brief overview of Revelation into my notes. 

Thank you for reading this. More tomorrow!

  • Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…
    One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 19:9 Invited
    The Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
  • Revelation 19:7 Eager Anticipation
    In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment. 
  • Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!
    I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness. 
  • Revelation 19:6 Hollering With Joy
    This side of glory, we pass through victories and defeats, as we march faithfully on. But even the most stoic and conservative amongst us might be forgiven here for ‘hollerin and a hooterin’ around the yard and throwing his hat up wildly in the air!
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