Hermeneutics

Introduction to the Book of Revelation

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The New Testament opens with the four Gospels telling of the FIRST coming of Christ. The Revelation closes the New Testament with the theme of the SECOND coming of Christ. Within the confines of the book, the Second Coming of Christ and the years immediately preceding it are revealed more graphically than in any other book in the Bible.

There are many ways Revelation has been interpreted:

    1. The ALLEGORICAL or non-literal approach.

    2. The PRETERIST approach: They regard the book as a symbolic picture of early church conflicts that have been fulfilled.

    3. The HISTORICAL approach: They view the content of the book as a symbolic picture of church history in the present age.

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