The Book of Revelation For Dummies
Larry R. Helyer
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Are you baffled by the Book of Revelation? Understand the purpose, key themes, and symbolism of the most fascinating book in the Bible with The Book of Revelation For Dummies, an easy-to-understand guide that will help you grasp the enduring messages of Revelation and apply them to your life. You will understand what Revelation says about the past, present, and future, and how it relates to the rest of the Bible.
You will learn how this mysterious book of the Bible fits into a historical context. You’ll discover all kinds of interesting facts about the apostle John and learn about the details of his world. You will be able to choose a perspective for interpreting this book of the Bible and decipher the many haunting symbols. There is no need to read this reference guide from cover to cover; simply browse the table of contents or flip through the pages to find the answers and assistance that you need. Discover how to:
- Interpret the prophecy of the Revelation
- Place it in historical context
- Understand how it relates to other books in the Bible
- Unravel the details of the apostle John’s life and world
- Choose a perspective for understanding
- See the grander scheme of things
Complete with lists of the ten most commonly asked questions about end times and the ten rules of thumb for interpreting scripture, The Book of Revelation For Dummies will help you understand and decode one of the most perplexing books in the Bible!
through Revelation A major challenge in reading Revelation is sorting out and identifying the overall themes and messages while images — seals, trumpets, bowls, beasts, witnesses, and so on — are ever coming at you. But if you take a step back and get a solid understanding of the big picture, you can begin to dive into the details and make sense of how they all fit together. 05_045213 ch01.qxp 3/14/08 7:56 PM Page 13 Chapter 1: One Man's Visions, All Humans' Fate Although Revelation
Revelation............................63 Chapter 5: Deciphering Symbols with Your Secret Decoder Ring..............................87 Part III: Taking a Grand Tour of the Book of Revelation ............................................99 Chapter 6: Setting Up the Scope of the Book (1:1–20)...............................................101 Chapter 7: Reading the Seven Letters to Conflicted Churches (1:19–3:22) ............119 Chapter 8: Peeking into the Throne Room
holds that the “weeks” that Daniel talks about are not actual weeks but a symbolic term for years. Therefore, Daniel is talking about 70 “weeks of years,” or 490 years. Dispensationalists make this claim based on three factors: ߜ Daniel lays the groundwork for dealing with years back in Daniel 9:2, when he talks about 70 years of captivity of Israel. ߜ In Daniel 10:2–3, when he is actually referring to days, the prophet goes out of his way to add “days” to his usage of “weeks.” In the original
synagogues, implying that he was not persecuted as he did so. Further, they argue that in spite of the Jewish dominance in Jerusalem, the Jews simply didn’t have a strong influence across the empire. Finding common ground When history eventually plays out, one of the four main approaches to interpreting Revelation will, in fact, prove itself to have been the best. But until that time, Christians believe they’re simply called to faithfully seek the truth under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
twist. In this case, the one who made the will — Jesus, the Son of God — did in fact die; but he also came back to life and now bequeaths his vast estate to those who believe in him. They become joint heirs (Romans 8:17; 1 Corinthians 3:22–23). Reading the book of destiny Some things aren’t neatly accounted for, suggesting that the scroll is more than a will. After the scroll is opened (Rev. 8:1), you discover that the scroll also includes divine judgments that are poured out on unbelievers