Observations on Revelation

Whether you are a full preterist or a full futurist, there are some very obvious truths that lend themselves to our understanding. They are as follows:

1. The sovereignty of God is on every page of the book of Revelation.

2. The Lord God of the Revelation is the triune God: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

3. Each Person of the Trinity is revealed throughout the book of Revelation.

4. Each Person of the Trinity rules over all evil, whether it is the Jewish antichrist, the       Roman antichrist, the beast out the water (Rome), the beast out the land (1st Century Israel), the false prophet (the High Priest of the Old Covenant priesthood), or Satan himself, or all of his demons (symbolic of evil in all of its forms).

5. The book of Revelation gives the people of God, whether it was the first century saints or those of us of the twenty-first century, comfort, that the Lord Jesus is the Victor over all evil.

6. There is a spiritual view of the book of revelation, that if it is not seen, we will not get the true meaning of it. In fact, if we take much of it physically, we will be lost to explain it clearly. To say that Revelation is to be spiritually understood is justified by the claims of the book in the first chapter when it says that the things revealed are signified to John, the recipient of the visions.

7. While both camps cannot agree of the dates and time statement throughout the book, I favor the early date before 70 AD. However, this does not mean that the cosmic meaning of the passage may include the fall of Rome as part of the evil kingdom of man.

8. The vindication of the People of God, whether it be in the death of Abel or a twenty-first century martyr, is in view in the righteous judgment of God poured out throughout the chapters of the book of Revelation.

9. The cosmic nature of the struggle of Good with evil must never supersede the historic fulfilment of the time statements such as soon, shortly, at hand, near, about to happen, as being relevant and directly applicable to the suffering saints of the first century. This is why the Revelation is addressed to the seven churches of Asia Minor.

10. The book of Revelation must be understood with other books of the Bible such as the book of Daniel, particularly the kingdom visions of both Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel himself, as well as the things revealed to Daniel in Chapter nine, and also in many other passages, and much of the New Testament, especially Matthew 24, and the statements in II Peter about the dissolution of the Old World and the coming of the New Heavens and the New Earth.

11. A sober and correct interpretation will always consider the Old and New Testament passages in relation to this final revelation given to the people of God. The passages in the books of I Corinthians 15 about the resurrection, and in I Thessalonians 4 about the rapture, must also be understood by the Old Testament and the book of Revelation. Also, the whole book of Galatians is about the transition period of the destruction and ending of the Old Covenant and its attendant institutions of the temple, animal sacrifice, and the Levitical priesthood lineage in the Roman destruction of the city of Jerusalem (the great Babylon, the harlot upon the back of beast…the Roman state empire).

12. All of the judgments: the breaking open of the seals in the book of Revelation, the sounding of the trumpets, and the pouring out of the bowls of wrath, are upon the first century city of Jerusalem where the Lord of glory was rejected and crucified by that evil and wicked generation. The three judgments: the seals, the trumpets, and the bowls, all repeat themselves in increasing intensity until the end of that age.

13. While much and most of the book of Revelation is about the judgment upon Jerusalem in 70 AD, throughout the book and in intervals between the judgments, that is, as each ends and before another begin, there is assurance and comfort given to the saints of the New Covenant.

14. The book of Revelation ends with blessing and curses in relation to the New Heavens, and the New Earth, and the New City, wherein, there is only blessings continuously.