The Purpose of the Book of Revelation

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The Purpose of the Book of Revelation

Post by Jarhead on Sun May 19 2013, 06:12

This article should have the original language students among us very pleased ~ Enjoy!




The Purpose of the Book of Revelation




Introduction

Revelation is a confusing book to most
people despite the many commentaries which have been written about it.
The reason most commentaries fail to enlighten the book’s contents is
because they violate one or more of the three basic principles of sound
biblical interpretation. These are the following: 1) acceptance of the
Scriptures as God-breathed (θεόπνευστος), 2) correct placement of the
text within the framework of God’s progressive revelation, and 3) sound
and consistent hermeneutic or interpretative method.

The first word of the book is
“revelation” (ἀποκάλυψις)–hence its title. The word means to “unveil,”
or “reveal.” The first phrase of the book is (Ἀποκάλυψις Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ)
“Revelation of Jesus Christ.” The “revelation of Jesus Christ” should be
interpreted as both a subjective and an objective genitive. That is,
Revelation reveals Jesus Christ, the God of the Bible, in His role
during the Tribulation and as King of Kings (subjective genitive) and
the revelation from Jesus about the events that will transpire during
the Tribulation and afterwards (objective genitive).

God wishes us to understand His Word (cf Revelation 1.3). The goal of this study is to reveal to whom the book was written and the purpose of the book.



This study is better viewed at Don Samdahl's site: http://doctrine.org/?page_id=7666
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