Im trying to study revelations and so far its been good. But I really could use some information on what tools or books i could use to study deep instead of just reading through it. My bible is a little out dated on it's notes and I'm hoping to get a new one for Christmas ( I hinted that to my husband lol) but for now i really could use some info on what to do. I do pretty good with studying any of the books with my bible but revelations can be a really hard one. Im also going to start reading Isaiah too because I know thats one of the books that tie into revelations.
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Hank Hannegraaff has a good book about Revelation called "Apocalypse Code". He does a good job of explaining how to read the Bible in general as well as the problems with the typical Dispensational view of Rev. 20. He addresses the pre-millennial "Left Behind" eschatology taught by people like Hal Lindsay, Tim Lahaye, and John Hagee. I have to admit that I believed that version at one point but since I have began to study the Bible more closely I reject it now. Once I found out that version was created in the 1800's by John N. Darby, I knew I had a lot to learn about Church History and the views on End Times.
Pray before you read it that the Holy Spirit will help you understand completely what he wants you to understand. Most of Revelation is straight forward. Yes, there are some apocalyptic passages in it, but for the most part Revelation is easy to read and understand. Pray with an open heart and mind and then read. God bless you. He will.
Who can explain and make for easier understanding better than the Author Himself. The Holy Spirit is always there waiting for us to ask for His help in our time of need; now there is the component of 'increasing your faith' when you have read and you have received understanding. A human intellectual source can never beat this. Each time I went into such venture in the past and I beckoned on the Holy Spirit, my own light came for my own specific circumstance and understanding.
This is a Very tough question. There are many good commentaries on all side of interpretation of this book. Hanagraff (mentioned earlier is god but a bit polemic). I suggest "Kingdom Come:The Amillennial Alternative" by Sam Storms. This is a new book with the latest scholarship. Stay away from a dispensationalist point of viewpoint. Stay away from LeHaye, Jenkins, Grant Jeffery, or anything they endorse. Use an NASB or ESV Translation. Notes in study Bibles are helpful, but they are not Scripture. Therefore stay away from Scofield or Ryrie reference bibles with notes. I like the New Geneva Study Bible (ESV) version. I like www.revelationcommentary.org
As I have said elsewhere, the phrases 'in the Spirit' (1:10; 4:2; 17:3; 21:10) and "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (19:10) are sure guides and key to understanding the book of Revelation. So pray and read, pray and read. Keep on praying and reading and then the Lord will open your understanding. Writings of other learned people is okay, but follow the good example the Berean people of Acts 17:11. Test whatever is written by human authors in the light of the Scriptures. For Bible study also remember the guidance in 1 Cor. 4:6; 2 Tim. 2:15 and 2 Jn. 1:9. Here our Lord has given a good example. It is not enough just to be able to say 'It is written', but we must also be able to say 'And again it is written' (Mt. 4:7). May the seven blessings mentioned in the book of Revelations become your portion as you devote your life to this study and to following the leading of the Spirit (1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7; 22:14).
Revelation goes hand in hand with Daniel. They both tell what will happen between their time and when Jesus comes again for us. Both books use a lot of symbols, but all the symbols that they use can be defined other places in the Bible, so the only book you need to understand Revelation is the Bible. Always use the Bible to understand the Bible. Don’t ever take something out of context and start building a belief on that. The Bible will never disagree with itself, so if someone says that something you read in the Bible means something that conflicts with other things in the Bible, then that person is wrong. The Holy Spirt will always guide you to the truth that God wants you to know. God will always answer when you ask God what something in the Bible says. Don’t ever base your belief on something that someone says or writes without knowing where in the Bible that belief is based on, and then pray with an open mind and heart for God to confirm or deny whatever belief that is through the Holy Spirit.
The absolute best way to study and understand Revelation, is to study and understand Torah. All aspects of Revelation are in Torah.
I did a Beth Moore Bible study which was very good on the book of Revelation called here and now and there and then. Plus reading alon with a study Bible is good.
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