The reader of Revelation must have a solid grasp of Old Testament theology-imagery and a working knowledge of the book’s historical context. With these two guideposts in place, the main goal of John’s letter – encouragement for the Church in difficult times – becomes easy to see and understand. It is crucial to notice that images of divine and eternal realities, i.e., the worship and proclamation described in chapter 7, are presented in the context of what is happening in this life. Inspired by God the Holy Spirit, the Beloved Disciple tells us that the way to engage in this life and make sense of it is also to consider the approaching glory.
For Your Consideration
- React to the phrase, “… a certain logic and continuity should be expected from the life that is to come.”
- How is the power of the Gospel to reach all kinds of people an encouragement to seek justice, now?
- What fundamental longies does Rev.7 echo and respond to?
- How is eternal life with Him better than “streets made out of gold”?
- What risks could you take now since His Beauty secures your resurrection? Hint: What about loving your enemies?
Briefly explain your eschatological view. Don’t have one? Research at least three, and select the one you consider closer to Scripture.