Revelation
Finding a Way Through

 

“And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.”Revelation 5:6

 

“And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.”Revelation 12:3-4

 

 

Studying Revelation can be daunting.

 

As we read its pages, we find ourselves thrust into a confusing world of dragons, beasts, angels and judgements that’s so wildly different to the rest of the New Testament that we don’t know where to begin.

 

Because of this, many of us simply ignore it; spending our time in the more familiar territory of the gospels or epistles.

 

But there has been an increased fascination with Revelation in recent years. With conflict in the Middle East and the success of the “Left Behind” book series, people often ask the burning question, “Could we be living in the last days?” Could these strange and confusing images relate to events that are playing out in our own time, or should we still be looking to the future for their fulfilment?

 

But what if we’re asking the wrong questions?

 

We can often forget that Revelation is also an epistle – a letter, written to real people in a real place at a real time in history – people in a region of modern day Turkey, roughly 1900 years ago.

 

So, what would those people have made of this book? How would they have understood the imagery and symbolism that is so characteristic of these visions? How did it relate to their situation; the events that they were living through, and what was it supposed to teach them?

 

Perhaps we find Revelation so confusing because we try to make sense of it using information of events that the original audience never had.

 

Perhaps we can’t understand how it relates to us because we haven’t tried to understand how it related to them.

 

Perhaps the key to finding a way through is not in the present or the furture, but in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date Title Key Passage Sermon
13/09/15 Revelation: How and Why Should we Study it? 1:1-3
20/09/15 Encouragement for the Persecuted Church 1:4-8
27/09/15 John's Vision of the Glorified Christ 1:9-20
11/10/15 Ephesus: Where is the Love? 2:1-7
18/10/15 Smyrna: Faithful til Death - Rewarded with Life 2:8-11
25/10/15 Pergamum: God's word - the Double Edged Sword 2:12-17
08/11/15 Thyatira: Good work is no substitute for obedience 2:18-29
22/11/15

Sardis: The dangers of complacency

3:1-6
29/11/15 Philadelphia: Jesus' strength in our weakness 3:7-13
13/12/15 Laodicea: You'd better swallow your pride because Jesus won't 3:14-22
24/01/16 Be Encouraged - Be Inspired - Be in Awe 4:1-11
31/01/16 Worthy is the Lamb 5:1-14
21/02/16 What About The Rapture?

1 Thess
4:13-18

Matthew
24:36-41

13/03/16 God is Relentlessly Good 6:1-17