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Introduction to the New Testament: Romans to Revelation - Lesson 37

Revelation (Part 4)

Revelation focuses on God's plan for cosmic history and the importance of perseverance during difficult circumstances.

Craig Blomberg
Introduction to the New Testament: Romans to Revelation
Lesson 37
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Revelation (Part 4)

Letters of John

Part 3

II. Revelation: God's Plan for Cosmic History (Part 2)

H. The Tribulation - 2 possible scenarios

1. 7 years ?

a. Powerful testimony of believers

b. Persecution of believers

2. 3 years

a. God's judgment on unbelievers

b. Powerful testimony by believers

c. Persecution by Satan of believers

3. True in both scenarios

a. Believers are exempt from God's wrath

b. Believers are not exempt from Satan's attacks

I. Christian History

1. The Church Age - "3 years"

2. Tribulation of end - "3 years"

[Notice too how similar they are]

J. Hebrew Gematria

 

     
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400
        
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90
        
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                                         NRWN
200+60+100 50+6+200+50 

K. Revelation 12-16

1. Chapters 12-14

a. The Satanic Trinity (666 < 777)

b. The State as demonic, not divine (cf. Romans 13)

c. Salvation and judgment of nations

2. Chapters 15-16

a. Final plagues - no limit

b. Believers still protected (16:2) - "eternal security?"

c. Gathering for Armageddon (16:16-17)

d. Seventh plague (v. 17) - "It is done!"

L. Revelation 17-19

1. Chapters 17-18

a. Final interlude

b. What went wrong (17)

c. Lament (18)

2. Chapter 19

3. Heavenly triumph

4. Two meals

5. Armageddon ends, before it's begun!

6. Seamless narrative into chapter 20

M. 3 Views of the Millennium

1. Premillennialism

a. Church age ending with 2nd coming

b. Millennium ending with judgment

c. New heaven and new earth

2. Amillennialism

a. Church age = millennium? - ending with 2nd coming and judgment

b. New heaven and new earth

3. Postmillennialism

a. Church age includes millennium

b. Millennium ends with 2nd coming and judgment

c. New heaven and new earth

N. Revelation 20-22

1. Chapter 20 - Two key objections to premillenialism

a. Anticlimactic?

b. Mixture of resurrected and unresurrected?

2. Chapters 21-22 - New Heavens and New Earth

a. Perfect intimacy with God (no temple)

b. Perfect Christian community

c. Key inclusions with beginning of Genesis

d. From garden to city

e. History is going somewhere

f. Ultimately only two kinds of people; which are you?


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  • Paul was trained as a Pharisee and persecuted Christians because he considered them enemies of God. After his conversion experience, he travelled in Asia Minor and Europe preaching the gospel and planting churches. Many of the letters in the New Testament are ones that he wrote to these churches.

  • Paul was trained as a Pharisee and persecuted Christians because he considered them enemies of God. After his conversion experience, he travelled in Asia Minor and Europe preaching the gospel and planting churches. Many of the letters in the New Testament are ones that he wrote to these churches.

  • Paul was trained as a Pharisee and persecuted Christians because he considered them enemies of God. After his conversion experience, he travelled in Asia Minor and Europe preaching the gospel and planting churches. Many of the letters in the New Testament are ones that he wrote to these churches.

  • A key theme in the book of Galatians is how the Law and the Gospel are related.

  • A key theme in the book of Galatians is how the Law and the Gospel are related.

  • A key theme in the book of Galatians is how the Law and the Gospel are related.

  • The return of Christ is a central theme in the letters to the Thessalonians.

  • The return of Christ is a central theme in the letters to the Thessalonians.

  • Paul addresses the extremes of asceticism and hedonism, as well as concerns regarding marriage, spiritiual gifts and the resurrection.

  • Paul addresses the extremes of asceticism and hedonism, as well as concerns regarding marriage, spiritiual gifts and the resurrection.

  • Paul addresses the extremes of asceticism and hedonism, as well as concerns regarding marriage, spiritiual gifts and the resurrection.

  • Paul responds to specific situations in the Corinthian church including emphasizing a correct perspective on giving and encouragement to see God's redemptive purpose in our suffering.

  • Paul responds to specific situations in the Corinthian church including emphasizing a correct perspective on giving and encouragement to see God's redemptive purpose in our suffering.

  • Paul wrote Romans as a systematic exposition of the gospel.

  • Paul wrote Romans as a systematic exposition of the gospel.

  • In Colossians, Paul emphasizes the deity of Christ. Philemon was written to a gentlema Paul knows to encourage him to welcome back Onesimus, his runaway slave, who became a disciple of Christ and was returning.

  • In Colossians, Paul emphasizes the deity of Christ. Philemon was written to a gentlema Paul knows to encourage him to welcome back Onesimus, his runaway slave, who became a disciple of Christ and was returning.

  • Paul describes to the followers of Jesus in Ephesus, who they are in Christ, and the ethical implications for how they should live their daily lives.

  • Paul describes to the followers of Jesus in Ephesus, who they are in Christ, and the ethical implications for how they should live their daily lives.

  • Paul contrasts the condescention and the exaltation of Christ, and addresses specific situations in the Philippian church.

  • Paul writes to encourage and instruct Timothy and Titus, both of whom are young pastors.

  • Paul writes to encourage and instruct Timothy and Titus, both of whom are young pastors.

  • Both 1 Timothy and 1 Corinthians contain key passages addressing the roles of men and women in the local church.

  • Both 1 Timothy and 1 Corinthians contain key passages addressing the roles of men and women in the local church.

  • The book of James emphasizes that people demonstrate that they have true faith in Christ by their good works.

  • The book of James emphasizes that people demonstrate that they have true faith in Christ by their good works.

  • Hebrews is written to Hebrew Christians to demonstrate how Christ fulfilled the Mosaic covenant.

  • Hebrews is written to Hebrew Christians to demonstrate how Christ fulfilled the Mosaic covenant.

  • 1 Peter encourages followers of Christ to persevere even though they face persecution.

  • 1 Peter encourages followers of Christ to persevere even though they face persecution.

  • Jude and 2 Peter both emphasize refuting false teachers.

  • Major themes in John's epistles are sin, the love of God, the humanity and deity of Jesus, and the importance of obedience.

  • Major themes in John's epistles are sin, the love of God, the humanity and deity of Jesus, and the importance of obedience.

  • Revelation focuses on God's plan for cosmic history and the importance of perseverance during difficult circumstances.

  • Revelation focuses on God's plan for cosmic history and the importance of perseverance during difficult circumstances.

  • Revelation focuses on God's plan for cosmic history and the importance of perseverance during difficult circumstances.

  • Revelation focuses on God's plan for cosmic history and the importance of perseverance during difficult circumstances.

Using the English New Testament, this course surveys the New Testament epistles and the apocalypse. Issues of introduction and content receive emphasis as well as a continual focus on the theology of evangelism and on the contemporary relevance of the variety of issues these documents raise for contemporary life.