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Revelation - Part 1

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Lesson

Letters to the Churches

God gave the apostle John a vision about churches in 7 cities at that time and prophecies about future events. John was exiled for his faith to the island of Patmos. Some of the churches were commended for their faith and some were rebuked for areas of failure and encouraged to repent and return to living their lives by loving God.

Outline

I. FACTS ON REVELATION

A. Author, 1:1,4,9, 22:8

B. Readers, 1:4

C. Date of Writing

D. Historical Setting, 1:9, 2:10,13, 6:9

E. Purpose & Theme, 19:10

II. INTERPRETIVE VIEWPOINTS

A. Preterist [ie. "past time"] Viewpoint

B. Idealist Viewpoint

C. Historicist Viewpoint

D. Futurist Viewpoint, 1-3 is historical, chapters 4-22 events in the prophetic future.

1. Correlates with other prophetic works.

2. Recognizes a future for Israel

3. Recognizes that some events in Revelation have not taken place yet.

III. THE THINGS SEEN, 1

A. Introduction, 1:1-3

1. The source and subject, 1a

2. The nature of the revelation, 1b

3. Value of the Revelatio,n 3

B. Salutation, 1:4-8

1. Dedication, 5b-6

2. Theme, 7-8

IV. THE VISION OF CHRIST, 1:9-20

A. The Circumstances of the Vision, 1:9-11

1. The exiled apostle, 9

2. Instruction to John, 10-11

B. The Content of the Vision, 1:12-16

1. Position of Christ, 12-13a

2. Picture of Christ, 13b-16

C. Consequences of the Vision, 1:17-20

1. Encouragement, 17-18

2. Exhortation, 19

3. Interpretation, 20

V. THE THINGS WHICH ARE, 2-3

A. To Ephesus, 2:1-7

B. Smyrna, 2:8-11

C. Pergamum, 2:12-17

D. Thyatira, 2:18-29

E. Sardis, 3:1-6

F. Philadelphia, 3:7-13

E. Laodicea, 3:14-22