Revelation is a vision of Jesus the Messiah. John focuses on the profound depths of what God has done, is doing, and will ultimately consummate in and through Jesus. A second central theme in Revelation is the role of the cross in what God has done and will accomplish. The contrast and interaction of the "New Jerusalem" and "fallen Babylon" is also a significant theme in Revelation. Videos for lectures 7, 8 and 9 are not avialable yet. Lecture 23 was recorded in audio only. 

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1 Interpretation Approaches

There is a wide range of interpretation of the book of Revelation because of the nature of visions. When John writes Revelation, he uses a pool of images that are familiar to him and his readers and we need to take into account what the images meant to people at the time.

2 Literary Analysis

Apocalyptic literature is based on the idea that the natural order is set within a larger content of a spiritual reality and that the dynamics of the spiritual realm play themselves out in the physical realm.  Apocalypse is a message from God regarding what God is about and what he is going to do.

3 Literary Analysis (pt 2)

The occasion for writing Revelation was the vision John had and the situation of the seven churches. John is trying to describe a scene in which various scenes are being played out simultaneously. John emphasizes the importance of living out your theology, as opposed to only being doctrinally correct.

State of Affairs
4 The Seven Churches

John had a vision of the Son of Man. He had a message for the church at Ephesus.

5 The Seven Churches (pt 2)

Messages for the churches at Ephesus, Smyrna and Pergamum.

6 The Seven Churches (pt 3)

Messages to the churches in Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis and Philadelphia.

7 The Seven Churches (pt 4)

A message to the church at Laodicea and a vision of Jesus as a Lamb who shares the throne with God.

8 God and the Lamb

A vision of God the creator and the redeemer Lamb.

9 Seven Seals

A vision of the seven seals.

The Problem and its Solution
10 The Seven Trumpets

A vision of the seven trumpets.

11 The Seven Trumpets (pt 2)

A vision of the seven trumpets.

12 The Seven Trumpets (pt 3)

A vision of the seven trumpets. Chronology of the origin and development of the teaching of the rapture and dispensationalism.

13 The Roots of the Cross

A vision of how the death of Jesus on the cross has made it possible for us to be in relationship to God.

14 New Jerusalem and Fallen Babylon

The description of the nature of Satan's war against God's children and in contrast to a description of God's redeemed.

15 The Seven Bowls

A vision of the seven bowls.

The Consequences
16 Fallen Babylon

A vision of fallen Babylon.

17 Fallen Babylon (pt 2)

A vision of fallen Babylon.

18 Question and Answer

Dr. Mulholland answering questions from the students.

19 The Lamb's Victory

A vision of the victory of the Lamb and discussion of the wrath of God.

20 New Jerusalem's Hope

A vision of the New Jerusalem.



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