In this series Alan Hill surveys some of the lesser-known books of Scripture.
In Part 1 we considered how the final book of the Bible has a clear and central theme: our Lord is on the throne, and he is coming back.
We saw that the marvel of Revelation is that the entire book is for us now: it helps us now; it comforts us now; it guides us now. It is a book written for all ages and all Christians.
I also acknowledged that Revelation is a book subjected to a host of diverse interpretations by Bible-believing Christians. The four most common are the preterist, the futurist, the historicist, and the idealist views.
I suggested that combining and drawing ideas from all four of these approaches will help us understand this profound book.
But whatever your view, I repeat what I said in my first article: my desire here is not to cause controversy but to glorify Christ. My prayer is that by the end of this article, even if you disagree with its standpoint, you will join with the apostle John and say: ‘Even so, come, Lord Jesus!’
In this article we’ll look more closely at the structure of Revelation in light of my proposed framework.