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Learn to read the Bible's scariest book. It's not the End of the World. It's a message of hope to Christians struggling to stay faithful in a faithless culture. Week 1 is an introduction and analysis of Chapter 1.

Hear the lesson at jrforasteros.com or search for the podcast on iTunes under JR. Forasteros.

Learn to read the Bible's scariest book. It's not the End of the World. It's a message of hope to Christians struggling to stay faithful in a faithless culture. Week 1 is an introduction and analysis of Chapter 1.

Hear the lesson at jrforasteros.com or search for the podcast on iTunes under JR. Forasteros.

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Revelation Week 1 - Introduction and Chapter 1 - JR. Forasteros

  1. 1. The Revelation to John Welcome! Please take one of each of the papers laid out by the sink!
  2. 2. Experiences with the Text • Introduce yourself • What experience do you have with the Revelation? • What do you hope to gain from this study?
  3. 3. Reading the Revelation • Put away our lenses • Principle: The Text can never mean what it never meant. • A brief history of Inspiration
  4. 4. Reading the Revelation "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near." -- Revelation 1:1-3 (NRS)
  5. 5. Reading the Revelation “Revelation” = Apokaluyj (Apocalypsis) It means “to unveil” or “an unveiling” "The revelation APOCALYPSIS (unveiling) of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near." -- Revelation 1:1-3 (NRS)
  6. 6. Reading the Revelation An apocalypse is a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation, and spatial, insofar as it involves another, supernatural world.
  7. 7. Reading the Revelation An apocalypse is a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation, and spatial, insofar as it involves another, supernatural world.
  8. 8. Reading the Revelation An apocalypse is a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation, and spatial, insofar as it involves another, supernatural world.
  9. 9. Reading the Revelation An apocalypse is a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation, and spatial, insofar as it involves another, supernatural world.
  10. 10. Reading the Revelation An apocalypse is a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation, and spatial, insofar as it involves another, supernatural world.
  11. 11. Reading the Revelation An apocalypse is a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation, and spatial, insofar as it involves another, supernatural world.
  12. 12. Reading the Revelation An apocalypse is a genre of revelatory literature with a narrative framework in which a revelation is mediated by an otherworldly being to a human recipient, disclosing a transcendent reality which is both temporal, insofar as it envisages eschatological salvation, and spatial, insofar as it involves another, supernatural world. In other words: Jesus comes to show John what God is doing behind the scenes to rescue and redeem creation.
  13. 13. The Power of a Picture
  14. 14. The Power of a Picture
  15. 15. Reading the Revelation "The revelation APOCALYPSIS (unveiling) of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near." -- Revelation 1:1-3 (NRS)
  16. 16. Background, History & Culture
  17. 17. The World of the Revelation
  18. 18. The Structure of the Revelation 1. Seven Letters to Seven Churches (Chapters 1-3) 2. The Heavenly Throne Room Vision (Chapters 4-11) 3. The Cosmic War (Chapters 12-22)
  19. 19. The Revelation of Jesus Christ Revelation 1:10-20
  20. 20. For Next Week Read chapters 1-3. What stands out to you? What’s the most confusing? What’s the clearest? BONUS: What connection do you notice between chapter 1 and the seven letters?

Editor's Notes

  • What do you need for this class?Bible (I use NRSV. Use whatever is readable – I recommend the New Living Translation if you don’t have a Bible).Pen/PencilBinder/NotebookFormatLecture, but ask lots of questions.ConductFor some reason, this book gets everyone all bothered. Not us!--> Everyone comes from various placesBe kind. Be gracious. Be generous.
  • --> Lenses/Frameworks get in the way of the Text--> Text can never mean what it never meant. We want to read the Revelation on its own terms. We want to learn what it meant so we can discern what the Spirit is saying to us today. --> History of Inspiration
  • WHAT?!There are LOTS AND LOTS of apocalypses.
  • It’s a STORY. That means things like PLOT and CHARACTERS matter!
  • It’s some supernatural person (usually an angel) giving a message to a person.
  • We don’t see this world. It’s a HIDDEN reality.
  • It’s all about how God rescues God’s people. It’s real-world salvation.
  • There’s some kind of journey to another realm/world (usually at least Heaven, often the Underworld too)
  • JESUS comes to JOHN to tell him how GOD is working BEHIND THE SCENES. John has the curtain pulled back on reality.WE are the strangers to the text!
  • BEHOLD the IMPERIAL CULT!
  • PLOT and CHARACTERS!

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