The Book of Revelation shows us that God is guiding history to a final goal. A goal which God himself will bring about in the near future in a particular way that He Himself has revealed. It’s His providence. In this series, we grapple with the many themes in the last book of the Bible. We begin at the end and work our way back from there. Biblical prophecy comes true and has affected our world history. So, what does God have in store for humanity? And how shall we live in light of what is to come?
The book of Revelation (not Revelations, plural) is so different to any other biblical style that it is often totally misinterpreted or completely ignored. At its heart, the Greek title “Apokalypsis”means “Revelation” or “unveiling”. It doesn’t mean catastrophe or the end of the world, for which is it often portrayed. Its purpose is not to reveal the antichrist or encourage debate about the timing of the rapture, rather it unveils the resurrected living Christ in his divine nature, God’s plan for the removal of all things evil from this world and a glimpse into what awaits those who believe and are faithful till the end.
Revelation is an essential part of scripture. A good way to think of the Bible is in these five movements:
- Creation (Genesis)
- Covenant (Exodus - Malachi)
- Christ (Matthew - John)
- Church (Acts - Jude)
- Consummation (Revelation)