Overview of the end-times

– Introduction to the book of Revelation

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The Book of Revelation

Approach to end-time prophecies

  1. Allow the simple and straightforward parts of Scripture to interpret the complex and difficult
    • Jesus’ teaching on the events preceding his coming in Matt 24
    • Paul also gave similar teaching in II Thessalonians
  2. Understand the language of symbols from other similar literature in the Bible
    • Symbols can be understood from other prophetic (apocalyptic) literature in the Scriptures (e.g. Daniel)
    • e.g. dragon/serpent → Satan
    • e.g. Sun darkened & stars fall → collapsing of earthly powers

End-times teachings

Matthew 24:3–51

Outline of Matthew 24:3–51

  1. The “Beginning of sorrows” & falling away
    • wars, famines, disease and earthquakes
  2. The Great Tribulation (need endurance)
    • False christs and false prophets do signs and wonders
  3. The shaking of the powers of “heaven”
  4. Return of Christ
    • Very obvious to all
    • He takes his people to be with him

II Thessalonians 2

Matt & 2 Thess combined

Rev 6–8:1 —Seven Seals

Matt, Thess & Rev combined

Revelation 6:1–8:1