The Book of Revelation Study

A distinguished member of MPC repeatedly told that he wanted to hear me preach through the book of Revelation before he died; he was very adamant. This dear friend is not in bad health, praise the Lord, but he is in his 80’s. What could I do? So, I planned it out, bought a ton of books, and launched into it.

Consolidated on this page are links to sermons (both audio and manuscripts) and lectures (slides with audio). The plan is to post various handouts I make up for the aforementioned (in process), and to update this page regularly, as I work through the book. Plus, I plan to put a bibliography down at the bottom, with some input on each title (also in process). Check back periodically, as I won’t be posting every week on this page. I’m currently (as of 2/2022) alternating between three series of sermons (including Romans and the Ten Commandments), plus I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, as a small town pastor who is busy in the local community. So, it’s coming along at a steady, but leisurely, pace.

Please note that my interpretation of the Apocalypse reflects what might fit into the label of a Partial-Preterist, Amillennial view, although I’m not wholly satisfied with those labels. As it is, I hold to a circa. AD 65 date of the book’s writing with the Lord Jesus then and now reigning until his final coming, and I preach and teach from that point of view. The “Lessons” portion below explains what that means to some extent.


Revelation Lessons

These lessons consist of an 8-part study that I led during the evening service at MPC, and include both slides and audio. These are a good start for a study on Revelation and include various clarifications you might find at the beginning of a commentary.

Lesson 1 – Introduction/Intro to Interpretational Methods part 1 (2021-02-07)

This gives a bit on my background of study on Revelation and begins the lessons on the major interpretational methods people use, starting with the historicist view.

Lesson 2 – A Reformed Covenantal Partial-Preterist Realized-Millennial View Chart (2021-02-14)

Here I present a broad overview of the redemptive historical timeline honing in on the time from the first advent until the the Lord’s final coming. My view.

Handout 1 – The Chart

Lesson 3 – Futurist View (2021-02-21)

An examination of the futurist view of interpretation along with pros and cons.

Lesson 4 – Idealist & Preterist Views (2021-03-07)

A likewise examination of these views.

Handout – The Four Major Interpretive Methods for Revelation

Lesson 5 – The Dating of Revelation – Intro (2021-03-14)

Explanation as to the significance of beginning interpreting Revelation with the correct date. Explanation as to why the early-date (circa AD 65) is correct and the late-date (circa AD 95) is incorrect. The next three lessons expand on this theme.

Lesson 6 – The Dating of Revelation: Internal Witness – The Temple in Rev. 11 (2021-03-21)

Lesson 7 – The Dating of Revelation: Internal Witness – The Seven Kings in Rev. 17; The Beast (666) in Rev. 13 (2021-03-28)

Lesson 8 – The Dating of Revelation: External Witness – Why Irenaeus is not a sound witness for dating Revelation (2021-04-11)


Sermons

– The Olivet Discourse

Included here are links to the sermons on Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, as given in Matthew. The Lord’s discourse is a major key to understanding the Book of Revelation, so I recommend you start with these before launching into Revelation.

Matthew 24:1-35 – “Two Questions; Two Comings (Part One)” – Audio / Manuscript

Matthew 24:29-44 – “Two Questions; Two Comings (Part Two)” – Audio / Manuscript

– The Apocalypse of John

Revelation 1:1-4a – “An Open Book (Part One)” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 1:1-4a – “An Open Book (Part Two)” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 1:4-8 – “The Almighty Guarantee (Part One)” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 1:4-8 – “The Almighty Guarantee (Part Two)” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 1:5-6, 9 – “The Blessing of Enduring Together” – Audio / Manuscript

Mark 4:26-29; Revelation 1:5-6 – “Kingdom Now, Kingdom Come” – Audio / Manuscript

(I included “Kingdom Now, Kingdom Come” because it speaks to the millennial reign of Christ)

Revelation 1:10-13 – “Covenant Presence” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 1:14-20 – “Transverse Presence” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 2:1-7 – “First Love” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 2:8-11 – “The Enigma of Tribulation” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 2:12-17 – “Sin’s Flirtations” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 2:18-29 – “According to Your Works” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 3:1-6 – “Mostly Dead (Part 1)” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 3:1-6 – “Mostly Dead (Part 2)” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 3:7-13 – “Vindications” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 3:14-22 – “True Assurance” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 4:1-6 – “A Throne Stood In Heaven” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 4:6-11 – “Worthy of Worship” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 5:1 – “The Scroll (Part One)” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 5:1-22:21 – “The Scroll (Part Two)” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 5:1-14 – “Worthy Over All” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 6:1-8 – “The Horsemen of the Lamb” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 6:9-11 – “Anticipation and Crescendo of the Seals (Part One)” – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 6:12-17 – “Anticipation and Crescendo of the Seals (Part Two)” Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 7:1-8 – “The Remnant of Faithful Jews” (The 144,000) – Audio / Manuscript

Revelation 7:9-14 – “The Multitudes (Part One)” – Audio / Manuscript

 

More to come …