The Book of Revelation

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Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Lessons: 3
Forums: 3
Discipline: New Testament
Course Group: General Epistles

The Book of Revelation can be both exciting and confusing. It's exciting because it records dramatic visions about the role of Jesus and the church in the history of the world. But it's also confusing because its imagery is so foreign to modern readers. Even so, the overall message is clear: King Jesus is returning in victory.

Course Goals:

  • Introduce viewers to the background and primary message of the Book of Revelation.
  • Summarize the structure, content, original meaning and modern application of the Book of Revelation.

126 min.

Lesson 1: The Background of Revelation

Explains how Revelation's context and setting can help us understand its original meaning and apply its message to our own lives in the modern world.
89 min.

Forum 1: The Background of Revelation

A companion video to lesson 1 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • What is the historical setting of the book of Revelation?
  • Why is it important to understand the historical setting of the book of Revelation
  • What is the main message of the book of Revelation?
  • What is Eschatology?
  • What genres does the book of Revelation employ?
  • How similar is the book of Revelation to Old Testament prophetic literature?
  • How is apocalyptic literature similar to and different from typical biblical prophecy?
  • What are some distinctive characteristics of apocalyptic literature?
  • Why does the Bible use so many images and metaphors?
  • How can we draw practical modern applications from biblical prophecy?
  • Why is perseverance and overcoming sin important in the Christian life?
  • How should we treat Christians who interpret the book of Revelation differently than we do?
89 min.

Forum 1: The Background of Revelation

A companion video to lesson 1 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • What is the historical setting of the book of Revelation?
  • Why is it important to understand the historical setting of the book of Revelation
  • What is the main message of the book of Revelation?
  • What is Eschatology?
  • What genres does the book of Revelation employ?
  • How similar is the book of Revelation to Old Testament prophetic literature?
  • How is apocalyptic literature similar to and different from typical biblical prophecy?
  • What are some distinctive characteristics of apocalyptic literature?
  • Why does the Bible use so many images and metaphors?
  • How can we draw practical modern applications from biblical prophecy?
  • Why is perseverance and overcoming sin important in the Christian life?
  • How should we treat Christians who interpret the book of Revelation differently than we do?
129 min.

Lesson 2: Structure and Content

Explores the literary composition of Revelation and explains the significance of its outline and major arguments.
80 min.

Forum 2: Structure and Content

A companion video to lesson 2 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • Why doesn't the book of Revelation use plainer language?
  • Are there other parts of the New Testament that could be considered "apocalyptic"?
  • Are there books in the Bible besides Revelation where recapitulation is used?
  • What did John mean when he said that he was "in the Spirit"?
  • Why did John describe Jesus as both a lion and a lamb in Revelation 5?
  • Is Satan a real creature?
  • What are some of the millennial views that Christians have held throughout history?
  • What are some central theological ideas shared by all evangelical forms of premillennialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism?
  • How can a loving God send anyone, even his enemies, into eternal condemnation?
  • Are there similarities between the first-century Roman Empire and the modern world tat can help us apply Revelation to modern life?
  • What was the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in the first century?
  • What attitude should we have towards unbelieving Jews in the modern world?
  • How should the church respond to the suffering and persecution we endure?
  • According to the letters to the churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, what characteristics does Jesus want the church to manifest?
  • Why is it important that our love and zeal for Christ be coupled with strong doctrine?
80 min.

Forum 2: Structure and Content

A companion video to lesson 2 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • Why doesn't the book of Revelation use plainer language?
  • Are there other parts of the New Testament that could be considered "apocalyptic"?
  • Are there books in the Bible besides Revelation where recapitulation is used?
  • What did John mean when he said that he was "in the Spirit"?
  • Why did John describe Jesus as both a lion and a lamb in Revelation 5?
  • Is Satan a real creature?
  • What are some of the millennial views that Christians have held throughout history?
  • What are some central theological ideas shared by all evangelical forms of premillennialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism?
  • How can a loving God send anyone, even his enemies, into eternal condemnation?
  • Are there similarities between the first-century Roman Empire and the modern world tat can help us apply Revelation to modern life?
  • What was the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in the first century?
  • What attitude should we have towards unbelieving Jews in the modern world?
  • How should the church respond to the suffering and persecution we endure?
  • According to the letters to the churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, what characteristics does Jesus want the church to manifest?
  • Why is it important that our love and zeal for Christ be coupled with strong doctrine?
120 min.

Lesson 3: The King and His Kingdom

Explores how the central theme of the kingdom of God runs through the entire book of Revelation and unites all its various teachings.
90 min.

Forum 3: The King and His Kingdom

A companion video to lesson 3 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • What gives God the right to rule as king over all creation?
  • In what sense is Jesus a vassal king rather than a suzerain?
  • Did the book of Revelation undermine the authority of the Roman Caesar?
  • What attitude should Christians have toward government today?
  • How much freedom and power does Satan currently have to affect our world?
  • In the Old Testament, did angels and demons influence national interactions and wars?
  • How does the book of Revelation depict spiritual warfare?
  • How does the Holy Spirit empower us for spiritual warfare?
  • How do Christians today experience the temptation to idolatry?
  • If blessings only come to those who persevere, what happens to us when we fail?
  • How does the book of Revelation encourage believers?
  • How does our worship on earth reflect heavenly worship?
  • According to Revelation, what is the goal of human history?
  • How will the new heaven and new earth be both familiar to and different from the current heaven and earth?
  • Given that all Christ's enemies will be condemned in the final judgment, what attitudes should we have toward unbelievers?
  • What practical steps can we take to persevere in the face of trials and suffering?
  • How important is it to remain faithful to Jesus?
90 min.

Forum 3: The King and His Kingdom

A companion video to lesson 3 of the same series that answers the following questions:
  • What gives God the right to rule as king over all creation?
  • In what sense is Jesus a vassal king rather than a suzerain?
  • Did the book of Revelation undermine the authority of the Roman Caesar?
  • What attitude should Christians have toward government today?
  • How much freedom and power does Satan currently have to affect our world?
  • In the Old Testament, did angels and demons influence national interactions and wars?
  • How does the book of Revelation depict spiritual warfare?
  • How does the Holy Spirit empower us for spiritual warfare?
  • How do Christians today experience the temptation to idolatry?
  • If blessings only come to those who persevere, what happens to us when we fail?
  • How does the book of Revelation encourage believers?
  • How does our worship on earth reflect heavenly worship?
  • According to Revelation, what is the goal of human history?
  • How will the new heaven and new earth be both familiar to and different from the current heaven and earth?
  • Given that all Christ's enemies will be condemned in the final judgment, what attitudes should we have toward unbelievers?
  • What practical steps can we take to persevere in the face of trials and suffering?
  • How important is it to remain faithful to Jesus?