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In this post I provide a list of the numbers used in the book of Revelation because those numbers are often seen as “symbolic.” Therefore, in this post I want to show a comprehensive list of the numbers in the book of Revelation.

Symbolism and Numbers in the Book of Revelation


After the two witnesses are taken to heaven (Rev 11:11-12) a terrible earthquake destroys one-tenth of the city. In this earthquake 7,000 people die (11:13). Continue Reading…

Judgement in the book of Revelation primarily occurs through the seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls. Furthermore, that judgement, which is described as true and just (19:2) is directed toward unbelievers, believers, Satan, and demons. Up until this time the world has been under the dominion of Satan (Job 1:6-8; 2:1-2; Matt 4:8-9; Luke 10:18; 22:3; John 12:31; 1 Cor 11:14; 2 Cor 4:4; 1 John 5:19; 1 Peter 5:8). The judgment begins in the book of Revelation with 6:1-2 in the breaking of the first seal of the scroll.

Judgement in the Book of Revelation


Two dates for the book of Revelation have been suggested. The strongest evidence supports the AD 95 date under the reign of Domitian (this is often held by the “futurist” view). However, the last one hundred years have seen a surge of support for the AD 65 date under the reign of Nero (this is the “preterist” or “partial preterist” view).

The Date of the Book of Revelation


A. Internal Evidence

There are five widely accepted late-date arguments that support John writing the book of Revelation in AD 95 while exiled to the island of Patmos by Emperor Domitian. Here are five arguments and a brief explanation of each.

1. Banishment of John to Patmos Continue Reading…

As I introduce the book of Revelation I want to explain the type of literature and genre it is. In other words, I want to explain and define the textual design for the book of Revelation which is an “apocalypse.”

The Textual Design of the Book of Revelation

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This post starts a series through the book of Revelation. Before starting in Revelation 1 I want to give plenty of explanations for the authorship, textual design, interpretation, date, themes, and outlines for the book of Revelation. Today’s post looks at the evidence for and against John being the author of the book of Revelation.

The Author of the Book of Revelation

The author of the book of Revelation is the disciple of Jesus: John the apostle (1:1, 4, 9; 22:8). A brief survey of support for John’s authorship of this letter as well as counter arguments follow.

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Bible students often have a common question about Revelation 3:20 and its intended audience.

The text reads, “Look! I am standing at the door and I am knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter the house and I will eat with him and he will eat with me.” 

Is this a gospel invitation to a lost person? Or is this an invitation to a believer? These two options will be explored in this blog post.

Why Revelation 3:20 Is an Invitation to Believers

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I. THE CONTEXT OF REVELATION 3:20 Continue Reading…

Following up from yesterday’s post about Avery Dulles’ book, Models of Revelation, I would like to share more insights about the evangelical view of revelation.

How Most Evangelicals Read the Bible

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Today’s post will explore how the evangelical view of revelation:

  1. Is broader than Dulles’ definition; and
  2. Incorporates the strengths of Dulles’ other views outlined in the book. Continue Reading…

Avery Dulles’ book, Models of Revelation, presents what Dulles believes to be five different models of divine revelation. In this blog post, Dulles’ first model, “Revelation as Doctrine,” will be examined in light of the evangelical view of revelation. In order to understand Dulles’ model of revelation as doctrine, it is first important to note how he defines revelation.

5 Critiques of Avery Dulles' Model of Revelation as Doctrine

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Dulles defines revelation this way, “Revelation is implied in biblical and Christian faith . . . as a permanently valid body of truths communicated by God in biblical times, preserved and commented on by the church” (p. 6, 14). Now that a definition of revelation has been provided by Dulles, it is important to look at how he narrowly defines the model of revelation as doctrine and then attributes it to the evangelical view of revelation. Continue Reading…