Revelation Teaching Programme
Young People often ask big questions about life and death, suffering and evil, heaven and hell, and what’s the point of it all…
At Contagious MAX 2020 REVELATION we will be answering many of the those big questions by exploring the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Revelation is often perceived as a complicated or confusing book to understand, but with some simple tools to understand the imagery and using the rest of the Bible to understand the big pictures portrayed in Revelation, we will show young people what it means.
As we unwrap the the book of Revelation we will be filled with hope as we see the victorious Christ on the throne in Heaven. We will be inspired as we discover that we are more than conquerors in Christ.
Sadly, the book of Revelation has been abused by some who try to pick out verses and use them to interpret current affairs or recent history. This can lead to all sorts of weird conclusions and distorts the meaning of the book. Revelation 1v3 says
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
We will teach the Book of Revelation to young people with the following rules:
- Understand Revelation by the rest of the Bible
- We will see how the Book of Revelation fits into the whole story of the Bible
- The whole Bible is all about Jesus, so Revelation is also retelling the story of Jesus.
- We will be careful not to find anything new in Revelation that is not in the rest of the Bible.
- Understand the unclear parts of the Bible by the clear parts of the Bible
- Revelation is written in a genre called apocalyptic writing which is not to be taken literally but instead paints dramatic word-pictures that reveal truths. The way to understand these strange images is to use the rest of the Bible to interpret them.
- Understand the broad picture rather than trying to interpret verse by verse.
- Wrong conclusions about Revelation and indeed the whole Bible are often made if verses are isolated from their context. We will seek to understand the big pictures of Revelation in the context of the whole story of the Bible.
- Understand that Revelation is not in chronological order.
- The dramatic events in Revelation are not written following a linear timeline. The pictures often repeat the same story from different angles and jump to past, present and future.
We are really looking forward to studying Revelation this year. We will enjoy seeing that God is sovereign over all things and Christ has won!
For those who are specifically looking for our teaching about the millennium in Revelation 20, we will be presenting that Christians have differing views (‘pre-mil’ and ‘post-mil’) but we will teach from an a-millennial approach, that is that we are currently living in the last times and that Christ could return at any moment.
Read the Introduction to Revelation of our teaching material for more explanation about our approach to understanding the book.
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