The Book of Revelation
Have you ever tried to read through the book of Revelation, only to leave with more questions than answers? Have you been confused by the deep symbolism and imagery that makes it seem impossible to understand exactly what the author was trying to say? You are not alone! In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes the listener through a brief overview of the main schools of interpretation. The Preterist view, made popular by a Catholic priest, holds that everything prophesied in Revelation has already taken place. The Futurist view, also made popular by a Catholic priest, holds an opposite view that the periods written about in the Book of Revelation are periods in the life of the church from the end of the first century and extending to the end of time. Thus, it views the events in Revelation as being fulfilled after the book was written. The other view is the Historicist view, and this perspective understands Revelation as being fulfilled between the First and Second comings of Christ. With all these ideas about how to interpret Revelation, it can be difficult to determine which one is correct. In this sermon, Lloyd-Jones provides helpful background for understanding these perspectives while also reminding the listener that the important thing is to understand the overall themes and progress from there.