Why is it so important to understand what type of book Revelation is? How has what you’ve learned in this lecture changed your understanding of the book of Revelation?

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    • #95302831
      Nina
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      You must know that Revelations is composed of prophesy, apocalypse and a letter. Revelation is proclaiming a message in the present; vision that uncovers and unveils the true nature of things; and a letter that addresses a crisis or issue or circumstance or problem in the life of the first-century readers. So I don’t see Revelation as doom and gloom and I can interpret with a better understanding.

    • #95302721
      Wai
      Participant

      It is because how we understand the kind of book Revelation is will determine how we read it and what we expect from it. In so doing, we can avoid the misunderstanding of the meaning of the author John intended to say.

      I have learned that the book of Revelation resembles three type of literature that were familiar to John the author and the first readers of the time. It has clarified my understanding of prophecy which is not only “fore-telling” of future events but primarily also “forth-telling” the immediate audiences of their problems/issues and urge them to change.

    • #95297609
      Wendy Mcconachie
      Participant

      If you view Revelation as only one of the three styles of writing (letter, prophecy, apocalypse), you miss out on the value of the other two perspectives. Letters are personal; prophecies tend to view a longer period of time, the foretelling piece; apocalypse is a term terribly misunderstood in the present day, primarily because of the film industry and such movies as “Apocalypse Now.” But if apocalyptic writing is to help reveal something, it changes the way one might interpret a situation.

      I see now that I must examine Revelation from all three perspectives in order to fully grasp what John was saying.

    • #95296770
      Penny
      Participant

      The reader must know what type of book Revelation is before a complete understanding is achieved. The reader will probably mininterpret the book id they
      do not understand the type of literature is being employed. Even though I have read and studied the book of Revelation many times, I had never studied the
      three types of literature employed in the book.

    • #95296411
      Mela
      Participant

      It is important to understand the type of book Revelation is because, when the book was written it had a purpose and an audience that the message was sent to. Knowing that purpose and audience will help the reader better understand the book of Revelation when reading it. It helps properly situate the reader in the mind of the writer and to better understand why the book was written.

    • #95296361
      Anne
      Participant

      Revelation was always a book that was hard to pin down as to what it was and how to respond to it. It has been very interesting to learn it’s three components of letter, prophecy and apocolypse. I had never considered it’s three-part identity and message.

    • #95296099
      Brenda Jackson
      Participant

      It is important to understand what type of book Revelation is epople have been afraid to read it and others leave it to the experts who go to the extreem in trying to figure it out. What I have learned in this lecture is that Revelation is 3 types of literature. The symbols that John used to explain what he saw are relevant to the times in which he lived during the Roman Empire. We should not be afraid to read the book of Revelation because it is forthtelling.

    • #95296076
      Terry
      Participant

      It is important to understand that Revelation is really three kinds of literature yet they all intertwine perfectly. It’s important to know that some things are symbolic and can not be taken literally.
      I now know the difference of foretelling prophecy and forth telling prophecy and how each is used in Revelation.

    • #95295029
      Tony
      Participant

      So you can better understand why John wrote this letter. And to understand it’s a forthtelling. How John was trying get his readers to see the Roman Empire through symbols.

    • #95294774
      Richard
      Participant

      My understanding of the Revelation at this early stage is not really changed, but perhaps better informed. Over the years I have not spent much time trying to really understand, beyond just the reading of it so to know what the contents are. In my experience as a believer not so many churchgoers have even that. I look forward to the learning though, through this great series by Dr. Mathewson.

    • #95294772
      Richard
      Participant

      Because there is a great deal of symbolic and metaphorical language in the Revelation which can be easily misinterpreted we need to understand the context in which it was written and the purpose of the author’s intent in writing as he did to the seven churches, and how the readers would have understood the contents and its application for them.

    • #95293487
      Baboo samuel
      Participant

      That is not just a doomsday prophecy (which is forthtelling as well) but also an apocalyspe and letter.

    • #95293427
      Tanja
      Participant

      It is important to understand the book of Revelation to understand what the author was trying to get across to the people back then, and to us now.
      I now understand that the book of revelation is about future events and a letter to the early church.
      I also understand now that John’s letter was not all literal but symbolic as well. and know these things helps me better understand what I am reading.

    • #95293261
      Patricia
      Participant

      Given that the Book of Revelation is a letter to God’s people, it is meant to be understood by His people. Understanding the historical context helps me to understand that the symbolism had meaning, even for the first-century readers.

    • #95290147
      Andrea
      Participant

      1. I personally think it’s important to understand the right context it was written in because that would make us understand the warning better an it would make it easier to apply it to our lives.
      2. I now understand that not all that John said was literally meant rather to symbolize and emphasize the importance of the warning that we need to live right for when Christ returns

      • #95294775
        Richard
        Participant

        I would agree with what you have said Patricia. Christians are clearly meant to have a reasonable level of understanding of what is here written. So from me, it is Amen!

    • #95286745
      Stan
      Participant

      It is very important to understand what type of book Revelation is – a prophecy, an Apocolypse (Revelation), and lastly a letter written by John to the 7 churches in Asia Minor. The one thing I really loved learning about John’s Revelation is the fact that if what he wrote would not have been understood by the people living at that time, then that interpretation is probably incorrect. Knowing the the book is written highly symbolic language is also very helpful so that we don’t make the mistake of trying to interpret the book literally. I also read somewhere that in order to understand the Book of Revelation it is crucial to have a deep understanding of the OT and NT (Old and New Testaments).

    • #95285615
      Richard Roger
      Participant

      To understand that it is symbolic and not literal

    • #95285328
      Peter
      Participant

      It is important to understand what the book of revelation is about so you can make the correct interpretation and how to apply it to the current time.

      I’ve learned that the book of revelation is just about future event but a letter to the early church about there current condition in the Roman empire and how God was going to judge the nation of roman.

    • #95285317
      Scott
      Participant

      I think it is important to understand what type of book Revelation is so that I can better distinguish between literal and symbolic language.
      The lecture was a help in why it is necessary to distinguish between literal and symbolic language.

    • #95281230
      Jaime
      Participant

      I suspect the Book of Revelation is meant for the last generation of believers or Christ-followers specifically. Nothing has really changed concerning my understanding of the Book of Revelation.

    • #95280366
      Helena
      Participant

      It’s important to understand the type of book Revelation is, so that we don’t misinterpret the true meaning of God’s Word.
      From this lecture, I learned when I read Revelation, I shouldn’t just focus on what’s going to happen in the future but also understand what John is trying to proclaim and reveal in his letters.
      I can now read Revelation and understand in different aspects and not just one of knowing what’s going to happen.

    • #95278301
      Alvin
      Participant

      It’s important to understand the type of Revelation is because, it helps with understanding it and helps to avoid any misinterpretation.

      So far in the lecture, I’ve come to understand that Revelation it is a prophecy of what is to come, it tells the reality of how God has always been in control, and the weakness of the world powers.

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      Our Daily Bread
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