Revelation: A Survey of Interpretive Frameworks

(This paper is published here as a theological reference for the pastor, teacher, seminary student, scholar, and every thoughtful believer.)

The book of Revelation is not an easy read. But such difficulty is no excuse for not studying this fascinating final book of the NT. There is a reason why the Spirit has chosen to give us a revelation of Christ in such apocalyptic imagery and prophetic utterance found in no other book in history. Revelation is full of apocalyptic accounts. It is a prophecy. It is pastoral, laying down his concerns for all believers. Like an epistle, John addresses it to the seven first century churches in Asia.

Revelation has been interpreted in different ways throughout church history. In this essay, I will map a survey and critique of each of the five main interpretative frameworks for reading Revelation. Each approach largely depends on a starting assumption of the genre of Revelation, whether predominantly apocalyptic or principally prophetic. . . . more

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