God summons us from our preoccupation with this world. In light of his ultimate plan for history, he calls us to recognize what really matters and what really doesn’t. This is what Revelation is about.
Nearly every study I’ve been a part of concerning revelation missed the main point of the book.
They’ve "gotten lost in the smaller brushstrokes and missed the majesty of the book’s grand design" as Billy Graham once said. And that’s not what this series is going to do.
Revelation is a powerful and a very relevant book. And it's been relevant for nearly two thousands years. So what is the key to interpreting it? Is it current headlines? Is it a secret code in the text? It is neither. The key to interpreting Revelation lies more in the past than the present.
Good Bible study begins with the knowledge that we are not the first hearers. The books of the Bible were not written to us. They certainly were written for us. The New Testament is the Word of God filled with his wisdom and knowledge and truth. All of it us useful a profitable for teaching and correction (2 Tim 3:16). But in order to truly understand the word of God and follow it rightly, we need to lay aside the arrogance of thinking that the books of the Bible were written to us.
Revelation was written to seven literal churches in Asia Minor. They are listed in the order that a messenger traveling Roman roads would deliver the book. And to truly grasp the fullness of Revelation, it would be to our advantage to learn a little about those churches and the world the lived in.
This sermon delivered to Crosspoint Community Church explains the setting for Revelation and highlights the major themes of the book. Ultimately it shows that God is victorious and truly hearing this book will remind us that we do not belong to this world and must not be seduced by what it values.