Message Outlines Prepared for the Study of God's Word
In the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ
When it comes to the meditation, study, and preaching of the Word of God, shouldn't the gospel of Jesus Christ be preeminent? Shouln't the gospel be first and foremost in our exposition of scripture? Would you not agree that were it not for God becoming a Man, living a righteous life, giving Himself a sacrifice on a tree at Calvary, rising again from the dead, and ascending into heaven with the promise to return, that we would have nothing of heaven, nor would we have anything eternal?
This message of the revealed Christ, the unveiled Christ, the disclosure of Christ, was not only sent by the Lord's messenger to John, but it was set in signs; that it was significantly symbolized. How is this revelation of Christ symbolized? In two significant ways: (1) who Jesus Christ is; and (2) what Jesus Christ has done; specifically and more importantly, His atoning death upon Calvary's cross.
Reemphasizing the Glorious Gospel Interpretation of the Last Book
The book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is symbolized in, by and through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the outlines contained in this work, they were preached from what some would call an "Idealist View." In other words, the symbols are symbolic of that which pertains to the gospel of Jesus Christ in one way, shape or form. A significant rise in liberalism and liberal theology at the turn of the twentieth century actually hijacked the symbolism in the Book of Revelation in order to satisfy personal lusts that would naturally spring forth from the flesh under a liberal theology. Symbols became subjective as they were interpreted by personal prejudices and perspectives. Interpreting symbols objectively by the gospel of Jesus Christ were thrown out the window by liberal thinking and academia. As a result, idealism in the interpretation of Revelation was shunned by more conservative and orthodox theologians. It is time to recapture the gospel truth of the book of Revelation and rejoice in the gospel of Christ, and Him crucified.
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