Study Guide: The Book of Revelation

Many Christians find it hard to study the book of Revelation, while others believe it is impossible to interpret. God would not give us revelation if he didn’t want us to understand it. Here are a few tips to help you study this wonderful book.

Pray for Illumination

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading and He will guide you (John 16:13-14). Also, pray and seek the face of God. The book of Revelation is a prophetic book that requires divine aid to understand.

Understand the Difference Between Figurative and Literal Language

The apostle John was attempting to describe futuristic things that did not exist when he was writing Revelation. As a result, he described what he was seeing in terms of his day. Look for words such as “like” or “as.” When John uses these terms he’s using symbolic language to describe what he saw. Otherwise, take what he is saying literally.

Understand the Purpose of Revelation

Most people read the book of Revelation as futuristic only. Though it does declare things that take place in the future, the main purpose of the book is to reveal Jesus Christ. The book begins with the “Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Revelation means unveiling. To properly study the book of Revelation, you must look for Jesus throughout the book.

Know the Divisions of Revelation

The end of the first chapter lays out three distinct divisions. Revelation 1:19 says, “Write the things which thou hast seen, the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.” The divisions of Revelation are:

Use Commentaries and Study Guides

God has given the body of Christ gifted teachers, so we would be foolish not to utilize them. A few good commentaries on Revelation are:

Expect a Blessing

Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein for the time is at hand.” To receive blessing from the study of Revelation three things are required:

James 5:7-8 says, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” For further study read The Signs of Jesus’ Return.

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