Themes of the Book of Revelation
1. Things which were at hand and shortly to come to pass.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
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.
2. The Quick Coming of the Lord
Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
3. The Day of the Lord.
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
4. The Great Tribulation.
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
5. The Arrival of the Kingdom.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
6. The Judgment Satan.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
7. The Fall of Babylon.
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
8. The Arrival of the New Jerusalem.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
9. New Heaven And Earth
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
10. The Days of Vengeance.
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11. Judgment upon those who pierced him, and the mourning of the tribes of the land.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
This judgment would culminate in the place called Armageddon. Armageddon on on is a symbol of mourning for Israel, who mourned Josiah in the valley of Meggido, and would mourn again at the hands of the Roman defeat and devastation of their land. This would fulfill Zechariah’s prophecy, who connects his piercing, which has a first century fulfillment.
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
The book of Revelation must be read and understood in it’s first century context. The purpose of the book is stated in the first three verse. it was given to show his servants things which were shortly to take place. The letter was given to the seven churches of Asia in order to prepare them for what was at hand.
The book is written to reveal the covenant wrath that was coming upon those who pierced Christ for their covenant violations. It is also a prophecy about the vengeance that was coming on that generation for shedding the blood of the prophets as predicted by Christ in Matthew chapter 23.
That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
It is also a book that shows the arriving of the kingdom of God which was “at hand” when announced by Christ and the apostles. it is a prophecy about the full arrival of the New Covenant and the New Covenant age, and the passing away of the Old Covenant age. the gatesof the new Jerusalem are opened for all nations to enter from generation to generation.