How to Interpret the Book of Revelation (Revelation Series Part 1)

The Bible itself demonstrates how the book of Revelation should be interpreted. Revelation 1:1 (KJV)In Revelation (the last book of the Bible), we find many strange occurrences, such as a key being given to a star, fire coming from the mouth of candlesticks and from olive trees, a dragon throwing stars to the earth and a woman clothed with the sun (with the moon under her feet, and with a crown of twelve stars upon her head).

Revelation has confused and mystified mankind for centuries. Is it meant to be interpreted literally or symbolically? How can we know for sure?

This study demonstrates that the Bible itself shows how to interpret Revelation in its entirety and for a certainty. However, it must be “rightly divided”, as God intended.

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Revelation gives us “keys” to the meaning of some symbols within itself. Using those “keys”, we can then unlock “doors” and find the meaning of other symbols.

Revelation is tied to the entirety of the Bible, and Jesus Christ is pictured throughout – a beautiful picture of Truth.

Read: How to Interpret the Book of Revelation

 

See Also:

Why Study the Book of Revelation? (Revelation Series Part 2)
Part 2 of our series of text studies on Revelation, a sequel to this one.

The Book of Revelation, Video Series, Part 1
Learn more about the interpretation of Revelation.

How to Study the Book of Psalms for Deeper Meanings

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