Revealing the Father through the Book of Revelation: Introduction

The Book of Revelation is the culmination of the New Testament, the Good News of God, the heavenly Father, in the Lord Jesus Christ. Its message, as well as that of the whole Bible, is that “God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It is a message of love, hope, and encouragement.

In Revelation, the heavenly Father reveals His glory, power, love, and His purposes. His will is to reconcile the world to Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection and make a new creation. Discovering the meaning of this redemption is central to the Book of Revelation.

Like all other Bible books, the heavenly Father inspired the Book of Revelation. It is helpful for teaching, showing people what is wrong in their lives, correcting faults, and teaching how to live right (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Those who avoid reading Revelation miss a rich treasure of divine truth and the promised blessings from understanding and keeping that truth.

In these days of uncertainty, the Book of Revelation shows that the heavenly Father is in control. He is working out His sovereign plan, and He is destroying the power of evil. In the end, the heavenly Father and His people are victorious through the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14, 12:11). Knowledge of this fundamental truth replaces fear with hope and confidence, calls us to worship, and motivates holiness.

Approaches to Interpretation

Scholars categorize most commentaries into four basic approaches to interpret the Book of Revelation: preterist, historicist, futurist, and idealist or spiritual.

The Preterist Approach

The commentators of the preterist approach view the fulfillment of Revelation’s prophecies as already having occurred in the ancient past, not long after the apostle St. John’s own time. At the same time, some of them believe the final chapters of Revelation look forward to the Second Coming of Christ. Others think that everything in the Book reached its culmination in the past.

The Historicist Approach

The historicist approach views Revelation as a prewritten record of the history from the apostles’ time to the world’s end. Thus, fulfillment of the Book is considered to have been unfolding for nearly two thousand years and is continuing today.

The Futurist Approach

The commentators of the futurist approach suggest that the majority of the prophecies in Revelation still await future fulfillment. Thus, futurists usually apply everything after chapter four to a relatively brief period before the return of Christ.

The Spiritual Approach

The spiritual approach is called the idealist or the symbolic approach because it does not attempt to find individual fulfillment of St. John’s visions. Instead, commentators of the spiritual approach interpret Revelation as a great drama depicting transcendent spiritual realities. They view Revelation as the drama of the conflict between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, good and evil. Moreover, it depicts the divine vindication and the final victory of Christ and the saints. Fulfillment is seen as entirely spiritual or recurrent, finding representative examples in historical events throughout the age rather than in one-time, specific fulfillment. The prophecy is thus rendered applicable to Christians in any age.

The Approach Used in This Book

Revealing the Father through the Book of Revelation uses the idealist or spiritual approach. However, it is quite different from other books that use the same approach to interpretation. It focuses on the Revelation of God, the heavenly Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ, according to what the heavenly Father revealed in the Book of Revelation and the other Bible books.
The Ultimate Message

The Book of Revelation carries only one ultimate revelation: the self-Revelation of God the heavenly Father, His glory, and His plans for redemption through the Lord Jesus Christ. To read this book with any other focus is to miss the core message. We can see the other truths in the Book of Revelation only after focusing on the Magnificent One. The mystery of the heavenly Father in our Lord the Lord Jesus Christ is a rich discovery. We seriously need to spiritually live in God’s kingdom while we’re still here and to experience the Kingdom of God that awaits us in eternity.
The Primary References

The primary reference used to write this book is the Holy Bible. I have made every effort possible to harmonize this Book with the context of the whole Bible and the Liturgical Life. You might be surprised by the number of Bible quotations in this book using many English translations of many verses. New translations based on the original Hebrew and Greek texts are suggested to harmonize the book with the biblical context and the original languages of the Bible.
The Help of Other Works

I am also grateful for the many authors who have offered strenuous effort to interpret the Book of Revelation. I have benefited from their works, even if I disagree with their views. The thoughts and insights in this Book are not dogma. I shared them with the faithful people of the heavenly Father and subject to discussion. I pray my heavenly Father may use them in the future as a spark for more profound works on Revelation by the faithful commentators.

May the heavenly Father give us the “Spirit of wisdom and revelation” that we know Him and His mighty work in the Lord Jesus Christ for us (Ephesians 3:16–18).

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