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The Book of Revelation



New Believers Study
An Overview of the New Testament
by Pastor Ron Beckham

Tenth Study:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Just as Genesis describes the beginning of all things, so Revelation is the Book of endings.  Genesis tells us why the world is as it is, and Revelation is God's solution to the problems of mankind.  There are a lot of prophesies in the New Testament, but the Book of Revelations is the only Book that mainly consists of prophetic events.

"Revelation" means "disclosure."  We are shown the resurrected Christ through visions and symbolism.  The true church is also disclosed through similar means.

In the Greek text, this Book is "Apokalypsis Ioannou," the Revelation of John.  The Book is actually "Apokalypsis Iesou Christoue," the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

The human author of the Book of Revelations is John (1:1, 4, 9; 22:8).  It was widely accepted in the early church.  From the beginning, Revelations was considered to have been written by the Apostle John.  In the third century, Dionysius questioned John's authorship, citing differences in style and content between the Gospel of John, the letters of John and this Book.  Note that there are also remarkable similarities between all the works attributed to his name.  In the other writings the grammar is better, but it is also likely John used a secretary when writing them, which was a common custom of the time.  On the island of Patmos, he did not have the luxury of a secretary.

John addressed this letter to the seven churches, which were probably representative of all churches, and it was likely read by many local bodies within each region.  It was written while John was a prisoner, an exile on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea (1:9).  A date of writing before 96 is likely, as stated by Polycarp, who was a disciple of Irenaeus, a disciple of John.

Prayerfully read this Book.  Read other works that are helpful in understanding what you have read.

You are encouraged to test yourself after the completion of “The Revelation of Jesus Christ," using an essay (written) format.  What does this Book mean to YOU?  A key section in this study is entitled “Questions” and it is suggested that you may 1) answer one or more of the questions in that section, and 2) send your answers to Ron@FridayStudy.orgIf you would like, your answers will be “graded” and responses given.

There are excellent websites where you may visit and copy or print the writings of some truly remarkable theologians from past centuries.  A good, simple to use “search engine” for that purpose is “Google,” where you can enter words like “Bible Commentaries” to search for some really great Bible commentaries from the past, including the following suggested locations:

bullet Go to Google as a Search Engine.  (Try others but this materials
came from Google).  Look up Bible Commentaries (there is no
cost to download or copy much of the material)
bullet A suggested address is
bullet Another is
bullet And

bullet Read Ron Beckham's commentary on this Book:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ


There is much "freeware" on the Internet available for your study of the the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  Matthew Henry, who wrote about 250 years ago (“Matthew Henry’s Commentary”), is strongly recommended, along with others of that time, such as John Calvin, John Wesley, and John Gill.  You will find wonderful material in those writings.  Also recommended is Dr. J. Vernon McGee (but there may be a small charge for his materials). 


  1. Chapter 1 - The events in Revelation would "shortly" (quickly) take place.  What does "shortly" mean?
  2. How did John see and hear the events in Revelation? Explain.
  3. How do we "hear" and "keep" the words of this prophesy?
  4. How are Christians able to be "kings and priests?"
  5. What are the "clouds" He will come in?
  6. Explain "alpha" and "omega."
  7. What do the "lampstands" and "stars" mean to you?
  8. Discuss the appearance of Jesus.  Is He a physical being? How?
  9. Chapters 2 & 3 - Are the churches in these Chapters literal or are they also symbolic?  Of what?
  10. Ephesus - Is it possible to fall from grace? Discuss.
  11. What are the Nicolaitans?
  12. How does the Spirit speak to the churches?
  13. What is the second death?
  14. Who is Balaam? What did he do to displease God?
  15. What is the white stone?  What is the "new name" on it?
  16. What do you think about this "Jezebel?"
  17. Chapter 3 - Are there examples today of those who seem to be "alive," but are "dead?" Discuss.
  18. How does Jesus come "as a thief?"
  19. Can we be blotted out from the Book of Life?
  20. Discuss the "cold," "hot" and "lukewarm" of Laodicea.
  21. What is "nakedness" from a Scriptural perspective?
  22. Chapter 4 - Discuss the "four living creatures."
  23. Who are the 24 elders"
  24. Chapter 5 - Who is the Lamb?  Why is He worthy?
  25. Do the "redeemed... out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation" include those who lived before Christ?  How does this work?
  26. Chapter 6 - What are the "seals?" (No references to ocean creatures, please).
  27. Are the animals of the first four seals literal horses? Discuss.
  28. Are "death" and "hades" actual persons, in addition to being places?
  29. Discuss the "souls" under the altar.
  30. Are the events of Chapter 6 concurrent or consecutive to other events that are to follow?  Why?
  31. Chapter 7 - Who are the 144,000 people? Are they all who will be saved from that nation?
  32. What is and who are the great multitude?
  33. Chapter 8-9 - Are these literal trumpets? What do they signify?
  34. What is "wormwood" to you?
  35. Chapter 9 - What is the "seal" on the foreheads of God's people?
  36. Are the scorpion/locust creatures physical or demonic? Why?
  37. Chapter 10 - What does sealing up the "seven thunders" mean to you?
  38. Did John literally "eat" a little book? How does this work?
  39. Chapter 11 - What is the holy city?
  40. Who are the two witnesses?
  41. What is the "great city" called "Sodom and Egypt?"
  42. Is the Ark of the Covenant in heaven? Discuss.
  43. Who is Michael?  How did you reach that conclusion?
  44. Chapter 13 - Who or what  is the beast? The dragon?
  45. What is blasphemy?
  46. For what reason were the saints allowed to be overcome?
  47. How does someone get into the Book of Life?
  48. What is the mark of the beast? What is 666?
  49. Chapter 14 - Will there be literal names on people's foreheads?  What people?
  50. What is Babylon in these verses?
  51. What are the commands of God? What is the faith of Jesus?
  52. Discuss the "sickle" that is to be used on earth.
  53. Chapter 15 - What is the sea of glass? Is it real water?
  54. What is the "smoke" of the temple? Is it literal smoke?
  55. Chapter 16 - Does the sea and other waters literally become blood?
  56. How does 16:15 fit into the events at the end of this age?
  57. Chapter 17 - Discuss the great harlot.
  58. What are the 7 mountains? 7 kings? 10 horns?
  59. What are the "waters" of 17:15? Does this meaning apply in other parts of the Bible? Where?
  60. Chapter 19 - Who is the wife, the bride of the Lamb?
  61. Discuss the lake of fire.
  62. Chapter 20 - Why will the dragon be released for awhile?
  63. Is the thousand years a literal time?
  64. Discuss God and Magog.
  65. Chapter 21 - What is this new heaven and new earth?
  66. What will life be like when death and sorrow are gone?
  67. Is the "bride" the same as the "city?" How?
  68. Why is the city and the wall being measured?
  69. How can there be light without a sun? Discuss that light.
  70. Chapter 22 - What is the river?
  71. What is the tree of life? Do we eat literal food in eternity?
  72. How do we "keep the prophesy of this Book?"
  73. What is the water of life?
  74. What does it mean that He is coming "quickly?"
  75. How does one "take away" or "add to" the words of this Book?

Your assignment in the Revelation of Jesus Christ is to read it entirely with the above Questions in mind.  Always remain in prayer when you read Scripture, trusting in the following verse:  “Until now, you have asked nothing in My Name.  Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).  Go into the Internet at the places cited, and read from the theologians offered, especially Matthew Henry (and you can find his excellent writings as “freeware” on the Internet).  Read whatever other authors you find appropriate for this section.

The next New Believers Study will be in Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians.

Write with any questions:
Pastor Ron Beckham


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