Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Prophets: The books of Israel’s prophets who announced the downfall of Israel’s kingdom and the hope of its restoration after the exile.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Vision: A literary representation of a prophet’s dreams or visions that reveals God’s perspective on current events in the light of history’s final outcome.
Prophetic: A type of Israelite poetry employed by the prophets to warn and accuse Israel of covenant violation, and to announce future hope.
John's visions reveal that Jesus has overcome evil by his death and resurrection, and will return one day as the true king of the world.
Read Scripture Part I
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Revelation, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Revelation, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
The book of Revelations was written to seven churches as both encouragement and challenge. An apocryphal letter, it relies on visions, symbols, and Old Testament references to reveal the ultimate fulfillment of God's promise given to Abraham in Genesis. The book is not a secret code that allows believers to decipher the timeline of Jesus's return.
Instead, it shows that every human kingdom eventually becomes Babylon and must be resisted. Jesus, the slain Lamb who died for the sins of the world, will return one day as King with His followers to prompt repentance. He will remove evil permanently and make all things anew.
That promise motivates every generation of God's people to remain faithful in the midst of persecution until their King returns.
John wrote the book of Revelations to encourage believers in seven churches to resist sin, remain faithful although persecuted, and anticipate Jesus's return as King.
The Sacrificed Lamb
The Old Testament's promise of God's future victorious kingdom was inaugurated through Jesus, the crucified Passover Lamb and Messiah who alone opened the sealed scroll.
Three sets of seven divine judgments do not generate repentance in the nations. Instead, only God's mercy shown through Jesus and believers who die for enemies does.
Several symbols signify spiritual and earthly battles. The church can choose to resist Babylon and follow the Lamb or follow the beast and suffer defeat.
After the rebellion against God and the final battle, King Jesus returns to punish evil, vindicate His followers, and reign forever in the New Jerusalem.
Read Scripture Part II
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Revelation, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Revelation, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Does God care about all of the evil humans perpetrate in our world, and if so, what is He doing about it? In this video we trace the different ways that God confronts human evil and the even deeper spiritual evil that underlies it. Ultimately, we see how Jesus fulfills this storyline and overcomes evil by allowing it to defeat him.
Does God care about all of the evil humans perpetrate in our world, and if so, what is He doing abou...
In this video we explore the original meaning of the biblical concept of “spirit” and what it means that God’s Spirit is personally present in all of creation. Ultimately, the Spirit was revealed through Jesus and sent out into the lives of his followers to bring about the new creation.
In this video we explore the original meaning of the biblical concept of “spirit” and what it means ...
The Story of the Bible
Episode 2 summarizes the overall story of the Bible as a series of crossroad decisions. All humanity, followed by the Israelites, redefine good and evil and end up in Babylon. They are followed by Jesus, who takes a different path that opens up the way to a new creation.