Daniel 8:17, 11:35 and 12:9, Acts 2:17, 2Timothy 3:1, 2Peter 3:3, Revelation 1:1-3
1.) Authorship and Date of Writing = The author refers to himself simply as “John” in 1:4, and has been traditionally and historically identified as the Apostle John, author of the Gospel bearing his name as well as the Epistles of 1st, 2nd and 3rd John.
2.) Methods of Interpretation = Viewing Scripture “eisegetically” is to see it through a preconceived set of ideas or “filter”. To view it “exegetically” is simply to allow it to speak for itself without preconceived ideas.
a.) The Non-Literal or Allegorical approach = This view still sees the book as somewhat prophetic.
b.) The “Preterist” approach = In general, this view sees Revelation as a record of conflicts between believers and Judaism and paganism culminating with the triumph of the Church in chapters 20-22. Similar to the allegorical method the preterist approach considers Revelation to be history and virtually all Biblical prophecy to have already been fulfilled.
c.) The Historical approach = This view considers Revelation to be a panoramic history of the Church culminating with the Second Coming of Christ.
d.) The Futurist approach = This sees the book of Revelation as being primarily speaking of future events but also includes historical views in passages that are clearly speaking of past events.
3.) Word Definitions = There are three different views on Eschatology (The study of last things) that help define what we believe, and a number of things will circulate around these views, all concerning the millennium. The word “millennium” comes from a Latin word meaning a thousand. Hence, the Millennial Reign of Christ is a 1,000-year reign. This comes from Revelation 20:1-10 and the views fall generally into three camps.
a.) Amillennial = This view states that there is no literal 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth.
b.) Post-Millennial = This view, similar to the amillennial view, sees a progressive expanding of the Church until the world is converted through preaching and teaching.
c.) Pre-Millennial = This view takes the 1,000 year reign of Christ in Revelation 20 as both literal and future.
4.) The Rapture of the Church = 1Thessalonians 4:16-17
a.) Pre-tribulation = The Rapture occurs before, and inaugurates, the 7 year Tribulation period. This view seems to fit best with a basic exegetical interpretation.
b.) Post-tribulation = This view is that the Rapture takes place at the end of the Tribulation and immediately precedes the Second Coming. So, the Church goes through the Tribulation, then is raptured and then immediately returns with the Lord.
c.) Mid-Trib or Pre-Wrath = This view claims that the Rapture will occur at the 3 1/2 year point of the Tribulation or mid-way through the second half of the Tribulation.
Revelation 22:18-19, Deuteronomy 4:2 and Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 2-3