Introduction to the Book of Revelation


Steve Gregg


Attempting to understand the Book of Revelation presents special challenges unique to its case. This is due to the fact that, among the New Testament writings, Revelation is unique in its genre, its purpose, and its method of Communicating its message. It would be naive to assume that one can do justice to the Interpretation of this book without responsibly dealing with some of the special inter­pretive considerations that apply uniquely to it. The original readers probably instinc­tively took these things into consideration, but our cultural distance from them renders it necessary to look at the difficulties deliberately and to consider them as Introductory issues.

Section I What Manner of  Book is This?
Section II Who Wrote it?
Section III Date and Historical Setting
Section IV Structural Parallelism in Revelationw
Section V Revelation’s Use of the Rest of Scripture
Section VI Additional Interpretive Considerations
Section VII History of Interpretation
Section VIII Analysis of the Four Approaches to Revelation: Historicist; Preterist; Futurist; Spiritual.

Revelation. Four Views. A Parallel Commentary. Edited by Steve Gregg. Thomas Nelson Publishers. Nashville. 1997. Introduction to the Book of Revelation. Pages 9-49