Notes from intro to Revelation
Four Main views of the book of Revelation.
Four main views of interpretation prevail among New Testament scholars. The preterist view understands the book exclusively in terms of its first- century setting, claiming that most of its events have already taken place. It relates the content of this book as describing the struggle between imperial Rome and the church, so that everything was fulfilled at that time. The historical view takes it as describing the long chain of events from Patmos to the end of history. The idealist interpretation regards this book as reflecting the ageless struggle between God and the forces of evil with no particular historical reference, that is, it views it as symbolic pictures of such timeless truths as the victory of good over evil. The futurist view interprets the first three chapters as historical, with the remainder awaiting fulfillment during the “Great Tribulation” and the establishment of the everlasting kingdom.
The first verse of the book, “the revelation of Jesus Christ,” identifies Jesus Christ as the central figure of this book. From the beginning to the end the person of Christ is dominant. Jesus is the Lamb who has provided redemption
Revelation is about:
A people bringing forth the presence of Christ.
A chosen generation willing to stand in fire and be the "Parousia" appearing of Christ to the world.
A people who unlock time and begin the day of the Lord.
A people in whom the mystery of God is fulfilled... Christ in them the realization of Glory in the earth.