Should We Fear the Book of Revelation?

The book of Revelation is one of the most feared, most misunderstood, yet the most curiosity inducing books of the Bible.

The first place to start answering this question is not how we feel about the book, but by understanding how the 7 churches who were the first recipients of this message heard it.

These churches already lived a life of fear and persecution. The Roman emperor Domitian was known for his harassment and murder of Christians. The readers would likely be gathering in secret. They would know friends and family members who had been killed for their faith. It is certain many of them were wondering if this newish faith of Christianity was worth potentially losing their lives over.

Revelation is filled with multiple calls to endure, to persevere, and to conquer. Some the first words out of the mouth of Jesus in this vision are “Fear Not” (Rev. 1:17).

For an audience who already had plenty of reasons to fear, they certainly did not need more through a supernatural vision.

Rather this book would give them a sense of hope and confidence. It is not a revelation of future events nor a revelation of some anti-Christ type figure. It is a revelation of Jesus himself (Rev. 1:1).

This is the short answer to the question “Should we Fear Revelation?”

For a longer answer, listen to part one of a teaching I am giving at my home church in Lancaster. PA. In this session we will explore the background and nature of the book, learn about its unique literature, and engage in the introductory vision of Chapter 1. Watch this space for future recordings.

Take a listen to Revelation part 1. (apologies for the cell phone audio quality.)

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

For a full classroom teaching of this book over the course of 3 days, take a look at the Teaching page on this website.

Personal Updates

It has been awhile…

It has been quite awhile since we have last updated and a lot has changed for us. Here is a quick recap:

Lindsey is the Discipleship Pastor at Reality Church in Lancaster PA. Take a look at their website! She also is an Ebay reseller on the side for a hobby!

Chris is a free-lance Bible teacher, both in person and online, is involved with several non profits, and does some investing on the side.

We are going to blow the dust off this site and post some links to preachings, teachings and do the occasional post.