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Wordwise Insight, Issue #079
March 14, 2011

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): How do we know that Revelation is actually a prophetic book?

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QUESTION: Why is the book of Revelation seen as a prophetic book?

ANSWER: Thatís a great question! There are various views regarding this wonderful book. Some see it as depicting historical events that have already occurred, or are occuring now. Others see it as merely a symbolic description of the battle between good and evil, with no precise historical connection. But I believe we should take the "futurist" view that sees everything from chapter 4 on as portraying actual events that have yet to occur, and real personages who are yet to appear.

Revelation is certainly an important Bible book. It provides a fitting conclusion to the Word of God, as it gives us a glimpse of the consummation of all things. Yes, there are a few difficult interpretive issues in the book. But Iíve found, in teaching it, that most of them yield to patient study, and the book is not as hard to understand as many seem to think.

I suspect that one reason some have denied the prophetic nature of the book is that they do not believe in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures overall. They see it as an ancient book, created out of the imaginations of people who lived long ago. They may accept that it contains much wisdom but, they say, "Human beings canít accurately predict the future. Therefore, the book of Revelation cannot be prophetic."

But since ďall Scripture is given by inspiration of GodĒ (II Tim. 3:16), and since ďholy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy SpiritĒ (II Pet. 1:21), that is another matter. While God employed many different people in writing the books of the Bible, they were superintended in their work by the Holy Spirit, so that it was preserved free from error. Not only is accurate prophecy possible, the Lord told Israel to reject any...

For the rest of this article, click on Revelation Prophecy.


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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.

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