On Sunday we concluded our teaching series through Revelation by taking some time for Q+A. In this Q+A we shared the four major views on the book of Revelation.

1. Preterist View

- Sees the book of Revelation being totally, historically, fulfilled in the first century

- The fall of Jerusalem, when Rome destroyed Jerusalem and temple, was the major event it was forth telling

- Revelation was not telling the end of the world as we know it in the West, but the end of the world as the Jewish community knew it

- It is not speaking about future events

- Everything that Revelation is speaking about happened in the first century

2. Idealist View

- Views revelation as a poem or an allegory

- Describes universal and spiritual truths that apply throughout time but don’t contain future, prophetic predictions in the first century or beyond

3. Dispensationalist View (Futurist)

- Believes the book of revelation is about future events

- Has become popular in North America

- Tries to figure out what events it is referring to in our present time

- It’s intent was for a different dispensation (or chunk of time – the end times)

4. Progressive Dispensationalist View

- Balances the tension of the now and not yet

- Has application for the original audience, and for us today

- Resists a literal interpretation – looks at bigger themes

- Resists to see everything about the future, but instead balances the context of the community it was written to and what it means for the church today

- Understands that the bible was not written directly to us (but to its original audience) but it was written for us