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"We must be well-grounded in plain truths and duties, and those must first be well-digested, before we dive into those things that are dark and difficult -- many run themselves into confusion by beginning their Bible at the wrong end." - Matthew Henry
What you think the book of Revelation teaches and when you think it was written determines how you live your life - are we to conquer the world for Christ or tread water until He rescues us on the last day? - and what you think the headlines mean. Do events in the Middle East prove we are on the brink of the end times? Is Antichrist about to be revealed? Is Armageddon around the corner?
This generation of Christians has been taught Futurism; that most of Revelation describes end-time events.
Futurism is a late 16th century Roman Catholic invention that was crafted to defend the Papacy against the claims of the Protestant Reformation. Sadly, most fundamentalists and evangelicals are unknowingly parroting Roman Catholic propaganda.
The historic Protestant view is that Revelation is a panorama of world history from the first century to the end of time. It reveals the rise and fall of nations, of Romanism, Islam, the Protestant Reformation, a future New World Order of one civil government and religion imposed upon the world. But it also reveals the final triumph of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Christianization of all nations BEFORE the end of history.
Please listen to all the sermons in this series to understand the historic Protestant view of the book of Revelation.
More Splendid Reformed Commentary On Revelation! All Christians who are interested in understanding the book of Revelation from the classic Reformation and Puritan perspective will benefit greatly by listening to this whole series by Bill Mencarow (see http://www.sermonaudio.com/go/ 698 for the complete list of free MP3s in this series). For more classic Reformed and Puritan thought on eschatology also see the free online edition of Iain Murray's The Puritan Hope: Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy at http://snipurl.com/2c0nk [www_revival-library_org] or at http://www.revival-library.org /index.html?http://www.revival- library.org/catalogues/puritan/ murrayi-puritanhope/contents.ht m and all the free books and MP3s available at "Antichrist (666) Revealed In Classic Puritan, Reformation and Covenanter Thought" at http://snipurl.com/8wgac [www_swrb_com] or http://www.swrb.com/newslett/f reebook/eschatol.htm -- "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it" (Isa. 2:2).