PUTTING IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE – Putting some of the things we learned from “Taming The Terminology” into perspective might look something like Figure 1.10.
Next Up – As Figure 1.10 suggests, there will be a variety of signs, or “birth pains” leading up to the tribulation and Jesus’ return. Many of these signs were shared by Christ in His Olivet discourse. In chapter 2 we will study these signs, before “officially” beginning our Studies in Revelation in chapter 3. As we do, periodically you may want to refer back to Chapter 1, “Taming The Terminology,” as we dig deeper into our “Studies In Revelation.”
Taming The Terminology Questions For Musing On Your Own
1. Do you think people today are too preoccupied with the end of the world or not preoccupied enough? Why?
2. As one studies Revelation, what are the dangers of “straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel?”
3. If Revelation is actually revealing what was previously concealed, why do you think we have such a hard time understanding it?
4. Which interpretation do you hold on revelation (preterist, historicist, idealist, futurist, all), and why?
5. Do you believe we are living in the last days? Why or why not?
6. Do you believe in the rapture? Why or why not? If so, which view do you hold (pretribulation, midtribulation, post tribulation)? Why? Does it really matter? Why or why not?
7. The “belief system” or “spirit” of the anti-Christ is becoming more and more prevalent today. Do you think this is preparing the way for THE anti-Christ? Explain. What do you think will distinguish THE anti-Christ from the many anti-Christ’s?
8. Why do you think it was necessary for God to take us through the different “dispensations” before He was ready to reveal the mystery that Gentiles are heirs together with Israel in the grace of God?
9. What terminology do you find most confusing about studying the end times?
10. What do you hope to get from a study of the Book of Revelation?
11. What should be our focus as we see the day approaching?