Just to make sure we’re on the same page, let’s begin today with a little review. Yesterday we noted that Revelation is a mix of three genres: letter, prophecy, and apocalypse.
What is the significance of saying that Revelation is a letter?
(Your answer should include something about the importance of keeping in mind the original recipients of Revelation.)
The second genre that characterizes the book of Revelation is prophecy. We know that Revelation is a book of prophecy because John tells us so (1.3; 22.7,10, 18-19).
What comes to mind when you hear the word “prophecy”?
Most of you probably included something about prediction. When we think about prophecy, we immediately think of someone predicting the future, telling us what will happen before it actually does.
Actually, however, prediction was only one aspect of most Jewish and early Christian prophecy (in the Jewish Bible, Joshua—2 Kings is known as the “former prophets,” not “books of history”).
There are two things I want to show you about the prediction part of biblical prophecy: Continue reading