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Revelation Introduction Notes

A Treasure Trove

Elephant in PoolThe Biblical book of Revelation is a rich treasure trove beyond imagination for those who explore it. Revelation is equally exciting for the novice as for the expert of many years. It is a pool for a paddling baby or a swimming elephant, and there is enough here for everyone. "Revelation Now" seeks to bring this exciting Biblical text alive today. It encourages and supports Christians and non-Christians alike. It sets out to understand this ancient Biblical manuscript's meaning from almost 2,000 years ago.

Exciting Biblical Text

Christ of the AbyssMany Christians are scared off by Revelation. Some try and fail to get past the scholarly theories or the authorship's perceived problems. As valuable as they may be, academic arguments do not affect Revelation's message or its historical timeframe. My advice to you is to read this book as you would do for any other Bible book. Climb into the original writer's mind and try to see what he sees and feel what he feels. As you do, you will be captivated by this exciting text!✞

Unfamiliar Language

Colored BalloonsUnfamiliar language, numbers, and colors saturate Revelation and purposefully dot its pages. Such symbolism is a subtle communication technique between the author and his readers. In this way, John of Patmos purposely conceals his actual intent and meaning from the ancient Roman authorities yet subtly reveals it to his Christian colleagues.

One Thought a Day

Holy Bible PageThis daily devotional book provides one central thought for each Bible passage. It is a "primer, a source of encouragement, and a thought provoker for a Christian's busy working day." This prayer, worship, and meditation devotional will purposely not detail out every subject. They will leave room for more information, study, and inspiration at another time and place. Each daily thought is deliberately short, confined to a 1,200 or so word digital page, and designed to accommodate involved people with hectic schedules!

Prayer Devotional

Bible WorldWe present each page's highlighted Bible passages in the "New International Version" in yellow at each page's top. The NIV is an entirely original Bible translation produced by over a hundred modern scholars from the best Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. It was prepared in 1966 and revised in 2011 by a broad inter-denominational and international group. The latest updates were compiled in 2011 with some helpful alternative keyword translations in the margin for complicated phrases. Many Christians, pastors, and scholars consider the NIV to be the best and most accurate translation available. It is easy to understand, straightforward, and widely used. Other versions may be equally helpful to you, and newer updates are coming out all the time. It is always good to compare the different scriptural versions to understand the meaning better.

Bible Study Group

Revelation IntroductionPhotographs and illustrations accompany the Biblical text to describe unfamiliar places, people, and objects mentioned in the Biblical text. Items like a "yoke" or "cornerstone" or "swaddling clothes" may not be familiar to Twenty-First Century people. Use this daily devotional's 91 "long" pages and 113,350 words as an early morning meditation, and a breakfast family thought a commuting focus, or even a bedtime reading. An ordinary 8 1/2" x 11" page is about 250 words, whereas a computer page is about 1500 words long. The average computer page in "Revelation Now" is 1,243 words. In a more formal setting, these meditations could be read aloud in church, in a Bible study group, or used as a preacher's sermon series."

Daily Encouragement

IpadUse these Bible studies also as a Lenten series or an Advent devotional. You can view them on a laptop, personal computer, or projected onto a hall or home screen. These daily devotionals work well on most small-screen formats like the iPhone 4-12, Galaxy, Lumia and Kindle, i-pad, i-pod, Blackberry, and other mobile phones or devices. They work equally well as a full-page on personal computers or laptops. Whenever you utilize these studies, they will provide daily discipline, encouragement, and inspiration. Pray and reflect on each day's thoughts, and apply them to your lives. May this be a challenging means of bringing Jesus into your life, home, family, and job. "Let the reader strive, and may you glorify God!"

"Revelation Introduction Notes"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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