Over the next few weeks we will continue to share with you the opinions of 13 Bible prophecy experts concerning various questions related to the book of Revelation. The members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will now address:
#3. What is the theme of the book of Revelation?
Ed Hindson, World Prophetic Ministry
I think the ultimate theme of the book of Revelation is the person of Jesus Christ Himself. That it's not just a prophecy of what is going to happen in the future, that's certainly involved, but it's ultimately all about Who is coming in the future. Jesus is coming, and He is coming in triumph and in victory.
The theme really is like a two-sided message. The Seven Sealed Scroll is written on the inside and on the outside. I think it's a message to the world on the outside — bad news, you lose. And, it's a message to the Church on the inside — good news, we win. That's as simple as you can make the message of the book of Revelation.
Al Gist, Maranatha Evangelistic Ministries
The theme of Revelation is that God is going to be the ultimate victor in everything. The day is going to come when Jesus Christ will return to this earth and He will destroy all the enemies of God. He will establish His kingdom, His rightful kingdom on this planet. He will rule for a thousand years in what we call the Millennial Kingdom. Even beyond, we enter into the eternal ages of ages where we will live with our God in His very presence. So, to me, the theme of Revelation is to give us that future hope.
In Revelation 1:19 I believe, the Bible says that God told John something like, "I'm going to show you the things which you have seen. I want you to write about those things which you have seen, those things which are, and the things which shall be here after." That statement kind of gives us an overall overview of the format of what's going to be told.
The emphasis I think for us as Christians is that glorious future that we have in Christ. I would nail that down as the theme.
August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries
The theme of the book of Revelation is the person and program of Jesus Christ, as well as the theme of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. When you read Revelation 1:7 John says, "Behold, He cometh in the clouds and every eye shall see Him. And they also who pierced Him: and all the kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." When you look at Revelation 1:7 that parallels with the Jewish prophet Zechariah in 12:10 where he says that, "I will pour upon the house of David, upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and supplication: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced." Parallel that with Revelation 19:11 where it says, "I saw Heaven open and behold a white horse and He that sat upon him was called faithful and true and in righteousness doth He judge and make war." So the theme of the book of Revelation is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ back to this earth.
Those verses I just quoted all are Second Coming passages and not about the Rapture. At the Rapture Jesus is coming for His Church, and not every eye is going to see Him except the Church itself. But, at His Second Coming, Jesus is going to come back with His Church. So, the Rapture and the Second Coming are separated by Daniel's Seventieth Week of prophecy which is that seven year period of the Tribulation.
So, the theme of the Book of Revelation I believe would be the Second Coming of Jesus back to this earth.
Daymond Duck, Prophecy Plus Ministries
It's all about Jesus. That's what I would say. It is a prophecy. It is a book of prophecy about Jesus Christ.
In Revelation 19:10 the second part of that verse says, "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." The book of Revelation starts out with the resurrected Jesus and then it starts talking about His dealings with mankind through the Church Age, and then through the Tribulation period, and then through the Millennium, and finally on the New Earth.
In the book of Revelation Jesus is presented as the head of the Church of the line of the tribe of Judah. He's the coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He's going to sit on His throne and judge mankind. When Jesus is going to come back, He's going to straighten out this world. He's going to defeat the Devil. He's going to finish what He started in the Garden of Eden. It's going to be a wonderful thing!
I just love the book of Revelation. We are living in exciting times and I just wish more people would read it.
In the next part of this series on reading and understanding Revelation, the remaining members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will continue to answer the third question, "What is the theme of the book of Revelation?"