JESUS "VICTORIOUS KING"
In the history of the church there have been many schools of interpretation for the book of Revelation, all of them have strengths and weaknesses, the most important are:
Historicism: who sees each vision and symbol as a series of gradually unfolding stories (they have a concern with identifying men and events in history with the symbols of Revelation). Chronology ... the weakness with this school of thought is that there is nothing that can tell us what time we are in. For the Asian churches, they were in the end times, weren't we? The church has always lived in this tension.
Preterist: that takes the Apocalypse as a book that was mostly fulfilled and consummated in the period of Nero (70 AD) or Domitian (90 AD) (it depends on what position they have in relation to the date it was written). It only helps us to know the character of God, what blessedness is there in this book for believers who are being persecuted today and for those who have been persecuted in the past?
The futurist , who expects the fulfillment of everything in the future. They ignore the warnings to the churches of Asia and the warnings to the church in other generations that may fall into the same. It is an irrelevant book for the history of the church, since these events will begin with the rapture, it assumes a church that does not suffer in history and a God who is not sending judgments to the nations.
Idealist: they spiritualize, for them the objective of the book is to teach us the spiritual history of the church of Christ, warn us of those spiritual dangers to which we are subject, describe the great struggle against evil, and console us with the assurance of final triumph over the powers of darkness. It does not reveal the future.
We will study the letter taking into account that it was written for the seven churches of Asia Minor (something of preterism), understanding that God's purpose was not to give us a crystal ball to establish dates of when the events of the second coming of Christ would occur. . Both for the churches of Asia, as for us, the letter calls us to be ready and to remain faithful until their return (Futurism), while through time the signs described here are fulfilled (Historicism).
The first coming of Christ brought time and history to a crisis: “we are in the last times”, the first coming of Christ brought God's plans to their perfect fulfillment “But when the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman and born under the law, ”(Galatians 4: 4, RVR60) ; so I will follow many brothers who have seen the Apocalypse as a book that again and again recapitulates, encouraging the church from the time of John to the present day to persevere. Each of the visions, from a different perspective emphasizes that although there is a declared war against the church ,. the final victory will be of the Lord and his people: Rev. 17:14 “They will fight against the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with him are called chosen and faithful ”.
Taking as a point of reference the main theme of the book "Revealing Christ as Victorious King" , John's constant use of the number 7 and the times that John says he was in the Spirit, I will divide this study into 7 mini-series:
Prologue "The Revelation of Jesus Christ" (1: 1-3)
Introduction “The gospel of Jesus Christ” (1: 4-8)
Jesus "High Priest and Head of the Church" (1: 9 - 3:22 - Vs10)
Jesus “Lamb and the Lion, worthy to open the seals” (4-16: 21… Vs 4.1)
Jesus "faithful husband" (17-21: 8 ... Vs 17.3)
Jesus “Victorious King” (21: 9 - 22: 5… Vs. 21.10)
Conclusion (22: 6 - 21)