John's visions reveal that Jesus has overcome evil by his death and resurrection, and will return one day as the true king of the world.
The book of Revelation was written to seven churches as both encouragement and challenge. An apocalyptic letter, it relies on visions, symbols, and Old Testament references to reveal the ultimate fulfillment of God's promise given to Abraham in Genesis.
Read Scripture Part I
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Revelation, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Revelation, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
The book is not a secret code that allows believers to decipher the timeline of Jesus's return. Instead, it shows that every human kingdom eventually becomes Babylon and must be resisted. Jesus, the slain Lamb who died for the sins of the world, will return one day as King with His followers to prompt repentance.
He will remove evil permanently and make all things anew. That promise motivates every generation of God's people to remain faithful in the midst of persecution until their King returns.
The Book of Genesis starts when God creates the heavens, earth, and all life. He creates humans in His own Image, then rests. Everything He made is good.
Garden of Eden
God puts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, depicting a perfect environment and relationship with God, and blesses them to rule the earth and create like He does.
God gives humans the ability to choose. A serpent tempts them to disobey God and sin contaminates humanity and creation. God prophesies redemption for humans.
Humans populate and become exceptionally corrupt. Heartbroken, God floods the whole earth. Noah builds an ark and is spared. God reinstates His covenant with Noah.
Scattering of Nations
People repopulate, create Babylon, and desire a great tower to make themselves famous. God scatters and confuses them with different languages before it is built.
Read Scripture Part II
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Revelation, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Revelation, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Revelation 21-22: A New Heaven & A New EarthThe Bible Project
This is a modified selection from our Heaven & Earth Workbook which you can find in our Download Resources section. Jump in to find out more about the marrying of Heaven & Earth in the final book of the Bible, The Revelation....