Here is a real treat. A series of lectures on the Book of Revelation given by Rev. David Chilton several years before he died. He died in 1997. I’m not exactly sure when these were recorded. Probably in the late 1980s.
The series is in eight parts. In the first part, Chilton introduces the Book of Revelation. He does it as only David Chilton can. With his masterful understanding of biblical symbolism and prophetic themes from Genesis through Revelation, coupled with his manic, southern-California style and sense of humor–you haven’t heard a prophecy teacher like this before!
(Examples: Jonah’s prophecy to Nineveh: “Bambi Meets Godzilla.” Disobedience to God’s commands meant that, of a surety, you were in deep guacamole; the New Jerusalem is NOT a “space station” hovering over planet earth; etc.)
The Revelation of. . . Jesus Christ
The main point Chilton makes in part 1 is this: the prophecies of the Bible — including those in Revelation — are not pure prediction in the “Jeanne Dixon” sense of the word. They’re not a display of God’s foretelling prowess. They are covenantal and they are ethical. They’re God’s judgments pronounced infallibly through His prosecuting attorneys, His prophets. And the main thing that is revealed in the book is, . . . JESUS CHRIST.
Chilton advocates for reading the Book of Revelation as though it were a part of the Bible, and not, as many do, as a separate work of “science fiction.”
Let that sink in. Read the Book of Revelation as though it were a part of the Bible.
In other words, let all of the rest of Scripture, particularly the Old Testament, be your guide to interpreting this last book of the Bible. Stop decoupling it from the other 65 books! That is the key to understanding it. It will help you to avoid the trap of “headline hermeneutics.”
I love these lectures. The comedic confidence exuded by Chilton in this series will ensure that you will not fall asleep during his free-wheeling expository, exegetical and rhetorical bull ride. Let the rodeo begin. Yee-haw!
Enjoy the lectures.
Here is Part One:
For a little bit more info on who David Chilton was, here is an article.