By Dr. David R. Reagan
Founder & Director, Lamb & Lion Ministries
Over the next few weeks our television show Christ in Prophecy will share with you the opinions of 13 Bible prophecy experts concerning various questions related to the book of Revelation. You will find these interviews fascinating and very informative. The interviews were conducted at a national Bible prophecy conference that was held in the Dallas, Texas area.
The following from this week’s program is a sampling of answers given by our panel of Bible prophecy experts as they address the question above.
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 hereafter.” 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 returns, 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.
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 remaining members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will continue to address:
#3. What is the theme of the book of Revelation?
Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries
The theme of the book of Revelation is God revealing to us through Jesus what He is going to do. If you look at the first verse of chapter 1, you see that God gave Jesus this revelation to give to us. Again, that implies a need for us to know some things. It’s also a statement that says man does not know what’s going to happen, but he needs to know. Only God knows what the future holds. Our Lord is not the kind of God that’s capricious in any kind of way. He doesn’t just act randomly. He wants us to understand a course of history that He has set about and which He is going to bring to a conclusion.
Mark Hitchcock, Faith Bible Church
The overall theme of the book of Revelation I believe is the reign of the Messiah. It’s the kingdom of God on the earth.
A couple of key chapters in Revelation are Revelation 4 and 5, an there we have a picture especially in Revelation 5 of Jesus the Son of Man and the lamb who is a lion. Jesus takes the Seven Sealed Scroll from the hand of the Father. Jesus is the one then who begins to open the seals on the scroll. The only document in ancient times that was sealed that way with seven seals by seven witnesses was one’s last will and testament. So, I think Jesus there in this passage is taking the will or the inheritance from the Father. In order for Him to get the inheritance these seals have to be opened, which is one judgment right after another.
The Seventh Seal then issues forth into Seven Trumpets. I believe the Seventh Trumpet and the Seventh Bowl is when all that is finally taken place in Revelation 20 happens and the Kingdom of God comes to this earth. I think that’s what the book of Revelation is about.
What I would say to kind of give a definition is that the book of Revelation is the advanced history of how Jesus Christ by means of judgment becomes King. God’s given the advanced history of how Jesus Christ becomes King, but it’s through judgment He judges the sinful world first. All of human history reaches it pinnacle and zenith in the Kingdom of God instituted here on earth.
Ken Humphries, Treasured Truth Today Ministries
To me the overall theme of the book of Revelation of Jesus Christ is Jesus Christ. You read through the Book of the Revelation chapters 1-3 and you see Jesus there as the Lord walking in the midst of the Churches. You come into chapter 4 and 5 and you see the Lord Jesus in the midst of the throne. You come into chapter 6-20 and you see Jesus as the lion in the midst of the tribes. Chapters 21-22 you see Jesus as the light in the midst of eternity. So, for me the whole theme of the Book of the Revelation is primarily Jesus Christ. There would be more added themes to that, but primarily for me the theme is Jesus Christ.
Terry James, Rapture Ready
I’d say it is a revelation, not of many prophecies or many different unfolding of events and things like that, but a revelation of Jesus Christ in all of His power and glory and honor. Revelation is also a record announcing the end from the beginning of the history until the consummation of human history. The fact is that God knows the end from the beginning, of course, which is another reason to study Bible prophecy.
Tom McCall, Tom McCall Ministries
Revelation is about Jesus Christ. It is His revelation. He is the one being revealed. It’s specifically about His Second Coming. That’s the overall theme. But, there are a lot of details involved. Revelation includes Church history. There’s the Rapture of the Church. There’s the Tribulation period. There’s the whole rise of the Antichrist and his fall, and then Armageddon. Then, there is the Second Coming of Christ followed by the truth about the Millennium and the eternal state. There are a lot of details, but the basic theme is — Christ is coming again.
Nathan Jones, Lamb & Lion Ministries
I got a crash course in this question during my ordination interview. When I was being ordained a bunch of elders surrounded around me and they were all asking questions. The one sitting right in front of me says, “In a few words sum up the book of Revelation.” Well, I went on and on and on about sheep and goats and the Antichrist and topics like that. But he stopped me and said, “No, no, no! It’s this: get ready.” That was so simple! He was right, Revelation is about getting ready. Get ready for Jesus to come back. Get your life in order. And, get ready for an eternity with Christ.
In the next part of this series on reading and understanding Revelation, the members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will answer the fourth question, “Is the book of Revelation history or prophecy?”