"An Overview of the Book of Revelation", by Dr. Edmond W. Holroyd, III, is a self-study guide to the last book of the Bible. It was used successfully at the early teen level for twenty years. Adults, also, have appreciated its insights and style since then. You may be able to access the PDF version of this study and save the file somewhere. If you print the PDF file, try printing on both sides of each sheet because there are 58 sides, some of which have color.
The author seeks to acquaint the Bible student with the message that John had for his own flock on the mainland. John wrote in the coded, apocalyptic style, recognizable to faithful Jews but not to most Roman or Greek rulers. John gave a message of hope and encouragement to those experiencing severe persecution for their faith. He also warned them against spiritual unfaithfulness, such as following heretical teachers or worshipping the Roman Emperor. He tells of the glories in heaven awaiting those who are overcomers. There the faithful will be united with Jesus Christ forever.
Other authors sometimes make detailed predictions of near-future events based on the Book of Revelation. The passage of time has shown most of those interpretations to be wrong. This study guide makes no attempt to link modern events in Iran, Russia, Libya, etc., with the prophesies in Revelation. It has generally a no-nonsense, non-sensational approach that follows interpretations ("church historical") that have been around for centuries. The author doubts that there is much that is theologically new in this study. Instead, the reader will find an attractive and informative style that has helped students of a wide range of ages to gain a deeper appreciation of this Biblical book of hope.
Table of Contents
Study Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bible Chapter
Lesson 1. .500 Years Before . . . . . . . . Daniel 8
. .Excerpts from 1 and 2 Maccabees
Lesson 2. .Faithful Under Persecution .1 Maccabees 1; 2 Maccabees 6,7
Lesson 3. .Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Revelation 1
Lesson 4. .The Seven Churches . . . . . . Revelation 2,3
Lesson 5. .The Scene in Heaven . . . . . .Revelation 4,5
Lesson 6. .Seals and Trumpets . . . . . . . Revelation 6,7,8,9
Lesson 7. .The Major Players . . . . . . . . Revelation 10,11,12,13
Lesson 8. .Harvest Time . . . . . . . . . . . . Revelation 14,15,16
Lesson 9. .Fall of the Global System . . .Revelation 17,18,19
Lesson 10. Welcome to Heaven . . . . . . .Revelation 20,21,22
Lesson 11. The Saints and Summary
Though this guide is meant to be studied in the indicated order, the links at the bottom of each page allow quick access to the other lessons in any order, especially for review.
Background, Introduction, Lesson 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11