Four ways to read Revelation


A diagram contrasting the four main ways of reading the book of Revelation, in terms of the timing of the events in relationship to the original and contemporary readers. Adapted from ‘The Unveiling’ studies by Phil Campbell ( PDF version (127 KB)


6 thoughts on “Four ways to read Revelation

  1. First of all, thanks for your wonderful site! It is such a blessing. I was always searching for something like that!
    Even though there is a mistake in the table. Most preterists would argue for a pre AD 70 date of revelation! (i.e. Ken Gentry)
    Also among non-prets this view is sometimes held.
    So when inclueded in the table you should at least put pre AD 70 there as well, just for truths sake 🙂

    God bless your wonderful work!

  2. Clicked POST too soon. I was going to add that there is at least one additional way to read the book of Revelation. Read it in the sense that it is Christ being revealed as who he really is to various groups. While similar to the idealist method, reading it in this manner is quite eye opening. Christ reveals himself to his church (1-3), reveals himself as the only one worthy (4-5), as the one who will execute judgment (6-18), as God (19-22). This can be broken down further, particularly as it pertains to executing judgment (revealed to the world, revealed to Satan, revealed to Babylon).

    • Thanks Matt. Sorry, it isn’t very clearly stated here, but the diagram really is focused on the temporal aspect of reading Revelation (i.e. the timing of the events described relative to the original and contemporary audience), rather than interpretative models in general. But I like the idea you’re suggesting, of the different ways Revelation reveals Jesus, i.e. it’s not simply a revelation from him, but also of him (1:1).

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