Why the Book of Revelation is Not a Code to be Cracked

Episode 597 Show Notes 

From the Show

The Book of Revelation was written to believers to comfort them in the face of persecution. This is why I get frustrated when people read Revelation like its a puzzle that they need to unlock, saying that the “locusts” are references to helicopters, or what have you. We are not reading Revelation the way it is intended to be read.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. I grew up in a church that would go into a lot of details about the book of Revelation trying to discern if we were living in the last days and what it all meant, but in all those years I never understood the point or the big picture of what the book is about. What is the main thing I should get from reading the book?

2. What role do good works play in a Christian’s life as it relates to the final judgment?

3. Does God sometimes leave us to struggle in our own sin? I’ve struggled with a certain sin for a long time, and I have prayed countless times that God lead me from the temptation and that the sin wouldn’t have the hold on me that it has, and I still feel the same. I feel almost as if God is purposely having me struggle through it. Can you give me any advice?

4. If we find ourselves breaking the 10 Commandments, does that mean we need to try harder to put our trust in Christ and simply repent more often?

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Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners’ questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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