This Saturday we will begin a new teaching series called “Recovering Revelation.” If you are like me, you react cynically when someone says that they are studying the Book of Revelation. There are so many poor interpretations of the Revelation that it is a wonder anyone has any understanding of the book at all.
G.K. Chesterton is famous for saying the following about the author of the last book of the Bible.
And though St. John the Evangelist saw many strange monsters in his vision, he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators.
It is the “wild commentators” who have made Revelation almost unreadable today. The sheer number of commentators on the book have have not made it less unclear.
The title, “Recovering Revelation” could mean a couple of different things. I think that Revelation needs to be recovered, by us, in hopes of giving it a fresh reading. There are some good guides who help us read it well. I hope to point some of them out to you. On the other hand, our capacity to understand God’s guidance in Scripture requires that we worship righly and worship regularly. In fact, as you will discover, the Revelation is a book about worship.
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light
of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word
and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s
glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the
ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with
you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.