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The Things Hereafter is a biblical study guide of the Book of Revelation designed for small study groups. It contains the entire AV text and a complete outline of the Book of Revelation. Teachers, preachers, and study group leaders will find it an excellent accessory for teaching this pertinent book of prophecy.
It was never my idea to publish a book when this study began.
It simply began as a pastor trying to do the will of God by
proclaiming the “whole counsel of God.” I can only hope that
the thousands of hours that were spent in preparing this study
guide can and will be put to use by those who love and teach the
Many books are available today that specialize in prophecy.
Some are verse-by-verse studies, while the majority are interpretations
of prophetic events. I did not attempt to interpret
the Word of God in twenty-first century terms. Rather, the following
basic principles of Biblical interpretation have been followed
in this study guide:
1. Never take a verse out of context to make a pretext.
2. Always compare Scripture with Scripture.
3. Never read into Scripture where Scripture is silent.
4. When Scripture is silent, consider the silence good.
5. Seek no other sense than the literal sense when the literal
sense makes sense—lest it become nonsense.
6. Determine doctrines on Scripture rather than personal experience.
7. Allow Scripture to interpret itself.
By adhering to the above principles, the reader will find that this
study guide will present only that which adheres to Scriptural
teaching. The doctrine of eschatology has been so misunderstood
in these last times. Many Christians are taught fables for facts
and very little that is taught in many modern pulpits has anything
to do with the Scriptures. Sadly, the greatest mistake in the
church today is the lack of any Bible teaching regarding the Book
of Revelation—a revealing of Jesus Christ.
As introduction to the study guide contents of this book,
the author would ask the reader to keep the following in mind regarding
prophecy and prophetical events:
What is Prophecy?
Prophecy is the presentation of future history as past
How is Prophecy Used?
Prophecy is used to relay God’s messages of judgment or
promise to man.
When is Prophecy Used?
Prophecy is used when God wishes to reveal future events
1. Man may prepare for that event
2. He may prove His authority
3. He may give credence to His Word.
Who is Involved in Prophecy?
1. God, as the Source of the Message
2. Prophet, as the Bearer of the Message
3. People, as the Receiver of the Message
Who is a True Prophet?
A True Prophet must meet the following guidelines:
1. He must receive his message from God
2. Every word of his prophecy must either be fulfilled or
3. He can never be wrong in any specifics (e.g. dates,
times, places, persons, event order, etc.)
Why Does God Use Prophecy?
God uses prophecy for the following reasons:
1. To reveal His omniscience to man
2. To communicate between an immortal God and mortal
3. To allow man to have proof of His sovereignty
God promises a special blessing to those who “readeth, and
they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things
which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” May God
richly bless you, the reader, as you study God’s Word. May this
study guide be only an aid to that study.