Revelation – Hearing the Last Word by David Levy

(A book review and some reflections.)

This book provides a dispensational, pretribulational and premillennial interpretation of the Bible. David M. Levy was the first Director of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. He serves as the media resource specialist and a Bible teacher. He is the author of WWBI S.T.E.P. Notes on the Book of Revelation.

Revelation comes from the Greek word “Apocalypse” which means to uncover or unveil.

Three parts of Revelation are:
1. Christ: Things Past (1:1-20)
2. Churches: Things Present (2:1-3:22)
3. Consummation: Things Prophesied (4:1-22:21)

On the “Things Present,” our Lord Jesus Christ reveals the conditions of churches throughout history and up to the present day. He presents Himself as glorified with unique attributes and gives His counsel:

  Church Condition Glorified Christ Counsel
1 Ephesus Confronted Holds 7 stars, walks in the midst of candlesticks Remember the fall, return to first love, repent
2 Smyrna Comforted   First and Last, Dead and Alive Be faithful unto death
3 Pergamum Compromised Sharp two-edged sword Repent
4 Thyatira Corrupted Eyes like flames of fire, Feet like burnished brass Hold fast to works, love service, faith till I come
5 Sardis Crisis Seven Spirits of God   Be watchful, strengthen what is dying
6 Philadelphia Commitment Holy, True, Key of David Hold fast, let no one take your crown
7 Laodicea Complacency Amen, Faithful, True Witness, Beginning of Creation Be zealous and repent

Which of the above reflects my church or my own spiritual condition? What is Jesus’ counsel for my church and for me?

On the “Things Prophesied”, four parts are:
1. Prophecy before the Tribulation (4:1-5:14).
2. Program in the Tribulation (6:1-16:21).
3. Program after the Tribulation (20:1-22:5).
4. Proclamation of the Triumphant (22:6-21).

He gives simple headings for each chapter of his book. The scenes in Revelation are placed chronologically as shown in the chart below:

Q1. Why must all Christians read the Revelation of Jesus Christ?
Beyond the books of Acts, the Holy Spirit continues in His work to empower and infill believers for the witness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Q2. What are we to do with the clear commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ?
The Great Commandments (Matt. 22:37-39).
The Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

There are 7 blessedness for everyone who reads, hears, and keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.

The last two verses of Revelation say,
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

Elder Yoong Yuen Soo