In this series, Blaine and Anthony have argued that Revelation is the theological capstone of the Bible. Nevertheless, because its method of doing theology draws upon the Jewish (rather than the Greco-Roman) tradition, many of its claims go right over the head of modern readers. In this show, Blaine and Anthony drill down on some of the most notorious elements in Revelation: the 144,000, the  Whore, the Beast, the Mark, and more. The actions of Revelation are not a disturbing fever dream. They are instead a profound picture of the world as it really is, and when we learn read our lives in terms of Revelation, we know how to follow Jesus as he establishes heaven on earth.

Mentioned in this episode:

The Seven-Part Structure of Revelation

  1. Prologue – 1:1-8
  2. Vision of Christ and the Messages – 1:9-3:22
  3. Vision of Heaven – 4-5
  4. 3 cycles of 7 Judgements – 6-16
  5. Fall of Babylon – 17:1-21:8
  6. New Jerusalem – 21:9-22:9
  7. Epilogue – 22:6-21


For a wonderful introduction, check out:

The Bible Project’s Two-Part Overview
Part One
Part Two

For a good book on the whole of revelation:

Michael Gorman Reading Revelation Responsibly
Scot McKnight and Cody Matchett Revelation for the Rest of Us

For a more scholarly take:

Richard Bauckham The Theology of the Book of Revelation
Richard Baukham The Climax of Prophecy

For a book on key elements and Old Testament allusions:

Brandon Smith The Trinity in the Book of Revelation
Tremper Longman III Revelation Through Old Testament Eyes 

The Divine Council Icon:

The Apotheosis of George Washington

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