Study Revelation With Humility – Revelation 17

Revelation is hard to understand.

You may have seen pastors or self proclaimed “Revelation experts.” They tend to have fancy charts and very sophisticated ways of explaining every detail of Revelation.  But even John, the writer of revelation said that it takes wisdom to understand parts of the prophesy.

“This calls for a mind with understanding.” Revelation 17:9

Part of the wisdom needed for understanding Revelation is “a hermeneutic of humility.”

When we interpret passages that are hard to understand  it is important not to be dogmatic about things that are unclear.

It is good to do our best to understand the passage, but we must not force the text to say something more clearly than it actually does.

Why do you think it is so tempting to be dogmatic about our own personal interpretations?

Share on Facebook or Twitter or post a comment. Get daily updates by subscribing by email. From my reading in Revelation 17 in the One Year Bible New Testament.


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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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