Contents of the first four seals from Revelation 6:1-8.
Types and duration of sessions
- Presentations – about 7 hours (no choir sessions during this time)
- Studies – about 8 hours (some may be simultaneous with choir rehearsals)
- Consolidation activities (quizzes, short summaries, question sessions as needed) – a total of about 3 hours during joint meetings.
Here are some more details:
Introduction to the interpretation of Revelation; the general structure and content of this book. A**
When: Saturday evening after the day trip.
Presentations about the historical events needed to interpret a given seal and the lessons from this. B**
When: First sessions every day when there are no trips.
Studies on each of the four seals (Revelation 6:1-8) and parallel passages from the messages to the Seven Churches and the Trumpets. C**
When: Middle sessions every day when there are no trips.
Quizzes related to the topic studied.
When: Most likely during the afternoon sessions
Short summaries mainly from the most recent presentations and studies or question sessions.
When: At the beginning of the final session each day.
A** During the session on the content and interpretation of Revelation, we propose to discuss:
The basis of the historical interpretation of Revelation and the reason for its rejection by Christianity (Streeter, p2-20).
- The need for knowledge of history to understand prophecy
- History and reliability of historical interpretation
General summary of the book of Revelation (talk by Br. D. Doran or D. Rice; (New Albany (Item #74L) p235 in PDF version of book)).
B** Based on the traditional division of European history into antiquity, medieval times and modern times. We propose four sessions on historical events:
- The Ancient Roman Empire
- The early Middle Ages
- The mature Middle Ages
- The late Middle Ages
There are at least four Bible Study publications that can be of great help in deriving important information needed to interpret this passage of Revelation. On their basis, the participants of the seminar would prepare 2 to 4 short presentations for each session which could be utilised by the brother leading the session.
C** In the Bible study sessions, the leading passage will be Revelation 6:1-8 (two verses per session) with additional passages:
- Revelation 2 and 3 chapter;
- Revelation 8:7-13;
- Matthew 13:1-43