Revelation References and Resources used:

1. Richard J Krejcir. Into Thy Word. “Into Thy Word Bible Study Method.” Writers Club Press. 2000.

2. Augustine. The City of God

3. Calvin, John. The Institutes of the Christian Religion

4. The Works of Early Church Fathers

5. The Works Eusebius

6. The Works of Justin

7. The Works of Josephus

8. Alan Johnson, Expositors Bible Commentary, I, II, Revelation. Zondervan. 1981, 1994.

9. Arthur Ogden, The Avenging Of The Apostles & Prophets, Ogden Publications, 1985

10. Barclay, William. Daily Study Bible: The Revelation of John. John Knox Press, 1977

11. Caird, G.B. Harper’s New Testament Commentaries: Revelation of St John, Hendrickson Publishers, 1987

12. Charles, R.H. International Critical Commentary: Revelation of St John, 1920

13. Craig S. Keener. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. Inter Varsity Press. 1993.

14. The Expositors Greek Testament, Eerdmans, 1979

15. Foy E. Wallace Jr., The Book Of Revelation, Wallace Publications,1966

16. G.B. Caird, A Commentary on the Revelation of Saint John the Devine, Harper and Row, 1966

17. Gerhard Krodel, Revelation, Augsburg, 1989

18. G.R. Beasley-Murray, The Book of Revelation, Eerdmans NCB, 1978

19. Halley’s Bible Handbook. Regency. 1927.

20. Hodge, Charles. Systematic Theology, Hendrickson, 1999

21. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come, Zondervan, 1958

22. Jerome H Smith, Ed. The New Treasury of SCRIPTURE Knowledge. Thomas Nelson. 1992.

23. Jim McGuiggan, The Book Of Revelation, Montex, 1976

24. John F. Walvoord, Revelation, Bible Knowledge Commentary, Victor Books, 1983.

25. George Eldon Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament, rev. ed. ed. Donald A. Hagner, Eerdmans, 1993

26. Merill C. Tenney, Interpreting Revelation, Eerdmans, 1957

27. The Moffatt, New Testament Commentary: Revelation of St John, Eerdmans, 1997

28. Morris, Leon. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries: Revelation of St John, Tyndale, 1969, 1984

29. New Geneva Study Bible. Thomas Nelson. 1995.

30. Philip Schaff, History Of The Christian Church, Vol. I, Eerdmans, 1910,1985

31. R.C. Sproul. Essential Truths of the Christian Faith. Tyndale. 1992.

32. Sturgeon’s Devotional Bible. Baker Books. 1964.

33. Warren Wiersbe. With the Word. Oliver Nelson. 1991.

34. Research at the Scholarly Archives at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA;Years of study & teaching notes;Seminary notes; Prayer

Richard Joseph Krejcir is the Founder and Director of “Into Thy Word Ministries,” a missions and discipling ministry. He is the author of several books including, Into Thy Word, and A Field Guide to Healthy Relationships. He is also a pastor, teacher, and speaker. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (M.Div.) and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology in London, England (Ph.D). He has garnered over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, mostly in youth ministry, including serving as a church growth consultant.

© 1992-2008, Richard J. Krejcir Ph.D. Into Thy Word Ministries www.intothyword.org

My Journey in Eschatology

I firmly believed in the classic dispensational view, a rapture, a seven year tribulation and Millennial reign of Christ. It was fact to me without question and a hill I would die upon—until someone challenged my on it. My very own high school youth group to whom I was teaching Revelation, kept asking me where is that? I do not see it! This does not make sense. And I could not answer their questions. I knew how to study the Bible but I was not using my own tools for Revelation or Matthew chapter twenty-four. Instead, I was relying on my prized possession a 1940’s edition of The Scofield Study Bible I received from one of my mentors, my favorite commentaries, one by Dr. John Walvoord and the other by Frank Gaebelein, not to mention I had also mostly memorized Hal Lindsey’s book, The Late Great Planet Earth. But I could not defend my positions biblically; I could only quote those who held that view. I just assumed I just did not get it and they did. So I decided to just read the Book of Revelation without reading my views into it, as many of us naturally do. I kept doing this for over ten years. During the same time, I had a run-in with one of my seminary professors about the Rapture who said none of this was biblical. I thought he was crazy; how could it not be biblical? What about all the great people who teach this, such as Ironside, Wiersbe, and Walter Martin to name a few, plus my mentor Ray Steadman who introduced me to Scofield and Darby.

So, I engaged this subject wholeheartedly; I wanted to see for myself. I read all the passages and the books, yet I could not find anything in the Bible where we could get a Rapture view or any declension of that view, or any of the classic dispensational views I thought were fact. In fact, I could not find the popular ideas of others, taught by so many people as dogmatic and even essential doctrine. The passages that are used to support a rapture and a seven year tribulation said nothing to this.

People who I would consider great exegetes and godly men were teaching this; I asked why. Why were they producing so much of these particulars of nonsense?

Perhaps they were just like all of us; maybe they made mistakes at logic or interpretation, or did not do their homework well. Or, maybe they did what I did, just relied on others and my favorite teachers and take it as that. I couldn’t get what many poplar sensationalists were saying either. What most Christians now believe and what I believed at one time was not there in the Bible’s evidence bag. I could not find a seven-year tribulation, an antichrist as a particular person, or a rapture or the Millennial reign that most pastors preach on and the plot lines of many popular Christian Books. I found that you have to read these things into the Bible because it just is not there; all the passages that were claimed were taken out of their context and twisted, and meanings subscribed to them that were not there originally or in reality.

I was upset, mad, and confused that I had missed the point. So I decided to make this a Schaeffer Institute project and then spent over ten years of careful exegetical and inductive analysis of Revelation, Matthew chapter 24 and many other Eschatological passages before I would write on this publicly as I am now. I sought what they clearly said, not what I was taught they said, or what I wanted them to say or what was popular in my theological tradition. Then I took the four main theories and laid them out side by side next to an exegetical and inductive work into the Book of Revelation. I was careful not to read into it any presumptions, leaving it up to you, the reader, to make your own conclusion—the reason it took ten years.

Yes, this was tough and cost me a lot of sleepless nights and struggles and over fifteen years to look at what I thought I already knew so well. This brought me to what real Biblical Eschatology is, to end times from what the Bible clearly speaks on.