22 references to Revelation in the Reformed confessions

As a minister in the Christian Reformed Church, I limited myself to the ‘three forms of unity’ (The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism and The Canons of Dort), as well as Our World Belongs to God (a contemporary testimony of the Christian Reformed Church), and the Belhar Confession (the status of which is currently being decided by the denomination). In a separate post I will review the references to Revelation in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger Catechism.
  1. The Belgic Confession, Article 4, recognizes “the Revelation of the apostle John” as one of the canonical books of the Bible.
  2. The Belgic Confession, Article 7, refers to Revelation 22.18-19 to teach that Scripture is sufficient and that no one ought to teach other than what the Bible has taught the church.
  3. The Belgic Confession, Article 37, refers to Revelation 20.12 in its discussion of the judgment of the dead. It interprets “the books will be opened” as referring to the consciences of the resurrected dead.
  4. The Belgic Confession, Article 37, also quotes Revelation 7.17’s promise that on the last day “all tears will be ‘wiped from their eyes.’”
  5. The Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 31, refers to Revelation 12.10-11 as a promise that God governs, guards and keeps us.
  6. The Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 51, refers to Revelation 19.11-16 when it says Christ “defends us and keeps us safe from all enemies.”
  7. The Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 54, refers to Revelation 5.9 as a prooftext that the Son of God has gathered a community “out of the entire human race.”
  8. The Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 70, refers to Revelation 1.5 to support its discussion of the forgiveness of sins based on Christ’s blood poured out for the believer.
  9. The Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 73, refers to Revelation 1.5 and 7.14 to say that the blood and Spirit of Christ wash away sins.
  10. The Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 94, refers to Revelation 19.10 and 22.8-9 in its prohibition of prayer to “saints or to other creatures.”
  11. The Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 112, refers to Revelation 21.8 for support when it says that the use of lying and deceit “would call down on me God’s intense anger.”
  12. The Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 117, mentions Revelation 4 as support when it says that we must “humble ourselves” in God’s “majestic presence.”
  13. The Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer 123, refers to Revelation 22.17 and 22.20 in its discussion of the completion of God’s kingdom.
  14. Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, Section 2, refers to Revelation 4-5 when it affirms that God is king, Christ is victor, his rule has begun, and our world belongs to God.
  15. Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, Section 6, quotes Revelation 22.20 when it calls out, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
  16. Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, Section 19, refers to Revelation 11.15 when it affirms that the world is God’s kingdom.
  17. Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, Section 29, gives Revelation 5 as a reference when it says that Jesus rules the world.
  18. Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, Section 30, refers to Revelation 7 when it says that people from every language and nation “are gathered into the unity of the body of Christ.”
  19. Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, Section 38, refers to Revelation 21.9 when it describes the church as the Bride of Christ.
  20. Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, Section 40, refers to Revelation 19.6-9 when it affirms that Jesus will come again and call believers to the Supper of the Lamb.
  21. Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony, Section 56, refers to Revelation 11.15 to say that God’s “kingdom shall come fully, and our Lord shall rule forever.”
  22. The Belhar Confession, Section 3, refers to Revelation 21-22 when it says that “the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

(The Canons of Dort contain no references to the book of Revelation.)

Source: the author’s personal study

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