First, the book itself insists that it's addressed to a specific group of churches to speak to their own circumstances. Let's begin with Revelation's introductory words my translation, with notes:.
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Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who hear the words of the prophecy and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is near. John, to the seven churches that are in Asia Working back, we observe several things. First, Revelation is addressed to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia. We'd locate them in western Turkey today. Identified in chapters two and three, these churches inhabited some of the major cities in the Roman Empire, including Ephesus, a top five city of the day.
Second, Revelation's author John describes the vision as speaking to things that must happen "soon" for "the time is near. At several points Revelation reminds those ancient Christians to expect their redemption to come "soon" 1: Revelation was written not to tell us what to expect in our future but to give ancient Christians hope for dealing with their own. While modern interpreters disagree on many points, almost all agree on the basic historical circumstances addressed by Revelation.
Second, we know a lot about the kind of literature Revelation represents. Revelation is an apocalypse, a form of literature with which biblical scholars have grown quite familiar. Indeed, Revelation constitutes the first book that calls itself an apocalypse. The Greek word apokalypsis stands as the book's very first word. Between the third century B. See my book " Ultimate Things " for an introduction to this literature or my entry, "Apocalypses," in the new " Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. They all relate a vision experienced by a single visionary.
The visionary receives instruction and guidance from a heavenly being, usually an angel. And the vision reveals either otherworldly affairs or the resolution of history. Readers encounter what's going on in heaven, the arrival of the messiah, and the final judgment, among other topics. Striking images that require imaginative interpretation are common to all these works.
Revelation provides a classic example of an apocalypse, as it includes every one of these features. The Protestant Bible includes only two apocalypses, Daniel and Revelation. However, the Ethiopian Orthodox canon includes 1 Enoch, perhaps the greatest of the literary apocalypses.
The New Testament epistle of Jude alludes to 1 Enoch on two occasions, and at least 11 copies or fragments of 1 Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Several important Jewish apocalypses date from about the time of Revelation's composition, including 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch, 3 Baruch and the Apocalypse of Abraham. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.
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Called Bible saturation in his book and maybe n the works of others , it was a new phrase to me. He explains truths being revealed to the first century Christians came from familiar scriptures from as early as Genesis right through the letters of Paul. They knew them, they understood them and had memories of being taught these lessons. This was a call to remember and come back home. We see in this book that the Bible is timeless and that those lessons for those two thousand years ago, still need to relearned and applied by us day by day.
God does have a plan and the end does not bode well for those who refuse His Grace. There is still time for us but it shouldn't be squandered. It is inspirational and informative. I highly recommend this book. Easy to understand, clear writing without heavy theological terms. I really love this book! I like the approach the author uses to help me understand this book of the Bible which I have never really studied beyond the first three chapters.
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I also like the fact he methodically uses the the text of Revelation and elaborates on the verses, also gives historical background and references from other portions of Scripture. It is of constant amazement to me how otherwise competent scholars can miss very obvious biblical teaching about eschatology.
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John declared that he was writing: How can you miss that the central them of Revelation is the defeat of Babylon Rev. The author has an awesome way of explaining the complexities of Revelation with such ease. He opened my eyes to the true meaning of the last chapter of the Bible.