By Robert McCan
Dr. McCan is a latest pupil who combines a sensible skepticism with profound appreciation for scripture. He illumines the outdated testomony history, the symbolic language and the prophetic voice of John, the writer of Revelation. all through his e-book Dr. McCan issues to a few of the methods the topics of Revelation were interpreted traditionally and the way they are often interpreted for the twenty first century. on the end of every bankruptcy are inquiries to facilitate use of the e-book for person or workforce Bible study.
In his creation Dr. McCan invitations the reader to contemplate various methods to the translation of Revelation, possibly the main mysterious e-book of the Bible. Dr. McCan then presents additional historical past, ancient context, and an in depth statement on every one bankruptcy in Revelation.
The ebook of Revelation used to be written to seven church buildings at the west coast of what's now Turkey. Christians have been dealing with the concern of persecution or even martyrdom in the event that they refused to take part in emperor worship. Revelation was once written essentially to offer superhuman braveness to early Christians within the face of persecution. Its message however applies to twenty first century Christians who additionally face it appears insurmountable problems—inconceivably harmful guns of battle, ecological degradation and weather switch, and social and fiscal structures rooted in greed and exploitation.
The first bankruptcy of Revelation portrays Christ in all of his strength and glory status one of the seven church buildings, guiding the future of humanity. Chapters 2 and three of Revelation comprise letters written via John to every of the seven church buildings. His exact description in their situations and his phrases of problem and luxury show his intimate wisdom of the churches.
In chapters four and five of Revelation John strikes clear of the persecution on the earth to a imaginative and prescient of heaven, with the “great corporation of heaven” making a song an exultant hymn of compliment to God for His paintings of production. this can be by means of a hymn to Christ for his redemption of humanity. Christians are proven that Caesar’s strength is finally very constrained within the presence of this great love.
Chapters 6-18 current visions of 7 seals opened, seven trumpets sounded, and 7 bowls of wrath poured out. those represent God’s partial judgments on unjust rulers and platforms of governance. The visions of destruction are supposed to be calls to repentance—until the 7th trumpet sounds and a last judgment is pronounced.
Chapters 18-22 care for the tip of historical past. devil is chained. Seven varied visions of Christ’s go back are provided, each one on the subject of an outdated testomony prophecy and bringing a brand new perception. Dr. McCan concludes that God is awaiting our human reaction prior to picking out the destiny of heritage. both “the nation of the realm [must] turn into the dominion of our Lord and of his Messiah,” an international neighborhood of humanity, or the scroll of background may be rolled up and lifestyles in the world will end.
Finally, a brand new Jerusalem comes down from heaven. Jesus’s prayer is responded and God’s country comes in the world. the recent Jerusalem clearly comprises the Jewish humans, yet its doorways also are broad open to welcome each tribe and other people and spiritual expression.
Dr. McCan’s Afterword is a decision to twenty first century Christians to turn into “sacred activists” operating as co-creators with God to carry God’s country on the earth. Appendices cross deeper into the heritage of Hebrew apocalyptic literature and an exam of “end time prophesies” in modern fundamentalist church buildings. This ebook bargains another interpretation of Revelation that speaks profoundly to the problems of our time.
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A Vision of Victory on Earth as in Heaven: A 21st Century Commentary on the Book of Revelation by Robert McCan