By Robert McCan
Dr. McCan is a latest student who combines a sensible skepticism with profound appreciation for scripture. He illumines the previous testomony history, the symbolic language and the prophetic voice of John, the writer of Revelation. all through his e-book Dr. McCan issues to many of the methods the subjects 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 crew Bible study.
In his advent Dr. McCan invitations the reader to think about varied ways to the translation of Revelation, possibly the main mysterious publication of the Bible. Dr. McCan then presents additional heritage, ancient context, and a close remark 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 predicament 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 damaging guns of battle, ecological degradation and weather switch, and social and monetary platforms rooted in greed and exploitation.
The first bankruptcy of Revelation portrays Christ in all of his energy 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 special description in their situations and his phrases of problem and luxury exhibit his intimate wisdom of the churches.
In chapters four and five of Revelation John strikes clear of the persecution in the world 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 energy is eventually very constrained within the presence of this huge love.
Chapters 6-18 current visions of 7 seals opened, seven trumpets sounded, and 7 bowls of wrath poured out. those characterize 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 diverse visions of Christ’s go back are offered, every one when it comes to an outdated testomony prophecy and bringing a brand new perception. Dr. McCan concludes that God is awaiting our human reaction sooner than deciding upon the destiny of historical past. both “the country of the realm [must] develop into the dominion of our Lord and of his Messiah,” a world neighborhood of humanity, or the scroll of historical past may be rolled up and existence in the world will end.
Finally, a brand new Jerusalem comes down from heaven. Jesus’s prayer is replied and God’s nation comes in the world. the hot Jerusalem certainly contains the Jewish humans, yet its doorways also are large open to welcome each tribe and folks and non secular 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 an alternate 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