As promised yesterday, we’re taking a look now at that strange book at the end of the Bible: Revelation. The Revelation of Jesus Christ to Saint John, or the “Apocalypse”, for short, is a unique book in the Bible, especially compared to the rest of the New Testament. Only brief half-chapter snippets of the first three Gospels come close to the style and tone that is found throughout this book. Revelation is often the centerpiece in popular end-times debates and theories, and people sometimes take their own interpretation and perspective for granted, assuming that “if you just read the book, you’ll see what I mean.”
Since we will be spending most of the rest of December reading this book, I’m inviting you to take thirty minutes out of your day to refresh your familiarity with the style, content, and purpose of this book, with a nod to the major interpretive approaches that are taken up.
Of course, now I realize that I’ve doubled this entry. I wrote this up last week already. Oh well, sorry. Now you get a second shot at it if you missed it last week.