Revelation and the End of All Things

Overview

Revelation and the End of All Things is a highly readable guide to Revelation that engages the questions people most often ask about this difficult book in the Bible. Craig Koester ably takes readers through the entire book of Revelation, drawing on the best of recent scholarship while also giving attention to questions arising from events like the siege at Waco, the phenomenal sales of books in the Left Behind series, and the use of Revelation in hymnody and art.

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Overview

Revelation and the End of All Things is a highly readable guide to Revelation that engages the questions people most often ask about this difficult book in the Bible. Craig Koester ably takes readers through the entire book of Revelation, drawing on the best of recent scholarship while also giving attention to questions arising from events like the siege at Waco, the phenomenal sales of books in the Left Behind series, and the use of Revelation in hymnody and art.

While many of the questions that people ask about Revelation are sparked by sensationalistic interpretations of the book, these questions also point to major issues concerning our understanding of God and the future, death and life, judgment and hope. Rather than simply dismissing popular interpretations of Revelation, Koester first considers how these approaches work and why they are problematic. The rest of the book looks carefully at each section of Revelation, keeping the situations of first-century and twenty-first-century readers in mind. Koester's exceptional grasp of Revelation's history, text, and purpose allows him to present the message of Revelation in a way that is clear, engaging, and meaningful to modern readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802846600
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 219,256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Bibliography of Works Cited xiii
1. Interpreting the Mystery 1
Future Prediction or Timeless Truth? 2
History, Politics, and Reform 8
Apocalyptic Fever, Disappointment, and Tragedy 14
Rapture, Tribulation, and Armageddon 19
Historical Study of Revelation 26
Silence or Song? 31
Venturing Forward 38
2. Christ and the Churches (Revelation 1-3) 41
A Revelation--A Prophecy--A Letter (1:1-8) 42
In the Presence of the Living One (1:9-20) 52
Not All Readers Are Alike (2:1-3:22) 54
3. The Scroll Unsealed (Revelation 4-7) 71
The Sovereign God (4:1-11) 72
The Lamb Who Was Slain (5:1-14) 76
The First Six Seals (6:1-17) 81
The Redeemed: 144,000 and a Great Multitude (7:1-17) 88
4. Trumpets of Terror and Hope (Revelation 8-11) 93
The First Six Trumpets (8:1-9:21) 94
Judgment Interrupted (10:1-11) 101
Suffering, Witness, and Conversion (11:1-14) 104
The Kingdom of the Lord (11:15-19) 111
5. The Beast and the Lamb (Revelation 12-15) 115
The Woman, Michael, and the Dragon (12:1-18) 118
The Two Beasts (13:1-18) 125
Judgment, Blessing, and Endurance (14:1-20) 135
Lord of the Nations (15:1-4) 141
6. The Harlot and the Bride (Revelation 15-19) 145
The Seven Bowls of Wrath (15:5-16:21) 146
The Great Harlot (17:1-18) 154
Babylon's Funeral (18:1-24) 162
Hallelujah, the Lord Reigns (19:1-10) 168
7. The End (Revelation 19-22) 171
The Great Battle (19:11-21) 173
The Millennial Kingdom (20:1-6) 180
Final Conflict and Final Judgment (20:7-15) 187
The New Jersualem (21:1-22:5) 191
The End Is Near (22:6-21) 201
Index 207
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