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A fun and fascinating way to learn about the book of Revelation.

The Bible’s final book, Revelation, can seem intimidating or downright impossible to comprehend, even for serious students of the Scriptures.

Filled with complex imagery, vivid depictions of violence, and challenging spiritual references, Revelation is often set aside by readers in favor of more straightforward,...

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Overview

A fun and fascinating way to learn about the book of Revelation.

The Bible’s final book, Revelation, can seem intimidating or downright impossible to comprehend, even for serious students of the Scriptures.

Filled with complex imagery, vivid depictions of violence, and challenging spiritual references, Revelation is often set aside by readers in favor of more straightforward, easier-to-digest biblical material. Yet the capstone of the canon need not remain a mystery.

In this refreshingly accessible book, Bible scholar and best-selling author
Tim LaHaye (originator of the Left Behind series) and renowned puzzle master
Timothy E. Parker (editor of the USA
Today
Crossword, and founder of The Universal Crossword, King James
Games, and Master Puzzles) demystify Revelation for your benefit.

Absorb this book and discover afresh—or for the first time—the richness of Revelation and its God-breathed, life-changing power to deepen your walk of faith.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400206186
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 143,889
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Tim LaHaye is president of Tim LaHaye Ministries and founder of the Pre Trib Research Center. He has writtenmore thansixty non-fiction books. Dr. LaHaye holds a D.Min. degree from Western Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Literature degree from Liberty University. He and his wife, Beverly, have been married more thansixty-fiveyears.

Puzzle master Timothy E. Parker is Senior Crossword Puzzle Editor of USA Today Crosswords and the “World’s Most Syndicated Puzzle Compiler,” according to Guinness World Records. Parker is the founder of the television show Bible Brilliant and constructs crosswords, word searches, anagrams, cryptograms, mazes, column raises, slide-n-solves, the Japanese games Sudoku and Kakuro, hangman, and a mass array of trivia and original games.

Biography

Sometimes, while sitting on airplanes, evangelical preacher Tim LaHaye would ask himself, “What if the Rapture occurred on an airplane?" That germ of an idea grew into the phenomenally successful Left Behind series, which LaHaye coauthors with fiction writer Jerry B. Jenkins. The books combine Biblical prophecy with speculative fiction to produce an action-packed thriller about events between the Rapture, when (according to one Christian tradition) the faithful will ascend to heaven, and the Second Coming.

Before the series began, Jenkins had carved out a career writing other people's autobiographies -- he ghostwrote or co-wrote those of Billy Graham, Orel Herschiser, Hank Aaron, and Nolan Ryan, among others -- as well as writing novels and a few inspirational books on marriage and parenting. Tim LaHaye also wrote books on marriage and faith, served as the pastor for a ministry in California, and co-founded The Pre-Trib Research Center, a Bible scholarship group dedicated to the study of end-times prophecy. LaHaye spent several years searching for a coauthor who could take his vision of the earth's last days -- including that intriguing image of passengers vanishing from an airplane -- and spin it into fiction. Finally, LaHaye and Jenkins were introduced by their mutual literary agent at Alive Communications, and Jenkins began writing the story of airline captain Rayford Steele, whose wife and son vanish along with millions of other true believers. Those "left behind" on Earth have a last chance to choose sides in the ensuing battle between good and evil.

The books became a blockbuster hit. Sales of the Left Behind series soared with each successive volume, and by 2001, ABC News reported, 50 million had been sold. "The formula combines Tom Clancy-like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash and Biblical references," The New York Times wrote, explaining how its authors pulled off "an unparalleled achievement for an evangelical novel." LaHaye and Jenkins were stunned by their own success: "I've been writing for 40 years, with 12 million books in print, but I've never seen anything like this," said LaHaye.

The series has spawned a slew of spinoffs: comic books, calendars, a young adults' series, dramatized audio recordings and a movie based on the first book. It has also generated controversy, both within and without the Christian community, for issues ranging from politics (the U.N. figures into the story as a tool of the Antichrist) to Scriptural interpretation (many New Testament scholars reject LaHaye's belief, first popularized by John Nelson Darby in the 1830s, in a seven-year tribulation period following the Rapture).

But LaHaye and Jenkins are convinced that their message is getting through to their readers. They estimate that more than 2,000 people have converted as a result of reading the Left Behind books. "And needless to say, for us that's more important than bestsellers, or money, or anything else," says Jenkins.

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Jerry Jenkins is also the writer of a syndicated comic strip, "Gil Thorp," which runs in 60 newspapers nationwide.
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    1. Hometown:
      Jerry B. Jenkins lives in Black Forest, Colorado
    1. Education:
      Tim LaHaye has a B.A., Bob Jones University; and a Doctorate of Ministries, Western Baptist Seminary
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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    A fun and fascinating way to learn about the book of Revelation.

    A fun and fascinating way to learn about the book of Revelation. I have been studying the Bible for years, but to be completely honest, I’ve always shied away from the book of Revelation. Something about the imagery and prophesy, not to mention my fear of not being able to comprehend the true meaning, I’ve never read more than a Scripture or two, at most.  When I saw the title of this book, along with the name Tim LaHaye, I knew I had to read it!
     Prior to reading any book, I take a minute to review a few specific parts.  I read both flaps (which contain the book summary and the authors’ biographies), the Table of Contents, and various items that jump off the page at me.  I was already familiar with Tim LaHaye and The Left Behind series, but I was introduced to Timothy E. Parker, Puzzle Compiler Extraordinaire!  Also, of particular interest, were Appendix A and Appendix B:  What Christ says in Revelation 1-3 that Should Bring us Joy and Names for Our Lord Throughout Scripture.  When I started the book, I was extremely disappointed with the format.  I’m not sure if I thought it would be written like a novel, but I never expected it to be a verse by verse breakdown of the book of Revelation. Perhaps I was afraid I would get bored with the book as it was written and stop reading it, or even worse, not actually learn anything about Revelation.  I forced myself to keep reading, no matter what, and I’m so happy I did.  I have learned so much more than I ever imagined I would.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a desire to dig deep into the Book of Revelation and to deepen their walk of faith.
    DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FREE FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH THE BOOKLOOK BLOGGERS BOOK REVIEW BLOGGERS PROGRAM. I WAS NOT REQUIRED TO WRITE A POSITIVE REVIEW. THE OPINIONS I HAVE EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING.”

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

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    Tim LaHaye & Timothy E. Parker in their new book, ¿The Book

    Tim LaHaye & Timothy E. Parker in their new book, “The Book of Revelation Made Clear” published by Thomas Nelson Publishers brings us A Down-to-Earth Guide to Understanding the Most Mysterious Book of the Bible.




    From the back cover:   A fun and fascinating way to learn about the book of Revelation.




    The Bible’s final book, Revelation, can seem intimidating or downright impossible to comprehend, even for serious students of the Scriptures.




    Filled with complex imagery, vivid depictions of violence, and challenging spiritual references, Revelation is often set aside by readers in favor of more straightforward, easier-to-digest biblical material. Yet the capstone of the canon need not remain a mystery.




    In this refreshingly accessible book, Bible scholar and best-selling author Tim LaHaye (originator of the Left Behind series) and renowned puzzle master Timothy E. Parker (editor of the USA Today Crossword, and founder of The Universal Crossword, King James Games, and Master Puzzles) demystify Revelation for your benefit.




    Absorb this book and discover afresh—or for the first time—the richness of Revelation and its God-breathed, life-changing power to deepen your walk of faith.




    Revelation is the only book of The Bible that tells us it comes with a blessing for reading it.  Yet, most people shy away from reading it because the imagery that it contains seems to be very difficult to understand.  Tim LaHaye & Timothy E. Parker give us an easy comprehensive study to teach us that Revelation was written to give us an understanding of what will happen in the future. believers who were facing persecution and hostility from the ruling culture.  At the beginning of each chapter you will find a short pre- quiz dealing with the outlined Scripture, where you are given the opportunity to test of knowledge of the verses involved. The questions are followed by the scriptures that pertains to them and then a precise explanation of what that scripture means. Finally the same three questions are repeated but with the answers provided. Tim LaHaye & Timothy E. Parker have given us an easy way to read and understand the final book of The Bible. It also aids in getting us the blessing as it gives us the ability to sit down and read the book in its entirety. I recommend this book highly.




    If you missed the interview for “Edge Of Apocalypse”, the first book, or “Thunder of Heaven” and would like to listen to it and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted October 29, 2014

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    4.5 Stars The book of Revelation in the Bible is usually seen a

    4.5 Stars

    The book of Revelation in the Bible is usually seen as confusing at best. Some find it scary, others hopeful, and some even think it's just one large analogy instead of actual events. Wherever the reader finds themselves on the spectrum doesn't matter when reading this book. Because I had read other reviews on the book before starting, I was prepared for the setup and features of each chapter. The authors literally break down the entire book of Revelation by verse and then give their interpretations on what it means. Included throughout the book are pre-quizzes that open each chapter and the answers to the quiz can be found at the very end of each chapter. The quizzes weren't hard - they tested what you know (or thought you knew) about the verses that would be discussed in that chapter. It was interesting to see how wrong I was when I had finished reading the scripture and the interpretations. I think the quizzes helped to show misguided thoughts and information about the scripture while also making sure the reader knew the correct answers to each question. The interpretations given by the author were done in very easy terms - it wasn't like being preached at or attending a kind of lecture. They were brief but held a ton of information about the symbolism being used and the actual meaning behind the verses. I have struggled with reading the book of Revelation for several years, mostly because I didn't know what was symbolism and what was real - but this book broke it down into easy to digest pieces that left nothing to question. I know I'll be referring back to this book many times in the future as I re-read the final book of the Bible. Very highly recommended for those who have any sort of issue with the book of Revelation - be it confused, frightened, or just completely mind boggling - as well as for those who want a deeper look at the scripture and a better understanding of what is being said.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 5, 2014

    This book tries to take one of the most intimidating and confusi

    This book tries to take one of the most intimidating and confusing books of the Bible, Revelation, and make it a little easier to understand. The authors have broken the book up into small chunk of verses and start each section with a short quiz about the verses they’ll be reviewing.  After reading through the verses, there’s a short section that attempts to explain what they mean and why they are significant. Each section is followed up by providing the answers to the quiz.




    While I enjoyed the way the book was structured, I thought that it lacked depth.  I don’t think that the book of Revelation is something you can sum up so easily. The authors touched on some important topics, while just skimming over other very important ones. I’d have preferred if the reasoning for their interpretation was provided, of course that may make Revelation less clear than the title states. :) It’s not a horrible book, but it is lacking a little depth.




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    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

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    Obviously no book on Revelation will truly make things ¿clear¿ n

    Obviously no book on Revelation will truly make things “clear” nor be the definitive word on the subject. The book of Revelation alone is a daunting tome filled with symbolism, archaic writing style and controversy. But like most theologians, the idea of Revelation is one of intrigue and so of course I took a closer look, but instead of clarity, I guess I am even more confused.

    “There are those who call me… Tim?”

    First the choice of authorship.  Timothy Parker (the first Tim) is a Puzzle Master! In fact the cover says there are 77 Master quizzes in the book! Oddly each quiz comes before the chapter – so I guess you need to study up before you read this book. And even though it says “quizzes” (which I would assume would be like a word search or a puzzle or something creative) all of the quizzes are in fact multiple guess questions.

    The second author is Tim Lahaye who co-authored the Left Behind series – so expect a dispensationalist view on the afterlife; and while dispensationalism is certainly one view on interpreting Revelation – it is only that; one view and not a very popular view among Bible scholars at that.

    Now, to take issue with the title – it says the Book of Revelation “made clear” and at only 187 pages it doesn’t really do its job. I would say it’s more like a “beginner” or an “introduction” to Revelation. It’s a starting point, you could say… “If you don’t know where to start, you could start here…”

    In other words, you could certainly begin your study of understanding Revelation, but this is far from a definitive word and I would hope that this book only fuels the fire in you to learn more and go deeper.

    This book is only one viewpoint, with only one option of interpretation and if you’ve read Left Behind (or watched the terrible Left Behind films) you probably already know it.

    Thank you to Booklook for this sample copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    THE BOOK OF REVELATION MADE CLEAR By Tim LaHaye &Timothy E.

    THE BOOK OF REVELATION MADE CLEAR
    By Tim LaHaye &Timothy E. Parker
    The authors make the book of Revelation easy to understand. In my opinion, they do an outstanding job to give all readers a easy to understand meaning of what Revelation is about and the importance of the prophecy. They start each section with three multiple-choice questions about each verse or verses. They take you through Revelation verse by verse revealing the Biblical meaning of each verse or a group of verses, give backgrounds on the subject and culture of the time. Where needed they quote other scriptures to back up different points. At the end of each section, you are given the correct answers to the questions asked at the beginning of the section. The complete book of Revelation is divided into 77 sections, making it easy to understand and does not rush you through the study.
    I would recommend this book to new readers and to those who have read Revelation, to get an understanding of the prophecies, something we all need. The book is not an in depth study, but one that all Christians need to take to heart about the end times. Revelation is the last book of the Bible and Jesus wants us to know and understand what is going to take place.
    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    For the very first time, I completely understand the book of Rev

    For the very first time, I completely understand the book of Revelation. This book is fantastic at breaking it down to the simplest terms, and the master quizzes are fantastic. I feel I could answer ANYTHING about Revelation now.

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