The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Book of Revelation

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You’re no idiot, of course. You’re familiar with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Judgment Day—especially in the wake of the new millennium. However, the Book of Revelation has existed for almost 2,000 years and is open to countless interpretations.

Don’t get confused by scholarly analysis and religious dogma! The Complete Idiot’s to the Book of Revelation shows you how so many meanings are derived from...

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You’re no idiot, of course. You’re familiar with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Judgment Day—especially in the wake of the new millennium. However, the Book of Revelation has existed for almost 2,000 years and is open to countless interpretations.

Don’t get confused by scholarly analysis and religious dogma! The Complete Idiot’s to the Book of Revelation shows you how so many meanings are derived from the book’s text. In this Complete Idiot’s , you get:

  • Various ways to interpret Revelation and its symbols.
  • A detailed examination of the key elements, including the Seven Seals and the Antichrist.
  • A look at how the Jewish Old Testament and prophecies relate to Revelation.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028642383
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 971,912
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

James S. Bell Jr. is the owner of Whitestone Communications and has served as executive editor of Moody Press and director of religious publishing at Doubleday. He is co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guides to the Bible, the Book of Revelation, and the Reformation and Protestantism. He also serves as editor of the Christian Family Guide series from Alpha Books.

Stan Campbell has been a full-time writer in Christian publishing for 10 years and in a church ministry for 15 years. Among his almost three dozen books are an eight-book through-the-Bible series and other Bible-related books for teenagers and adults.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Beginning of the End 1
1 Hey, Who's Been Messing with the End of My Bible? 3
Read Any Good Book Lately? 3
Where the Jukebox Plays Apocalyptic Bebop 5
Apocalyptic and Apodictic 8
Death, Despair, and Destruction--So Cheer Up! 9
There's a Reason They Call It "Revelation" 9
2 Future Schlock? 11
It's Only a Day Away 12
Hopeful and Fearless? Or Hopeless and Fearful? 13
The Empire Strikes Back 15
Hearsay and Heresy 17
3 A Drear John Letter 21
The Beginning of the End 22
The Revelation Salutation 22
Meet the Author 24
My Lord, How You've Changed! 25
The Times They Have a'Changed 27
Same As It Ever Was 28
4 Seven Churches Get a Performance Review 31
Fresh Churches: U Pick Your Own 32
The Church at Ephesus: I Got Those "Lost My First Love" Blues 33
The Church at Smyrna: Down but Never Out 35
The Church at Pergamum: In Need of Some Good Bouncers 36
The Church at Thyatira: Guild-Y of Too Much Tolerance? 38
The Church at Sardis: Dead Church Walking! 40
The Church at Philadelphia: Weak Enough to Be Strong 41
The Church at Laodicea: They Make Jesus Want to Puke! 43
Why These Seven Churches? 45
Back to the Future 46
Part 2 The Storm Clouds Gather 49
5 Scrolled, Sealed, Delivered 51
Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Heaven's Door 52
Who Are Those Guys? 53
Scroll Call 55
Nothing Sheepish About This Lamb 56
The Heavenly Huddle 57
6 Sealings, Nothing More Than Sealings 61
Our Lids Are Sealed 61
God's Housecleaning Seals of Disapproval 62
Are You Sure You Want to Go Through with This? 64
White Clothes and Dark Skies 65
After Six Terrible Seals, 144,000 Good Ones 67
Tonight We're Going to Party Like It's When We Were Alive 69
7 Horns of Plenty (of Trouble) 73
The Calm Before the Storm 74
Torched by an Angel 76
Woe, Woe, Woe, Your Boat Sank at Trumpet #2 78
If You Thought the Locusts Were Bad, Take a Look at These Horses! 81
Time for an Intermission in the Trumpet Recital 83
8 Witness for the Persecution 85
A Mightier Angel, a Tinier Scroll 86
Got Any Good Recipes for Scroll? 87
The Man of a Measure 89
The Power of Two 90
The Witness Rejection Program 92
Still Waiting for the Grand Finale 94
9 A Beauty and Some Beasts 95
Who Plays Seventh Trumpet in Handel's Messiah? 96
And You Think You Had a Hard Labor! 97
The War Above the Worlds 100
You Go, Girl! (And Go Quickly!) 101
A New "King of the Beasts" 102
Two Beasts Are Far Worse Than One 105
And the Beast Goes On 108
10 Where the Grapes of Wrath Are Stored 111
That's It! You're Grounded 112
A Thousand Gross Believers 112
Just Call Them Angels of the Mourning 114
It's Enough to Make You Sickle 116
A Topic We'd Wrath-er Avoid 119
11 The Bowled and the Beautiful 123
Just the Blame Old Story 124
Last Is Hardly Least 125
Down to the Last Seven Super Bowls 128
A Call to Armageddon 130
Come Hail and High Richter 132
12 The Elaborately Dressed, Blood-Drinking, Scarlet-Beast-Riding Prostitute 135
God May Not Be Quick to Judge--But We Are 135
Ride 'Em, Call Girl 136
Here It Is--The Full Explanation! 139
The Bigger They Are 142
Aye, Captain, Thar She Blows ... Up 144
Is That Angel Doing an End Zone Dance? 146
Part 3 High Noon at the End Times Corral 149
13 All Bad Things Must Come to an End 151
A Hallelujah Chorus 152
Look ... Up in the Sky ... It's a Horse!? 155
Carrion, My Wayward Sons 156
Today's Forecast: 1,000 Years of Reign 158
After All These Centuries, the Devil Gets Fired 159
No Place to Run, No Place to Hide 162
14 Imagine There's a Heaven 165
Above Us Only Sky? 165
No "New"s Is Bad News 167
Urban Renewal 169
Talk About a Happy Meal! 171
Pie in the Sky When We Die? 173
15 A Real Page-Turner Comes to a Close 177
Revelation: The Epilogue 178
Hold On, I'm Coming 179
Famous Last Words 181
Part 4 Theology Meets Optometry 185
16 Open to Interpretation? 187
Call Me Confused 188
The Book of Revelation: Essential or Optional? 189
Reviewing the Viewing 190
For What It's Worth 194
17 It's the End of the World and We Missed It? 197
When the Temple Topples 198
Revelation Through a Preterist Lens 199
Where's Jesus? 201
Help from the Historians 202
Where Preterists Disagree 203
Going on a Bad Date? 204
Case Closed? 205
18 Revelation Interpretations: Some Minority Viewpoints 207
A Roadmap of Human History? (Historicism) 208
Can't You Tell Symbolism When You See It? (Idealism) 211
Other Perspectives 213
The Final Four 214
19 Back to the Future 217
Anticipation, It's Making Me Wait 218
Revelation: Both Sensational and Dispensational? 220
Here's One Way of Looking at It 222
Gone Today, Here Tomorrow 223
Good News, Bad News for Jews (So What's New?) 225
What in the Millennium Is Going On Here? 227
One More Issue to Get Crypt Up On 230
Authors' Disclaimers 231
20 Putting the Elation Back in Revelation 233
Why Bother? 234
What Do You Know? 235
We Who Are About to Screw Up Salute You! 237
Revelationmania vs. Revelationphobia 238
Now What? 239
21 Epilogue: Biding Your Time, or Timing Your Goodbye? 243
When Faith Becomes Fantastic (and Fatal) Fanaticism 244
Mr. Jones and Me Look into the Future 244
Gateway to Heaven? 246
Predicting the Future on a Date-to-Date Basis 248
Hal Lindsey: In a Class of His Own 252
Some Day My Prince of Peace Will Come 252
A Few Rules of Thumb 253
A Interpretation Methods 257
B Additional Reading 267
C A Few Web Links for Exploring 271
Index 277
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    Simple, winsome, decent overview of a complex book.

    Will be used as background reading for a weekly marketplace men's Bible study. The authors' direct and winsome style of presenting complex material appeals to busy businessmen.

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