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Images -- complex yet meaningful
Conflicts -- dreadful yet wonderful
Earthquakes -- yet miracles
Judgment -- yet glory
Kingdoms rise and fall
Satan vs. The Lamb of God
Tribulation yet victory for the believer
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Let me start by saying Chapman reads Revelation the traditional way: as a promise of our future. She also firmly believes in the inerrancy of scripture. Therefore, she and I will certainly differ in opinion. It¿s hard for me to grasp how any serious scholar of Revelation can still read the Bible as inerrant scripture, but Chapman gives herself two outs: She emphasizes that her foundation is scripture alone, and she admits that John did not fully understand the vision himself. Whereas I read the book from the understanding that John knew full well the things he was watching happen with his own eyes, and the things he anticipated in his near future.That said, Chapman¿s writing is logical, simple, and well-organized. It¿s a nicely written book, and will be appreciated especially by conservative Christians. It¿s also true to the flavor of Revelation, which made it enjoyable for me as well. She remains true to the Scripture, varying only occasionally for embellishment, and does not dampen the spirit of revelation by pulling punches. She reveals revelation to be a song of wrath and vengeance. She highlights the dichotomy of Revelation, its us-versus-them plea. For example, she wonders if the sword of the red horseman represents the sword of Islam. ¿Islam is already murdering Christians because they don¿t follow the laws of Islam.¿Scholars will protest, of course, knowing that John¿s intended meaning couldn¿t possibly have been a nation or religious movement he had never heard of. But Chapman¿s book shouldn¿t be read in that manner. Chapman makes Revelation contemporary, as if it were written by a minister of today. She modernizes the message by substituting Muslims for the hated Rome, and the apostate church for the wayward Jerusalem, and maintains precisely the right tone of vitriol for both. As Revelation¿s Babylon became a dwelling place for demons, so has the Vatican today (the Vatican¿s chief exorcist says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession in his life). Chapman brings to life the apocalyptic, leave-it-to-Jesus atmosphere of John¿s day by suggesting that the plagues of Revelation will mock the attempts of environmentalists to save the earth and the seas from pollution. This treatment actually brought Revelation alive for me, by forcing me to imagine how its fiery message was first received by the Christians John was writing to. I imagine with much the same disparate feelings as fundamentalist Christians today would read Chapman¿s book. (I confess, that worries me.)Two-thirds of the way through the book, the coverage of Revelation dwindles and Chapman begins discussing the rapture and the argument for a post-tribulation timing. Rapture is, of course, a Pauline idea, and most of Chapman¿s treatment the rest of the way concerns the writings of other Biblical authors. I merely scanned from this point forward as my interest waned once the topic moved away from Revelation. But back to Revelation and a few of the discussions I found interesting:Chapman believes in a post-tribulation rapture. She understands the two periods of tribulation to be periods of trial for the Christians. She welcomes this time with joy and anticipation, knowing what is to follow.She and I agree a great deal on how to interpret Revelation¿s bizarre imagery. For example, we agree that the rider of the white horse is an apostate force. We agree that the seals, trumpets, and vials are unique sequences. She proposes that we have entered the seal period, just as I surmise that John of Patmos felt he was living in the seal period as he wrote. Yet Chapman surprised me at times with new ideas, such as her comparison of the four beasts around the throne with the four horsemen.A large part of Chapman¿s theology is the rebuilding of the Temple. She anticipates this during the era of the two witnesses. This puzzled me at first, because Revelation says absolutely nothing about rebuilding the Temple; one of John¿s most striking contributions is his direc
Apocalyptic Tremors by C.R. Chapman was a disappointment to me and I do not think most readers will get a lot from it. I liked the general idea of the book: Chapman holds to a post-trib view of the rapture and believes the millenium happens after the trib. Chapman does explain in 20 points why the pre-trib view does not make sense when held up against all the biblical verses that tell believers that THEY will go through the trib. I liked all of this. However, outside of this general outline, the rest of the book was really really weak. Chapman was raised with the pre-trib view and it shows. Nearly this whole book still holds to all the tenants of a pre-trib view, except the author has now moved the rapture to the end of the trib. But everything else is the same: temple must be rebuilt, etc. Chapman made statements about how the two witnesses had to come: Elijah has to come AGAIN because John the Baptist only fulfilled part of the Elijah prophecy. Essentially, Chapman didn't really give any clues as to who she thinks anyone is: no answer to the beasts, antichrist or two witnesses. Disclaimer: I gave my honest review. I received this book from the publisher but a positive review was not required