To read the book of Revelation is to see a myriad of representations pass by our gaze, offering a kaleidoscope of bizarre and incongruent images. This world strikes us at first as fearfully and mysteriously strange and fantastic. But once these symbols are properly deciphered, they combine to present crucial messages for those living in the last days. These messages were designed by God to lead all successfully through these troubled times if they will read, hear, and do his will.
This commentary presents a comprehensive analysis of John’s book aided by the lens of LDS doctrine and Mormon experience. God delivered his messages in the form of images housed within discrete visions, with each symbol explaining, exposing, or emphasizing various aspects of the message conveyed. The challenge is getting beyond the symbols to the represented realities. Information is drawn from all the Standard Works, the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible, and from modern Prophets and Apostles. Even so, the best of world scholarship has not been overlooked. Because this commentary relies heavily on the Greek text, the full Greek text of the book is presented in sections along with the King James Version and the authors’ new Rendition. The commentary contains translation notes and analysis of every verse. The work strives to be as up to date, comprehensive, scholarly, and doctrinally sound as possible.
Most importantly, the commentary emphasizes the primary focus of John’s work, “the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1). The commentary highlights the Apostle’s witness that Jesus is the Lamb of God alive and active in these last days—directing earthly affairs and preparing his Saints and the faithful so that the Father’s intentions will ultimately be accomplished. Moving beyond all its latter-day horrors, hope and promise still dominate the work. The Lamb is in charge, and nothing moves beyond the limits he sets. He is coming to “destroy them which destroy the earth” (Rev. 11:18) and to bring his people into triumphant millennial glory. This commentary details how.
About the Author
Richard D. Draper is a Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, and was recently appointed as Director of the Religious Studies Center. He holds a Ph.D. in ancient history.
Brother Draper is a best-selling author of several books and has written numerous articles for the Ensign and other publications. He has participated in several panel discussions for KBYU, and has recently recorded a set of talk tapes on the Book of Revelation. Brother Draper has been a popular lecturer at Know Your Religion and Education Week for many years.
He and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of six children and reside in Lindon, Utah.
Michael D. Rhodes, associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU, received a BA in classical Greek from BYU, a BS in electrical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a MS in physics from the University of New Mexico. He studied Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Oxford, as well as archaeology at the University of Utah. Rhodes has published many articles related to the Book of Abraham and has published a translation of some of the Joseph Smith papyri.