In this stimulating, pastorally oriented commentary, Michaels strives to recapture Revelation as a prophetic letter of testimony, a testimony as relevant to the church today as it was in John's as the church faces evil and looks for the victory of the Lamb. Readers will find an introduction with background material concerning authorship, date and purpose, as well as a summary of important theological themes. A passage-by-passage exposition following that focuses on what John had to say to his original readers in order to see the relevance of his book for the church today. Based on the NIV, it also includes notes on exegetical issues separated from textual commentary and verse-keyed notes and references.
Interpretations of the book of Revelation are numerous and varied. The preterist view focuses on first-century social analysis of John's environment. The church-historical view sees the Revelation as a prophetic survey of the history of the church. The futurist view sees the book as a precise prediction of unfolding events in the yet-to-come end of the world. The trouble with all three, argues J. Ramsey Michaels, is that they make the Revelation of John irrelevant to Christians throughout much of history. Failing to take seriously what John saw, such interpreters do not comprehend the value of the Revelation to Christians in any age. Michaels strives to recapture the Revelation as a prophetic letter of testimony, a testimony as relevant to today's church as it was to John's as it faces evil and looks for the victory of the Lamb.
J. Ramsey Michaels (Th.D., Harvard) is retired after many years of teaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Southwest Missouri State University. He teaches occasionally as an adjunct professor at Bangor Theological Seminary, Portland, Maine and as a visiting professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena.
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