The Message of Revelation
What is the book of Revelation? Does it describe in veiled language events of its writer's own day, or is it largely a prophecy of events still to come? What should readers today do with strange scenes such as creatures covered with eyes, seven bowls of wrath, and a seven-headed dragon?
Michael Wilcock lifts the curtain on Revelation as a drama in eight scenes, highlighting the role of the imagination in grasping this fascinating and enigmatic book. Guiding readers passage by passage, Wilcock explores Revelation's rich images and themes. We discover that deep reflection on this book stretches the mind and heart, calling us to encounter the love of God and the truths of the gospel in fresh and vibrant ways.
This revised edition of a classic Bible Speaks Today volume features a new interior design, updated Scripture quotations, and light updates throughout.
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The structure of the drama
The prologue (1:1–8)
Scene 1: The church in the world: seven letters dictated (1:9 – 3:22)
Scene 2: Suffering for the church: seven seals opened (4:1 – 8:1)
Scene 3: Warning for the world: seven trumpets sounded (8:2 – 11:18)
Scene 4: The drama of history: seven visions of cosmic conflict (11:19 – 15:4)
Scene 5: Punishment for the world: seven bowls poured out (15:5 – 16:21)
Scene 6: Babylon the whore: seven words of justice (17:1 – 19:10)
Scene 7: The drama behind history: seven visions of ultimate reality (19:11 – 21:8)
Scene 8: Jerusalem the bride: seven final revelations (21:9 – 22:19)
The epilogue (22:20–21)