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Coming Soon: Unlocking the Book of Revelation and Applying Its Lessons Today Paperback – January 1, 2006
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In order to grasp what is going on in Revelation, it is necessary to know a little historical background. In the gospels, Jesus says very clearly that an apocalypse would occur and that those listening to him, "this generation will not pass away till all these things take place" (Mt 24). Yet the end time of the world did not occur within, say, the lifetime of John. So was Jesus mistaken? Other biblical scholars, such as Renan and Schweitzer, have indeed argued this.
However, Barber offers an alternative view--a modified preterist view, in fact, and one which points to an end of one covenant and the beginning of a new one. He explains that Jesus was correct. The generation who was warned that the temple would fall within their lifetimes, did, indeed, see the temple fall. First in the body of Jesus Christ, who was crucified, and then, in the temple, when it was burned to the ground by the Romans in 70 AD.
The destruction of the temple ended so much of what had been the old covenant forever with Israel. Gone forever was the Levitical priesthood, for in the temple were the documents proving the lineage of every priest. Gone forever were the sacrificial rites that the priests performed. Gone was the very center, the heart of Jewish worship.
These would be replaced by a new chief priest, the pope, a new priesthood, now open to the gentiles, and a new system for the forgiveness of sin. As Barber explains, "This brings us to the image of the Church as the Bride of Christ. Christ truly reproduces His life in the Church, so that the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ...as...Read more ›
1 Peter 3:15-17
My only criticism of this book is that Mr. Barber sometimes doesn't develope the relationship between some things as strongly as I think the text indicates. For exmaple the releationship between Jerusalem and Rome in Revelation 17 is connected much stronger in my view than in Michael's.
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Well written and well reasoned. A good Catholic take on a very difficult book.Published 16 days ago by DAF
Wow, so much insight to the Book of Revelation. I love it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Used it to plan my Bible Study and it was a big help. Would recommend it to anyone who wants a Catholic interpretation of what Revelation is really all about.Published 5 months ago by N. Mandell
Very unique and eye opening! A very learned approach to analyzing apocalyptic literature. I highly recommend it for anyone who really wants to understand this style of biblical... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Starmuse9
This is an excellent book which was recommended to me. Could not wait to get the book because Revelation is such a difficult concept. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D-Man
This book has given me a true understanding of what the Book of Revelation is about. The review questions at the end of the chapters help re-enforce the key points made in the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gloria - L. A.