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More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation Paperback – January 1, 2008
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- ASIN : B005H756SC
- Publisher : Baker Books; Ninth Printing edition (January 1, 2008)
- ISBN-10 : 0801057922
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801057922
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
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Wilson subscribes to the preterist view of Revelation as he states almost immediately in his book. He dates the authorship of the book sometime just before the Roman sacking of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70 AD. Hendricksen is in the historicist camp and holds to a later date, about 93-96 AD. Hendricksen categorically dismisses the futurist view, but he does indicate much agreement with the preterists in certain sections. Sections where Wilson and Hendricksen agree are, for example, the identities of the 24 elders, the dragon and the Lamb; the meaning of the so-called "Millenium"; the identity of the 144,000; the unity and inspiration of the book; and the distinction between Hell and Hades. Both men believe in the return of Jesus Christ as the culmination of history.
Hendricksen's approach is what he called "progressive parallelism". What he meant by this is that each section or chapter of the book should be understood to be synchronous with later chapters in the book, hence the parallelism. The things revealed in later chapters are just deeper illuminations of earlier chapters, a progressive revelation. It should not be read like a novel, where the events in one chapter chronologically precede the events in a following chapter. For example, Hendricksen believes that Revelation 20 more thoroughly describes events that are synchronous with events initially described in chapter 12.
Wilson and Hendricksen do agree that the statements in Rev 1:1-2 regarding the events that are "soon to take place" and "the time is near" point to impending, first century events. Their views differ in that while Wilson believes that most of the events described pertain solely to the fall of Jerusalem, Hendrickson believes that the events begin immediately but continue throughout the Church Era. A good illustration of this difference is that Wilson believes the beast out of the sea can be identified as the Roman Empire. Hendricksen also believes that, but he does not believe it is only the Roman Empire; he believes the beast from the sea represents all earthly governments who oppress and fight against the Church from the first century until Christ's return.
Other areas where Hendricksen and Wilson disagree is the identity of the man whose number is 666; who or what the Whore Babylon is referring to; and the beast out of the earth (the false prophet). Both men support their views with other Scripture, both Old and New Testament.
Regardless of their differences, I really appreciated both works and benefited mightily from them. I enthusiastically recommend "More Than Conquerors". I believe you will find it refreshing. It is written in a clear style and will hold your interest as Hendricksen unfolds Revelation.
This book presents Revelation with an approach known as "progressive parallelism" that is so obvious, so simple as to make one wonder, "Why did I ever find this book difficult to interpret?!" The Bible interprets itself in such an elegant fashion as to make one marvel at the genius of it all. Revelation becomes a book of hope and promise, rather than one of fear and dread.
Hendriksen is phenomenal - so much so that I immediately bought his NT commentary series.
Amillenialsm, the only view that was taught back to the earliest times is the only one that squares with scripture without stretching the points. You may not like what you read, but--as Christians--we may have to die for our faith. When Christians are willing to die rather than recant, it is a powerful testimony. They are the true conquerors!
Christians are already dying for their faith in many parts of the world. Why should Americans think the world will end just because murderous persecution comes here?
I am as chicken as the next person, but I am determined NOT deny Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, as God is my witness, and He will give me the courage to do stand firm when I lack it within myself to see it through, come what may--including being killed solely because I am a Christian.
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The first section of the book gives such absolute clarity to the mystery of Revelation that I found myself reading with a huge grin on my face as passage after passage which had previously left me confused dropped into place like puzzle pieces revealing a wonderful image when complete. The explanation offered by this author is just so obvious that I wondered how I'd missed it all these years.
The second section of the book is more or less a verse-by-verse commentary and it is here where, in my opinion, the author loses one star. Some of this section makes perfect sense and does tie in with the overall picture but, every now and then, the author seems to jump to a conclusion about the meaning of a statement or symbol which doesn't ring quite true and for which no real evidence is given.
First section: this will certainly open the eyes of any reader and lend a fresh clarity to the book of Revelation. If nothing else, this will empower the reader to go back into Revelation with fresh insight.
Second section: some interesting conclusions but some which might be based on assumptions.
Overall - I'd thoroughly recommend this book to any Bible student.