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Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now (Bible & Liberation) Paperback – December 3, 2005
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Furthermore, the authors also discuss applications of Revelation to current social justice issues. I really learned a lot form this book. I also used Unveiling Empire to teach an adult education class at my church. The class seemed fairly well received, and part of the reason was due to this book.
Yet most who daily read the most popular book in the world, have never comprehended the last chapter, the Book of Revelation.
"Becoming Empire" identifies hundreds of 'hyper-links' in the text of Revelation to the preceding books of holy scriptures. The veil lifts, and the reader begins to see and hear not fictions of starwars, but God moving through history and pointing to the here and now.
Today is the battle, and God's children are in the front lines. The whole Bible, understood, is their map to victory.