I recently had the opportunity to read the book Revelation by Alun Ebenezer. Revelation is the last book of the Bible. It has been termed as the most difficult book to comprehend & many find it intimidating because of its subject matter. The author does a wonderful job of both making its contents both understandable & easier to digest. He presents commentary in a way that is both theological & practical, which I greatly appreciated.
In explaining that the book was written as a letter to seven churches at that time, he also explains the application to churches & peoples of all times. There is much in the affirmations & warnings to the seven churches that is timeless & needed in our generation. He unlocks the symbolism in a succinct matter so that he takes you through the meanings but does not belabor each point. With there being varied interpretations as to end times, this author focuses on the application of Revelation to the reader today.
The author continually points the reader to the focus of the book of Revelation – Jesus Christ. There is the reminder throughout the book of salvation through the sacrifice of Christ. The author reminds us that:
- The book of Revelation contains God eternal plans for all people of all times. “To open this book doesn’t just require the ability to reveal God’s plan, but the ability to carry out God’s plan.” (Page 65).
- We are to be in prayer constantly. “We should always pray and not give up, because prayer changes things.” (page 69).
- In God’s eyes, there are two groups of people – those who trust in Him & those who do not. “The important question for you is which group do you belong in?” (page 71).
- The biggest problem of the church today is the failure to remember that our enemy is real & the battle is against his rage. (page 112).
- We cannot fully grasp how amazing the church will one day be.
The author closes this book with the most poignant of questions:
At the centre of the book of Revelation is a person, the God-Man, the Lamb, Jesus Christ. You cannot be passive or indifferent towards him. You either accept him or reject him. One day you will stand before God and he will ask you: “What did you do with him?” How will you answer on that day?
This book is easy to grasp for any age, at any point in their spiritual walk. Due to its condensed style, it is a good book for a Bible Study group & discussion.
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