What was John thinking when he penned the book of Revelation? Two millennia later, many still revere this famous apocalypse literally while others discard it as the ravings of a madman. Author Lee Harmon strikes a perfect balance as he maneuvers in story form through the first-century drama of what John was really writing about. This is a serious look at the earliest Christians, presented in an entertaining way.
Harmon leads, verse by verse, through the events of Revelation, adroitly explaining the relevance of these scriptures while seamlessly weaving in a father-and-son discussion of the Apostle John's frightful letter. Meet Samuel and thirteen-year-old Matthew, two Jews living in Ephesus fifty years after the death of Christ, and share in their astonishment and horror as the prophecies of John's colorful vision are played out around them in the Roman Empire. Bare your teeth at the original beast of Revelation, his double the antichrist, and John's nemesis, the false prophet. Relive the gruesome Jerusalem war of 70 AD, the fire-and-brimstone tragedy of Mount Vesuvius, the expectation of horrible massacre looming on the horizon and, finally, the Christian dream of escaping all this to live with God in a new Eden-like Jerusalem after it floats down from heaven and settles atop the war-torn rubble of mount Zion.
Harmon excels at capturing the essence of that time even as he addresses our modern-day perceptions and misconceptions of this ancient tome. Delve into this fascinating and intriguing book and as the author promises you'll never read the Bible in the same way again.