Refreshingly well-read and open-minded exploration of the Book of Revelation.
Debut author Collene, a pastor, presents the results of his own personal struggle with the New Testament’s most mysterious book. He acknowledges that modern authors have provided many works on eschatology but defends his own work as a fresh approach, which it indeed is. Unlike other works in this genre, Collene avoids copying and restating dispensationalist theories about the End Times and instead gives weight to the sacred text itself, reading it as God’s revelation to creation. Noting that, “The Revelation is a book of sevens,” due to the prominence of that number in the book, he concludes through his own study that “seven keys,” as he terms them, can be found to help the reader understand the book’s message. These seven keys—basic facts about Revelation—are remarkable for their simplicity and serve to refocus the reader of Revelation from wild theories that pervade much of eschatological study back to the message of the prophecy. The keys include such assertions as, “Jesus is the focus of The Revelation,” “God’s people are His audience,” “heaven, the spiritual dimension, is the perspective of The Revelation,” etc. Collene spends the great bulk of his work fleshing out these seven keys and finding ways they can help the reader of Revelation understand the prophetic message within its pages. Collene’s motive seems to be to refocus Christian views of Revelation. “Traditionally,” he notes, “the study of eschatology has suffered from two opposite attitudes: neglect and overemphasis.” As an alternative, he proposes that the church continue to focus on its main mission of spreading the Gospel. He concludes that the Revelation should be a source of hope and even an end-goal for the church as it goes about its work in the world.
Original and worthy addition to the growing library on eschatology.