Reddish – Revelation

Mitchell Reddish – Revelation
No other writing in the New Testament evokes the wide range of reactions and emotions that the last book, the book of Revelation, does. This work (also called the Apocalypse) has offered comfort to the grieving, encouragement to the oppressed, hope to the downtrodden, and warning to the complacent. It has inspired painters (Albrecht Dürer, Jan van Eyck, and Michelangelo), musicians (George Handel, Olivier Messiaen, Pëtr Tchaikovsky), and writers (John Milton, William Blake, and Ernesto Cardenal). It has provided the texts for several of the great hymns of the church, including “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “For All the Saints,” and “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending.” On the other hand, teachers and preachers, as well as ordinary readers, often avoid dealing with this work. Some find Revelation too confusing and difficult to understand. It seems to be poorly arranged; it uses strange symbols and images; and in spite of its name, it often conceals more than it reveals. Many readers would agree with the assessment of Jerome in the fourth century when he said, “Revelation has as many mysteries as it does words.”
Some readers are repulsed by what they find in the book of Revelation, citing the work’s violent imagery, bloodshed, militaristic symbols, and cries for vengeance. This is, after all, a work that has given us the graphic imagery of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse and the martyrs under the altar who cry out to God in vengeance, “How long will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” (6:10). This is the book that describes the aftermath of God’s wrathful judgment with the gory description that “blood flowed as high as a horse’s bridle, for a distance of about two hundred miles” (14:20) and depicts Rome as a great prostitute, the mother of whores, “drunk with the blood of the saints” (17:6). The work seems to revel in the pain and suffering inflicted on others, inviting the reader to celebrate at the downfall of mighty Rome. It is no wonder that some readers have characterized Revelation as sub-Christian and even antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.

Mitchell Reddish – Revelation

Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 2001. – 499 pp. – (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary).
ISBN 1-57312-087-1

Mitchell Reddish – Revelation – Contents

    • 1. Prologue and the Commissioning of John 1:1-20
    • 2. The Messages to the First Four Churches 2:1-29
    • 3. The Messages to the Other Three Churches 3:1-22
    • 4. The Throne of God 4:1-11
    • 5. The Lamb and the Scroll 5:1-14
    • 6. The First Six Seals 6:1-17
    • 7. An Interlude 7:1-17
    • 8. The Seventh Seal and the First Four Trumpets 8:1-13
    • 9. The Fifth and Sixth Trumpets 9:1-21
    • 10. The Mighty Angel and the Little Scroll 10:1-11
    • 11. The Temple, the Two Witnesses, and the Seventh Trumpet 11:1-19
    • 12. The Vision of the Great Dragon 12:1-18
    • 13. The Two Beasts 13:1-18
    • 14. Interlude 14:1-20
    • 15. Seven Angels with Seven Bowls 15:1-8
    • 16. The Pouring of the Seven Bowls 16:1-21
    • 17. The Great Whore 17:1-18
    • 18. Laments on Earth 18:1-24
    • 19. Celebration in Heaven and the Triumphant Christ 19:1-21
    • 20. The Millennial Reign and the Defeat of Satan 20:1-15
    • 21. New Heaven and New Earth and the Holy City 21:1-27
    • 22. The River of Life and Epilogue 22:1-21


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