Reading Revelation Responsibly

by Michael J. Gorman     |     Book Summary


Author: Michael J. Gorman
Publisher: Cascade Books
Date: 2011
Pages: 2011

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


“This book is for those who are confused by, afraid of, and/or preoccupied with the book of Revelation… My aim is to help rescue it from those who either completely misinterpret it or completely ignore it.” (p. xi)

Much of the confusion surrounding the book of Revelation centers on the very first Greek word of the book: apokalypsis. This is from where we get the English term apocalypse, and this is why Revelation is often referred to as The Apocalypse of John. 

Unfortunately, many modern readers hear the word apocalypse and immediately think of a genre of movie where the world is destroyed in some sort of natural, economic, or atomic disaster. In reality, the word apocalypse “does not mean ‘destruction,’ ‘end of the world,’ or anything similar” (p. xi).

Others are confused by Revelation because they assume it is a book about the rapture and/or the antichrist. However, “Revelation is not about the antichrist, but about the living Christ. It is not about a rapture out of this world but about faithful discipleship in this world” (p. xv).

The aim of this book is simply to help Christians read Revelation responsibly. “To read Revelation responsibly…is to read it not as a script for the future but as a script for the church.” (p. 189)





Reading Revelation Responsibly

by Michael J. Gorman

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

Author Michael J. Gorman
Publisher Cascade Books
Date 2011
Pages 211


Overview:

“This book is for those who are confused by, afraid of, and/or preoccupied with the book of Revelation… My aim is to help rescue it from those who either completely misinterpret it or completely ignore it.” (p. xi)

Much of the confusion surrounding the book of Revelation centers on the very first Greek word of the book: apokalypsis. This is from where we get the English term apocalypse, and this is why Revelation is often referred to as The Apocalypse of John. 

Unfortunately, many modern readers hear the word apocalypse and immediately think of a genre of movie where the world is destroyed in some sort of natural, economic, or atomic disaster. In reality, the word apocalypse “does not mean ‘destruction,’ ‘end of the world,’ or anything similar” (p. xi).

Others are confused by Revelation because they assume it is a book about the rapture and/or the antichrist. However, “Revelation is not about the antichrist, but about the living Christ. It is not about a rapture out of this world but about faithful discipleship in this world” (p. xv).

The aim of this book is simply to help Christians read Revelation responsibly. “To read Revelation responsibly…is to read it not as a script for the future but as a script for the church.” (p. 189)