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Coming Soon: Unlocking the Book of Revelation


Emmaus Road 2005

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Is there a book of the Bible more discussed and yet less understood than the book of Revelation? The “seven seals.” The “dragon.” The “beast.” The “sea of glass.” The fantastic imagery found in the book of Revelation has long captivated Christians but remains mysterious to many. In the midst of so much discussion about the end times, what does Revelation teach us about living in our current era, with our eyes focused on the heavenly Jerusalem?

Michael Barber’s Coming Soon explores these questions by taking a detailed look at Revelation and its rich tapestry of prophecy, history, and biblical allusion. Barber explores the profound link between the Mass celebrated here on earth and the eternal reality of heaven, demonstrating that the Apocalypse reveals truth that has practical implications for today—and that points to a firm hope in tomorrow.

Coming Soon is a verse-by-verse commentary on the book of Revelation based on the Revised Standard Version. Barber provides a Catholic interpretation concerned with the liturgical background of this book—a perspective missing in many Protestant commentaries.

Perfect for students, pastors, and laypeople alike, the Logos edition of this volume is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Unpacks the biblical text through a Catholic lens
  • Includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary


  • Holy Ghost Writer
  • The End of the World as We’ve Known It
  • Revelation’s Mass Appeal
  • In All His Glory and Splendor
  • P. S.: Repent!
  • On Earth as It Is in Heaven
  • Ransom Captive Israel
  • Trumpeting God’s Victory
  • Archetypical Woman
  • Beauty and the Beasts
  • When He Reigns, He Pours
  • The Whore-able City
  • The Perennial Millennial Question
  • City of Angels
  • Hindsight Is Twenty-Twenty

Praise for the Print Edition

A timely masterpiece. Barber’s book is a jewel to read and pass along to a friend worried about how and when the world might end.

David B. Currie, author, The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind

Mr. Barber asserts that the solutions to the world’s problems do not lie in politics, government programs, or social action. In this fine book contemporary readers can learn what Christians can do to battle against the enemies of God.

Laurie Watson Manhardt, author, Come and See Catholic Bible Studies

Not many books attempt to correlate the visions of the Apocalypse with Catholic liturgy and life. Michael Barber’s commentary does precisely this. If the ‘end times’ mania of our day leaves you wearied and wondering how it all applies to the here and now, Coming Soon will renew your strength, enrich your mind, and increase your desire for worship!

Curtis Mitch, author, Ignatius Catholic Study Bible

Product Details

  • Title: Coming Soon: Unlocking the Book of Revelation
  • Author: Michael Barber
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: xiii, 326

About Michael Barber

Michael Barber holds a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, and a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He completed his PhD in theology at Fuller. Barber is professor of theology, scripture and Catholic thought at John Paul the Great University. In addition, he teaches classes for the Diocesan Institute of San Diego, where he helps to form the future deacons and religious educators of the Diocese. Barber is also the coauthor of Catholic for a Reason III: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mass.