Hope Revealed: The Message of the Book of Revelation—Then and Now•
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Hope Revealed sets the record straight. Revelation is not as bizarre and vindictive as many have imagined. Its message is hopeful, not pessimistic, world-affirming, not world-denying, and thoroughly congruent with the biblical emphasis on love, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Revelation invites us to drink deeply from its metaphors of promise and warning, vision and blessing. While Revelation’s method and theological conceptuality are relatively different from the rest of the New Testament, once they are appreciated in their own right, they contribute to make this book not only one of the finest literary works in the Christian canon, but also one of the greatest theological achievements of early Christianity.
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- Analyzes the messages present in the book of Revelation
- Focuses on themes of hope and affirmation
- Presents a work that highlights God’s love
- Christ’s Message to the Church: Addressing Complacency
- A Vision of Christ (Revelation 1)
- A Vision of the Church Imperfect (Revelation 2–3)
- A Vision of a Rightly Ordered Universe (Revelation 4–5)
- God’s Message of Warning: Critiquing the Prevailing Order
- First Vision of Judgment: Seven Seals (Revelation 6:1–8:5)
- Second Vision of Judgment: Seven Trumpets (Revelation 8:6–11:19)
- God’s Message of Judgment: Destroying the Destroyers of the Earth
- A Vision of Evil: Seven Significant Signs (Revelation 12–14)
- Third Vision of Judgment: Seven Plagues (Revelation 15–16)
- A Vision of the Harlot and Her Demise (Revelation 17–18)
- God’s Message of Hope: Making All Things New
- A Vision of Final Judgment and the Demise of Evil (Revelation 19–20)
- A Vision of the Church Perfected (Revelation 21–22)
Praise for the Print Edition
Hope Revealed is a literary work of high order. . . . It will be a valuable tool both homiletically and spiritually for decades to come. I predict this book will open doors students of the Scriptures have not been able to enter for a very long time.
—William J. Carl III, professor of homiletics, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
This is a commentary born of one man’s struggle to reclaim God’s love in John’s Revelation. Contrary to popular theology, Revelation reveals a kinder, more loving God than the Left Behind series depicts. This is not a book for literalists but for those who seek to deepen their understanding of this knowable God.
—Daniel A. Stinson, adjunct professor, Washington & Jefferson College
About Robert P. Vande Kappelle
Robert P. Vande Kappelle is college chaplain and professor of religious studies at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, including his Adventures in Spirituality trilogy: Love Never Fails (2006), The Invisible Mountain (2010), and Into Thin Places (2011). His most recent titles are Beyond Belief (2012), a theological gestalt, and Iron Sharpens Iron (2013) as well as its discussion guide (2013). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).