In the modern world of straight-forward, prosaic writing, we don’t know what to make of the book of Revelation with its dream-visions and elevated rhetoric. Nevertheless, when John wrote his apocalypse and sent it to the seven churches in Asia, he didn’t just expect it to be read—he expected it to be understood! Robert Mounce walks readers through this often misunderstood book, drawing out contemporary application and providing a simple and clear eschatological scheme any reader can understand.
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“The seven churches are not only historic congregations. They also stand as symbols of the strengths and weaknesses of churches throughout time. They do not predict seven successive periods of ensuing church history.” (Pages 3–4)
“Note that while Christ dictates the letter, it is the Spirit who speaks to the inner being. To overcome is to obey what the Spirit says.” (Page 7)
“In times of great crisis it is crucial to remember that he is the Almighty.” (Page 3)
“interpret the white horse as the spirit of military conquest” (Page 27)
“The Laodiceans were lukewarm in the sense that their Christianity provided neither healing for the spiritually sick nor refreshment for those who were spiritually weary. Thus they were offensive to God. He was about to vomit (the Greek verb is stronger than the NIV’s spit) them out of his mouth. In their self-sufficiency they viewed themselves as wealthy while in fact they were wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. They were devoid of any realistic understanding of their true condition.” (Page 17)
Solid scholarship, sensitive teaching, deep faith—these outstanding qualities of Robert Mounce’s ministry are combined in What Are We Waiting For.
—David Allan Hubbard, (1928-1996) former professor of Old Testament and president of Fuller Theological Seminary.
Robert H. Mounce is president emeritus of Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, and a noted New Testament Greek scholar. The author of many articles and books, including a popular commentary on Revelation titled What Are We Waiting For? and the New International Biblical Commentary volume on Matthew, he also helped produce the NIV, NIrV, NLT, ESV, and HCSB translations.