The Revelation gives a dramatic account of the earth’s last days and of Jesus’ return, but it oftentimes seems that over the centuries Christians have struggled to properly fit the puzzling pieces together. Differences of opinion and interpretation have and can obscure the book’s remarkable message. Dr. Custer combines stellar scholarship with profound application to provide an in-depth look at Revelation. Drawing from a broad selection of views and perspectives, From Patmos to Paradise strives to bring a closer understanding to its readers and consequently help them enjoy the blessings promised to those who read the Revelation of Jesus. In the Introduction Dr. Custer discusses such important topics as authorship, purpose, different dispensational views, the kingdom of God, and the significance of numbers. A chart paralleling Genesis and Revelation is included, along with several helpful outlines.
“attributes that are given only to God in the OT or to God or Christ in Revelation” (Page 114)
“In the ancient world a white stone was a vote of acquittal and approval” (Page 29)
“black stone was a vote of condemnation and disapproval” (Page 29)
“The verb to drag (σύρω) occurs only here in Rev. It always implies the notion of force (Trench, Synonyms of the NT, p. 72). Contrast the tender drawing (ἑλκύω) power of the Lord Jesus (John 12:32).” (Page 136)
“Caesar Augustus, where every loyal citizen was expected to offer worship to prove his loyalty to the empire” (Page 27)
Stewart Custer received a BA and MA in Bible and a PhD in Greek text from Bob Jones University. He began teaching at BJU in 1955 as a graduate assistant in Greek. Besides teaching biblical theology, methods of bible exposition, and advanced Greek courses at BJU, Custer was the director of the university’s planetarium and produced programs for public viewing. He was chairman of the division of Bible and editor of Biblical Viewpoint, the journal of BJU’s School of Religion, until his retirement. Custer has been in demand as an expository preacher, visiting many churches to present a series of expositions on a single book of Scripture, or to speak on specific topics such as the fallacies of evolution or the inspiration of the Bible. He currently serves as the pastor emeritus of Trinity Bible Church in Greer, South Carolina.