G. K. Chesterton quipped about the book of The Revelation, “Though St. John the Evangelist saw many strange monsters in his vision, he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators.” The reason is that while books in the apocalyptic genre were familiar to readers in Bible times, it’s a mystery to most of us. The images used—things such as seals, beasts, horses, the sea, seven, twelve, 144,000)—were already in circulation and those who first read the Revelation understood those images. For us it’s all a bit weird and opaque. As a result, it’s open to the flights of fantasy that Chesterton noted. In this lecture, Dr. Jeremy Holmes discusses “Grace and Truth: Understanding the Apocalyptic.”
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