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The Message of Revelation

(The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  17 reviews
What is the book of Revelation? Does it describe in veiled language events of its writer's own day, or is it largely a prophecy of events still to come? Is it a chart of the whole of history from Christ's first coming to his second? Or does it deal chiefly with principles which are always valid in Christian experience? And what is a twentieth-century reader to do with crea ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 13th 1984 by IVP Academic (first published 1975)
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Neil Steinwand
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favorite commentary on Revelation. Seeing it's part of the BST series, it's readable and useable for devotions, but that's not the best attribute. Wilcock's essays at the start of each section are worth the book themselves, explaining symbolism, numbers, the unique genre of the book of Revelation and other topics. Coming from an amillenialist perspective, it is an excellent mid-level commentary and a springboard to further studies in Revelation and the end-times. ...more
Don Bryant
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible-study
I am amillenial in my eschatology and this book does the best job of any book I have read of giving the Book of Revelation shape and substance from that perspective. Not only that but Wilcock makes a good read of it - it is soul shaped and enlivening. I have returned to this book time and again for reading and encouragement.
Kyle McFerren
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was SUCH a helpful and refreshing commentary. I had always read Revelation in a state of confusion, trying to pick out helpful bits and pieces that vaguely made sense, but Michael Wilcock does an excellent job here of explaining the clear sense of the book as a "sacrament of the imagination" that restates the truths of the gospel in vivid picture "when [God's] children have had enough of reciting systematic theology." The result is a sweeping vision that calls God's people to repentance and ...more
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
I'd like to tell you that this was yet another great book on the interpretation of Revelation, but the truth is that I had a hard time following the author's train of thought. It isn't that I disagreed with him in his explanations of the symbols in the book, but he kept jumping back and forth in the book and it was impossible for me to follow his many references without stopping and rereading the sections he was referring to. Sorry, but I just didn't have time for it, so eventually I just barged ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I read this simultaneously with N.T. Wright’s “Revelation for Everyone” and I found it very helpful to have the two perspectives. They agreed about much but on some issues it was nice to have two opinions.

The reason I rated this as a 3 star is because Wilcock breaks Revelation down into Scenes and Visions within the scenes and then refers back to his own numbering systems rather than Chapter and verse. It can get very confusing to know what he actually referring to. What is the fourth vision of
Jason Wilson
An Amillenial view that makes its case well for the most part. It acknowledges tacitly that millennial and post millennial views both have their place and provide some illumination - there are areas where the millennial view applies better without venturing into Left Behind territory of dreadful nineties rapture movies . A very readable way in.
Md Meiser
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent summary of Revelation. Not a commentary, nor sermons but rather in book form. He settles on the amillenial interpretation. There is a good discourse on his hermeneutic of interpretating symbols.
Steven Haworth
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book - very well researched, and really opened my eyes to a new approach to understanding Revelation - one which finally made sense to me, and makes sense in the context of the entire OT and NT writings as well.

And for theology - very readable, even some sly humor in parts. Highly recommended.
Daniel Wright
I'm afraid this book does not deliver a great deal of explanation, though to be fair, it delivers no less than it promises. At the very least it will not make the quirks of Revelation any more confusing, and Wilcock does not indulge in any wild speculation. ...more
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
So much to learn from the Book of Revelation. This was an excellent source of insight.
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eschatology
Some good points. Interesting proposal for a "dramatic" structuring of Revelation. ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great companion to the study of the Bibles' final book, Revelation. It helped me understand and interpret much of Revelation's contents. ...more
Daniel Bergman
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I learned a lot and I believe this book has the best insight into what Revelation is intended to be.
Laura Liana
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good introductory commentary for people who want to take their studies of the book of Revelations seriously.
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A ler e reler. De abrir os olhos. Explica porque o livro é chamado ‘Revelação’, e não ‘Confusão’…
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