Four Views on the Book of Revelation
This book explores four of the main views in which the book of Revelation is understood: preterist, idealist, classical dispensationalist futurist, and progressive dispensationalist.
Of all the books of the Bible, few are as fascinating or as bewildering as Revelation. Its images grip the imagination: four grim horsemen, the Antichrist, the ten-horned beast, the ultimate battle at Armageddon, and, of course, 666, the “mark of the beast,” variously interpreted to signify everything from Hitler and Krushchev to credit cards and the Internet.
Is the book of Revelation a blueprint for the future that needs decoding if we want to understand current events? Is it a book of powerful imagery, with warnings and promises for the church throughout the ages? Or is it essentially an imaginative depiction of historical events in the first century? “Four Views on the Book of Revelation” explores four of the main views in which the book of Revelation is understood: preterist, idealist, classical dispensationalist futurist, and progressive dispensationalist. It is designed to help bridge the gap between those who are merely enamored by Revelation, to engaging it through personal interaction.
The interactive Counterpoints forum allows each author not only to present his view, but also to offer brief commentary on other views presented. This approach allows for comparing and contrasting viewpoints in order to form a personal conclusion about the interpretation and meaning of Revelation.