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Victory Through the Lamb by Mark Wilson


 

Description:

The book introduces Christians to the book of Revelation through a study of one of its key themes: victory. Running counter to Revelation’s prevailing interpretation, it proposes that Christians, represented by the audience in the Seven Churches, have been in tribulation since the first century and that Revelation was written to help Christians be victorious over the challenges of life. Each chapter opens with an account of martyrdom. The final account tells the story of the three believers in Malatya, Turkey, who were brutally killed in 2007. The book is dedicated to the three. The volume also features a new translation of Revelation by the author, a scholar who has worked on Revelation for over two decades and who lives in the land of the Seven Churches—Turkey. (From the Publisher’s Website)

 

Excerpt:

” The premise of this book is a simple one: Christians have and always will suffer tribulation until Jesus returns at his second coming. I am aware that this view runs against the grain of much contemporary teaching on the subject. Because of many popular books, novels, and movies about the end times released in recent years, the expectation of many Christians in North America and beyond is that they will be taken out-raptured-before the Tribulation.

But this is not the teaching of Scripture or the experience of the church. Two thousand years ago John had a vision while exiled on the island of Patmos. This vision, written to Christians in seven cities of the Roman province of Asia (modern Turkey), continues to impact our world today. Its central message is that believers can overcome the tribulations of life, even persecution and martyrdom, because of the victory won by the Lamb of God. Despite John’s use of complicated symbols and abstract language, this core message is developed chapter by chapter throughout Revelation. This book seeks to present that message in an understandable way to all believers rather than to just scholars.”  (From the Prologue, Pages 10-11)

 

 

Review:

The book of Revelation is one of the most exhilarating portions in all of scripture. It is also one of the most easily misunderstood portions of scripture. Whether people come to the text with wrong presuppositions or use a bad hermeneutic  to interpret it, people come away with all sorts of weird ideas. That is were a book like this comes in handy.

Victory Through The Lamb claims to be a guide to Revelation in plain language. As such, it does not try to place every detail of every event on a chart. The author has written a useful guide to help readers approach the Revelation of Jesus Christ without confusion or fear. He latches on to the major purpose of this awe-inspiring portion of scripture: the Lamb (Christ Jesus) is victorious. And as His followers, we share in His victory.

Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the victory motif as the author walks you through the Revelation. At the start of each chapter, we are told a story of some of the martyrs for the Christian faith. We are then treated to the author’s own translation of the Greek text of Revelation. Following this is what I would call a devotional commentary on the text.

Although I am not of the same eschatological stripe as this author, I would recommend this book to any who want to be amazed at the Glory of Christ revealed in Revelation. I found myself worshiping God as I read about the triumph of God’s Messiah, God’s people, and God’s plan. Thank you Dr. Wilson for this encouraging and helpful guide to the book of Revelation.

 

Book Details:

 

  • Author: Mark Wilson
  • Publisher:Weaver Book Company
  • Format: Paperback
  • Page Count: 224
  • ISBN#: 9781941337011
  • List Price: $17.99

 

 

About the Author:

Mark Wilson (D.Litt. et Phil., South Africa) is the founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, a country in which he and his wife Dindy have lived since 2004. He serves as Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University, Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament at Stellenbosch University, and Research Fellow in Biblical Archaeology at the University of South Africa. He is the English editor of the Turkish archaeological journals Adalya andAnmed. He also blogs for the online Bible History Daily. He is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and reviews including a commentary on Revelation (Zondervan), Charts of the Book of Revelation (Kregel), The Victor Sayings in the Book of Revelation (Wipf & Stock), and Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor (Ege Yayıları). Wilson is a member of twelve academic societies, including the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Association, the Institute of Biblical Research, and the New Testament Society of South Africa. His particular research interests are the ancient Jewish communities, Roman roads, and biblical history in Turkey. He has been married to Dindy for forty years. They have four adult children, four granddaughters, and four grandsons. (From the Publisher’s Website)

 

 

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Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher via Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

 

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