Join us for our study of the Book of Revelation, Wednesdays at 7:30pm, via ZOOM!
What does a “fearful time” look like for you? Is it a personal crisis in your health or the health of a loved one? Is it a relationship crisis or a financial crisis? Is it about a pandemic, fires, floods, and earthquakes, rising food prices and a changing economy making financial security uncertain? The book of Revelation, the last book in the bible, is all about finding resilience and hope in fearful times.
Revelation has been read and misread for thousands of years. It is symbolic language and cataclysmic imagery has been interpreted as prophecy of the end of the world, as a map of things to come. Revelation is the darling book of fundamentalist evangelicals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, and numerous cults. Many throughout the ages have studied world events and tried to predict how the end will come as mapped out by the symbolism in Revelation.
But Revelation is also part of a larger genre of ancient literature known as “apocalyptic.” Through multiple symbols and dramatic imagery (which are also found in many beloved hymns and Handel’s Messiah (The Hallelujah Chorus in particular)), the book of Revelation seeks to breathe hope into those overwhelmed by fear and crisis; it seeks to shake up those lulled into complacent ease in their prosperity and imagined security; and it seeks to challenge those afraid to stand up for their faith and for justice under the pressure to assimilate and fit in rather than resist and protest, entrusting their fate to a higher power.
If any of this draws you, join our 8-week study of the Book of Revelation, Wednesdays at 7:30pm, via ZOOM. Contact Dr. Harris if you have any questions.