Posted on June 07, 2013
I have been working for several years on a large, technical commentary on Revelation. It will be over 1000 pages in length.
My approach is from a preterist perspective which he calls "redemptive-historical preterism." I argue that the Book of Revelation focuses on the judgment of Israel in AD 70 when her temple is destroyed, hence Revelation's redemptive-historical character.
I see several of the key features of Revelation as referring to Israel in different ways. For instance, the phrase "those who dwell on the earth" should be translated "those who dwell in the Land (of Israel)." The harlot city Babylon is a metaphor for first-century Jerusalem. The beast from the land (also known as the "false prophet") represents Israel's high-priestly aristocracy.
The commentary will demonstrate that John is writing Revelation to call on followers of Christ to persevere through the upheaval of the AD 60s when both Israel and Rome are persecuting them. John promises that harlot-Jerusalem (as well as the Beast, Nero Caesar) will be judged and that Christians will become the "new Jerusalem," thereby taking the place of historical Jerusalem in redemptive-history. Revelation is closely akin to the Epistle to the Hebrews which is also calling for fidelity to Christ despite Jewish persecution. Interestingly, Hebrews also offers the final hope of the "heavenly Jerusalem."
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