Although the book of Revelation is longer than twenty other New Testament books and comprises six percent of the entire New Testament, it is no doubt the least one read, understood, and applied. But that can change because Robert Lowery brings to today’s readers the interpretative principles used by the first readers. In doing so, Christians in every century and culture can read Revelation with clarity instead of confusion.
This handbook is a valuable gold mine of guidelines for all Christians from the pulpit to the pew, from the spiritually mature to the spiritual infant, and from the scholar to the newest student of Scripture. The appendices on the Old Testament allusions in Revelation and a key to select symbols alone are worth the price of the book.
- Description written by Knofel Staton, Professor, Hope International University, Fullerton, CA
- Chapter notes and related study resources
- Special study of more than 500 Old Testament references and allusions found in the book of Revelation
- Special study of symbols found in the book of Revelation
- Listing of helpful commentaries
- Glossary with 47 terms readers must know for their studies of Revelation
- Charts and diagrams to clarify complicated topics
“Have you ever begun to read the book of Revelation only to be defeated by a swirling set of bewildering images: winged creatures, beasts, trumpets, bowls, the number 666? If so, then my book is for you. I have written out of compassion for those who have tried to read, understand, and apply the book and who have abandoned hope of ever understanding it.
Are you ever puzzled at the way some authors, preachers, and teachers use the book to predict the future, all the way from interpreting the most recent events in the Middle East to pinpointing the date of Christ’s return? Then my book is for you. I write out of concern because we live in an era when many disciples of Jesus are obsessed with using Revelation to know and control the future.
Do you believe that Revelation has nothing to do with your life as a follower of Jesus? Then my book of guidelines for interpreting John’s message is for you. I write out of conviction that Revelation’s message needs to be heard and obeyed by God’s people.” (p. 11)
“For over twenty-five years I have been inspired by the teaching, scholarship, and passion of Dr. Robert Lowery. In fact, I still turn to him for Biblical insights, understanding, and accurate application. He approaches one of the most intimidating books of Scripture with the precision of a surgeon and the love and concern of a close friend. Your intellect will be stretched; your assumptions challenged; and your soul infused with new hope."
Gene Appel, Lead Pastor
Willow Creek Community Church
"Popular level guides to the Book of Revelation abound, but most of them either insist that the last book of the Bible is a road map of current events or a source for reconstructing first-century history only. Lowery avoids both of these pitfalls and deftly leads the lay person or college undergraduate down a safe path to interpretive sanity. Enjoyably written and peppered with personal illustrations, this is a welcome addition to a crowded field, and one which clearly stands out from the crowd!"
Craig L. Blomberg, Professor
"Dr. Lowery conducts us deeply into the symphony that is Revelation. His wise guidance helps us hear the music coming from the throne room. This deepens our devotion. And then we are drawn to worship in ways that are practical, pastoral and evangelistic. Just as the Lamb leads. I can’t wait to hear volumes two and three!"
Tony Twist, President
TCM International Institute, Heiligenkreuz, Austria
Revelation's Rhapsody has 7 chapters and 222 pages.
About the Author
Robert A. Lowery began his teaching ministry at Lincoln in 1975. He was a graduate of both Lincoln Christian College and Lincoln Christian Seminary, receiving the Master of Divinity in New Testament from the latter in 1973. Dr. Lowery also held a Master of Theology degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. After returning to Lincoln to teach, Professor Lowery took further graduate work at Princeton and Harvard Universities. In 1991 he completed the PhD at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Dr. Lowery passed away in April of 2011, leaving a wonderful legacy in his writing.