Here’s a book review that I wrote for Alibris.
Revelation of John by CR Erdman is an oldie but goodie having its copyright in 1936. While the Pre-Millennialist in me takes a bit of an issue with the A-Millennialist and Historicist leanings, there are still many good insights into the book of Revelation that just don’t seem to be found in today’s prophecy genre. The continuity of the church throughout the entire book of Revelation is a welcome position after reading so many dispensationalists insisting that where the word church is absent, the church itself is absent from those events. I’ll quote three nuggets and then share a summary on the writing style.
Nugget #1– The scroll of Revelation 5. Quote: "However, the interest of the vision centers in a "a book" which the prophet sees "in the right hand of him that sat on the throne." Strictly speaking, it is a scroll, rolled together. It is "written within and on the back." The content is complete. Nothing more can be written. It contains all the decrees of God, an outline of all events to the very end of the age."
Nugget #2– The two oratorios. Quote: "This is the very music of heaven; and as we look back over the praises contained in these two chapters we find that they comprise in substance two great oratorios: The Oratorio of Creation, ch. 4, and The Oratorio of Redemption, ch. 5. It will be remembered that an oratorio is a musical composition in which solos and choruses combine to the accompaniment of instruments. Here the voices of angels and the elders with their harps form immortal choirs, chanting celestial praise….. Now, with thrilling crescendo, the climax and grand finale are reached. Not only the "four living creatures," the elders, and the angels unite, but "every created thing which is in the heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and on the sea, and all things that are in them" is heard praising both the Creator and the Redeemer:…"
Nugget #3– The woman clothed with the sun. Quote: "The Church, the true people of God, both of the Old Testament and the New, is represented as "a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." The imagery may possibly be taken from Joseph’s dream, Gen. 37:9. The woman represents Israel, but the ideal Israel, represented at the time of Christ’s birth by such righteous ones as Zacharias and Elisabeth, Mary and Joseph, and Anna and Simeon, and in later days by the faithful followers of Christ."
The writing style is a devotional type as opposed to analytical. Instead of debating the use of certain words or differing positions, the author simply shares his heart on subjects which span a section or sometimes an entire chapter. While some Historicism can be found in his views, the author is primarily Futurist. It should be stated that most Futurists concede the view that some events are being fulfilled throughout history before the time of the end comes. The A-Millennialist views of the author do not detract from Pre-Millennialists gaining much insight from his wisdom. Historical Pre-Millennialists will enjoy this book much more than Dispensational Pre-Millennialists.
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