There is a lot of talk about the end of the world these days. It instills fear in some. But it doesn't have to be that way, writes Hostetler. We can't change how or when the world will end, but, if you know how to survive it, “it can actually be the best of all beginnings.” (5)
He explores The Revelation as “a survivor's guide, a message of blessing and hope, and a tool that will thoroughly prepare you for the end … whenever it comes.” (5)
Hostetler shows how the opening words of The Revelation give three powerful instructions: feel blessed, focus on Jesus, feel His touch. With that introduction, he goes through The Revelation section by section.
The letters to the churches reveal that God knows us, as well as twelve imperatives for those who want to be ready for the end of the world.
The next chapters get us oriented to worship in relation to the throne of God.
The seven seals help us recognize the evil around us and realize that it will not overrun us. The golden censer shows us what happens with prayer. The seven shofars may reveal what happens when we don't pray, or perhaps that we are to pray for justice, or that we are to pray because these things are going to happen.
Chapters 10 and 11 emphasize the importance of gospel proclamation and Christian witness in the end times. Chapters 12 and 13 offer three revealing perspectives. Chapter 14 yields a new vision of three redeeming practices to apply.
Hostetler goes on to reveal the encouragement found in the rest of The Revelation. He sees this book as last minute reminders of truly important things, especially in light of the approaching end of all things. (114)
A prayer is offered at the end of each chapter, instilling the encouraging truth into the spiritual life of the reader.
If you want to identify the Antichrist or know when the (supposed) rapture will take place, this is not the book for you. But, if you desire to experience the blessing and encouragement The Revelation holds, then I recommend this book.
As Hostetler says about Chapter 15: “So, yes, the world is going to pot. Yes, our culture is corrupt. Yes, things may be getting worse in many ways, but that is all the more reason to sing and pray and listen to God in worship.” (148) Wise words.
Bob Hostetler is a writer, editor, pastor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His books have sold over three million copies. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is a co-founder of Cobblestone Community church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife has two grown children. Find out more at http://www.bobhostetler.com/.
Leafwood Publishers, 214 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers for the purpose of this review.