Four Views of Revelation

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Patrick Zukeran —One of the most intriguing books of the Bible is the book of Revelation. The imagery of the cosmic battle in heaven and on earth makes it a fascinating book to study. However, much debate surrounds the proper interpretation of this apocalyptic work. Is this book a prophecy of future events yet to take place, or have the prophecies of this book been fulfilled?

Two popular authors highlight the debate that continues in our present time. In his hit series Left Behind, Tim LaHaye writes a fictional account based on his theological position that the events of Revelation will occur in the future. Popular radio talk show host Hank Hanegraaff responded by attacking the theology of LaHaye. In his book The Apocalypse Code, Hanegraaff asserts that the events of Revelation were largely fulfilled in AD 70 with the fall of the Jerusalem Temple. He criticizes theologians like LaHaye for taking a hyper-literal approach to Revelation.{1} The debate has raised some confusion among Christians as to why there is such a debate and how we should interpret the book of Revelation.

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"Believers often ask me questions about the book of Revelation. It is difficult to understand and there are many perspectives on it in the Church. I see the need to explain the four distinct viewpoints Christians have on this prophetic Scriptural book since it is so important. That's why I wrote this radio program."

Dr. Patrick Zukeran is a research associate located in Hawaii. He has a B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University, a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a D.Min in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He is an author, radio talk show host (, and a national and international speaker on apologetics, comparative religions, Bible, and theology.

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