Do you feel lost when you read the book of Revelation? Do the images and actions seem bewildering and the meaning confusing?
Richard D Draper, assistant professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, clearly and understandably examine this crucial scripture. Opening the Seven Seals: The Visions of John the Revelator combines the best of LDS and biblical scholarship.
The author writes: “To fill the need of a clear analysis of revelation, I have. . . translated the document paying close attention to variations found in the different preserved manuscripts, including the Joseph Smith Translation; studied the most important Jewish and Christian apocalypses. . . ; consulted the studies of scholars both within and without the church; and. . . pulled together those insights gained from the standard works and the teachings of the modern prophets. Further, I have not ignored the historical setting.”
Dr. Draper discusses the purposes and themes of revelation and examines the book section by section. He also gives keen insight into the apocalyptic visions of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, and Lehi. Some questions he addresses are these:
Opening the Seven Seals will help the reader find fulfillment of this promise: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things that are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Rev.1:3)
I like the author's style of quoting the verses and then providing commentary. The commentary is clear and easy to understand and follow and provides insight and clarity I haven't found in other sources.
This book is awesome... Full of insights of the symbolism of John's glorious vision. It breaks down lots of the barriers that stand as you read through it.. and how the book of Revelation points towards the latter days.
This book really helps me and brings enlightenment to my mind... and shows the true symbols that John was wanting us latter saints to truly know.