The Revelation of John the Apostle

by Richard D. Draper , Michael D. Rhodes BYU Studies ,

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To read the book of Revelation is to see a myriad of representations pass by our gaze, offering a kaleidoscope of bizarre and incongruent images. This world strikes us at first as fearfully and mysteriously strange and fantastic. But once these symbols are properly deciphered, they combine to present crucial messages for those living in the last days. These messages were designed by God to lead all successfully through these troubled times if they will read, hear, and do his will.

This commentary presents a comprehensive analysis of John’s book aided by the lens of LDS doctrine and Mormon experience. God delivered his messages in the form of images housed within discrete visions, with each symbol explaining, exposing, or emphasizing various aspects of the message conveyed. The challenge is getting beyond the symbols to the represented realities. Information is drawn from all the Standard Works, the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible, and from modern Prophets and Apostles. Even so, the best of world scholarship has not been overlooked. Because this commentary relies heavily on the Greek text, the full Greek text of the book is presented in sections along with the King James Version and the authors’ new Rendition. The commentary contains translation notes and analysis of every verse. The work strives to be as up to date, comprehensive, scholarly, and doctrinally sound as possible.

Most importantly, the commentary emphasizes the primary focus of John’s work, “the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1). The commentary highlights the Apostle’s witness that Jesus is the Lamb of God alive and active in these last days—directing earthly affairs and preparing his Saints and the faithful so that the Father’s intentions will ultimately be accomplished. Moving beyond all its latter-day horrors, hope and promise still dominate the work. The Lamb is in charge, and nothing moves beyond the limits he sets. He is coming to “destroy them which destroy the earth” (Rev. 11:18) and to bring his people into triumphant millennial glory. This commentary details how.

About the Authors

Richard D. Draper

RICHARD D. DRAPER grew up in Utah Valley and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School. Immediately thereafter he went into the armed services. After a year, he came home and served a mission to the Central Atlantic States. He attended BYU and, after graduation, was hired by the Church Education System where he worked as an institute instructor for the next twenty years. Upon completing his Ph.D. in Ancient History from BYU, he was hired by Religious Education. He is now a professor of Ancient Scripture specializing in prophecy, apocalyptic, and New Testament background.

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Michael D. Rhodes

Michael D. Rhodes, associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU, received a BA in classical Greek from BYU, a BS in electrical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a MS in physics from the University of New Mexico. He studied Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Oxford, as well as archaeology at the University of Utah. Rhodes has published many articles related to the Book of Abraham and has published a translation of some of the Joseph Smith papyri.

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BYU Studies

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Excellent and complete!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I found this commentary an excellent source for understanding the writings of John. The explanations are understandable and the history synopsis are also very well done. Their understanding of the Greek language makes the meaning clear and understandable, and when there are questions about the meaning, they explain the nuances and probable meanings. The summaries of each set of verses is very well done. I like that they only take a few verses at a time and make them understandable.

Where the Book of Revelation was once a foreign and fearsome scripture to me, now it has become a great testimony of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. It has also become a wonderful beacon of hope for the world in the Last Days.

Eye opening... amazing!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Highly recommend. The breath and depth of this is really "unspeakable." Hard to put into words how my understanding of "The book of Revelation" has been deepened and opened.

Maybe the BEST ever published on the book of Revelation. Can't wait for the whole project to be completed.


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