About the Book – The book introduces Christians to the book of Revelation through a thematic study of one of its key themes: victory. Running counter to Revelation’s prevailing interpretation, it proposes that Christians, represented by the audience in the Seven Churches, have been in tribulation since the first century and that Revelation was written to help Christians be victorious over the challenges of life. Each chapter opens with an account of martyrdom. The final account tells the story of the three believers in Malatya, Turkey, who were brutally killed in 2007. The book is dedicated to the three. The volume also features a new translation of Revelation by the author, a scholar who has worked on Revelation for over two decades and who lives in the land of the Seven Churches—Turkey.
About the Author – Mark Wilson (D.Litt. et Phil., South Africa) is the founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, a country in which he and his wife Dindy have lived since 2004. He serves as Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University, Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament at Stellenbosch University, and Research Fellow in Biblical Archaeology at the University of South Africa. He is the English editor of the Turkish archaeological journals Adalya andAnmed. He also blogs for the online Bible History Daily. He is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and reviews including a commentary on Revelation (Zondervan), Charts of the Book of Revelation (Kregel), The Victor Sayings in the Book of Revelation (Wipf & Stock), and Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor (Ege Yayıları). Wilson is a member of twelve academic societies, including the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Association, the Institute of Biblical Research, and the New Testament Society of South Africa. His particular research interests are the ancient Jewish communities, Roman roads, and biblical history in Turkey. He has been married to Dindy for forty years. They have four adult children, four granddaughters, and four grandsons.
My Review – A fascinating book on the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Wilson seeks to add his voice to the plethora of books on Revelation. However, what sets Wilson’s work apart is:
- his blend of preterism (seeing much of Revelation fulfilled by 70 A.D.) and post-tribulational premillenarianism
- his unique perspective on seeing the victory of Christ through the sufferings of His people
- his concise and succinct presentation of his arguments
I have many a large volume on my shelves about this final apocalyptic book of the Bible. Wilson’s (weighing in at 224 pages) is one of the more easily read of any. He doesn’t get lost among the trees of the forest. Rather, the author does a fine job of laying out the text (he also provides his own translation from the Greek), his arguments and conclusions. This is a book any person with a high school education could pick up and read.
Each of the twelve chapters opens with a portion from ancient texts recounting the martyrdom of God’s people. I find this truly noteworthy. This approach helps the reader thoroughly enjoy the victory of Christ over all His enemies. Yes, it grieves and saddens, but it also encourages, as such tales were meant to do. After all, the ‘blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.’ So, we grow through suffering and in our anticipation of Christ’s triumphant return.
While I may not agree with all of Wilson’s conclusions (preterism), I find this work to be very helpful. It would help those who preach to see this somewhat difficult-to-understand book of Scripture as very preachable. It is a very timely volume.
I commend it to you.
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