Modern end-times enthusiasts are constantly warning that the end of the world is near. They point to events in the Middle East, Russia, and other various countries to insist that "the rapture" is near, Armageddon is looming, and claim events are unfolding exactly as Revelation has foretold. Is this the most helpful—and accurate—understanding of Revelation, however? For hundreds of years, doomsday prophets have been claiming that surely their generation is living in the end-times and point to Revelation as their proof. In every case, such an end never came to pass. In our current world, books and movies like Left Behind have heightened people's anxieties and furthered a theology of the rapture and escapism that could have lasting consequences.
Join Drs. Karoline Lewis & Matthew Skinner in this video-based 6-week study of Revelation that takes you through God's vision of our past, our present and our future.
The question that must be asked, then, is: was this how Revelation was meant to be understood? As a roadmap to the future that spells out our imminent doom? Or is there another message within its pages that gives hope for our future and calls us to turn away from the forces that seek to destroy our world?
This series explores an alternative way to approach our understanding of Revelation that examines both the original circumstances into which Revelation was written, as well as what messages of warning and promise it continues to convey to us today. New Testament scholars Dr. Matthew Skinner and Dr. Karoline Lewis from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, weigh in throughout the series, lending insights into the the world out of which Revelation originally emerged and focus on the primary theme of the book itself—the revelation of Jesus Christ.
What Others Have to Say About "Reclaiming Revelation"
"Unsolicited Endorsement: We just finished week 4 of Reclaiming Revelation. The people in my congregation who have been taking this class have found it eye-opening in a number of ways. It is not only helping them read Revelation in a different way, it is helping them pay more attention to how they've been reading the entire Bible. The discussion has been terrific. Pr. Rebecca Craig has put together a very well produced DVD and study guide. I can't recommend this 6-week study highly enough."
- Rev. J. Steven Beckham, Long Beach, CA
Reclaiming Revelation leaves Left Behind behind, helps you cut through the apocalyptic Schadenfreude that pervades American culture, and redirects us towards a hopeful, amillennial reading of the book that underpins so much of Christian worship.
- Rev. Ted Carnahan, Holdrege, NE
I did the Reclaiming Revelation study back last fall, and my congregation loved it! It sparked all kinds of great discussion about being people of faith in the midst of oppression and chaos. Folks really appreciated this study and it demystified the Book of Revelation. Thanks for putting together this wonderful study.
-Rev. Dr. Regina Kinney, Wilton, OH