"Published for the first time in 1973, Camp of the Saints is a novel that anticipates a situation that seems plausible today and foresees a threat that no longer seems unbelevable to anyone: it describes the peaceful invasion of France, and then of the West, by a third world burgeoned into multitudes. At all levels - global consciousness, governments, societies, and especially every person within himself - the question is asked belatedly: what's to be done?"--Author's introduction to the 1985 French edition.
Author: Barbara Brodman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date: 2019-06-04
Genre: Social Science
Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump focuses on utopias and dystopias that either prefigure or suggest alternatives to the rise of individuals such as Donald J. Trump and the changing conditions of America we now see around us. These topical studies provide compelling reading for both the general reader and the specialist.
Of all the themes in the book of Revelation none has proved to be more controversial than the Millennial Kingdom of Christ. Notwithstanding the very vast bibliography on the theme, there is not yet a critical history which systematically measures the adequacy of the interpretations of Rev. 20,1-10 made by different interpreters. The first part of this book sets our to fill this lacuna by making available in one place the standard exegetical responses, of the past and present, to the enigmas of Rev 20,1-10. The second part, in dialogue with scholarly opinions, offers a carefully thought out exegesis of the text containing original perspectives that help to overcome the noticeable weak points in the contributions of critical biblical scholarship on this subject. It also attempts to penetrate into the theological message hidden in the suggestive words and images in the text. After that, it goes ahead to determine an interpretative paradigm that is profitable for the pastoral and spiritual application of the theological message. The exegete and the theologian will find in this study helpful data for their research. This work can also help anyone bewildered by the millenarian prophecies often associated with Rev 20,1-10 to discern the aberrations in the text’s interpretation that are not the correct statements of it’s message and meaning.
Author: William C. Weinrich
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release Date: 2014-03-19
The Revelation to John--with its vivid images and portraits of conflict leading up to the marriage supper of the Lamb, the cosmic destruction of evil, and the formation of a new heaven and a new earth--was widely read, even as it was variously interpreted in the early church. Approaches to its interpretation ranged from the millenarian approach of Victorinus of Petovium to the more symbolic interpretation of Tyconius, who read Revelation in the sense of the universal and unitary time of the church. Tyconius's Book of Rules, deeply admired by Augustine with its seven principles of interpretation, strongly influenced not only ongoing interpretation of the Revelation but the whole of medieval exegesis. From early on the book of Revelation was more widely accepted in the West than in the East. Indeed the earliest extant commentaries on Revelation in Greek date from Oecumenius's commentary in the sixth century, which was soon accompanied by that of Andrew of Caesarea. Earlier Eastern fathers did, however, make reference to Revelation in noncommentary works. This ACCS volume edited by William C. Weinrich draws heavily on the two Greek commentaries from Oecumenius and Andrew of Caesarea to represent Eastern interpretation, while focusing on six other commentaries as primary witnesses to Western interpretation--those of Victorinus of Petovium, Tyconius, Primasius, Caesarius of Arles, Apringius of Beja and Bede the Venerable. Every effort has been made to give adequate context so that the creative use of Scripture, the theological interest and the pastoral intent can be discerned by readers today. Amid this treasure trove of early interpretation readers will find much that appears in English translation for the first time.
Does it matter when the saints are caught up? I believe it does. If someone believes they are going to be caught up before a period of great tribulation or affliction, and this belief happens to be false, there may be serious ramifications. How can a person prepare themselves for something they don’t believe is going to happen? If the average person is suddenly told they must run a marathon (26 miles) today, what percentage of the population could finish the race without stopping? I would venture to say the percentage would be very low. Well the same will hold true if a person is not spiritually prepared to endure a period of great tribulation or affliction; how will they make it through and hold fast to the gospel of Jesus Christ? After we receive God’s word, we must continue daily in His word by reading, studying, meditating, and praying. This is how we put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). If those who hold on to the pre-tribulation catching up of the saints’ theory are correct, then everything is fine. If they are wrong, then they indeed might turn away from the faith in Jesus because they are not prepared to endure tribulation or affliction. Knowing this, an important question arises: through scripture, can we prove 100% without a doubt that a pre-tribulation catching up of the saints will occur? I have studied and compared many scriptures related to the topic and I have found the answer to be “no.” In fact, from my study, the scriptures seem to prove the exact opposite - that the saints will have to go through a period of great tribulation of affliction before the appearing and coming of Jesus Christ. We must gird ourselves in the word of God in order to be spiritually prepared to go through some challenging times - our everlasting life with Jesus depends on it. Decide for yourself as you read through this book.