One of the difficulties that many people have with this last book of the Bible lies in the fact that they do not begin with the text itself but with a particular scheme of interpretation. Then they try to superimpose that scheme of interpretation on the the text of Revelation. The author has made in this volume a conscientious effort to begin with the text in its own original context as a series of messages to seven first-century churches. This approach does not in any way entail that all of the events described in Revelation were fulfilled in the first century. That obviously is not the case. What readers need to do is to understand how those seven churches would receive what the apostle John had to say and then derive principles for practical application as we get closer and closer to the return of Christ. This is the only book in God's Word that specifically promises a blessing to those who read it and heed its message. The closer we get to Christ's return, the more important the book of Revelation will become. So we trust that readers of this volume will find biblical principles that can help them face the events and turmoil of the last days with, as one old hymn says, "Loyalty to Christ."
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About the Author
Dr. Bob Lockhart is an experienced pastor and college teacher. He received the master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1982 and earned the PhD in philosophy and history from Trinity Seminary in Newburg, Indiana, in 2006. In addition to his work as a pastor, he has served as an instructor in Ethics at Southwest Texas Junior College and currently serves as assistant professor of philosophy for Liberty University Online. Dr. Lockhart and his wife Sandra have been married for over fifty years, and they have thirteen grandchildren. They currently live in Richwood, Texas, a small community south of Houston.