In Agents of the Apocalypse, Dr. David Jeremiah breaks down the barriers that Christians erect when we attempt to read the book of Revelation. If you are like me and often find the cryptic, metaphorical, and highly symbolic language of the text to be a stumbling block to your own personal study, then Dr. Jeremiah’s imaginative dramatization of end-time events may aid in your ability to wrap your mind around this prophetic work.
I confess that I was leery about the use of fiction to unlock the Truth of Revelation. When I began reading I felt that some of the stories were truncated, but by the fourth chapter I noticed that the author was layering them one atop another. In this way he could refer back to previous character interactions to depict how different players (agents) in the book were related.
Of the fictional portions, chapters one and ten had the greatest impact on me. Chapter one, “The Exile,” is a call for Christians to stand up in the face of persecution. We live in an increasingly godless world where believers are mocked, martyred, and discriminated against. Through a creative depiction of a first century church, readers are challenged to persevere even unto death. Then in chapter ten, “The Judge,” Dr. Jeremiah uses a man named Morgan to illustrate how God will judge our works and the motives of our hearts. From the throne of judgement, God speaks to Morgan saying, “Though you wore My name, you were an impostor, you said the right words, but your heart belonged to you.” This scenario caused me to reflect on my motivations for ministry and to reevaluate how I reflect the love of Christ to others.
The true gems of this book were found in “The Scripture Behind the Story” sections within each chapter. It’s here that the author dissects the book of Revelation using scripture to interpret scripture and presenting the most widely accepted interpretations of the passages. He also draws on the wisdom of trusted scholars and theologians to solidify our understanding.
Having studied Revelation before I poured through Agents of the Apocalypse in two days time. When I recommend it to others (which I am doing here) I will suggest doing a once through reading of Revelation to familiarize yourself with the text. Then to take this book chapter by chapter, maybe in a small group or a book club setting, and meditating over the Truths revealed. Agents of the Apocalypse is a rich and reward read sure to further your love an appreciation of God’s Word.
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About the Author:
Dr. David Jeremiah serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. He is the founder and host of Turning Point, a ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching relevant to today’s changing times through radio and television, the Internet, live events, and resource materials and books. A bestselling author, Dr. Jeremiah has written more than forty books, including Captured by Grace, Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World, What in the World Is Going On?, The Coming Economic Armageddon, God Loves You: He Always Has—He Always Will, and What Are You Afraid Of?.
Dr. Jeremiah’s commitment to teaching the complete Word of God continues to make him a sought-after speaker and writer. His passion for reaching the lost and encouraging believers in their faith is demonstrated through his faithful communication of biblical truths.
A dedicated family man, Dr. Jeremiah and his wife, Donna, have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.