The Price of Misleading Others Through Fallacious Hermeneutics
[Here is another little extract from the Introduction to the book on which I am working, “The Meaning of Apocalypse – A Primer on the Book of Revelation”. I hope it whets your appetite for more. So far, it stands at 153 large-format paperback pages with over 54,000 words. It could be half finished. Time will tell. I hope it will be as mindblowing to read as it has been to write]
SO MANY HAVE BEEN GIVEN a false understanding of this amazing Book of Revelation. For example, I received a message from a social media friend recently saying that The Book is “nothing more than the dream of a psychotic sadist”. Many others I have encountered think that The Book is just a hysterical rant about the end of the world or a manual about the ‘Endtimes’. I noticed that a number who became excited when I announced that I was going to start writing this book distinctly withdrew that enthusiasm when I announced that the word ‘apocalypse’ is all about the Revelation of Jesus Christ (as the Greek opening to The Book clearly shows) rather than solely about the end of the world. Many erroneously claim that The Book is a Gnostic or Kabbalistic document. It is almost as if there is a deliberate desire to misunderstand or misrepresent The Book. On one website which claims to be “An oasis for the awake”, it is claimed in an article that “the Book of Revelation is a satanic blueprint for slavery and genocide, designed to convince believers that this occult plan is the work of God”, with a nonsensical implication that the vaccine passport for Covid-19 is ‘the mark of the beast’, and that “Lucifer is masquerading as Jesus”. That article could easily have been written by Satan himself.
The level of ignorance, atrocious hermeneutics and complete lack of biblical understanding about the Book of Revelation is stupendous. I cannot even begin to tell you all the other nonsense I have read on the internet and in masses of ‘literature’ about the Book of Revelation. It must be one of the most misunderstood (even deliberately misunderstood) books in the history of the planet. And no wonder! For it reveals God’s plan of the ages to overthrow the usurped kingdom of Satan and restore this created cosmos to what it is really supposed to be, without any possibility again of a Fall. Satan is futilely resisting that overthrow (as The Book itself shows); and one of his methods is to undermine the true meaning of this Book of Revelation.
One of my motivations in writing this book is hopefully to undo those outright lies and misconceptions and to present those who are unfamiliar with the Book of Revelation, or who have been given a false impression of it, with an easy-to-understand in-depth primer. There are certainly some mysteries in The Book which are difficult to penetrate, and one just has to set those aside until such time as they are made clear. But the greater part of The Book is simple to decipher in ‘broad brushstrokes’ if one approaches it in humility, and with a genuine desire to be enlightened about its true meaning rather than having some preconceived notions confirmed. For God reveals these things to us by the Spirit and not through outlandish claims on dodgy conspiracy websites. If you are into understanding genuine conspiracy (as I am), then the Book of Revelation is where to find it. For it reveals the father and mother of all conspiracies: namely, the conspiracy to deny that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, which is ‘the spirit of the Antichrist’ that has wormed its way through human history from the beginning and which will climax at the time of the end. Because of the spiritual tapestry woven through this cosmos and the Divine plan which it yarns, it is absolutely paramount to ensure that one is being faithful to the text when opening up that tapestry in the Book of Revelation. I am thus continually mindful of the fact that the conclusion to The Book states unequivocally:
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and the holy city, which are described in this book.Book of Revelation, chapter 22, verses 18-19
Only a fool would ignore such a warning, for “our God is a wholly consuming fire” (Letter to the Hebrews, chapter 12, verse 29). Careless or maleficent words — especially those which lead others astray — can have eternal consequences. This is continually in the forefront of my mind as I write.
© Copyright, Alan Morrison, 2021
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