Victory Through the Lamb (book review)
Growing up I was always scared to read Revelation. I didn’t understand it and all the sermons I had heard on it led me to believe that it was all going to be doom and gloom. I have since changed my viewpoint on Revelation. I am no longer scared to read it because I have a better understanding of this great book. It’s a book of victory because it’s a book about Jesus!
In Victory Through the Lamb, author Mark Wilson presents a positive take on Revelation. With several decades of study and research on Revelation, he has an understanding that Revelation is about victory. It presents the issues of the seven Churches listed in the beginning of Revelation. He thoughtfully carries the themes of each church throughout his book as uses each theme to talk about suffering, martyrdom and victory.
Beginning each chapter with a story of a Christian martyr, he then gives his translation of the passage in Revelation he is dealing with. He then unpacks the passage. There are some really good insights that he gives from each passage. He shows the victory of the Lamb through each passage, even when the passage talks about the suffering of the saints and the turmoil that the world will endure.
Mark White takes a preterist stance on Revelation. His also is a pre-millenialist. This is a different take than most books that I have read on Revelation. I would say that I was a bit disappointed in the fact that he didn’t give more interpretation of difficult passages but that was not his goal. His goal was to show the victory of Jesus through Revelation. I would say that he did accomplish that.
For those looking for a positive, up-lifting view of Revelation this book would be a good starting point. For those seeking to reinforce their doom-and-gloom dispensational view of Revelation this book would probably be a source of frustration.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”