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Thirteen Lectures on the Apocalypse

Robert Roberts

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Thirteen Lectures on the Apocalypse

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Thirteen Lectures on the Apocalypse

THIS book is a collection of thirteen lectures on the book of Revelation given by Brother Robert Roberts in the Spring of 1880. The lectures were reproduced from the notes made by writers during the course of their delivery, and then published in Autumn of the same year. The original purpose of the lectures was to “make known in a simple and colloquial manner (for the benefit particularly of believers of the Truth), the meaning of the symbols exhibited to John in the Isle of Patmos, in their bearing on the events of history and those mightier events in the near future to which they have all been leading”.

The author, in the original preface, acknowledges his indebtedness to Dr Thomas’s book “Eureka”, saying that these lectures “may prove a stepping-stone to Eureka. Some find Eureka too deep”. Since 1880 a number of editions have been issued, the current edition number 9 having been issued in 1985.

The lectures approach the book of Revelation on a chapter by chapter basis, with some lectures covering more than one chapter. Each lecture has a summary below the chapter headings, identifying the subjects covered by that lecture. It is not a verse by verse study, but provides a quite detailed explanation of the contents of each chapter. The lectures were presented in Victorian times, therefore the language can be considered not particularly easy-going in places. But this should not deter the reader as the content is worth the concentration!

It should be noted that the book deals with the book of Revelation in the context of the continuous historical view and is very detailed in terms of its historical references. The fact that political events have clearly moved on in the 130 or so years since it was first written has no bearing upon the prophetic interpretation found within it. It very much reflects the prophetic interpretations expounded by the Christadelphian pioneer writers and, therefore, goes back to the original bedrocks of the Christadelphian faith.

This is an ideal book for anyone who wants to gain a detailed understanding of Revelation, and can either be read or studied from start to finish, or “dipped into” for particular studies when required, though some back-tracking may be required for context and explanation purposes. This book is recommended for the personal libraries of all Bible students.

Stephen Whitehouse

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