Revelation Unwrapped

Revealing the blessing of John's vision

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See how John's vision uses familiar Old Testament imagery to make sense of Christian experience in every age.

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The book of Revelation certainly generates more anxiety amongst Christians than any other book in the Bible. A 'happy hunting ground' for cults and sects, it is often the 'slough of despond' for the orthodox believer. Yet its opening words are 'Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophesy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein'.

Revelation Unwrapped sets out to show how Revelation may be understood without resorting to fanciful interpretations. Instead of speculations about future world history, we see how John's vision uses familiar Old Testament imagery in a fresh way to make sense of Christian experience in every age.

And as the message of Revelation is unwrapped, so the blessing it promises becomes available to the ordinary reader equipped with nothing more exotic than the Bible itself.

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  • Preface
    A book of blessing
    Truth and Scholarship

  • Chapter 1: The Background to the Book
    Date and Authorship
    Revelation and History
    Revelation and Scripture
    The structure of Revelation

  • Chapter 2: Introduction
    The Letters to the Seven Churches

  • Chapter 3: Main Section
    The Seven Seals
    The Seven Trumpets
    The Holy War
    The Seven Plagues
    The Fall of Babylon
    The Conquering King
    The Reigning Saints

  • Chapter 4: The Final Act
    The New Jerusalem
    Final Instructions and Exhortations

  • Appendices
    A - More on the millennium
    B - Abbreviations of Bible books

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Contributors John Richardson
ISBN 9780952489429
Format Paperback
Dimensions 147mm x 209mm x 6mm
Weight 0.13 kg
Language English
Pages 88
Publisher The Good Book Company

Dr Mark Burkhill

The understanding of the structure of Revelation is invaluable. This book makes Revelation intelligible to the average Christian.

Customer reviews

28 Dec 2018

“Clear, succinct and I believe true interpretation of Revelation.”

I have numerous books on Revelation, yet always return to Richardson's "unwrapped". He backs up what he says with other scriptures. For example, chapter 20 is one of the most confusing chapters in the whole Bible and no writer clarifies the symbolism and text as clearly, and I believe accurately as Richardson does.

7 Sep 2011

“Excellent Overview”

An excellent overview of the book of Revelation which helps to prevent you from getting lost in the detail and thus enabling a better overall understanding of God's message to Christians then and now. The frequent use of timelines helps to ground the reader in the section of world history being viewed.

23 Sep 2010

“Excellent service & very good book, will order again!”

Excellent service and book was also very good. Definitely will order from them again!

7 Jul 2010

“Simple and Punchy”

A helpfully short book which makes the key themes and features of Revelation plain.

19 Jan 2010


Revelation is the stamping ground of many cults. This book brilliantly and concisely helps you navigate safely through the whole book of Revelation avoiding the many pitfalls. Yet encourages you to dig a bit deeper for yourself later.

11 Nov 2008

“A Book for Today”

Anyone who is looking for an easy ABC of Revelation providing quick and easy answers will be disappointed with this book. Revelation is not a message easily interpreted... after all it was a vision. What John Richardson does is to bring his knowledge of Scripture and common sense together to arrive at a very persuasive and natural interpretation. It is not a book about the future - it is a book essential for Christians today. I found it most helpful. It is a book to which I hope to return...again and again.

30 Sep 2008

“An easy-to-read, clear and short commentary”

This is a commentary that I have come back to again and again. I would recommend it to both adults and teenagers. If you think Revelation is just too difficult, don't give up, buy this book. It is short. It is easy-to-read, with helpful charts and a great layout. It is simple. It covers the symbolism of Revelation brilliantly. A must-buy.

3 Jan 2007

“A brilliant, but brief, guide to get u thinking...”

It essentially is just an outline of Revelation, attempting to demonstrate structure and logic, the use of symbolism. A key point was that Revelation was designed to be a blessing, not a source of confusion, to the average reader at the time. Jesus is gonna win. Bottom line, whatever it looks like at the moment.

And then he sets out the structure a bit further than that, if you like just enough info to get you thinking then this is the book for you... forget big phat commentaries! It gets 5 stars for its brevity.

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