Revelation was regarded as a dicey book in the early centuries of the Church. People then, as now, didn’t quite know what to make of it. Many shared the sentiments of a much later Christian named Martin Luther, who said, “A revelation ought to reveal.” Amidst all the battles, beasts, horns, monsters, !@#$% of Babylon, white-robed martyrs and images of Jesus with a sword coming out of his mouth, ancients (like moderns) sometimes had a tough time figuring out what the visionary was getting at. But at the end of the day, the Church wound up including Revelation in its canon of Scripture. Why?
One big reason was that Revelation reflected the life and worship of the Church. That is,...READ MORE