“Apocalyptic Tremors” by C.R. Chapman

Apocalyptic Tremors: Study the Revelation Like Never BeforeApocalyptic Tremors: Study the Revelation Like Never Before by C.R. Chapman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a theological book on eschatology with the thesis argument of proving that Revelation contains three forms of wrath: man, Satan, and G-d.The book also seeks to argue the “justice and judgements” of G-d to show the need for Christ in one’s life. The book follows the typical Christian view of the end times that was made popular with the Left Behind series, using a semi-literal interpretation of the prophetic work of the Apostle John. It assumes that all of the events in Revelation are future tense, and not past tense for the current audience, placing it in the standard Christian worldview in the modern American church. The author highlights several determined purposes of the book, which essentially is the intent on leading the reader to the author’s view of the end times and guiding the audience to this assumed “spiritual truth.” The book teaches about a tribulation, which the author calls a “harvest tribulation,” meaning that the rapture does not occur before the tribulation. The author does indicate that this theological difference is not a key issue, however, and is one of personal interpretation, not a keystone in one’s salvation.

In regard to the author’s style, the author engages the reader on a personal level and shares from this approach. Part instructional and part anecdotal in the voice, the author takes a logical approach to ascertaining the truths found in Revelation regardless of personal beliefs and asks honest questions which deserve honest answers. The author methodologically examines eschatology and what to belief, and those willing to learn the author’s view (whether they share it or not) will find this book and easy read in that regard. Overall, though, the text is very analytical, which while a certain level of analytics is needed to broach the subject, there also needs to be a dance made with the reader to keep them engaged in the work, and this is perhaps the greatest flaw in the book. Theology aside, it is difficult to stay engaged if reading the book in a non-academic fashion.

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