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John Christopher Thomas: The Apocalypse


The Spirit is the key.

Thomas has demonstrated throughout this work that the Spirit is the key to understanding this last book of our canon and functionally drives the readers (or more particularly, the hearers) to know and glorify God and the Lamb. Thomas’ contribution to scholarship on the Apocalypse is most noteworthy in following this pneumatic element which he points to as the major structural divisions of the book where John is stated to be “in the Spirit” (Rev.1.10; 4.2; 17.3; and 21.10). These broader structural cues are then followed as movements of the Spirit intended to draw on the pneumatic community to be faithful to the Spirit. This provides a thorough-going Pentecostal hearing of this Spirit-delivered, Spirit-interpreted book of Scripture and offers new life to all those who would themselves be numbered among those who will faithfully hear, obey and overcome.

Reviewed by Rick Wadholm, Jr.

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Category: Biblical Studies, Spring 2014

About the Author: Rick Wadholm Jr., Ph.D. (Bangor University, Wales, UK), is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Rick has pastored several rural congregations in North Dakota and Minnesota for 22 years and is ordained with the Assemblies of God (USA). He is a regular speaker for churches, camps and conferences. He enjoys reading and discussing theology and Biblical Studies, most particularly the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth. Rick is an active member of the Institute for Biblical Research, the International Bonhoeffer Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and was the Executive Editor of The Pentecostal Educator published by the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education (2013-2019). Rick is author and editor of numerous articles and books. He has helped found the Society for Pentecostal Studies Student Caucus. He also enjoys blogging on topics of translation, Biblical studies, pastoring and theology by contributing to four different blogs—his personal blogging adventures hosted at Facebook. Twitter.

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