Continuing the Discussion on John’s Revelation as Enthronement

It started here with T.C. announcing his changing of views on Revelation. I would agree that amillennialism to the best way to go, but I also mentioned that I don’t fully support the idea that Revelation is all about eschatology. You can find my post here.

T.C. writes,

Here’s the grind: in rethinking and reworking my reading of Revelation, I see great value in Mr. Joel Watts’ proposal, that is, reading the book of Revelations as an early Jewish-Christian Midrash of Psalm 2 in light of the socio-political experience of the New Community [because of Messiah].

I note that while many consider Israel as a vital part of Eschatology – I think they miss Pentecost – Israel is simply not mentioned in the book of Revelation (unless you count the derogatory description of Jerusalem). Further, I note that Michael Barber has a post up which helps to supplement my own personal theory of the 6th seal (this post was written a year ago). He notes,

A growing number of scholars have noted that in the Gospels, especially Matthew and Mark, the cross is described as a kind of apocalyptic event.[1] We see this in the way the events of the passion narrative appear to parallel motifs in the apocalyptic discourse (Matt 24//Mark 13).

If we begin to place some of these latest speculations together, along with the fact that notable conservatives such as Fee who see only the last two chapters as applying to eschatology, I believe that I am becoming more rooted in my assertion that John’s book is intended for something more – something more than pop theology developed 2000 years later.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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