Year 2001 Edition
Over the years, I have felt that Revelation is the most difficult book in the entire Bible about which to write, and also in some ways the easiest. Its details are often perplexing, even baffling, and yet its main meaning is clear. Although some would contest even this, it is a book about victory. It tells us that our faith can only result in victory. “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). This is why knowing Revelation is so important. Some will believe I am wrong in many things about Revelation, but on this I am right. It assures us of our victory and celebrates it.
Revelation has often been bypassed by abler men than myself as being too difficult, but they have been very wrong in this. Genesis 3 tells us of the fall of man into sin and death. Revelation gives us man’s victory in Christ over sin and death. How then can any neglect Revelation? We may err in our interpretations of many details, but if we stress the note of victory, we are more right than abler men. The vast and total victory, in time and eternity, set forth by John in Revelation is too important to bypass.
Revelation is full of difficult texts, but it is even more full of the assurance of victory. I believe that I am thoroughly right in my acceptance of this resounding note of victory. My own life and work rests on this faith. This victory is celebrated in Daniel and elsewhere, in the entire Bible. We are not given a Messiah who is a loser. These eschatological texts make clear that the essential good news of the entire Bible is victory, total victory.
The revival of post-millennialism is said by some to have their roots in Thy Kingdom Come. From being, as I was told, a past and now dead viewpoint, post-millennialism is now a growing social force. It has among other things, furthered the Christian school and home school movements. I thus am glad that I wrote this work, and I trust it will continue to revitalize Christian action.
Rousas John Rushdoony
2000 Vallecito, CA