Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Book of Revelation Decoded by Rabbi K. A. Schneider | A Book Review

The Book of Revelation Decoded by Rabbi K. A. Schneider | A Book Review by iamnotabookworm!

When I signed up for this book, I didn't know that this was a non-fiction. I had read of similar works before about the exposition of faith or religion, some great research findings about Christ and about Freemasonry. I admit, I am drawn to these kind of books. I am drawn by the intrigue and the controversy surrounding and generated by these kind of works. This is definitely the reason why this book did not escape my notice out of the many in Netgalley.

This is a simplification of the mysteries and interpretations of the Book of Revelation. The last book in the New Testament of the Holy Bible and the most controversial and scary, whether taken literally or figuratively. It speaks of the Apocalypse, the Armageddon, Rapture, the end of the world and the second coming of the Messiah. The world will be cleanse of its impurities and evil in disastrous ways no one has ever seen or imagined. This book wishes to prepare the faithful for that eventful coming of the Lord and to move people to change their ways and go back to God's graces. 

One of the most noteworthy and often emphasized thought in this book is the relation of the Old and New Testament. This book cited many examples that whatever is mentioned in the Revelations is also found in the books of the Old Testament. Meaning, even before, people had been asked to prepare for this eventual general cleansing of the earth. It also mentioned and emphasized that the Jewish or the people of Israel are the chosen people of God. The lost ten tribes of Israel is being called forth to go back to their roots and into the arms of God. But this does not mean that non-Jewish people like I am are going to be left to be ravaged by the elements and tempest that are bound to rock the earth in the end times. No, the Gentiles are also called to help bring back the stray chosen people of God to look back to their faith and the faith of their fathers. 

A lot of interesting and clarifying points have been discussed in this book and I can't help but be educated and informed. I too have been misguided or have been given misinterpreted information about the Book of Revelations. I am glad that I came upon this book now when I am mature and open-minded enough to understand its message and its call for conversion. This book also warns of the ultimate justice that God will impose on those that committed various crimes, inequalities and sufferings. On the end times, no one will escape this grand judgement. No one can bribe the judge or minimize the verdict. All that has been owed  and all the hurt and pains inflicted will received its due punishment. But the punishment will not be light and it will be unending. 

In truth, the things written in the Book of Revelations are scary and terrible. They are horrible ways to die and end this world. In as much as they are horrendous to contemplate, the book also brings a message of hope. Hope that there is still time. Time to change our wicked ways. It's not yet too late. We can still be part of those few who will survive the predicted horrible forms of catastrophe that will savage our world, physically, mentally and emotionally.

I am not sure if it is proper or is it even allowed to rate this book. But for the purpose of its understanding and of its getting the message across, I will  rate this book on such criteria. I give this 4/5 stars on the basis of being able to convey the message clearly. Was I able to understand it and if I was able to reach a form of discernment while reading its pages. On that note, the book did good on that. Point by point, the author was able to explain the major items to be understood when reading the Book of Revelations--the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the seals and the signs. The connection between the old and new testament and the relevance of the events in the bible to the current times. They were all clearly dissected. My only concern was that there were some points where I had to stop. There is a tendency that you will be overwhelmed with all the information. There is also a part where you would feel that this non-fiction book is too much and will be tempted to stop. I did. I took a break and read a book of a different genre. A much lighter read to at least to unload my mind. Then I went back to finish this book. 

Clearly this is very informational and enlightening. The title summed it up. The Book of Revelations is indeed decoded in this book. Thank you again, Netgalley, for the review copy.

Yeshua's Second Coming at Armageddon will begin a sequence of events including the church's Rapture, Israel's salvation and the most glorious event in the history, "marriage supper of the Lamb."
- Rabbi K. A. Schneider, The Book of Revelation Decoded -