For many Catholics today, interpreting the Book of Revelation presents an almost insurmountable challenge. The dizzying array of exotic symbols and apocalyptic warnings can make St. John’s glorious vision seem more like an incomprehensible nightmare, prompting us to ask, “What did he really see?” In this talk, Dr. Scott Hahn explains what the Book of Revelation is really about.
An Explosion of Divine Power
Dr. Hahn’s covenantal-historical approach to this amazing book of Scripture has made this one of his most fascinating and best-loved talks. The bedrock insights in this remarkable presentation formed the theological foundation for The Lamb’s Supper.
In this dramatic Bible study, Dr. Hahn explains that for those willing to examine the historical background of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation actually summarizes many central doctrines of the Catholic faith: the intercession of the saints, the universal Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the perpetuity of Christ’s paschal sacrifice, and the central importance of the Church as the goal of history.
Showing the connection between theology, liturgy, and history, Dr. Hahn’s insights into Revelation have the potential to change the way you worship by helping you discover in the Mass much more than a community celebration. St. John’s vision reveals a heavenly liturgy that is an explosion of Divine power into which God’s people enter and join the ranks of the worshippers around His throne.
Clear, Comprehensive and Doctrinally Sound
Presenting Revelation primarily as a historical prophecy, which focuses on the transition from the Old Covenant to the New, Dr. Hahn dismisses the misguided interpretations promoted by many Fundamentalists who reduce Revelation to a Biblical crystal ball for predicting modern-day political crises.
Instead, he shows how St. John’s prophecies point to a time when the whole of creation will give way to a new Heaven and a new earth. Drawing upon both contemporary and ancient Bible scholarship from Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant sources, Dr. Hahn provides us with a clear, comprehensive and doctrinally sound exploration of this vitally important New Testament book.
Finally, this talk reveals the glory of the Catholic Church. St. John, the beloved disciple and eyewitness of Jesus, proclaimed in his day that the victorious Christ would surely return to vindicate the righteous and judge the wicked.
Although Jesus gave this revelation of His Kingdom to John nearly 2,000 years ago, it still stands as a comfort and a challenge to God’s people today. Dr. Hahn shows that through the Church you can take heart as you come to understand St. John’s miraculous vision of hope.