The words ‘theology’ and ‘apocalypse’ can often seem difficult and obscure. Theology may feel impersonal and distant, irrelevant to daily life. Apocalypse, on the other hand, conjures up images of doomsday scenarios, burning buildings and rising smoke. And when we turn to the Book of Revelation for answers, we are baffled by dream-like imagery, evocative symbols, and garish colours and quickly retreat to more familiar territory.
The First and the Last masterfully demystifies these two words – by introducing Revelation as a vision of the triune glory of God who holds everything together. Melvin Tinker places the book in its original context, enabling us to understand its images and connect it with our contemporary experience. Through a series of expositions which tease out the theological and pastoral aspects of the book of Revelation, we catch glimpses of God the Father, who was and is and is to come; God the Son, the Lion who is the Lamb; and God the Sevenfold Spirit.
Through The First and the Last you will discover Revelation anew, not as a doomsday book, but as an opening of windows to a reality more real than we can see; not as a confusing collection of images, but as a map to guide your way to greater delight in the triune God.
Praise for the book:
"If you’re looking for ‘comfort in trying times,’ you may not imagine turning to a mysterious book (Revelation) and an intricate doctrine (the Trinity) to find it. But Melvin Tinker focuses on the clarities rather than the perplexities of Revelation, holding that we are not meant to de-code the book but that the book is given so we can de-code our world. He never allows us to sink into some hermeneutical morass! He zeroes in on the Trinity in Revelation in a way that drives doctrine into life, carries theology into worship (where it belongs), and turns creed toward perseverance. I think chapter 6 (on Rev. 13) should be required reading for all Christians. Let Tinker show you that a throne (the centre that holds) makes all the difference in your world."
- Dale Ralph Davis, pastor, Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
"Melvin Tinker ably provides the reader a timely and encouraging meditation on the book of Revelation. This is a terrific engagement with the book of Revelation, conversant with the best of scholarship, and written to help the Christian understand the times in the light of Holy Writ. This is the kind of book we need: deeply immersed in the Scriptures, and brought to bear upon life in the world today."
- Brad Green, Professor of Theological Studies, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee; Professor of Philosophy and Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky; Author, The Gospel and the Mind
"Melvin Tinker has a particular knack for writing several books in one—in this case, a commentary on the book of Revelation, a treatise on the doctrine of the Trinity, and a call for Christians to understand our “trying times” and remain faithful to our soon-coming-Lord. Laden with vital biblical truth, rich theological insight, astute cultural acumen and potent historical example, this is a book that will bless both pastors and their people, young and old alike."
- Robert S. Smith, Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, Sydney Missionary & Bible College, Australia
- The First and Last
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