Apocalypse Secrets - Dr John Able
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The four forewords come from * Dr Robert Stockman, a highly regarded member of the US Baha'i community and the author of Baha'i Faith in America * Rabbi Suzanne Carter, a charismatic South Florida rabbi * Robert Riggs, author of an earlier Baha'i-based interpretation of the Book of Revelation called Apocalypse Unsealed * Professor David Aune, a world-renowned authority on Revelation Greek and the author of Word Commentary 52: Revelation. [note: All four praise the work of Dr. Able, but only one forward will be presented here -ed] (0:3)

Forward by Dr Robert Stockman:-

I have always been skeptical about efforts to interpret prophecies. Such interpretations are attempts to discern the intent of God and are ultimately unprovable. It is rather like looking at a cloud in the sky and seeing in its ever-shifting shapes a horse, a person, or an angel. Who is to say God did not choose to make the cloud look like an angel when someone was looking at it? Who is to say the resulting (approximate) correlation of shapes was due to mere chance? How can one determine which is the case? (0:5)

John Able is up against this challenge in his book Apocalypse Secrets. His study is the culmination of a remarkable decade-long quest. Able has carefully surveyed the Baha'i authoritative writings not only for interpretations of the Book of Revelation, but of the Bible in general and of relevant related subjects such as history, politics, and economics. He has collected every known interpretation of the Book of Revelation that 'Abdu'l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi offered to pilgrims. He has also read just about everything Baha'is have ever written about the subject, a level of literature research rarely seen in scholarship by Baha'is. To understand the text itself, he has taught himself Koine Greek, the language in which the Book of Revelation was written, and has corresponded with prominent New Testament scholars to revise his translation. He has traveled to visit some of the actual places mentioned in the Book of Revelation, to acquire a geographical feel for them. Taking all these inputs, Able decided to produce a comprehensive word-by-word, verse-by-verse commentary on the Book of Revelation followed by a detailed explanatory apparatus. (0:7)

While the results are, by definition, unprovable, they are intriguing and, in some sense, testable: Is the interpretation of the Book of Revelation comprehensive? How deeply does it go? How wide ranging was the effort to collect the inputs needed to produce the result? How many threads of the prophetic text have been woven together, and how many are left over? Is the resulting interpretation internally and rationally consistent? (0:8)

On these criteria, John Able's Apocalypse Secrets is by far the most careful, thorough, and holistic work yet produced in the genre of Baha'i interpretation of biblical prophecy. It leaves no narrative threads unexplained and in assembling its detailed interpretation, no stones were left unturned. Remarkably, this interpretation of the Book of Revelation based on the Baha'i Writings has been produced by someone who is not a member of the Baha'i community. Future students of the meaning of biblical prophecies who wish to build on the insights in the Baha'i authoritative texts will find Apocalypse Secrets a tour de force and an essential foundational work for their investigations. - Dr Robert H. Stockman Instructor of Religious Studies DePaul University, Chicago (0:9)

Baha'i Writings:-

Note: In this Section of his book, Dr. Able asserts that the Baha'i Writings interpret at least 258 of the total verses (258 of 404), and 33 verses contain the writer of Revelation's own internal interpretations of symbols, totalling 72 percent of the verses (291 of 404). [-ed] (0:10)


As a man who likes to keep formal religion at arm's length, I have written Apocalypse Secrets as a fresh interpretation of the Book of Revelation for readers of any religious background or none. But why- just now (2012)- yet another interpretation of the Book of Revelation? (0:11)

My reason is that Apocalypse Secrets offers new cogent insights into the mess the world is now in. Its interpretations expose root causes of the serious military and economic events that are exploding fast and furious across our TV screens and front pages of our newspapers every day on a global scale. One way and another, most of these explosions reverberate today's apocalyptic World War III waging between the Muslim Militarism resurging from the Middle East and the Malignant Materialism driving the Christian West and beyond. The forces of Muslim Militarism and Malignant Materialism are as set on finishing each other off as Russian Communism and American Capitalism were during the Cold War. In its wake, the economic world is spiraling the into a Greatest Depression depicted by the fall of Babylon.. (0:12)

What did the Apocalypse Unveil?:-

What prophetic news does the Apocalypse first veil and then unveil? Immediately and topically, the Apocalypse tells the news of the war that Muslim Militarism and Malignant Materialism are now waging and how it has helped trigger the pending Greatest Depression. More long-term and broad, it proclaims the news of the Baha'i Glory Faith. I have written this Baha'i-based interpretation of the Book of Revelation as a friend of the Baha'i Faith. However, I disclaim representing the Faith or its agencies in any official way. Apocalypse Secrets simply presents my own best good-faith interpretation of Revelation based on sources in the canonical Baha'i Writings (0:13)

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