The Rapture racket

Great link from the Empire article about The Rapture racket. Bill Berkowitz interviews Barbara R. Rossing about her recently published book The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation. Rossing has quite a different take on what Empire means in Revelation

Rather than scare the living daylights out of folks, the book of Revelation actually aims “to comfort and inspire Christians to a vision of hope,” Rossing stated. “In the early Roman Empire, when it looked like violence was getting out of hand — much like things today — it was a message to people that the empire would not last much longer and that the Emperor was not the one in charge of the world. Jesus is in our midst, but He is not the avenging warrior Jesus. Jesus is the lamb who is leading us to a different way of life — one espousing love.”

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