Revelations: The Revelment of the Seven Churches
by Anthony Adams
Trafford Publishing

"When a prediction is made from God, it is sure to come to pass, it can be trusted."

Many mystical predictions are presented in the biblical book of Revelation. Author Adams focuses on seven Asian churches that can represent modern religions: Ephesus (Catholicism), Smyrna (Judaism), Pergamum (Voodoo), Thyatira (Hinduism), Sardis (Buddhism), Philadelphia (Christianity), and Laodicea (Islam). Each has both laudable and negative aspects. Catholicism has survived but equates other figures (Mary, the Popes) with Jesus. Judaism abandoned Jesus and must suffer punishment. Voodoo retains a belief in God, along with many heretical activities. Hinduism teaches good works but with some sexually-based rituals. Buddhism is admirable but must abandon its belief in reincarnation and repent (“I have not found thy teachings perfect before God”). Christianity warred within itself but has kept faith in Jesus. Islam has divisive beliefs and is “neither cold nor hot.” Thankfully, Adams states, Jesus still makes himself “available spiritually and will come to all.”

Adams, who has written this book after several personal, revelatory experiences, believes that God has made it possible for him to share his knowledge. Besides frequently quoting from the Bible, he also draws from scholarly works on this subject matter, such as R. C. Zaehner's Encyclopedia of World Religions. Each examination of a church includes a brief history, the evolution of the religion to the current day, an elucidation of doctrine and rituals, and four or five “key points” that illustrate its connection to the message of Jesus for the early churches. Adams’ objectivity is notable for the fact that he presents some criticism of all religions, including Christianity, with no special bias for or against any. He fully believes and expounds that anyone, at any time, who understands the message of Revelation and accepts Jesus can partake of his blessings. His book would make an excellent focus for a Bible study among religious seekers.

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