John Collins states in Apocalyptic Literature: A Reader that “Apocalyptic literature is crisis literature” (24). Shortly thereafter, he describes the situation in the book of Revelation:
The worldly reality seemed to be that God had lost control; Satan and Satan’s forces had the upper hand. The Roman emperor as Satan’s representative held all power. What John did through his apocalypse was to give his readers a different way of understand their situation, an eschatological view of current events. Beyond the appearance was the reality that God was bringing order our of the chaos of the universe. Satan and his cohorts, especially the Roman emperor, would be defeated by the heavenly armies. God would be victorious (25; emphasis mine).
This caught my attention because I have usually read this kind of statement in regards to the creation account of Genesis 1. It’s interesting that the same sentiment can be found in both places, which happen to begin and end the canon. While there is certainly way more to this issue to rest content on this brief assertion, that Scripture begins and ends with God demonstrating his authority over creation and everything in it is quite cool, don’t ya think?
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