Who Is This Babylon?, Study of Revelation
Most people have approached the book of Revelation as a focus on the ancient city of Rome. Others have assigned it to the Roman Catholic church.
Amillenialists in general have taken a historical approach applying it to events throughout history.
Preston, influenced by experiences in seminary and the church where the attention was a mixture of fear and fantasy, decided to take an approach grounded in the prophetic backdrop of the scriptures and the internal evidence of the book.
Like no other in its field, this book ventured into the murky waters of speculation and opinion to find pearls previously hidden and covered in a futurist paradigm.
Debates Focused on the Domitianic Date
In the discussions where Revelation has surfaced during the course of debates, once the evidence was presented by Preston, the opponents quickly turned their attention to other matters, no longer willing to dispute the evidence.
Case for the Martyrs
A key in understanding the Book of Revelation is the subject of the martyrs. Don advances that Jesus addressed the martyrs and their vindication in his own generation. The apostles and particularly Paul saw himself as filling up the sufferings of Christ which were lacking and likewise suffering in those first century persecutions.
How could the first century generation saints and Paul be part of the martyrs and yet not be included in the imminent message of Revelation? This is a critical oversight of those assigning the book to a future date.
According to Who is This Babylon?, there is absolutely no historical alignment with the martyrdom of the apostles and a post first century fulfillment.
The Psychosis and Emotional Trauma of Futurism
It is because many people unwittingly place the events of Revelation in our future, they are terrified of its message and the supposed future fulfillment. The fear of the end and its smoking furnaces, abyss, tribulation and burning lakes a toll on the weak of heart who lacks knowledge and exposure to the message of Preston’s book.
Judah and the Remnant of Israel, A Central Theme
A core message of the book is that of Judah and Israel, i.e. the salvation of the remnant. It clearly shows that God’s purpose for Israel is not finished or completed until the message of the Book of Revelation is fulfilled. All the apostles spoke as witnesses of the words of the prophets. Paul said no other things than those which Moses and the Prophets said would come.
Their message was simply of a more imminent nature.
Wrath About to Come, John the Baptizer, and Paul
John’s ministry identified him as “Elijah” who would come before the great and terrible day of the Lord to prepare the way for Christ. John’s axe, laid to the root of the trees identifies his “wrath about to come” with the great day of God’s wrath in Revelation.
Paul spoke of the wrath about to come upon Israel to the uttermost. Check out the broadcast archive for a very thorough overview present by Don. If you haven’t read the book, you can get a copy from Amazon.com or by going directly to his website for “Who Is This Babylon? at eschatology.org.