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OF THE LORD
A transcribed version of 20 messages on the book of Revelation by Prof. Johan Malan of the University of the North, South Africa. The messages were broadcast by Radio Tygerberg in 1998/1999 in the programme Light from the Word, supervised by Rev. E. Zevenster of Tygerberg, Cape Town, who also contributed towards the contents of the lectures. The futuristic, premillennial view and pre-tribulation rapture are consistently observed as interpretative principles. Bernard Reeves of London who frequently visits South Africa, kindly edited the text. He has a profound knowledge of Scripture and also made various valuable suggestions for improving the text beyond editing it. This manuscript, together with books and articles in various languages, can be read or downloaded free of charge from the Internet website http://www.bibleguide.com/
The book of Revelation is possibly one of the most neglected and at the same time one of the most controversial books in the Bible. The highly divergent views of writers and preachers who interpret it, further complicates matters in gaining clarity about the message of Revelation.
Many Bible colleges and theological seminaries deliberately avoid this blessed book and no longer include it in their study programs on the New Testament. Even when they do review the book, it is done in a very superficial way. The tragic result of this attitude is that the book of Revelation is also avoided in preaching.
People are doing with this book precisely what God said that we should not do:
"And he said to me: Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand" (Rev. 22:10; also see Dan. 12:4).
The book of Revelation was written to be read and understood. Its message was never as relevant as it is during the present time. We are on the threshold of the great moment of the rapture of the bridal Church of Christ as well as the judgements of God that will be poured out over an apostate world. This is the book of consummation, of completion and perfection. That is why it is so fittingly the last book of the Bible.
With his distinctive style of writing, Prof. Johan Malan succeeds masterfully in unlocking the book of Revelation to the man on the street. In evangelical circles in South Africa and beyond he has distinguished himself as someone who does not only love the message of the second coming, but who also lives in the light of these realities. For many years he has made an intensive study of this subject.
This book, The day of the Lord, is the result of 22 messages that were broadcast by Radio Tygerberg in Cape Town with great blessing and tremendous positive reaction. My prayer is that the book will have the same effect and make a positive contribution by helping seeking people to meet the Lord Jesus, and by motivating the children of God to be vigilant and ready for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
|Pastor EJ Zevenster
Cape Town, South Africa