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Dr. John Byron, Dean and Professor of New Testament at Ashland Theology Seminary, will present "The Mystery and Message of Revelation" on May 25th at 7:00 p.m. 

Revelation is a mysterious book containing a mixture of images and events foreign to modern readers. Because of its unusual nature, it is sometimes interpreted as a guide to determining how the world will end. This approach is demonstrated frequently by the numerous attempts to connect contemporary events and persons with the various images found in Revelation. While Revelation certainly contains prophecy, its central message is not a road map to the end of the world. In this lecture Dr. Byron will discuss the setting surrounding the writing of Revelation and how the original readers would have understood it. He will demonstrate that rather than a series of predictions, it is a critique of the church and a warning against becoming too comfortable with the Roman Empire.