Come, Follow Me Resources
John’s vision is both a warning of devastation and encouragement to trust in God.
“The Revelation of John the Apostle”: BYU New Testament Commentary New Rendition, by Michael D. Rhodes and Richard D. Draper
Here is a new rendition of the text of the book of Revelation, free to read online or as an ebook. Calling this a new “rendition” clarifies that it does not seek to replace the authorized KJV adopted by the LDS Church as its official English text. Rather, it aims to enhance readers’ understanding conceptually and spiritually by rendering the Greek texts into modern English with LDS sensitivities in mind. Helpful headings guide the way.
“Teaching the Book of Revelation: Five Considerations," by Richard D. Draper in Religious Educator 14, no. 1 (2013)
Looks at why John wrote Revelation, major themes, the book in it genre, challenges to teaching the book, exegesis of the book, and influences on and from latter-day scripture.
“What message of hope does the Book of Revelation provide for us today?” Richard D. Draper
John’s vision of the celestial realm assured ancient readers that they could trust God, and that message resonates with us today.
“Apocalyptic Imagination and the New Testament,” by Thomas A. Wayment in Go Ye into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles, 31st Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2002).
Looks at the social context in which many early Christian apocalypses were revealed and how the early Saints reacted to these new revelations.
“Insights from the JST into the Book of Revelation,” Gerald N. Lund, in The Joseph Smith Translation: The Restoration of Plain and Precious Truths
The JST and D&C 77 are helpful to our understanding of the book of Revelation.
"John, Revelation of," by John N. Lund in Encyclopedia of Mormonism
A brief outline of Revelation. Note that in chapters 4-19, three characteristics will prevail: judgments, the kingdom of Christ versus the kingdoms of the world, and the destruction of latter-day Babylon.
“Understanding Images and Symbols in the Book of Revelation,” Richard D. Draper, in Shedding Light on the New Testament: Acts–Revelation
This paper looks at a few of the many symbols in Revelation and discusses the nature of apocalyptic style, the vision given in code, the great enemies of the last days, and the mark of the beast.
For purchase: New Testament Commentary: The Revelation of John the Apostle, by Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes, hardcover or ebook, 918 pages
This commentary presents a comprehensive analysis of John's book through the lens of the LDS doctrine and Mormon experience. God delivered his messages in the form of images housed within discrete visions, with each symbol explaining, exposing, or emphasizing various aspects of the message conveyed. The challenge is getting beyond the symbols to the represented realities. One of the strengths of the BYU New Testament Commentary Series is that it brings together all the elements revealed during the Restoration that help to interpret the book and disclose its messages. Information is drawn from all the Standard Works of the Church as well as the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. In addition, insights from the modern Prophets and Apostles have been included. Even so, the best of world scholarship has not been overlooked. The work also presents a full rendering of the Greek text into English, set side by side with the King James Version for easy comparison. The commentary also contains translation notes on and analysis of every verse. The work strives to be as up-to-date, comprehensive, scholarly and doctrinally sound as possible. Most important, the commentary emphasizes the primary focus of John's work, "the revelation of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 1:1).