Redefining the Last Act: A Review of The Revelation of Jesus Christ Revealed, by Christine Miller

If most of the events prophesied in the book of Revelation had already taken place, would we live our lives differently?  That is the question at the back of the reader’s mind while processing the wealth of data presented by Christine Miller in her book, The Revelation of Jesus Christ Revealed.

Another question one might ask is why the world needs yet another book on prophecy.  The answer, like the book, is logical and straightforward:  we need an understanding of how the symbols in Revelation correspond to real events and people in the history of the world since the Apostle John wrote Revelation in the year 96 CE.  In other words, Miller cuts through the hyper-sensationalized end-of-the-world drama to examine what Revelation really means in a way that readers not only can understand, but can use as a starting point for their own study.

Miller’s premise is that Revelation constitutes the history of the world as it unfolds between the first and second comings of Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah).  She bases this premise on the precedent set elsewhere in Scripture, particularly in the book of Daniel, which presents the prophetic history of the world from the end of the Babylonian exile of the Jewish people to the first coming of Messiah.  In a lengthy appendix Miller relates the well-known histories of the wars over the Holy Land between the Seleucid (Greco-Syrian) and Ptolemaic (Greco-Egyptian) kingdoms in the centuries following the death of Alexander the Great.  Those wars produced the Abomination of Desolation, in which the Seleucid king Antiochus IV desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem and banned the Jews from every aspect of worship of YHVH.  As the Jews responded in the War of the Maccabees, YHVH intervened on their behalf to bring the victory memorialized in the festival of Hanukkah.  Yet Miller does not stop there; she continues her analysis of Daniel’s prophecies all the way through the ministry of Yeshua and his apostles, making a convincing argument about how they fulfilled the cryptic statement in Daniel 9:27 –

And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease; and on the wing of abominations shall be one which makes desolate; and even to that full end, which is determined, is poured out on that which makes desolate.

What Miller does with Daniel in an appendix of her book is a microcosm of what she does with Revelation in the body of the work.  She begins with this explanation:

The view that all the events of Revelation are future to us is a relatively new view in the history of the church.  Traditionally, Revelation was seen as an unfolding prophecy of the things which will take place between the first and second comings of Jesus Christ.  This unfolding historical prophecy is in the same manner as Daniel, which set the precedent.

With that introduction, she takes us on a whirlwind tour of two millennia of Roman history.

Roman history?  Yes.  It is the history of God’s judgment on the kingdoms of this world, which originated in ancient Babylon.  This is one of the strengths of Miller’s work:  she is not creating a new interpretation, but digging out the longstanding interpretations of a seamless prophetic-historical narrative that begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation.  John’s vision is a continuation of Daniel’s vision, with much detail added.  The beastly world empires which Daniel recorded (Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome) are the same beasts John saw.  By the time John received his vision, all but Rome had been judged and disappeared from history as world empires.  Thus, the judgments rendered through the Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets, and Seven Bowls of Wrath are judgments on the Roman beast, which is actually the greatest and last manifestation of the Babylonian world order that began with the first world ruler, Nimrod (see Genesis 10:8-12, 11:1-9).

As Miller explains, the judgments began immediately after John received the vision.  She allows the Bible to interpret itself, providing meaning to the various symbols (horns, crowns, marks, earthquakes, etc.) that unlock the history of Rome’s decline, fall, and resurrection.  This is the strength of the work:  she connects the symbols to specific events in what becomes not merely the history of the Roman Empire (the “beast that was”), but the Roman Church (the false prophet – the “beast who looks like the Lamb, but who speaks the words of the dragon”), and the Holy Roman Empire (the “image of the beast” that existed for 1000 years).  The symbols reveal as well the rise of Islam and the Ottoman Turks, and even help identify nine of the ten “horns” (kings, or rulers) on the head of the dreadful Fourth Beast of Daniel 7 and Revelation 17

Miller’s list of these rulers begins with Constantine the Great and ends with Adolf Hitler, but regarding the tenth horn she makes no prediction.  When it comes to the current time, she is careful to state that her analysis is speculation since we do not yet have the advantage of historical hindsight to provide definitive conclusions.  However, she confidently proposes that we are living in the very end of this prophesied time period, and that the next events will be the battle of Armageddon and the return of Messiah Yeshua.

Like all wise students and teachers of eschatology, Christine Miller is careful to qualify her presentation with assurance that she is open to correction.  In that sense, Revelation Revealed is still very much a work in progress.  Even so, it constitutes a momentous addition to the literature in the field.  What Miller brings is a refreshing new look at the traditional interpretations of Revelation, and combines with it a Hebraic view of Scripture informed by the Torah Awakening of this generation.  Her interpretation is informed both by Christian and Jewish scholarship, but combines the two to bring fresh understanding to an often incomprehensible subject.  This is borne out in her identification of the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 as the two parts of the nation of Israel:  the Jews (House of Judah), and the Christians, whom she connects with the exiled House of Joseph, or Ephraim, the “Lost Tribes” who were scattered to the nations and regathered by the atoning work of Yeshua.  Thus we see that the message of Revelation is not only judgment on the Babylonian/Roman/beastly world system, but also the final redemption of all Israel and those who join with them.  As Miller says,

In other words, in the very same epoch that Jesus is opening the eyes of Judah (the Jews) to the Living Word, He is also opening the eyes of Ephraim (the Gentiles, the Christians) to the Written Word – that His commandments have not passed away, which is a doctrine taught to us by men, but not by the Word of God, but rather the one who belongs to Jesus, in fact, obeys them, and reveals his love for God by his obedience (MAT 5:17-18, MAT 7:21-27, JOH 14:5, I JOH 2:3-5).

Christine Miller has done a great service to all who desire to understand the signs of the times in which we live.  The evidence she presents is worthy of further investigation, for which she equips the reader through the study tools in the appendices.  As events progress, bringing greater understanding of the end of this age, it is likely that Revelation Revealed will undergo refinement and correction.  Yet even as it stands in this first edition, Christine Miller’s work is a paradigm-shifting analysis of a prophetic work that continues to ask life-changing questions of all who read it.

Revelation Revealed is available at Nothing New Press in paperback and eBook formats.


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2017.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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About Albert J. McCarn

I am a lifelong disciple of Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth, an avid student of the Bible, a devoted husband and father, a 29-year veteran of the United States Army, and a historian who connects people with their own stories.

12 responses to “Redefining the Last Act: A Review of The Revelation of Jesus Christ Revealed, by Christine Miller”

  1. jrhardman64 says :

    Al, have you watched or listened to Patrick McGuire’s teaching series on prophecy? This book sounds VERY similar to his teaching. It’s a long one, but you can find it on the Beit Yeshua YouTube page. Give it a listen when you get a chance. It would be interesting to compare the 2.

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  2. Brian Somers says :

    Ach Al, previous works on the historical interpretation of Revelation have had to resort to allegory, and to date so far, I haven’t seen one that has stood the test of time. That’s why I am drawn to literal interpretations. Here’s one example – 5th or sixth seal about an earthquake so great, every island was moved out of its place – such an earthquake hasn’t happened yet – and the closest was the Sumatran earthquake of the previous decade.

    However, knowing how diligent a student of prophecy you are, I’m willing to plunk down $16.95 plus tax and S/H to “come and see”.

    Brian

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    • The Barking Fox says :

      You have a valid point, and I am sure Christine would agree that she does not intend her work to be taken as the definitive interpretation of Revelation. However, it’s a far better attempt at a comprehensive interpretation than I have read in a long time.
      Since we attempt to look at these things Hebraically, we can admit that there will be multiple fulfillments of prophecy. There are also symbolical/allegorical elements and literal elements. Hence we will never know the full picture until, as Christine asserts, we see it with the benefit of historical hindsight. The symbols point to real historical events, which you’ll see in her work. I’m not ruling out the possibility of a massive global earthquake and other literal events as the curtain falls on this age, but having read Christine’s book I now have a much better understanding of how history over the last two millennia has unfolded in concert with the revelation given to John.
      And I guess the best council I can give is that we must hold lightly our understandings of all things so that Abba can correct us and direct us more easily as He grants greater understanding of His Word.
      Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Michelle says :

    Thank you for this review. I know this is an old thread, but could you please tell me which of the “four views” this book espouses? I’m very interested in this book, but I’m quite ignorant of the whole subject of Revelation. Thank you.

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    • Albert J. McCarn says :

      Hi Michelle. By “four views,” I assume you mean the traditional idealist, preterist, historicist, and futurist interpretations. Christine’s work is largely in the historicist camp, but with a hefty dose of futurist seasoned with idealist. There’s not much of the preterist in there. She views the book as a continuation of the “future history” of Daniel’s vision, carrying the prophetic vision forward from Messiah’s first coming to the conclusion of His work at His second coming. I think you will very much appreciate the way she covers the subject, particularly since she makes excellent use of the traditional understanding of Revelation held by much of the church until the last couple of centuries. I highly recommend this book for you especially since it’s your first serious look at Revelation.

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      • Michelle says :

        Albert,

        Thanks so much for getting back to me! I figured she (Miller) probably leaned most towards the historical view, since she has a vast command of history and Bible through her book writing/editing.

        I just realized one could hold this view. The historical premillennial view, as I understand it, posits that some history past has come true as stated in Revelation, and as we go, more events will be fulfilled. Historical premillennials believe that Christians will not be raptured, (there is no rapture) but will be here for the 7 year tribulation. Am I right?

        By four views I meant Amillenialism, Pretribulation premillennialism, Posttribulation premillennialism, and Postmillenialism. What a mouthful!
        I think way back in the day, I looked into Postmillenialism and I think I remember it’s called dominion theology too, where we need to perfect things before Christ can come back. That didn’t pass the snuff test to me. And the whole rapture thing to me, has always sounded a little too good to be true.

        I’ve been a Christian for 13 years now, and I’ve only done a cursory read of Revelation once or twice. Mainly because there seems to be a lot of unsound stuff floating around, I didn’t want to get sucked down several rabbit holes. My kids now are asking to study this, and I’m a little ashamed I don’t have a firmer understanding of the end times. Prayerfully, I need to work my way through it. I also have always wanted to understand the prophecy of Daniel better, so I’m thrilled that she covers that too.

        I poked around your blog after posting, and found it interesting. I will definitely get the Miller book, but also thought The Rapture Verdict that you reviewed looked really interesting too.

        Thanks again for getting back to me, and for the great info!
        Michelle

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      • Albert J. McCarn says :

        I think the four views you mention are innovations of the last two centuries. They all revolve around whether there will be a “rapture” of the church (although the amillennial view would seem to indicate a “rapture” is irrelevant). In any case, we’re on the same page regarding the rapture. Michael Snyder’s book is a very good scriptural investigation of the subject, and I do highly recommend it for your purposes.
        You would probably enjoy corresponding directly with Christine. She’s very approachable, so you might want to send her an email through her website at http://revelationrevealed.online/. She’s also on Facebook. You could mention that we have been in contact about her book.

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      • Michelle says :

        Albert, just coming back quickly to say, Wow!! regarding the link you provided! What a treasure trove of non-loony end times info and discussion. I will definitely be utilizing her website along with my study.

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      • Albert J. McCarn says :

        Yay! Imtso glad to have been helpful. I pray your study is blessed beyond expectations, and equips you and your famiy well for this next part of your work in our Messiah’s kingdom!

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  4. Michelle says :

    So grateful again for your input. I will do that! Very cool she’s approachable, and I love her history books too. I’m planning on ordering the book in a few weeks when I get back from a trip and diving in. Thanks too, for reviewing the book in th first place, your review was the only one I could find.

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