Apr 3, 2009
Book written by: Fr. Stephen C. Doyle, O.F.M. St. Anthony Messenger Press. 210 pages. Paperback. September 2005.
Franciscan Father Stephen Doyle provides a Catholic commentary on the Book of Revelation and explains that today’s people do not understand what the author of Revelation is talking about. The Book of Revelation was written for people who were living during the time of the author. Other apocalyptic books, like the Book of Revelation, are in the Old Testament: Daniel, parts of Ezekiel, Judith, and others. It is this type of writing, as Fr. Doyle shows, that is full of symbolism and uses codes words or names to hide the real message from the persecutors of those who would understand what the author is writing about. This type of writing was meant to encourage those enduring persecution. If the persecutors came across this subversive writing they would not know what it was saying or would think it was something from the past. This was a protection method for those who understood the writing’s symbolism and codes.