It's A.D. 95, and everybody wants a piece of the Apocalypse. Some will kill to destroy it. Others will die to protect it and to remain faithful to the One it proclaims.A storm at sea and an assassination attempt thrust...
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It's A.D. 95, and everybody wants a piece of the Apocalypse. Some will kill to destroy it. Others will die to protect it and to remain faithful to the One it proclaims.A storm at sea and an assassination attempt thrust a Roman senator and a wool merchant's son into a conflict between earthly powers and God's kingdom. Flavius and Antonius, both believers in Christ, are about to make a startling discovery: a mysterious scroll, written by the apostle John, that unlocks the secrets of present, past, and future.The Apocalypse--the book of Revelation.Their find comes at a time of great persecution for the early church. The Imperial Cult is spreading Caesar-worship across the Roman province of Asia, and pressure to bow down to the emperor Domitian intensifies by the day. Flavius, Antonius, and their loved ones must stake their lives on what they believe--for the Imperial Temple has learned about the Apocalypse, and they will stop at nothing to destroy it and the church it has empowered.
Apocalypse Copyright 2004 by C. Marvin Pate and J. Daniel Hays Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hays, J. Daniel, 1953- Apocalypse/ J. Daniel Hays and C. Marvin Pate. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-310-25355-1 (softcover) 1. Church history-Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600-Fiction. 2. Bible. 3. N.T. Revelation-Fiction. I. Pate, C. Marvin, 1952- II. Title PS3608.A983A66 2004 813'.6-dc22 2003026921 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 /.DC/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Chapter One ASSASSINS The sky had grown gray and angry, but no rain had yet fallen. The wind shifted to the north and gained velocity, causing the sails on the two short masts to flutter limply for a moment and then pop tight again.The ship groaned and creaked, then began picking up speed. Standing by the dual rudders at the stern, the captain, known simply as Heron, cursed under his breath and turned the ship slightly to the south, putting the wind behind him. Heron, a Greek, had been on the sea since childhood. His matted curly hair and beard had once been the color of pitch, but now was more gray than black. He stood slightly stooped and his face was lined with wrinkles, proof of the harsh years he had known, both on the sea and in port. He was missing the first two fingers on his left hand, a stark reminder of his brawl with a Thracian sailor over a harlot in Corinth three years earlier. Heron gave a shout, and the five-man crew sprang to life and began to pull down the mainsail and shorten the leading sail.The waves were growing larger by the moment, and one of them suddenly crashed against the back of the fleeing vessel, covering the captain with cold spray and foam. His curses grew audible. He lashed the rudder into place and quickly surveyed his ship. The Orion was a medium-sized ship-not a giant like one of the monstrous Roman grain transports, but not a small coastal lugger either. She had two masts, one now naked in the wind and the other with a shortened but tight sail, straining against the gusting storm. She sat low in the water with a heavy load of Athenian wine, but she was a seaworthy vessel and she rode the big rolling waves well.The storm did not look serious.The captain was concerned not about safety but only about his schedule and the unpleasant task that lay ahead. His two passengers were stirring, the older man walking slowly toward the bow and the young man hurrying nervously toward the captain. As the youth approached a wave crashed into the stern again, spraying both of them. "Mother of Zeus!" cursed the captain. The young man adjusted his wet cloak, wrapping it tighter around him to minimize the effect of the cold wind driving into his body. He was slightly taller than the captain, with green eyes and pitch-black hair, which was now blowing wildly in the wind.The captain knew only that the lad was a merchant's son, returning to Ephesus from delivering a load of wool to Athens. His father must be a fool, mused the captain, to send such a youngster by himself on such a mission. He found himself wondering whether the young man might have a bag of silver coins somewhere underneath that wet cloak. "Captain," the young man said,"I am not a seafaring man, but is it not a b
C. Marvin Pate (Ph.D., Marquette University) is chair, department of Christian theology and Elma Cobb Professor of Christian Theology at Ouachita Baptist University and pastor of DeGray Baptist Church. He was previously professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
He is the author of several books, including The End of the Age Has Come: The Theology of Paul; The Glory of Adam and the Afflictions of the Righteous: Pauline Suffering in Context (coauthored with Calvin B. Haines); Doomsday Delusions: What's Wrong With Predictions About the End of the World and Communities of the Last Days.
His most recent publications include The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse (Zondervan, 2011); What Does the Future Hold?: Exploring Various Views on the End Times (Baker, 2010); Reading Revelation: A Comparison of Four Interpretive Translations of the Apocalypse (Kregel, 2009) and From Plato to Jesus: What Does Philosophy Have to Do with Theology? (Kregel, 2010) and From Plato to Jesus: What Does Philosophy Have to Do with Theology? (Kregel, 2010)
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J. Daniel Hays ( PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Elma Cobb Professor of Biblical Studies and chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University, where his educational specialty is Old Testament and biblical interpretation. He has published articles in Bible Review and Bibliotheca Sacra, as well as in the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, and with Terry G.Carter and J. Daniel Hays the textbook Preaching God's Word: A Hands on Approach to Preparing, Developing and Delivering the Sermon and also Grasping God's Word; Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times and Journey into God's Word.