Before the Hunger Games, before Divergent, before every thriller in the dystopian genre, there was The REVELATION. Known variously as The Apocalypse, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, or The Apocalypse of John, the premise should remind movie buffs of The Ring. A videotape is being passed around with a message: Watch this movie and you will die in seven days.
Of course we engage the logic because that isn't possible and no one would have any fear in watching the movie. The 'What if?' trail the movie takes engages our appetite for fantasy.
So here you have this book, Revelation. It claims to be from outside of our world. It illustrates in symbolic but heavy detail a fearful future when evil has gained total control of earth and its kingdoms. And as Christians we come to believe on some level that these things are true and will happen. We believe that some generation, either ours or a future one will see these things come to pass, and it is the anticipation of our generation and every one which preceded us to see it fulfilled.
Revelation asks that you engage it, a 'What if?' question, and unlike today's bestsellers with fantasy portrayals of dystopia, it presents a real look at the genuine human dystopia that will take shape as humanity reaches the pinnacle of evil, and perverts every institution. It takes its place as a cornerstone of the genre of pre-history, or prophecy, in a large book of recorded history, contemporary accounts of historical events, and pre-history, the notion of recording history before it happens.
I encourage people to read this classic, and to engage it asking, 'What if?'