Book Review: The Book Of Revelation Decoded

The Book Of Revelation Decoded:  Your Guide To Understanding The End Times Through The Eyes Of The Hebrew Prophets, by Rabbi K.A. Schneider

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Charisma House.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

In reading this book I must admit I was more than a little confused by the title, and it is likely that many other readers will be similarly confused without warning.  I had thought upon beginning this book that the author would attempt some sort of grand commentary on Revelation to make it understandable to those who persist in being confused by its contents despite many books about it [1], but upon reading it, its subtitle makes more sense as being a book about the context of Revelation within the law and the prophets.  The second aspect of this book that immediately struck me as very puzzling was the way that the author considers himself a rabbi when is approach is little different from that of other evangelicals with vague Messianic Jewish interests and little knowledge about the biblical worldview of death, judgment, and the nature of God.  Then I remembered I had read another book by the another such “rabbi” before [2]  and realized that this faux rabbi was merely trying to gain credibility from having a Jewish background in a world where it has suddenly become cool to adopt some aspects of Jewish thought and practice, without going all the way Jewish with the Sabbath and Holy Days, to say nothing of tzittzit  or phylacteries or anything like that.

The book’s contents only vaguely and tangentially match the contents of the book of Revelation, but most readers will not take some 50 pages of this slightly more than 200 page book to realize it like I did.  The book’s chapter titles give a fair flavor of the material included in them, with discussions about “the revelation,” Jacob’s trouble, when and how the Antichrist will arise, God’s wrath, the supposed rapture, Armageddon and the return of the Messiah, the marriage between God and His People, the salvation of all Israel, God’s judgments and rewards, the supposed reality of hell, the Millennial reign of the Messiah, and then the New Heaven and the new earth, followed by some notes and biographical detail.  The order of the book is a bit muddled, as one reads about hell before one reads about the Millennium, to say nothing about the second resurrection.  Likewise, the author talks about life in heaven rather than the resurrection of the blessed at the return of Jesus Christ (consistently transliterated as Yeshua in this book), and manages to see a nonexistent rapture in scriptures that deal with the first resurrection at the seventh trumpet.  Perhaps the author would do well to understand the book of Revelation before he presumes himself an expert enough to write on it.

Even so, this book is not a total waste.  To be sure, it is not in any way a unique book.  There are at least half a dozen books, and likely a good deal more, that rest on a bookshelf beside my bed that I have not read and reviewed yet that cover nearly the identical subjects or that have a very similar approach to the author, aside from the author’s occasional use of fairly ordinary Hebrew terms in order to show his bona fides as a Jewish expert.  Despite the fact that this book is somewhat redundant, it has its amusement and its charm, and the author is obviously sincere in his desire to give his audience a bit of understanding in how Revelation is part of a larger context of biblical prophetic material that depends on a proper understanding of the Hebrew scriptures.  There are no doubt many readers who do not know this, and will be helped by the author’s thoughtful citations and easy-to-read style.  To be sure, some readers will be at least as far as the writer, if not farther, in understanding Revelation, but the author cannot be entirely blamed for wishing to write a book about the atmosphere of fear and the expectation of prophetic fulfillment that is so common in our age of anxiety.

[1] See, for example:


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13 Responses to Book Review: The Book Of Revelation Decoded

  1. jamesbradfordpate says:

    I just saw his picture on Amazon. I think I’ve seen him on TV.

    • Is he some kind of televangelist? I must admit that I watch little television.

      • jamesbradfordpate says:

        I don’t know too much about him, but he has a half-hour (I think) program. It may be called “The Jewish Jesus,” or something like that. I think it’s on TBN. Usually, I notice it when flipping through channels.

      • That makes sense, but I would not be someone familiar with it. Perhaps some of my other readers are more familiar with the religious programming there.

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