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Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History

A Teaching Company Course with Andy Noel and Al Hoppe

Exiled to the island of Patmos over 1,900 years ago, a prophet named John wrote a remarkable letter to fellow Christians. That letter is the Apocalypse of John, better known as The Book of Revelation, and Christians and non-Christians alike have been debating its message ever since. Join Andy Noel and Al Hoppe as they lead this 13-week Teaching Company video Course.

The meaning of the Greek word for apocalypse is “disclosure,” and John’s book discloses dimensions of two age-old mysteries: the character of evil and the nature of hope. So influential was Revelation in the early Christian church that it was placed as the final text in the New Testament, and its popularity has intensified in the centuries since. Revelation is both a terrifying vision of evil and a celebration of God’s ultimate victory over the forces of darkness. It has inspired great thoughts and great misunderstanding.

Our Teaching Company lecturer is a preeminent scholar and teacher of the Apocalypse, Professor Craig R. Koester of Luther Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota. Dr. Koester will engage us directly with Revelation, examining its meaning in John’s Day AND how it continues to be meaningful to us as contemporary readers.

We will “disclose” the meaning of such confusing topics as The Antichrist, The Rapture, The Number of the Beast, Armageddon, and many others.

Format of each session: 

  1. A 30-minute lecture by Professor Koester.
  2. A 30-minute follow-up lecture by Andy and Al.
  3. A 30-minute Q and A time with attendee break-out groups.


September 14                     Lecture 2: Judaism’s Apocalyptic View

September 21                     Lecture 3: Early Christian’s Apocalyptic View

September 28                     Lecture 4: Origins of the Book of Revelation

October 5                             Lecture 5: Issues Facing First Readers

October 12                          Lecture 6: God, the Lamb, and the 7 Seals

October 19                          Lecture 7: 7 Trumpets, Temple, and Celebration

October 26                          Lecture 8: The Dragon and Evil

November 2                        Lecture 9: The Beasts, Evil in Political Sphere

November 9                        Lecture 10: The Harlot and Imperial Economy

November 16                      Lecture 11: Battle, Kingdom, Last Judgment

November 23                      No Class – Thanksgiving

November 30                      Lecture 12: New Creation, New Jerusalem

December 7                         Lecture 13: Antichrist, Millennium

December 14                      Lecture 14: Revelation’s Place in the Bible

For those wishing to participate via Zoom, contact Andy Noel at  for a Zoom invitation.

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