From its inception, the book of Revelation has inspired imaginations and spawned diverse interpretations: it perplexes readers even as it fills them with wonder. Revelation provokes feelings of despair and hope. Why, then, do we so often shy away from reading this book?

People typically avoid reading Revelation because they find it difficult to understand. In the first place, they struggle to decipher its symbols—primarily because these images held different meanings for first-century Jewish readers than they do for us. In the second place, if we read Revelation primarily as a book of predictions about the future (e.g., nuclear war, economic chaos, natural disasters), we become confused or even alarmed. Dark images fill our hearts and minds—even leading people to despair. Such interpretations, however, do not capture the heartbeat of the book of Revelation.

Course on the book of Revelation

The Course

Discerning the Times: Studies in the Book of Revelation


January 16 – March 20, 2023

(Monday evenings) 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Instructed by Dr. Susan Wendel, Horizon Seminary offers a course that unpacks the meaning of Revelation within its Jewish context. From this vantage point, the book ultimately aims to shape the identity and worldview of early followers of Jesus. Beyond simply providing an outline of what will happen at the end of time, the text still speaks to us about how to live as faithful disciples in our own times.

Dr. Susan Wendel Saskatoon

Susan Wendel, Ph.D.

Dean of the Seminary | Associate Professor of New Testament

About Dr. Wendel
Course Delivery Options

On Campus

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How to Join

Although Horizon offers this class for credit, anyone interested in learning about Revelation is welcome to join as an auditor. As an auditor, a student does not complete the formal homework for the course and pays only a fraction of the course fees ($100.00 audit fee for the entire course; some reading for the course is required). Contact the registrar at Horizon, Rianne Quiring (

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