Decoding Bible Messages

Christian - Devotion/Study
138 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2015
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Author Biography

John A. Mapp Jr. is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He received a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary. He worked as a senior systems analyst for a large defense contractor in central Florida. Now retired, he and his wife, Kathy, live in upstate South Carolina. They have two adult children and a young grandson.

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Reviewed by Lucinda Weeks for Readers' Favorite

Decoding Bible Messages by John A. Mapp Jr. is an amazing and unique approach to looking at the Bible in an exciting new way. Based on extensive research, the author provides a rare look at how Jesus is revealed in surprising ways throughout scripture, from Genesis through Revelation. Important biblical characters including Adam, Isaac, King David, Moses and others are examined. Detailed comparisons are given between Jesus and these important biblical characters. A truly stunning look at how Jesus is unveiled through biblical symbols and key events is provided. Also included is a comprehensive look at how God reveals his presence in scriptures. Remarkably compelling arguments for the validity of the Bible are also given. Readers who are interested in reading the Bible will not want to miss out on this.

Written for believers and skeptics alike, this book is brilliantly thought provoking. It provides an ingenious look at biblical prophecy and the fulfillment of prophecy through Jesus Christ. This is a must-read for all who are seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible. For those desiring to defend the existence of God, this is the perfect tool! This book helps make the Bible easier to understand. As someone who has a degree in biblical studies, I found the author’s research to be precisely accurate. I was truly amazed at how complete this study is. The subject is covered from every possible angle, thus effectively utilizing Mapp’s fascinating analogy of the hologram. I highly recommend Decoding Bible Messages by John A. Mapp Jr. to everyone interested in studying the Bible.

Tracy Slowiak

In a very interesting and well-thought out book, Decoding Bible Messages by author John A. Mapp, Jr. certainly provides some food for thought for Christians and others alike. Based on the premise that many of the stories in the Old Testament are a foreshadowing of the coming of Jesus Christ, the author has done a tremendous amount of work in developing his argument. One especially succinct parallel is the comparison of the slaughter of the Paschal lamb with Christ's crucifixion, and the author does a particularly adept job in linking these two together.

I very much enjoyed reading Decoding Bible Messages. Author John A. Mapp, Jr. has done a good job at breaking down what could be some very complex information into readable and understandable statements that even those who are not experts in the Bible will easily be able to comprehend. I feel that he has provided a clear and convincing case for his theory, that many of the stories in the Bible have foretold the coming of Christ and link the Old and the New Testaments together. Any Christian who enjoys enriching their knowledge and their spiritual understanding of the Bible should definitely pick up Decoding Bible Messages. They will come away from the book with interesting ideas to ponder, a conviction that Jesus was truly the planned-for Son of God, and a new understanding of the ties between the Old and New Testaments that they may not have thought of before. I certainly hope that author John A. Mapp, Jr, is working a new work in a similar vein. I, for one, would be very interested in reading it!

Mamta Madhavan

Decoding Bible Messages by John A. Mapp Jr. helps readers understand and study the Bible, particularly the Old Testament with a new insight. The highlighted passages and events in the book reveal God's care and concern for His people throughout history. The entire book is based on Jesus Christ and it helps readers learn more about Jesus Christ and also gives an easy interpretation of the whole Bible, helping readers to appreciate the Bible more. This thematic book with Bible messages shows the beautiful relationship between Jesus Christ and the Church. The remarkable symmetry between the life of Adam and the life of Jesus Christ, making Adam a striking type of Christ, is also discussed.

I found the book engaging and it threw light on many aspects of the Bible which are interesting. The book is uplifting and inspires readers to live a holy and godly life, and how through Christ all of us can escape the future deluge of fire and dwell forever in the new earth as His people. The book decodes the life of Moses, and helps readers understand more about Noah's ark and many other events where the rise of Jesus as a pivotal power in history can be understood.

The author handles the topic with elegance and the interpretations are simple and can be comprehended by anyone who is interested in reading about the Old Testament. The book reiterates the fact that Jesus Christ is the Lord and it might also trigger faith in the minds and hearts of skeptical readers.

Michelle Cole

"Decoding Bible Messages," by John A. Mapp, Jr., is a very insightful and thought-provoking read! I love how this author connects the Old Testament to the New Testament. If you want a deeper understanding of God's Word, this book is for you. This book is well-written and easy to understand. Highly-recommended for Christians and non-Christians alike!