It is much rather centred on the coming of the Lord Jesus to rapture the believers. Most biblical prophecies including the ones in Revelation concern the time after the rapture. There have been many attempts up to the present day to interpret the Revelation in a different way. This way of interpretation was especially popular during the time of Reformation: Luther for example saw the Antichrist in the Pope. This view has already been seen, in part, by the Church Fathers. The book of Revelation is the fulfillment of every biblical prophecy.
The language of Revelation is largely symbolical See Interpreting Symbols. One can only explain these symbols in connection with the Holy Scriptures as a whole and especially in connection with prophecy as a whole. Henry Alford… comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad.
You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition.
Lectures to my Students, Vol. Barnhouse, Donald Grey. Rosscup - Devotional, popular-level commentary incorporating illustrations, word studies, and broad scriptural comparison. He is premillennial. He was a great preacher and Bible teacher in the latter first half and middle of this century. Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup. A devotional and practical commentary by an outstanding expository preacher. The material on the last two chapters was contributed by Ralph L. The viewpoint is premillennial and pretribulational. Barton, B. Life application Bible commentary Tyndale House Hobbs, and Ray Frank Robbins.
Revelation: Three Viewpoints. Nashville: Broadman Press, Three Southern Baptists, all of whom have written on prophetic themes, discuss the book of Revelation from different points of view. Beasley-Murray is premillennial and approaches John's vision from the perspective of a postribulationist; Hobbs is amillennial; and Robbins focuses attention on the genre of apocalyptic literature.
Bullinger, E. The Apocalypse, or "The Day of the Lord - online. Hiebert - An exhaustive treatment from an extreme futurist viewpoint.
Accepting "the day of the Lord" as the prophetic key, Bullinger insists that everything in Revelation is still future. The seven churches will be reestablished at the end of the age.
Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Revelation
Represents ultradispensational premillennialism. Cohen, Gary G. Chicago: Moody Press, A definitive work that develops a chronological framework for the interpretation of johns Apocalypse. Couch, Malcolm, gen. A Bible Handbook to Revelation. Grand Rapids: Kregel, The book concludes with a verse-by-verse background guide to the contents of the message the risen Lord sent to His Church.
Criswell, W. Expository Sermons on Revelation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, Hiebert - A series of expository sermons covering all of Revelation by a noted conservative Baptist minister. Based on careful exegesis of the text, the sermons have a practical appeal. Custer, Stewart. The exposition of the biblical text is in the best evangelical tradition and the author gives evidence of being aware of all the different interpretations. Here is a work that can be used with confidence.
Duck, Daymond R. Lancaster: Starburst Publishers, It is premillennial. Highly Recommended! Gaebelein, Arno C. Harrison, Norman B. The End. Re-Thinking The Revelation. Minneapolis, Minn.
Hiebert - A premillennial interpretation advocating a mid-tribulation rapture. Includes a colored chart of Revelation setting forth this view. Hoyt, Herman A. The Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. An Exposition of the Book of the Revelation.
Winona Lake, Ind. Hiebert - A concise, well-outlined interpretation from the premillennial, pretribulational viewpoint. The author holds the seven letters also give a prophetic picture of the entire Church age. Well suited to lay study groups. Ironside, H. Lectures on the Revelation: Neptune, N. First published in Clear evangelical messages explaining the scope and symbols of the vision John saw on Patmos.
This book has been the means under God of bringing those who were merely curious about prophecy to faith in Christ. It is the kind of book new believers can savor, and its use in young adult and adult discussion groups is to be encouraged. There is one limitation: The text of the KJV has been retained in this revision. In spite of this limitation, this exposition is heartily recommended. MacArthur, Jr. It comes highly recommended. Well-written, easy-to-grasp messages on Revelation and His intent is that we should live our lives on earth in light of these eternal realities.
Lindsey, Hal. MacArthur, J. Revelation and Chicago: Moody Press, Click for his sermons which correspond to his published commentaries. Vernon McGee. Thru the Bible With J. Thomas Nelson December, Morris, Henry M. Newell, William R. Has several appendixes, including "Why the church will not be in the Great Tribulation. Rosscup - Here is a very light dispensational work, often alliterative, picturesque, with frequent illustrations some quite good , but scant in supporting interpretation. Often Phillips shows no real attempt to grapple with meaning, as on leaving the first love , being blotted out , identifying the seven stars, giving more than opinion on being kept in , who the overcomer is in , what means, etc.
He does take the 24 elders as angels 86 and the , as Israelites, both with shallow support. The work as a whole offers minimal light to help any but elemental readers grasp some points, and for others is pretty much a waste of time unless certain illustrations help.
Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Revelation
Ribeira Jesuit scholar held almost all events are future and apply to the end times. Richison, Grant - Revelation Commentary Notes - click for notes listed by chapter and verse. Ideal for a beginner's study of Revelation. Schultz, John. Free online. Author was a missionary teacher in Papua, New Guinea for several decades.
Scott, Walter. Exposition of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Hiebert - An older, premillennial commentary by a British Plymouth-Brethren scholar that has had a strong influence on subsequent premillennial commentaries. A careful exposition, showing awareness of God's program for the future.
Other Studies in Revelation Included
Seiss, J. Still of value as a thorough interpretation of Revelation. Smith, J. A Revelation of Jesus Christ. Scottdale, Pa. The interpretation, following a premillennial, pretribulational eschatology, is consistently literal, except where avowed symbolism demands a different procedure. A noted feature is the abundant use of statistics and comparisons. Stedman, Ray C. Tenney, Merrill C.
Interpreting Revelation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, Gives a fine presentation of various approaches but favors a premillennial stance. Shows the author to be wellread, able to interact with the ideas of scholars of all persuasions, and succeeds in providing a work that now replaces all of the other great treatments of this frequently misunderstood book.
One of the most closely knit, exegetical commentaries ever produced. Supersedes the magisterial works of R. Charles and H. Swete and, of course, stands head-and-shoulders above all other works on Revelation produced todate. Walvoord, John F. The Revelation of Jesus Christ Click for index of this free online book. Chicago: Moody, Rosscup - Written by one of the foremost modern-day articulators of premillennial dispensationalism, this book is a lucid exposition of the Revelation which combines textual exposition with theological orientation.
Walvoord shows awareness of wide reading, gives various views, is fair, and deals with problems as they arise. It is the best broad dispensational work to appear in recent years, and Robert Thomas has the best detailed technical work so far. A leader in its class. Can be used with profit by individuals or groups. Barnes, Albert. Clarke, Adam. Elliott, E. Horae Apocalypticae. London: Seeley, Burnside, and Seeley, Henry, Matthew. Acts to Revelation, vol. Ladd, George E. A Commentary on the Revelation of John.
Historical premillennial, some classify as more futurist, others as preterist-futurist! He is difficult to categorize - in his book on "Last Things: An Eschatology for Laymen" [ not recommended to those who seek to interpret Scripture literally] he says he "feels that he must adopt a spiritualizing hermeneutic " He replaces Israel with the church. He believes the rapture is post-tribulation. Ladd sees the Millennium and the whole book of Revelation referring chiefly to the destiny of the Church rather than to the theocratic promises to Israel.
Seeks to present different viewpoints and analyze problems of interpretation. Torrey, R. Revell Historical pre-millennialist. While Iain Murray thought Spurgeon had a "fundamental uncertainty in his mind" regarding eschatology a careful examination of his sermons, his two commentaries The Treasury of David and Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom and his other writings reveal that he consistently and clearly not only affirmed a historic or covenantal premillennial position; he also rejected the salient tenets of the amillennial, postmillennial and dispensational premillennial schemes.
Spurgeon himself wrote - If I read the word aright, and it is honest to admit that there is much room for difference of opinion here, the day will come, when the Lord Jesus will descend from heaven with a shout, with the trump of the archangel and the voice of God. Some think that this descent of the Lord will be post-millennial—that is, after the thousand years of his reign. I cannot think so. I conceive that the advent will be pre-millennial; that he will come first; and then will come the millennium as the result of his personal reign upon earth Paul does not paint the future with rose-color: he is no smooth-tongued prophet of a golden age, into which this dull earth may be imagined to be glowing.
There are sanguine brethren who are looking forward to everything growing better and better and better, until, at the last this present age ripens into a millennium. They will not be able to sustain their hopes, for Scripture give them no solid basis to rest upon. We who believe that there will be no millennial reign without the King, and who expect no rule of righteousness except from the appearing of the righteous Lord, are nearer the mark.
Apart from the second Advent of our Lord, the world is more likely to sink into pandemonium than to rise into a millennium. A divine interposition seems to me the hope set before us in Scripture, and, indeed, to be the only hope adequate to the situation. Try it free for 30 days.
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