The book of Revelation is a riveting read—but a persistent question Christians have is, “What does it mean?”
Pastor-theologian Richard Phillips provides a thorough and penetrating study of each chapter while highlighting the theme of the sovereign rule of Christ over history for the salvation of his church.The apostle John wrote his book with the intention of being understood by real people. Carefully noting how the book’s symbolism works, Phillips paints the pictures of Revelation and explains its meaning to readers today. Along the way, readers will see the glory of Christ as the exalted Priest and King for his people, observe the vision of present and future history laid out in Revelation, and discover the powerful pattern of faith by which we may join Christians of all ages in victory.
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“The best answer notes that the number seven in the Bible stands for completion, starting with the seven days that completed the week of creation. So while John wrote actual letters to these seven churches, their number was selected to represent the entirety of the church during the gospel age and the kinds of challenges that would beset Christians at all times.” (Page 19)
“According to the opening verses, Revelation is an apocalyptic prophecy, a historical letter, a gospel testimony, and a means of blessing for God’s needy people.” (Page 6)
“James Boice explains that here, Christ ‘is knocking at the closed hearts of those who are his but who have turned their backs on him and shut him out of their complacent, self-satisfied, worldly Christian lives. The knocking Christ is an image, not of Jesus calling unbelievers to give their hearts to him but of calling drifting, worldly believers to sincere repentance and renewal.’” (Page 159)
“Christians may strengthen the church through the vital ministry of prayer” (Page 137)
“‘The purpose of this vision is to show us, in beautiful symbolism, that all things are governed by the Lord on the throne.’” (Page 167)
This book matches, or even supersedes, Richard Phillips’s other fine volumes in this reputable series. The author opens up Revelation in a manner that informs the Bible student, equips the preacher, comforts the suffering believer, and ignites the worshiper for the praise of Christ. Highly recommended!
—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
Richard Phillips does not flinch at the daunting texts and famed cruxes of the Apocalypse. Moreover, as a result of this resolute commitment, Dr. Phillips has given us a full, exegetically rich, pastorally sensitive exposition of Revelation. Revelation is sure to grace and elevate thousands of pulpits and Bible studies across the world!
—R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton
Richard Phillips, in the providence of God, has provided an excellent asset for any and all who embrace the promised blessing to all who read, hear, and keep ‘the words of the prophecy of this book.’ The book of Revelation is undoubtedly a challenge to understand, so this excellent systematic preaching commentary will be of inestimable value to the sacred task.
—Harry L. Reeder III, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham
Dr. Phillips requires no recommendations, given the number of volumes he has written in this series and the consistently high standard of exposition he has attained. . . . Phillips excels in providing not just background and insight, but relevance and real excitement regarding how the book of Revelation might apply today. Managing to avoid silly and crass interpretations, Phillips provides the reader with a tour de force in hermeneutical methodology. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
—Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
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