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The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation

, 2000
ISBN: 0875524621

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Noted New Testament scholar Poythress provides an understandable and practical look into Revelation in this insightful commentary. Poythress focuses on Revelation’s core message and ensures that its details do not cloud the big picture. He shows Revelation to be a “picture book, not a puzzle book,” relevant and applicable to the daily lives of Christians.

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  • Provides an understandable and practical look into Revelation
  • Focuses on Revelation’s core message and ensures that its details do not cloud the big picture
  • Explores the application to the daily lives of Christians

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“Revelation is a picture book, not a puzzle book. Don’t try to puzzle it out. Don’t become preoccupied with isolated details. Rather, become engrossed in the overall story. Praise the Lord. Cheer for the saints. Detest the Beast. Long for the final victory.” (Page 13)

“This description is a counterfeit of the sovereignty of God, which is proclaimed in” (Page 165)

“Can the book of Revelation be understood? Yes, it can. Its message can be summarized in one sentence: God rules history and will bring it to its consummation in Christ. If you read it with that main point in mind, you will be able to understand it.” (Page 11)

“Revelation is the only book in the whole Bible with a blessing pronounced for reading it!1” (Page 12)

“of the Beast? It is a counterfeit for the seal of God’s name on the saints” (Page 147)

The Returning King unlocks the mysteries of the book of Revelation without spoiling the story. Here we have crystal-clear exposition lit up with flashes of thrilling insight and shafts of penetrating application—all rolled into one. And like the book of Revelation itself, The Returning King is all about Jesus—and it can be understood by every Christian!

—Sinclair Ferguson

A clear map to guide readers through Revelation’s alien terrain. Poythress shows us how to grasp and relish the many layers of rich symbolism. He also shows us how God intends to use Revelation in our lives, helping us to see through Satanic counterfeits, stand fast under pressure, and fix our hope on the return of King Jesus.

—Dennis E. Johnson

A remarkably clear and easy-to-read exposition. Although written for the ‘man in the pew’ this work reveals not only a broad knowledge of the literature on Revelation but also a great deal of personal reflection on its meaning for life in today’s world.

—Robert H. Mounce

  • Title: The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation
  • Author: Vern Poythress
  • Publisher: P&R
  • Print Publication Date: 2000
  • Logos Release Date: 2020
  • Pages: 213
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. Revelation › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 0875524621, 9780875524627
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:41:57Z

Vern Sheridan Poythress (b. 1946) is an evangelical philosopher, theologian, and Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary where he has taught since 1976. In 1981 he was ordained as a teaching elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod, which later merged with the Presbyterian Church in America.


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  1. Matt DeVore

    Matt DeVore


  2. Tim Carroll

    Tim Carroll


    Excellent book! Idealist perspective. Not too technical and contains well referenced material. Great for a refresher on the Amillennial interpretation of Revelation and also for someone exploring more about the position of Inaugurated Millennialism.