This verse-by-verse commentary offers a text-focused and Christ-centered approach to the book of Revelation. Appropriate for personal study and as a college and seminary text, this volume provides both in-depth notes and lay-oriented exposition for use by scholars, students, pastors, and laypeople. An ever-increasing interest in the prophecies of the Apocalypse has resulted in deeper understandings which are introduced in this updated edition.
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“In other words, the blowing of the seven trumpets is a series of interventions by God in response to the prayers of his people.” (Page 283)
“The book nowhere promises that God will take the faithful out of the trials of life. It rather provides an assurance that Christ will walk with his faithful people through the trials of life. He will be with them always, until the very end of the age.” (Page 58)
“In both the Old and New Testaments, the blowing of the trumpet symbolizes ‘the intervention of God in history.’” (Page 281)
“It has been generally recognized that the symbolic language of Revelation can be traced to at least four sources: the Old Testament, Jewish apocalyptic writings, the first-century Asia Minor setting, and the New Testament writings.” (Page 18)
“The purpose of the book of Revelation is not primarily to inform us about the future, but to present the eternal and mighty God who holds the future.” (Page 71)
This commentary provides the reader with a careful study of the text that lays bare its powerful connections of Revelation to the Old and New Testaments and to the historical context of its first audience. No reader will come away from the book empty handed but will gain fresh insight into the message and theology of the book and a renewed sense of faith and hope in the Jesus of Revelation.
—Felix Cortez, associate professor of New Testament studies, University of Montemorelos
In his commentary on the book of Revelation, Ranko Stefanovic has provided a scholarly study of one of the most intriguing books of the Bible. His command of the biblical languages and his vast knowledge of Scripture are evident throughout the book. Of particular interest is his historicist approach in the interpretation of Revelation and his desire to show how events in history and prophecies are interrelated. Students of the Bible will find his commentary a valuable source of information and insights.
—Denis Fortin, professor of theology, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University
This exposition of John’s Apocalypse in its second edition offers a serious effort to present a responsible exegesis of John’s language in connection with that of the Old Testament prophets. This approach recommends itself to all who are searching for John’s own intentions with his visions. All can benefit from this careful approach to the book of Revelation.
—Hans K. LaRondelle, professor emeritus of theology, Andrews University
A must-read glimpse of the significance of Jesus Christ and his cross for the church in the world through the entire Christian history. In this revised edition, Stefanovic adds to his widely regarded original work enriching perspectives that anchor Revelation’s prophetic character squarely in Christian history as the arena in which the struggle between Christ and Satan both unfolds and climaxes. His readable passage-by-passage commentary will long offer theological and spiritual resources for any serious student of Scripture’s last book that speaks so clearly to our day.
—Larry Lichtenwalter, senior pastor, Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, Berrien Springs, MI
Ranko Stefanovic has provided us a comprehensive and up-to-date commentary on the Revelation of John from a historicist perspective. In this second revised edition that perspective becomes more focused and better articulated. All those interested in apocalyptic literature should take advantage of the helpful content of this new edition.
—Alberto R. Timm, rector, Latin-American Adventist Theological Seminary