Revelation Commentaries

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Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission
Another Chart from Charles Swindoll


See the Schematic depiction of the major interpretative views. There is considerable disagreement on how the book of the Revelation should be interpreted. Therefore it is strongly recommended that you consider performing your own inductive study prior to consulting a commentary. The greatest challenge in studying the Revelation is to allow God to say what He says and not try to spiritualize or allegorize the text. The single best inductive study in my opinion is the Precept Ministries International 4 part study on the Revelation (see below ). I would also recommend the Precept inductive study on Daniel (Click Daniel 1-6 - Living Out a Biblical Worldview  or Daniel 7-12 -Gaining Understanding of the Time of the End) (Click here for links to commentaries on Daniel) because the truths in the book of the Revelation have their foundation in the prophesy in Daniel. To state it another way, a full understanding of the book of the Revelation is virtually impossible without an accurate understanding of the book of Daniel, especially Daniel 2, Daniel 7, Daniel 8 and Daniel 10-12 (Clue: These last three chapters deal with the same subject).

Before you consult any commentary, it is important to recognize that there are four schools of interpretation of the Revelation and it is critical to know which view the commentary you are consulting espouses. More importantly you should strive to have a good foundation from your own inductive study before you consult even the most respected commentary or otherwise you will almost certainly be confused by the wide diversity of interpretations of the same passage! The four views of interpretation are summarized in the following chart (see also Bibliography).

Cyril Barber in The Minister's Library - Volume 3 has some cautions on a popular book edited by Steve Gregg, Steve, ed. Revelation: Four Views. A Parallel Commentary writing the following -

"Combines four major ways to interpret John’s vision taking a careful look at the postmillennial, amillennial, and premillennial views before discussing the preterist, historicist, futurist, and idealist interpretations. Though lauded by some modern neo-orthodox theologians, this work suffers from some unfortunate limitations (e.g., where futuristic approaches are criticized for assigning everything after chapter 4 to a very limited period of history, and the critique of a literal millennium, etc.). Often the arguments of the contributors is weak (e.g., the identity of the 24 elders), but the editor gives no evidence of the fact that the interpretation of the text is thereby weakened." (Caveat emptor!) (Bolding added)


  • Here is a link to a youtube video I made entitled Introduction to Study of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This is a brief introduction of how to approach the book of the Revelation using the tools of Observation. This clip is a bit "less polished" as it was given without much preparation to a group beginning a 40 week study of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. 


Preterist (from Latin praeter meaning "past") holds that through the use of symbols and allegory, the Revelation deals with events that were fulfilled in John's time (they are "past") and that it was written primarily to provide hope and comfort to the first century church persecuted by Rome. In short, preterism holds that all prophecy in the Bible is really history. Preterims (full or consistent preterism) teaches that end time prophecies were fulfilled in 70AD with the destruction of Jerusalem. Thus preterists interpret the beasts of (Rev 13:1, 2, 11-note) as imperial Rome and the imperial priesthood, but notice that they are clearly interpreting the passage allegorically, not literally, for no where in the context is this interpretation even suggested! The preterist view is held by many modern scholars, especially liberals and others who deny that the Revelation is predictive of specific future events. "Preterism teaches that the Law was fulfilled in AD 70 and God’s covenant with Israel was ended. The “new heavens and new earth” spoken of in Revelation 21:1 is, to the preterist, a description of the world under the New Covenant. Just as a Christian is made a “new creation” (2Cor 5:17), so the world under the New Covenant is a “new earth.” This aspect of preterism can easily lead to a belief in replacement theology." Indeed, preterist interpretation is essentially the antithesis of futuristic interpretation!

Dr Anthony Garland has a lengthy discussion of various aspects of the Preterist view:

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The historicist approach views the Revelation as a symbolic or allegorical prophetic survey of church history from the first century up to the Second Coming of Christ. This was the view espoused by most of the "reformers" and thus dominated Protestant eschatological teaching for centuries. This view however has been discounted by many as it does not adequately address the prophecies in the Revelation. The discerning reader needs to be aware that the historicist view is reflected in most of the "older" commentaries (many of which are public domain works easily accessible on the internet) including the works of John Knox, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, C. H. Spurgeon (although Spurgeon did believe in the Millennium), Matthew Henry, Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes. Unless you understand their historicist approach to prophecy, you may become very confused when reading these older "classic" commentaries. Note that with the exception of Spurgeon, these works are not included in the list of resources. It is also important to realize that many of these "classic" commentaries tend to treat many of the OT promises to Israel as primarily applying to the NT Church, a view that is strongly disavowed by this website (see discussion of The Israel of God). An example of a historicist interpretation is the belief that the strong angel of Revelation 10 symbolizes the Reformation and that the harlot in Revelation 17 represents the Roman Catholic church, both  interpretations which a plain reading of the text simply does not allow!

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This approach argues that the symbols in the Revelation do not relate to historical events but rather to timeless spiritual truths. Idealists feel that Revelation relates primarily to the church between the first and second coming of Christ. They feel Revelation relates to the battle between God and evil and between the church and the world at all times in church history. The seals, trumpets, and bowls are thought to depict God’s judgments on sinners at all times, and the beast refers to all the anti-Christian empires and rulers in history. Thus the Revelation is viewed as describing the victory of Christ and His people down through history. The Millennium in this approach is not a future event but the final cycle of the book describing the church age. The weaknesses of this view include the failure to see the futuristic aspects of many of the prophecies or to connect them in any way with history. (Adapted from Grant Osborne: Revelation. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament - available free in pdf)

This view is variously referred to as the spiritual approach,  the idealist approach or the symbolic approach and makes no attempt to find individual fulfillments of John's visions, instead viewing Revelation as a great drama depicting transcendent spiritual realities, such as the spiritual conflict between Christ and Satan, between the saints and the antichristian world powers. Fulfillment is seen either as entirely spiritual or as recurrent, finding representative expression in historical events throughout the age, rather than in one-time, specific fulfillments. (From Steve Gregg. Revelation, Four views: A Parallel Commentary)

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A Literal reading of prophecy will generally lead to a "futurist" interpretation. Thus futurists interpret Revelation 4-22 as predictive of future end time historical events preceding, during and after the return of Jesus Christ, the establishment of His 1000 year (thus futurist are usually "premillennial". Amillennialists spiritualize the 1000 years and postmillennialists spiritualize the resurrection which precedes it), millennial kingdom on earth, followed by the creation of a new heaven and new earth. Variations of this view were held by many of the so-called early church fathers, including men like Justin Martyr (164AD), Irenaeus (195AD), et al. This futuristic approach has enjoyed a revival since the 19th century and is widely held by many if not most modern evangelicals. Note that most of the resource links listed below take a futuristic approach to interpret the Revelation.

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Name Time Period Revelation Chapters 4-19



Describes the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 or the fall of Rome in A.D. 476.



Describes major events of Christian history spanning from John’s time to the Second Coming of Christ.



Describes a future period prior to the Second Coming of Christ.



Describes spiritual truths. Good will eventually prevail over evil. Readers are encouraged in their current trials.



Typically favors idealism while borrowing some elements from other systems.

The interpretative approach taken by this website regarding Revelation 4-22 is that these passages describe literal people and places and literal events that will be fulfilled in the future. As someone has well said "If the plain sense makes good sense seek no other sense lest it result in nonsense." Most of the resources on this page espouse the futuristic view, but this fact does not necessarily mean that we agree with every comment in all of the resources.

The wide divergence of interpretative views makes it imperative that the reader of the Revelation be a "true blue" Berean (Acts 17:11+) and perform his or her own inductive study prior to consulting any commentary, tape set, web site or sermon, lest he or she become mired down in confusing rhetoric and specious speculation.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ was written to edify, equip, encourage and bless God's children, not to hopelessly confuse or divide them. Maranatha!


This Latin phrase "Apocalypsis Solus" means "Revelation Alone" and is an apt description of the following resource which simply charts out the Word of God in the Revelation. In other words this chart is Sola Scriptura with a few questions interspersed. The links below are to the 4 sections. You can print this chart out by selecting the button in the top right which will give you a Pdf that has all 4 sections on one 10 page Pdf

Background Color in the chart is significant as it is an attempt to identify where the events John is describing are taking place. 

  • Blue Heaven 
  • Brown Earth
  • Green - Time phrases

Carefully observe the time phrases and interpret them as you would any similar phrases in normal language. Thus the time phrase "after these things" occurs 30 times in the entire Bible (NAS) but 9 times in the Revelation (Rev. 1:19; Rev. 4:1; Rev. 7:9; Rev. 9:12; Rev. 15:5; Rev. 18:1; Rev. 19:1; Rev. 20:3 and "after this" in Rev 7:1)! Do you think the Spirit intends for this phrase to be a significant marker in this final book of the Bible? (That's rhetorical of course!)  In addition the word when occurs 28 times in the Revelation. When can mean at the time that something else happens or as soon as another action or event has finished. Every time you encounter a time phrase, pause and ponder, asking questions like "What has just happened?," "What is getting ready to happen?", "Where is it taking place, on earth or heaven?", etc. (See Expressions of Time) If you pay close attention to these simple time phrases (and let them say what you would in normal conversation), you will be amazed at how your Teacher, the Holy Spirit (cf 1 Jn 2:20+, 1 Jn 2:27+, Jn 14:16, 16:13, 14, 1 Cor 2:12-16+), will guide you through the book. Our "God is not a God of confusion!" (1 Cor 14:33) Remember that by definition, the Revelation was inspired by the Spirit not to confuse us but to encourage us and enable us to be continually "looking for (present tense = the habit of our life to be looking expectantly for) the Blessed Hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus." (Titus 2:13+).

Buster Keaton looking expectantly
"The Navigator" 1924

Comment - Note that the very first word in the Greek manuscript of the Book of the Revelation (not "Revelations" as is so commonly called) is the noun apokalupsis (apokalypsis) derived from apo- which means from and kalupto which means to cover or conceal. Taken together the simple idea is to take the cover off and expose to open view that which was heretofore not visible, known or disclosed. It means to make manifest or reveal a thing previously secret or unknown. In all its uses, “revelation” refers to something or someone, once hidden, becoming visible and now made fully known. And so using this word first, the Spirit is showing us that He is unveiling truth about the future which was previously concealed. The point is that the Revelation has been given to men by God to reveal not to confuse. And yet it is the most confused book in the Bible. This chart is an attempt to let John's words literally "say what they say" in order to help you understand what God has clearly revealed.

Father grant great illumination by Your Holy Spirit to all who read the literal Holy Words of Your great Book of Revelation, so that the Spirit might greatly glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in each reader's heart and mind, so that all are motivated by His grace to live passionately and purposefully for the soon coming King, boldly sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom, for the King is "coming quickly." In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Jesus said "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done." (Revelation 22:12+)

Related Resources: Consider the "5P's" - Pause to Ponder the Passage then Practice it in the Power of the Spirit

Inductive Bible study





Verse by verse comments now on courtesy of Dr Anthony Garland. In my opinion this is one of the best commentaries ever written on the Revelation interpreted from a literal perspective. Garland does not replace Israel with the church and accepts a literal 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth. 




Most of these books are newer resources which previously were available only in book form or purchasing in a Bible computer program. This is potentially a very useful resource to supplement your study. In general these books do not allow you to copy and paste. 

Note - NO CHARGE. But you must log in to borrow most of these books by creating a login account! Click picture of the person in right upper corner and set up your free login. Then you can read many excellent modern commentaries free of charge! After you have checked it out for an hour, in my experience you can usually check it out again which gives you sufficient time to read the section in which you are interested. 

Be Victorious - In Christ You Are an Overcomer - Book of Revelation by Warren Wiersbe. Literal. Millennial. Conservative.  397 ratings

With the Word - Comments on each chapter - Warren Wiersbe - 428 ratings

Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament - Warren W Wiersbe

Cyril Barber - This is a book (Wiersbe's Expository Outlines) of exceptional merit. Pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers will profit from its use. Wiersbe introduces each book of the NT, provides an outline, and then furnishes his readers with a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the contents. The homiletic style is a “plus.” Recommended.

Expository Sermons on Revelation by Criswell, W. A Literal. Millennial. Conservative. Only Revelation 1 (177 pages)

Expository Sermons on Revelation by Criswell, W. A (Rev 1:11, 16, 20 and Rev 2-3 sermons) (192 pages)

Believer's Bible Commentary - William MacDonald

Revelation 1-11 by MacArthur, John (See his sermons)

The Identity of Babylon in Revelation 17-18 Part 1 of 2 Charles H. Dyer
The Identity of Babylon in Revelation 17-18 Part 2 of 2 Charles H. Dyer

THOUGHT - Before you are biased by Dr Dyer's article take a few minutes and make your own observations of Revelation 17 and Revelation 18. Your objective is simply list the facts about Babylon in each chapter. Then compare your observations in the two chapters. Let me give you a "jump start" -- compare Revelation 17:2 and Revelation 18:3,9. What do you observe? Now do the same comparison regarding the other facts you observe in both chapters. Is the Babylon described in Revelation 17 the same as or different from the Babylon described in Revelation 18? God is not a God of confusion (1Co 14:33+) and my contention is that if you do the simple observations suggested, you will arrive at a confident conclusion regarding Babylon. Then you can read Dr Dyer's articles and the commentaries like a good Berean (Acts 17:11+)! 

Dyer opens with  these comments: The world is rushing toward a catastrophic period of time referred to as the Tribulation. God has sovereignly chosen to reveal many details of that period through the inspired writings of His prophets. A correct interpretation of these details is essential for a proper understanding of God's program for the future. One key factor in interpreting God's prophetic program is the identification of the eschatological Babylon described by John in Revelation 17-18. This section occupies a significant portion of the Book of Revelation, and it provides a graphic account of God's future judgment on evil. However, one faces many problems in attempting to identify the end-time system of evil that the section presents. This two-part series attempts to provide answers for these problems through an analysis of the chapters individually, synthetically, and prophetically. The relationship between chapters 17 and 18 is crucial to a proper understanding of the Babylon referred to in both. Do Revelation 17 and 18 separately describe two distinct Babylons? Or are the two chapters a unit that presents but one Babylon?

The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation - Ferrell Jenkins - Interesting book. 

Jenkins writes "The book of Revelation is the most thoroughly Jewish in its language and imagery of any New Testament book. This book speaks not the language of Paul, but of the Old Testament prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel."

Things to Come: a Study in Biblical Eschatology - Dwight Pentecost

The Book of the Revelation: Outlined Studies - Lehman Strauss

The Revelation Record -  Dr Henry Morris

Interpreting Revelation (234 pages) - Merrill Tenney

The Book of Revelation (128 pages) - Merrill Tenney

The Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1994 edition - Abridged - Merrill Tenney

Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - POSB - Revelation

Exploring Revelation - John Phillips

Behold, He Cometh!": A Verse-by-Verse Commentary on the Book of Revelation - John R Rice A Baptist pastor. Millennial. Comments less technical but very insightful. A sleeper in my opinion. 

Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) - Grant Osborne

The Book of Revelation - New International Commentary New Testament - Robert Mounce

The Defender's Study Bible  - BORROW

The Final Countdown by Ryrie, Charles (Dispensationalist) - Short, summary of end times events. Literal, millennial perspective.

Revelation: Ryrie, Charles Caldwell 

Understanding Revelation : an investigation of the key interpretational and chronological questions which surround the Book of revelation Cohen, Gary G.

KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT - no restriction on length of time one can use  it. No copy and paste. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective (pre-millennial) Has nice, readable maps. User reviews (ED: VERY USEFUL COMMENTS - BH)

Holman Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible  General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. 

NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H. Wayne; 917 ratings Very helpful notes. Conservative.

The David Jeremiah Study Bible - (2013) 2208 pages. - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."

Escape the Coming Night - 273 page study of Revelation by David Jeremiah - premillennial. (2002 edition not the newer 2018 edition but still very readable resource.) Read some of the 908 ratings

New Bible Commentary - See user reviews Not thoroughly millennial. 

The NIV study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. Note this is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. 

Revelation illustrated and made plain - Tim Lahaye

Thru the Bible Commentary: The Prophecy (Revelation 1-5) - J Vernon McGee

The Prophecy - Revelation, Chapters 6-13 - J Vernon McGee

The Book of Revelation: A Series of Outline Studies in the Apocalypse - James McConkey This is a 94 page book with brief pithy comments from a literal perspective. Interesting. Online but cannot copy and paste.

Revelation, Four Views: a Parallel Commentary Editor Steve Gregg 335 ratings Be a Berean - Acts 17:11+

The Ryrie Study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative.  

101 Answers to Questions About the Book of Revelation - Mark Hitchcock - the following are also available online

The MacArthur Study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes for conservative, literal perspective.

Life Application New Testament Commentary - Bruce Barton, et al (2001) - About 100 pages of notes on the Revelation. This is more verse by verse notes but not strictly speaking a classic expositional commentary. These notes are not the same as in the study Bible listed below.

Life Application Study Bible : New Living Translation. Has some helpful notes. 

You Can Understand the Book of Revelation - Skip Heitzig

Exalting Jesus in Revelation - Daniel Akin (See his sermon series below which is very similar to his book).

Wycliffe Bible Commentary - Charles Pfeiffer - 1560 pages (1962). 

Bruce Hurt, MD


THE FOLLOWING ARE A SERIES OF YOUTUBE VIDEOS MOST RELATED TO PROPHECY AND THE REVELATION - I am a literalist, so the videos take a futurist approach. Note that most of these videos are not lectures but are in a question/answer format. The entries labeled "Lesson _" are the discussions of the lessons in the Precept course Revelation - Part 4

HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE - "HINGE WORDS" Part 1 (no prophecy)

REDEEM THE TIME (no prophecy)








Lesson 6 - WHAT DOES THE WORD OF GOD TEACH ABOUT BABYLON? - Part 2 (Old Testament Scriptures)





Precept Ministries International Inductive Study
on the Book of the Revelation

The first lesson of each study can be downloaded free

Revelation of Jesus Christ Charted Out Chapter by Chapter and Verse by Verse (Rev 4-22) - Sola Scriptura (with a few questions interspersed) (Html links below are to the 4 sections or  you can also select a Pdf that has all 4 sections on one 10 page Pdf)

Revelation Lectures
Kay Arthur
(Futuristic View)

See related topic - Kay Arthur's Lectures on Daniel

Precept Upon Precept
Lectures by Kay Arthur
Revelation - Part 2  (There are no notes available on Part 1)

  • Lecture 01 There is No Need to Fear: You Can Know the Things that Will Shortly Come to Pass
  • Lecture 02 The Testimony of Jesus: Is It Worth Dying For?
  • Lecture 03 Don't Desert Your Post
  • Lecture 04 Can You Survive the Difficult Times of the Last Days? Listen...
  • Lecture 05 Don't Be Afraid: He Is the First and the Last
  • Lecture 06 Your Kinsman Redeemer is Worthy to Take the Book
  • Lecture 07 Your Kinsman Redeemer, Part 2
  • Lecture 08 Watch Out Earth: The Lamb is About to Break the Seals!
  • Lecture 09 God Can't Be Tied Up in a Neat Little Box
  • Lecture 10 Some "Givens" in Revelation that Help Unveil the Timing
  • Lecture 11 Who's Side Are You On? You Can't Have the Best of Both Worlds
  • Lecture 12 Who's Side Are You On? You Can't Have the Best of Both Worlds, Part 2

Precept Upon Precept
Lectures by Kay Arthur
Revelation - Pt 3

  • Lecture 00 Knowing Revelation Takes Away the Fear
  • Lecture 01 Knowing Who God Is & Living Accordingly
  • Lecture 02 Who Do You Bow Down To?
  • Lecture 03 When Will the Mystery of God be Finished?
  • Lecture 04 Date Setting and The Return of Christ
  • Lecture 05 Matthew 24 and the Coming of the Son of Man
  • Lecture 06 When Does the Tribulation Begin?
  • Lecture 07 Why Is It So Important to Understand the Jew?
  • Lecture 08 Is God Finished With the Jews?
  • Lecture 09 This Land is Your Land...Forever!
  • Lecture 10 What Happened to the Old Testament Promises Regarding Israel?
  • Lecture 11 A Prophecy Regarding Israel: The Beginning of the End

Precept Upon Precept
Lectures by Kay Arthur
Revelation - Part 4

  • Lecture 00 Where are the leaders? The Strong and Courageous? Those valiant for God's absolutes?
  • Lecture 01 The Lord Jesus Christ is Returning: You Can Count on It!
  • Lecture 02 Are the Events of Revelation Past? Happening Now? Or Yet Future?
  • Lecture 03 It's the Last Hour! Don't be Misled by the Devil's Antichrists
  • Lecture 04 What Will it be Like When the ''Real'' Antichrist Comes?
  • Lecture 05 When Will the Antichrist rear his Destructive head?
  • Lecture 06 The Devil's Beauty & Beast
  • Lecture 07 Who is the Great harlot Babylon?
  • Lecture 08 The Day of the Lord is Coming
  • Lecture 09 Where Will the Church be When the Day of the Lord Comes?
  • Lecture 10 What & When is Armageddon?
  • Lecture 11 When Jesus Returns to the Earth Where Will the Church Be?
  • Lecture 12 Where is the Church in the Book of the Revelation?
  • Lecture 13 Where is the Church in the 1000 Year Reign?
  • Lecture 14 What Happens When Jesus Christ Comes Back?



The resources below are categorized by Interpretative Approach. There are many sources for this list but two that were especially consulted are the Expositor's Bible Commentary and Revelation, Four Views : A parallel commentary by S Gregg. This is list is far from exhaustive.

The listing of a specific resource does not indicate that this website agrees with the interpretative approach taken. Note that it is difficult to "pigeon hole" every author for some express different views on specific prophetic passages. This chart therefore should be used as a general guideline. I have not read every work noted. Therefore if you see a work that appears to be incorrectly or unfairly "categorized" please email me and it will be researched. Note that the majority of the "free" commentaries on the Web at Studylight, BlueLetterBible, etc, are NON-FUTURISTIC works and therefore strong caution is advised in consulting these works unless you have taken time to carefully observe and interpret the text yourself (Note: This caution applies not just to comments on Revelation but on all eschatological topics - study the text for yourself first so you can honestly assess the commentaries!). Otherwise you may become very confused regarding the true interpretation, God's intended meaning of the book of the Revelation. 


See discussion of Futurist Interpretation

Alford, Henry (1810-1871) (See brief biography1902 Encyclopedia article, Bio by A P Stanley) - Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary Revelation - Note that Alford was not as far as I can discern a "dispensationalist" but one who literally interpreted the Word of God

Alford's comment on Revelation 20 - "It will have been long ago anticipated by the readers of this Commentary, that I cannot consent to distort words from their plain sense and chronological place in the prophecy, on account of any considerations of difficulty, or any risk of abuses which the doctrine of the millennium may bring with it. Those who lived next to the Apostles, and the whole Church for 300 years, understood them in the plain literal sense: and it is a strange sight in these days to see expositors who are among the first in reverence of antiquity, complacently casting aside the most cogent instance of consensus which primitive antiquity presents. As regards the text itself, no legitimate treatment of it will extort what is known as the spiritual interpretation now in fashion.”

Alford's Introduction to the Revelation - The Revelation is the only prophetic book of the NT and it is the keystone of the Word of God. The Holy Scriptures start with a revelation on the past (Genesis 1) and they end with a revelation on the future.

The Revelation is a very solemn book speaking much about divine judgments but it is also a wonderful book in which we find the completion of God's ways up to eternal glory. As with all prophecies the Revelation also is not easily understood. This is why it is sometimes called "the book with seven seals" and is much neglected by many Christians.

The main thought of OT and NT biblical prophecy is the still future introduction of the reign of the Lord Jesus' over creation as well as the preceding events, especially in relation to Israel, God's earthly people. The assembly of the Living God, the body of Christ, is not mentioned at all in OT prophecies. The assembly or church is subject of a divine mystery revealed in the NT only (compare Ephesians 3:2-11). The assembly also plays a subordinate part in the NT prophecies. This heavenly company's expectation is not centred on happenings of the last days. It is much rather centred on the coming of the Lord Jesus to rapture the believers. And this rapture will happen anytime (compare Revelation 22:7; Revelation 22:12; Revelation 22:20). 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. The Past Interpretation sees the battle of Christendom gaining strength against heathen Rome ending with faith's victory. The historical interpretation sees in it a description of the whole time of Christendom. This way of interpretation was especially popular during the time of Reformation: Luther for example saw the Antichrist in the Pope. The spiritualizing method looks at the book as timeless symbolizing the fight between good and evil.

The correct way however to consider the Revelation is to look at chapters 4 to 22 regarding the future (see also paragraph 2 Purpose and Subject). This view has already been seen, in part, by the Church Fathers. The book of Revelation is the fulfillment of every biblical prophecy. It cannot be understood without knowing the OT prophets (Ezekiel and Daniel especially [See my commentary on Daniel, esp Da 2:24-49, Da 7:1-6  Da 7:7-14Da 7:15-28, Daniel 9:24Daniel 9:25Daniel 9:26Daniel 9:27 Da 11:1-19Da 11:20-45Daniel 12]), nor without knowing the words of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 24 (See my commentary on Matthew 24); Matthew 25; Matthew 1 and 2 Thessalonians (See my commentary on 2 Thess 2:1-5).

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. For we learn from Peter, in 2 Peter 1:20+, "...that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation."

Below are several critiques of Henry Alford's expertise as a Bible commentator...

James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament… though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

John Piper writes "When I’m stumped with a… grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford… comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes that Alford's work "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. 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. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers, which is also a standard work." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

Archer, Gleason

Barnhouse, Donald Grey. Revelation: An Expository Commentary Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1971

Rosscup - Devotional, popular-level commentary incorporating illustrations, word studies, and broad scriptural comparison. He is premillennial. and pretribulational, using a fairly literal interpretation. 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)

Hiebert - Prints what is called a "free translation" of Revelation. A devotional and practical commentary by an outstanding expository preacher. The material on the last two chapters was contributed by Ralph L. Keiper. The viewpoint is premillennial and pretribulational.

Barton, B. B., & Osborne, G. R. Revelation. Life application Bible commentary Tyndale House 2000

Here is a link to the Life Application Study Bible which can be borrowed for an hour. It is fairly literal in eschatology.

Beasley-Murray, George Raymond, Herschel H. Hobbs, and Ray Frank Robbins. Revelation: Three Viewpoints. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1977. 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. 228'.06.B38 1977 (Critique from Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library)

Bullinger, E. W. The Apocalypse, or "The Day of the Lord - online." 3d ed. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1935.

Hiebert - An exhaustive treatment from an extreme futurist viewpoint. Accepting "the day of the Lord" (Rev 1:10) 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. Represents ultradispensational premillennialism. (What is ultra-dispensationalism? |

Chafer, Lewis Sperry - Founder of Dallas Theological Seminary

Cohen, Gary G. - Understanding Revelation. Chicago: Moody Press, 1978. Borrow Understanding Revelation : an investigation of the key interpretational and chronological questions which surround the Book of revelation

Cyril Barber -  A definitive work that develops a chronological framework for the interpretation of John's Apocalypse. Premillennial.  

Couch, Malcolm, gen. ed. A Bible Handbook to Revelation. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2001.

Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library (Volume 3) - This is not a commentary on the Book of Revelation, but a well-informed book that introduces readers to the intricacies of interpretation and theology of John’s vision. The book concludes with a verse-by-verse background guide to the contents of the message the risen Lord sent to His Church. Recommended

Criswell, W. A. Expository Sermons on Revelation. 5 vols. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1961-1966 - See also Expository sermons on Revelation (Rev 2-3)(Rev 11-17)

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. The viewpoint is premillennial and pretribulational.

Custer, Stewart. From Patmos to Paradise: A Commentary on Revelation. Greenville, SC: BJU, 2004.

Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library (Volume 3) -  A beautifully produced, well-articulated commentary enhanced with numerous colored and blackand-white pictures and charts. 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. Premillennial.

DeHaan, M. R. (Our Daily Bread. Radio Bible Class).

Duck, Daymond R., Revelation God's Word for the Biblically-Inept Series. Lancaster: Starburst Publishers, 1998.

Feinberg, Charles.

Garland, Anthony: A Testimony of Jesus Christ (Click for free online magnum opus! Now available on - While this work is not well known and is seldom mentioned in lists of commentaries on the Revelation, in my opinion it is one of the best verse by verse modern works available. It is premillennial. Highly Recommended!

Gaebelein, Arno C.,The Revelation : an analysis and exposition of the last book of the Bible (online)  Loizeaux Brothers, 1915

Geisler, Norman.

Guzik, David. Verse by Verse Commentary: Revelation.

Harrison, Norman B. The End. Re-Thinking The Revelation. Minneapolis, Minn.: The Harrison Service, 1941.

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.: Brethren Missionary Herald, 1966.

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. A. Lectures on the Revelation: Neptune, N.J.: Loizeaux Brothers, 1920 Click for expository notes

Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library (Volume 3) - Based on the text of the KJV. First published in 1920. Clear evangelical messages explaining the scope and symbols of the vision John saw on Patmos. Premillennial.....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. A modern translation like the NKJV would have better served the needs of contemporary students of God’s Word. In spite of this limitation, this exposition is heartily recommended.

Johnson, Alan. Revelation in the Expositor's Bible Commentary (BORROW Abridged Version).

Kaiser, Walter - His writings are always worth examining in my opinion.

Keathley III, J Hampton III - Click for links to his exposition on the Revelation

Lawson, Steven J. Final call (available to borrow) - You can listen to a number of his sermons on Revelation but these do not cover the entire book.

Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library (Volume 3) - An exposition of Revelation 1--3. “This book is intended to be a wake-up call to the sleeping church of America.”--John F. MacArthur, Jr. It comes highly recommended.

Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library (Volume 3) - Heaven Help US! Truths About Eternity That Will Help You Live Today. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1995. Well-written, easy-to-grasp messages on Revelation 4--5 and 21--22. Lawson tackles contemporary issues and/or misunderstandings, and explains what the Bible really teaches. Included is a candid discussion of life after death, and the rewards/punishments that will vindicate God’s righteousness. His intent is that we should live our lives on earth in light of these eternal realities. Recommended

Lindsey, Hal. There's a new world coming : 'a prophetic odyssey' - BORROW: Eugene, Ore.: Harvest House, 1973

MacArthur, J.Revelation 1-11 and Revelation 12-22. Chicago: Moody Press, 1999 (Click for his sermons which correspond to his published commentaries)

J. Vernon McGee. Thru the Bible With J. Vernon McGee. Thomas Nelson December, 1988. (Click for a complete listing of Mp3's by chapter/verse below) You can also borrow Revelation Commentary.

Morris, Henry M. The Revelation Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Revelation (BORROW): Tyndale House, 1983 (Note that this is not Leon Morris who is categorized below) Click for his notes 

Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library - Treating the Apocalypse chapter-by-chapter, Morris provides his readers with numerous sidelights on the text not found in other works.

NET Bible Notes - Click for notes

Newell, William R. The Book of the Revelation: Chicago: Moody Press,1935 (devotional flavor) Click for verse by verse notes

Hiebert  - A full, consistently literal interpretation of Revelation which accepts the symbolic where it is obvious. The viewpoint is premillennial and pretribulational. Has several appendixes, including "Why the church will not be in the Great Tribulation."

Osborne, Grant - Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) - 

This is available as a free Pdf.Osborne does seem to favor the 1000 millennium. There are a few points I would disagree with him -- e.g., when the devil is released at the end of the 1000 years, he deceives and gathers an army - these are people who have been alive while Jesus Himself is reigning on earth and they still refuse to believe in Him! To be sure this is somewhat mind boggling and could reflect either the hardness of hearts of those who are born to the believers who enter the 1000 year kingdom. Alternatively Osborne posits that these are men and women who were not destroyed when Christ returned to conquer in Revelation 19. 

Pentecost, J. Dwight. Things to come : a study in Biblical eschatology 

Phillips, John. Exploring Revelation - BORROW. Chicago: Moody Press. 1974

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 (2:4), being blotted out (3:5), identifying the seven stars, giving more than opinion on being kept in 3:10, who the overcomer is in 2:7, what 4:1 means, etc. He does take the 24 elders as angels (86) and the 144,000 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. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library -  A careful commentary that those who preach through this portion of God's Word will want to consult. Premillennial.

Ribeira (1537-91) 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)

Ryrie, Charles Caldwell. Revelation: Chicago, Ill.: Moody Press, 1968. This book can be borrowed - Revelation : Ryrie, Charles Caldwell

Hiebert - A concise, well-outlined study of Revelation, following the premillennial, pretribulational view. Ideal for a beginner's study of Revelation.

Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library (Volume 3) - A refreshing, concise exposition highlighted with helpful charts and graphs, and explaining in lay terms the scope of John’s vision. Recommended.

The final countdown by Ryrie, Charles - Short, but well done summary of end times events. Literal, millennial perspective. 2 ratings

Schultz, John. - The Revelation. - Literal perspective. 118 pages. Free online. Author was a missionary teacher in Papua, New Guinea for several decades.

Scott, Walter. Exposition of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. London: Pickering & Inglis, n.d.

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.

Seiss, J. A. The Apocalypse: Lectures on the Book of Revelation: Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1957

Hiebert - A series of fifty-two lectures covering all of the Revelation by a conservative Lutheran preacher-scholar who adhered to the premillennial viewpoint. Still of value as a thorough interpretation of Revelation.

Smith, J. B. A Revelation of Jesus Christ . Scottdale, Pa.: Herald, 1961. (also dispensationalist)

Hiebert - A careful, detailed exegesis by a Mennonite scholar, known for his Greek-English Concordance of the New Testament. 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. God’s Final Word: Understanding Revelation (click for this resource): Grand Rapids: Discovery House, 1991

Strauss, Lehman. The Book of the Revelation (BORROW): Neptune, NJ.: Loizeaux Brothers, 1964

Tenney, Merrill C. Interpreting Revelation  (BORROW). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1957. (also dispensationalist)

Hiebert - Not intended as a full commentary on Revelation but unique as a guide to the various methods of studying Revelation. Gives a fine presentation of various approaches but favors a premillennial stance.

Thomas, Robert L. Revelation 1–7: An Exegetical Commentary. Chicago: Moody, 1992.

Thomas, Robert L. Revelation 8–22: An Exegetical Commentary. Chicago: Moody, 1995.

Cyril Barber - The Minister's Library (Volume 3) - Continues the excellent work begun by Thomas in his first volume. 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. Recommended!.....One of the most closely knit, exegetical commentaries ever produced. Supersedes the magisterial works of R. H. Charles and H. B. Swete (and, of course, stands head-and-shoulders above all other works on Revelation produced todate). Thomas is thoroughly evangelical and eminently reliable. He has been ably described as “the finest conservative New Testament scholar of our time.” This is a must for every pastor

Walvoord, John F. The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Click for index of this free online book) . Chicago: Moody, 1966.  (also dispensationalist) 

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. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

Hiebert - A thorough exegetical treatment from a dispensational, premillennial, pretribulational viewpoint. A leader in its class.

Wiersbe, Warren Be victorious (Revelation) - this book can be borrowed for 1 hour (and can usually be checked out again with the hour is over). 

Cyril Barber -  A clear, easy-to-read, understandable exposition of the book of Revelation. Can be used with profit by individuals or groups. Recommended.

Here are some more general works, most of which are relatively literal - they can be checked out for one hour.

KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT - no restriction on length of time one can use  it. No copy and paste. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective.  User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. - 372 ratings

Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective (pre-millennial)  user reviews 

The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.

NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H. Wayne; 917 ratings Very helpful notes. Conservative.

The Experiencing God Study Bible : the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings

The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M. Excellent notes for well known creationist. 45 ratings

The MacArthur study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes 1,275 ratings

The David Jeremiah study bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."

Believer's Bible Commentary by MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages

Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. - "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen."

Warren Wiersbe - "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." 

Life Application Study Bible : New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes. 4,445 ratings

The Ryrie Study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative.  216 ratings

With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Warren Wiersbe - 428 ratings

Encyclopedia of Bible difficulties by Archer, Gleason L - or here with no restrictions


See discussion of Historicist Interpretation

Barnes, Albert. Revelation in Notes on the New Testament; Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1884–85

Calvin, John

Clarke, Adam. Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Holy Bible: Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1967

Edwards, Jonathan

Elliott, E. B. Horae Apocalypticae . 4 vols. Eng. tr. 3d ed. London: Seeley, Burnside, and Seeley, 1828

Gill, John. Commentary of the Whole Bible.

Henry, Matthew. Acts to Revelation, vol. 6 in Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Old Tappan, N.J.: Fleming H. Revell

Knox, John.

Ladd, George E. A Commentary on the Revelation of John . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972.

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" (ED: THAT IS NOT A RELIABLE HERMENEUTIC!) He replaces Israel with the church. He believes the rapture is post-tribulation.

Hiebert - A popular commentary on Revelation that takes a premillennial and post-tribulational view of eschatology. 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.

Luther, Martin

Newton, Sir Isaac: The Prophecies of Daniel & the Apocalypse. 1733.

Torrey, R. A. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: Old Tappan, NJ.: Fleming H. Revell (Historical pre-millennialist)

Spurgeon, C H  - historic or covenantal premillennial position

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. We look to the darkening down of things; the state of mankind, however improved politically, may yet grow worse and worse spiritually...We expect a reigning Christ on earth; that seems to us to be very plain, and put so literally that we dare not spiritualize it. We anticipate a first and second resurrection; a first resurrection of the righteous, and a second resurrection of the ungodly, who shall be judged, condemned, and punished for ever by the sentence of the great King. (Charles H. Spurgeon and the Nation of Israel)

Related Resources:

Utley, Bob - Bible Lessons International, Marshall, Texas

Wesley, John

Whitefield, George


See discussion of Idealist Interpretation

Alford, Henry. The Revelation in The Greek Testament, revised by Everett R Harrison (Chicago: Moody Press) 1958.

However he seems to favor a literal millennium in Rev 20. The woman in Rev 12+ he interprets as the church although he does interpret the male child as Christ.

Calkins, Raymond. The Social Message of the Book of Revelation. New York: Woman's, 1920.

Carrington, Philip. The Meaning of the Revelation . New York: Macmillan, 1931.

Cleveland: Corpus Books, 1968. Rissi, Mathias. Time and History. Richmond: John Knox, 1966.

Hendriksen, W. More Than Conquerors . Grand Rapids: Baker, 1940.

Hiebert - An able work on Revelation by an evangelical teacher using the synchronistic or parallelistic system of interpretation. His viewpoint is amillennial.

A. Hoekema

Phillip Hughes

Kiddle, Martin. The Revelation of St. John . MNT. New York: Harper, 1940.

Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. New Testament commentary: Exposition of the Book of Revelation. Baker House. 1953-2001.

Lenski, R. C. H. The Interpretation of St. John’s Revelation: Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1943

Milligan, William. The Book of Revelation . ExB. Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.

Minear, Paul S. I Saw a New Earth: An Introduction to the Visions of the Apocalypse. Cleveland: Corpus Books, 1968

Morey, Earl. Notes on Revelation in The Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Jack W. Hayford, Gen. ed: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991

Rissi, Mathias. Time and History . Richmond: John Knox, 1966.

Vincent, Marvin. Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament. Hendrickson Publishers, 1985

Wilcock, Michael. I Saw Heaven Opened: The Message of Revelation: Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1975

Wilson, Geoffrey B. Revelation: Durham, England: Evangelical Press, 1985


Adams, Jay. The Time is at Hand: Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co, 1966.

Ashcraft, Morris. Hebrews—Revelation The Broadman Bible Commentary v12: Clifton J. Alien, Gen. ed,  Nashville: Broadman Press, 1972

Barclay, William. The Revelation of John. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1976.

Hiebert - Prints author's own translation. Volume 1, covering the first five chapters, deals extensively with the seven letters. The author's strong points are his handling of historical data and his Greek word studies.

Beasley-Murray, G.R. "The Revelation." NBC rev. Edited by D. Guthrie, et al. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970.

Beale, G K - REVELATION A Commentary on the Greek Text  (he is placed here because he is amillennial). 

Cyril Barber - Beale adopts a careful verse-by-verse treatment of the original text. His amillennialism colors his interpretation, but his discussions reveal his vast learning. This is a work for the scholar.

James Rosscup - A Wheaton College professor did this monumental 1,245-pp. probe that has to be one of the best recent works along amillennial lines. Beale brings incredible research, as Aune does, with an awareness of Jewish and Christian literature giving opinions on verses. The work is for scholars such as exegetes, advanced students (some of it will be readily grasped by other students), studious pastors, etc. Some of many discussions that put much data to consider before the reader are those on the locust-like beings, and the harlot. Beale interacts much with views and arguments and gives more than most writers to stimulate reflection. Excellent indexes cover authors and biblical and other ancient writings. On a given verse, he brings much to bear when one is seeking possibilities.

Beckwith, Isbon T. The Apocalypse of John . New York: Macmillan, 1922.

Hiebert - Greek text. An introduction of over four hundred pages on various introductory problems reveals impeccable scholarship. A critical commentary of nearly four hundred pages deals closely with the Greek text. Amillennial in viewpoint.

Berkouwer, G. C. The Return of Christ. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972.

Bruce, F. F. "The Revelation to John." In A New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1969.

Byrum, C. S., Parvin S. Unlocking the Mysteries 150 FAQs About Revelation and the End of the World. Nashville: Abingdon, 1999.

Caird, G.B. The Revelation of St. John the Divine. Harper's New Testament Commentaries . New York: Harper, 1966.

Hiebert - Prints author's own translation. Valuable for a reconstruction of the first-century setting. A scholarly commentary which takes the symbolism of Revelation to represent imminent historical rather than eschatological events.

Charles, R.H. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Revelation of St. John . 2 vols. Edinburgh: 1920.

Hiebert - Greek text. The massive work of a liberal British scholar who was a master of Jewish apocalyptic literature. A mine of historical and grammatical information. Holds to preterist view.

Chilton, David. The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation: Ft. Worth, Tex.: Dominion Press, 1987

Ford, J. Massyngberde. Revelation . AB. New York: Doubleday, 1975.

Gentry, Kenneth. The Beast of Revelation (2002), Before Jerusalem Fell (1998).

Glasson, T. F. The Revelation of John. The Cambridge Bible Commentary on the New English Bible . 1965.

Hanegraaff, Hank The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible REALLY Says About the End Times

Note: Unfortunately this author is well known and his book propagates a teaching which is distinctly opposed to literal, natural, normal interpretation of the Scriptures. Beware! E.g., Hanegraaff teaches that Nero was the Beast of Revelation which borders on the absurd! This book is definitely NOT RECOMMENDED if you REALLY want to understand what God said in the Revelation of Jesus Christ!  - See Well Done Review of this Book by Thomas Ice) (As an aside if you listen to his program "The Bible Answer Man" - there is good material on the cults but highly questionable material on eschatological matters. Be a Berean!)

Harrington, Wilfred J. The Apocalypse of St. John: A Commentary . London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1969.

Heidt, William G. The Book of the Apocalypse. New Testament Reading Guide . Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical, 1962.

Moffatt, James. "The Revelation of St. John the Divine." In The Expositor's Greek Testament, vol. 5. Reprint. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, n.d.

Hiebert - Greek text. The work of a noted liberal British scholar who rejected the traditional authorship and followed the preterist school of interpretation.

Morris, Leon. The Revelation of St. John . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1969 (Also categorized as "Spiritual")

Hiebert - A concise interpretation by a noted conservative scholar who combines the preterist and futurist views.

Mounce, Robert H. The Book of Revelation: New International Commentary on the NT: Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977 (Note: also categorized as preterist-futurist)

Metzger, Bruce. Breaking the Code Understanding the Book of Revelation. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993.

Pieters, Albertus. Studies in the Revelation of St. John . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1954.

Poythress, Vern S - The Returning King. A Guide to the Book of Revelation

Rosscup - Amillennial...Poythress, without much except opinion, (ED: PONDER ROSSCUP'S STATEMENT!) prefers a combination of elements from the views, and a repeated pattern of events in the first century, now, and in the final crisis (37). He opts for angels in Rev 2:1 with little evidence, is ambiguous about who the overcomer is (Rev 2:7, “faithful saints”?), has no mention of leaving the first love (Rev 2:4), gives no help on the book of life (Rev 3:5), generalizes on those kept in Rev 3:10, and thinks the horsemen in Rev. 6:1ff “correspond to” the four living creatures (?) and the four horsemen of Zech. 1:8 (meaning what?). He views the first four seal trends as realized in Roman Empire tumults, occurring also now, and again to occur just before Christ’s Second Coming. The 144,000 are all of God’s people, the multitude in Rev 7:9 the same, the woman in Rev 12:1ff this same group, the millennium is today, etc. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

Sproul, R. C.: Sproul, R. The last days according to Jesus. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 1998

Summers, Ray. Worthy Is the Lamb. Nashville: Broadman, 1951.

Sweet, J.P.M. Revelation. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1979.

Swete, Henry Barclay. The Apocalypse of St. John. New York: Macmillan, 1906.

Hiebert - A classic commentary on the Greek text, important for Greek exegesis. Contains an exhaustive 200-page introduction. The viewpoint is eclectic, finding points of contact with the various different systems of apocalyptic interpretation. (ED: E.g., he describes a literal 1000 reign of Christ in his comments on Rev 20:5) Has a full list of patristic and modern commentaries up to 1908. Invaluable for the advanced student. (Online at - good in Greek, but be a Berean otherwise!)


Source: Borrow his book An introduction to the New Testament Volume 3  -  Non-Pauline Epistles and the Revelation by Hiebert, David Edmond

An Outline of the Revelation
    I. The Introduction, Revelation 1:1-8 
         A. The superscription, Revelation 1:1-3 
         B. The salutation and response, Revelation 1:4-8 
             1. The epistolary greeting, Revelation 1:4-5a 
             2. The dedication, Revelation 1:5b-6 
             3. The prophetic testimony, Revelation 1:7-8 
    II. "The Things Which Thou Sawest," Revelation 1:9-20 
         A. The setting of the vision, Revelation 1:9-11 
         B. The content of the vision, Revelation 1:12-16 
         C. The results of the vision, Revelation 1:17-20 
             1. The word of comfort, Revelation 1:17-18 
             2. The commission to write, Revelation 1:19-20 
    III. "The Things Which Are," Revelation 2:1-3:22 
         A. The message to the church in Ephesus, Revelation 2:1-7 
             1. The recipient, Revelation 2:1a 
             2. The Speaker, Revelation 2:1b 
             3. The message, Revelation 2:2-6 
             4. The invitation, Revelation 2:1a 
             5. The promise, Revelation 2:7b 
         B. The message to the church in Smyrna, Revelation 2:8-11 
         C. The message to the church in Pergamum, Revelation 2:12-17 
         D. The message to the church in Thyatira, Revelation 2:18-29 
         E. The message to the church in Sardis, Revelation 3:1-6 
         F. The message to the church in Philadelphia, Revelation 3:7-13 
         G. The message to the church in Laodicea, Revelation 3:14-22 
    IV. "The Things Which Shall Be Hereafter," Revelation 4:1-22:5 
         A. The divine throne and the sealed book, Revelation 4:1-5:14 
             1. The opened door in heaven, Revelation 4:1 
             2. The enthroned Sovereign, Revelation 4:2-11 
                  a. The scene connected with the throne, Revelation 4:2-7 
                  b. The worship of the One on the throne, Revelation 4:8-11 
             3. The sealed book and its challenge, Revelation 5:1-5 
             4. The Lamb in the midst of the throne,Revelation 5:6-7 
             5. The universal worship of the Lamb, Revelation 5:8-14 
         B. The events of the great tribulation period, Revelation 6:1-18:24 
             1. The opening of the seven seals, Revelation 6:1-8:5 
                  a. The first seal: rider on a white horse, Revelation 6:1-2 
                  b. The second seal: rider on a red horse, Revelation 6:3-4 
                  c. The third seal: rider on a black horse, Revelation 6:5-6 
                  d. The fourth seal: rider on a pale horse, Revelation 6:7-8 
                  e. The fifth seal: martyrs under the altar, Revelation 6:9-11 
                  f. The sixth seal: universal convulsions, Revelation 6:12-17 
                  g. Inset: the redeemed of the great tribulation, Revelation 7:1-17 
                      i. The sealing of 144,000 of Israel, Revelation 7:1-8 
                      ii. The saved multitude out of all nations, Revelation 7:1-9 
                  h. The seventh seal: silence and preparation, Revelation 8:1-5 
             2. The sounding of the seven trumpets, Revelation 8:6-11:19 
                  a. The first trumpet: hail, fire, and blood upon earth, Revelation 8:6-7 
                  b. The second trumpet: burning mountain cast into the sea, Revelation 8:8-9 
                  c. The third trumpet: star falling on fresh waters, Revelation 8:10-11 
                  d. The fourth trumpet: heavenly bodies affected, Revelation 8:12 
                  e. The angelic announcement of three woe trumpets, Revelation 8:13 
                  f. The fifth trumpet: locusts from the bottomless pit, Revelation 9:1-12 
                  g. The sixth trumpet: four angels and the demonic horsemen, Revelation 9:13-21 
                  h. Inset: scenes during the great tribulation, Revelation 10:1-11:14 
                      i. The strong angel and the little book, Revelation 10:1-11 
                      ii. The temple and the two witnesses, Revelation 11:1-14 
                           a. The measuring of the temple, Revelation 11:1-2 
                           b. The career of the two witnesses, Revelation 11:3-14 
                  i. The seventh trumpet: worship and heavenly temple opened, Revelation 11:15-19 
             3. Inset: Personages of the great tribulation, Revelation 12:1-14:20 
                  a. The woman and the dragon, Revelation 12:1-17 
                      i. The dragon and the man-child, Revelation 12:1-6 
                      ii. The expulsion of Satan and his angels from heaven, Revelation 12:7-12 
                      iii. The dragon's persecution of the woman and her seed, Revelation 12:13-17 
                  b. The two ruling beasts, Revelation 13:1-18 
                      i. The beast from the sea, Revelation 13:1-10 
                      ii. The beast from the earth, Revelation 13:11-18 
                  c. The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion, Revelation 14:1-5 
                  d. The three angelic messengers, Revelation 14:6-12 
                      i. The proclamation of the eternal Gospel, Revelation 14:6-8 
                      ii. The announcement of the fall of Babylon, Revelation 14:8 
                      iii. The warning against worship of the beast, Revelation 14:9-12 
                  e. The announcement concerning the blessed dead, Revelation 14:13 
                  f. The reapers of earth's harvest, Revelation 14:14-20 
                      i. The "son of man" and the harvest, Revelation 14:14-16 
                      ii. The angel and the vintage of God's wrath, Revelation 14:17-20 
             4. The pouring out of the seven bowls, Revelation 15:1-16:21 
                  a. The heavenly preparation for the final judgments, Revelation 15:1-16:1 
                      i. The sign of the seven bowl angels, Revelation 15:1 
                      ii. The vision of the overcomers, Revelation 15:2-4 
                      iii. The preparation of the seven angels for judgment, Revelation 15:5-16:1 
                  b. The first bowl: malignant sores on men, Revelation 16:2 
                  c. The second bowl: turning of sea into blood, Revelation 16:3 
                  d. The third bowl: turning of fresh waters into blood, Revelation 16:4-7 
                  e. The fourth bowl: scorching heat from the sun, Revelation 16:8-9 
                  f. The fifth bowl: darkness and pain on beast's kingdom, Revelation 16:10-11 
                  g. The sixth bowl: drying of Euphrates for kings of the East, Revelation 16:12 
                  h. Inset: The satanic preparations for Armageddon, Revelation 16:13-17 
                  i. The seventh bowl: final judgment in devastating earthquake and hail, Revelation 16:17-21 
             5. Inset: The overthrow of Babylon, Revelation 17:1-18:24 
                  a. The judgment upon the great harlot, Revelation 17:1-18 
                      i. The vision of the harlot, Revelation 17:1-6 
                      ii. The agents of her judgment, Revelation 17:7-15 
                      iii. The execution of the judgment, Revelation 17:16-18 
                  b. The destruction of the great city, Revelation 18:1-24 
                      i. The angelic proclamation of Babylon's fall, Revelation 18:11-3 
                      ii. The voice from heaven concerning the fall, Revelation 18:14-20 
                      iii. The angelic act and dirge over the fall, Revelation 18:121-24 
         C. The return of Christ in glory, Revelation 19:1-21 
             1. The rejoicing in heaven, Revelation 19:1-10 
                  a. The rejoicing over the judgment of the harlot, Revelation 19:1-5 
                  b. The rejoicing over the marriage of the Lamb, Revelation 19:6-9 
                  c. The correction of John's attempted worship, Revelation 19:10 
             2. The return of Christ to earth as Conqueror, Revelation 19:11-21 
                  a. The coming of the King with His armies, Revelation 19:11-16 
                  b. The summoning of the birds to the great supper of God, Revelation 19:17-18 
                  c. The doom of the enemies on earth, Revelation 19:19-21 
         D. The millennial Kingdom, Revelation 20:1-10 
             1. The binding of Satan for one thousand years, Revelation 20:1-3 
             2. The millennial reign of Christ with the saints, Revelation 20:4-6 
             3. The crushing of the final Satan-led rebellion, Revelation 20:7-10 
         E. The postmillennial events, Revelation 20:11-22:5 
             1. The judgment of the dead at the great white throne, Revelation 20:11-14 
             2. The new heaven and the new earth, Revelation 21:1-8 
             3. The vision of the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:9-22:5 
                  a. The description of the city, Revelation 21:9-27 
                  b. The delights of the city, Revelation 22:1-5 
    V. The conclusion, Revelation 22:6-21 
         A. The trustworthiness of the Revelation, Revelation 22:6-7 
         B. The worthiness of God alone as object of worship, Revelation 22:8-9 
         C. The concluding instructions concerning the book, Revelation 22:10-20 
             1. The words of comfort and assurance, Revelation 22:10-17 
             2. The warning against altering the book, Revelation 22:18-19 
             3. The concluding testimony concerning the coming, Revelation 22:20 
         D. The benediction, Revelation 22:21 

Source: An Introduction to the New Testament - excellent resource


His sermons interpret the text literally, including the interpretation of Revelation 20 as descriptive of a literal 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth in the Millennium. These are very well done with excellent comments that will aid your preaching and teaching of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. These sermons are similar to the material in his book Exalting Jesus in Revelation - BORROW. See his complete sermon series on the Revelation

  1. The Great Unveiling Part 01. Introduction to Revelation – Revelation 1:1 
  2. The Great Unveiling Part 02. When God Speaks From Heaven – Revelation 1:1-8 
  3. The Great Unveiling Part 03. A Glimpse of the Glorified Christ – Revelation 1:9-20 
  4. The Great Unveiling Part 04. When Love Grows Cold – Revelation 2:1-7 
  5. The Great Unveiling Part 05. Suffering For Jesus – Revelation 2:8-11 
  6. The Great Unveiling Part 06. The Church That Compromises The Truth – Revelation 2:12-17 
  7. The Great Unveiling Part 07. The Church That Tolerated Jezebel – Revelation 2:18-29 
  8. The Great Unveiling Part 08. Autopsy Of A Dead Church – Revelation 3:1-6 
  9. The Great Unveiling Part 09. The Church That Honors Jesus – Revelation 3:7-13 
  10. The Great Unveiling Part 10. The Church That Makes God Sick – Revelation 3:14-22 
  11. The Great Unveiling Part 11. What Will Heaven Be Like? – Revelation 4:1-11 
  12. The Great Unveiling Part 12. Worthy Is The Lamb – Revelation 5:1-14 
  13. The Great Unveiling Part 13. The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse – Revelation 6:1-8 
  14. The Great Unveiling Part 14. The Wrath Of The Lamb – Revelation 6:9-17 
  15. The Great Unveiling Part 15. Will People Be Saved During The Great Tribulation? – Revelation 7:1-17 
  16. The Great Unveiling Part 16. Our Sovereign God – Revelation 8:1-13 
  17. The Great Unveiling Part 17. Demons From The Abyss / Armies From The East – Revelation 9:1-21 
  18. The Great Unveiling Part 18. A Mighty Angel And His Little Book – Revelation 10:1-11 
  19. The Great Unveiling Part 19. Happy Dead Witnesses Day – Revelation 11:1-19 
  20. The Great Unveiling Part 20. The Wrath Of The Dragon – Revelation 12:1-17 
  21. The Great Unveiling Part 21. AntiChrist: The Coming World Ruler – Revelation 13:1-10 
  22. The Great Unveiling Part 22. The False Prophet – Revelation 13:11-18 
  23. The Great Unveiling Part 23. Heaven Or Hell: Which Will It Be – Revelation 14:1-13 
  24. The Great Unveiling Part 24. When God Judges The Earth – Revelation 14:14-20 
  25. The Great Unveiling Part 25. Prelude To Armageddon – Revelation 15:1-8 
  26. The Great Unveiling Part 26. Judgement Day Comes To The Earth – Revelation 16:1-21 
  27. The Great Unveiling Part 27. The New Age Movement Is Not New – Revelation 17:1-18 
  28. The Great Unveiling Part 28. The Fall Of Babylon – Revelation 18:1-24 
  29. The Great Unveiling Part 29. Heaven’s Hallelujah Chorus – Revelation 19:1-10 
  30. The Great Unveiling Part 30. Jesus Is Coming Again – Revelation 19:11-20:6 
  31. The Great Unveiling Part 31. The Millennial Kingdom Of Jesus Christ – Revelation 20:1-10 
  32. The Great Unveiling Part 32. What Does The Bible Say About Hell? – Revelation 20:11-15 
  33. The Great Unveiling Part 33. What Does The Bible Say About Heaven? – Revelation 21:1-8 
  34. The Great Unveiling Part 34. The Glory Of The Heavenly Jerusalem – Revelation 21:9-22:5 
  35. The Great Unveiling Part 35. God’s Final Invitation – Revelation 22:6-21


Note - the links below include two resources - (1) Audio and (2) Notes which are usually in range of 10 pages and are excellent. 

  1. To Ephesus: The Church that had Everything Right Except the Main Thing
  2. To Smyrna: A dangerous Place to Be a Christian
  3. To Pergamum: The Too Free Church
  4. To Thyatira: The Church of Tolerance and Compromise
  5. To Sardis: The Church of the Living Dead
  6. To Philadelphia: The Church of the Faithful Witness
  7. To Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church
  8. The Eighth Letter: To First Evangelical Free Church of Wichita

Here is another link to these sermons


Another Source of Brian Bell's sermons - Most of the above sermons are duplicated here



A Daily Bible Study in 7-Day Sections

With a Summary-Commentary, Discussion Questions, and Daily Application

Expository Commentary

Revelation of Jesus Christ - 1972

Comment - I have scanned several sections of this 272 page work and found it to be a lucid, literalistic interpretation. It is well-reasoned and not sensationalistic and therefore is recommended to supplement your study of the great Revelation of Jesus Christ.


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. The viewpoint is premillennial and pretribulational.

See also Expository sermons on Revelation

Defender's Study Bible Notes
The Revelation

  • The links below comprise about 55 pages of well done commentary notes from Dr Morris. Holding the mouse over links to Scripture pops us the verse in the NAS translation. The links of the following words and phrases open up Dr Morris' comments but note that these words and phrases are based on the old KJV translation.

Rosscup comments on Dr Morris' book "The Revelation Record (BORROW)" - A 521–pp. premillennial, pretribulational work by a writer who has specialized in hydrology and geology and desires to help with the many references to natural phenomena. His perspective is full verbal inspiration, and a literal interpretation in the futuristic vein. At times things are rather artificially blocked off: chapters 4–11 cover the first half of the seven-year tribulation period, chapters 12–19 the second half (p. 27). Morris holds that the 24 elders are men, the locust-like beings of chapter 9 are demonic spirits, the two witnesses of chapter 11 are Enoch and Elijah who have waited in heaven in their natural bodies [?] since departing this earth. Babylon in chapters 17–18 is the literal, rebuilt city of Babylon on the Euphrates as a world center of trade, communications, education, etc. (pp. 348–49), the rider on the white horse of 6:2 is Christ who is on the white horse in 19:11, etc. Morris is fairly thorough in taking things literally and gives his reasons, but allows for symbolism, e. g. the woman (12:1), the white horse (6:2; 19:11), the two-edged sword, etc. There is sometimes an indefiniteness (lack of clarity) in who the “overcomer” is, at times sounding like some more faithful among the saved (p. 59) but sometimes every redeemed person (pp. 227, 443). (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

(Ed comment: The overcomers are defined by John in his letter declaring "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith. And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" (1 Jn 5:4-5). In short, overcomers are not some that are "more faithful" but are those who have faith in Jesus!)

Annotated Bible Commentary on Revelation


A Testimony of Jesus Christ (See Expanded Table of Contents) - Garland has comments on every verse of the Revelation! Most comments have numerous footnotes! 

Highly recommended! If you truly desire to understand the great book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, then this study is for you. I would suggest setting aside some time to listen to the audio recordings and read along in the respective commentary sections. I have done this and was amazed at how much I learned (and I have been a serious student of Bible prophecy for over 30 years). You will glean incredible insights into the nation of Israel and the foundational truths in the Old Testament. You will not regret it in time nor eternity!

Although Dr Anthony Garland is not well known like many of the writers of commentaries on the Revelation, without a doubt his work is one of the more complete conservative resources available in any format (and this one is available online  free or for purchase in digital format [A Testimony of Jesus Christ - Logos Bible Software] or as a hardbound book [Ref)). An unusual feature of this book is that Garland explores the many connections between the visions seen by the Apostle John and previous prophetic revelation given to Old Testament prophets such as Daniel, Ezekiel, and others. There are also well over 1000 bibliographic references. There are thousands of Scripture cross references and all pop up in context (NASB) for quick review (and "+" sign demarcates a commentary note on that passage). Another interesting aspect of this commentary is that the author often discusses other interpretations of specific passages. For example, see the Revelation 12:1 comments on the identity of the "great sign,"  the "woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars", where Garland discusses the three main views of her identity as either Israel, the Church or a pagan symbol. The hardbound version of this commentary is 1172 pages (Read the reviews of this book at Amazon) If you are thinking about preaching or teaching through Revelation, this commentary is a "must have!" Another advantage for preaching or teaching is that  the commentary is linked to a free companion internet course providing an additional 70 hours of audio instruction (Click on Specific Titles in Left Column entitled "Session" and you will see the audio or see here). Finally, another helpful feature of this commentary is frequent use of tables (see complete list) on a variety of subjects to aid quick comparison such as...


  • Revelation 1:1-8; The Second Coming: Since Jesus Christ will return, we are always to be ready for that great event. Video
  • Revelation 1:9-20;Leadership Responsibilities: All spiritual leaders in local churches are responsible to prepare people for Christ's return. Video
  • Revelation 2:1-7; The Greatest Commands: Spiritual leaders are to teach all believers to love God and one another. Video
  • Revelation 2:8-11; Persecution and Suffering: As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to consider persecution as an opportunity to grow spiritually. Video
  • Revelation 2:12-17; False Teaching: We must always be on guard against any teaching that contradicts what we are taught in Scripture. Video
  • Revelation 2:18-29; Church Discipline: Spiritual leaders are responsible to confront false prophets who lead people astray. Video
  • Revelation 3:1-6; The True Gospel: To inherit salvation, we must receive the gift of eternal life through faith and not rely on our works. Video
  • Revelation 3:7-13; Our Eternal Salvation: Because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, verified by our good works, we should be confident that we have eternal life now and forever. Video
  • Revelation 3:14-22;Receiving Christ: To become authentic communities of faith, we must receive the Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to take control of our hearts and lives. Video
  • Revelation 4:1; Interpreting Revelation: To interpret the book of Revelation, we should consider how God's redemptive plan relates to incidents in the first century, events throughout church history, and future prophetic happenings. Video
  • Revelation 4:2-5; Supernatural Revelations: We must be very cautious and guarded in listening to people today who claim to have encountered God directly and received specific revelations. Video
  • Revelation 4:9-11; True Worship: In view of God's grace and mercy in providing for our salvation, we should respond in grateful worship. Video
  • Revelation 5:1-14;Servant and Sovereign: To worship Jesus Christ as we should, we must understand and believe that He is both a humble servant and the sovereign Lord. Video
  • Revelation 6:1-8;Scriptural Correlation: When we interpret the symbols in this book, we should consult other prophetic references and descriptions in the whole Bible, including within Revelation. Video
  • Revelation 6:9-17; Security in Christ: As believers, we are not to live in fear of these awesome judgments. Video
  • Revelation 7:1-17;The Blood of the Lamb: To inherit eternal life, we must have our sins washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ. Video
  • Revelation 8:1-6; God's Mercy: We are to rejoice and be thankful that God will continue to offer His gift of salvation to lost people until the final judgment at the great white throne. Video
  • Revelation 8:7-13;Hardened Hearts: We are to warn unbelievers to respond to the message of salvation immediately and not to harden their hearts. Video
  • Revelation  9:1-12; Using Evil for Good: Regardless of Satan's activities in the world, we are to be assured that God can even use evil to accomplish His will. Video
  • Revelation 9:13-21; The Armor of God: As believers living today, we must use God's armor to defeat Satan and his evil associates when they attack us in various ways. Video
  • Revelation 10:1-11; Compassionate Hearts: Though as believers we are to long for Christ's appearing, we are never to lose our compassion for those who will face eternal judgment. Video
  • Revelation 11:1-14; Prophetic Warnings: Believers should more and more acknowledge God's divine nature and worship the Almighty. Video
  • Revelation 11:15-19; Our Almighty God: Though as believers we will eventually be like Christ and live in God's eternal kingdom, we should more and more reflect our Almighty God's holy nature in the here and now. Video
  • Revelation 12:1-18; Satan's Strategy: As the time for Christ's return draws near, we should expect Satan to intensify his efforts to disrupt God's redemptive plan. Video
  • Revelation 13:1-18; The Great Commission: Though we are to be aware of events that may signal Christ's second coming, we are to focus on the task Jesus gave us when He ascended to heaven. Video
  • Revelation 14:1-5; Models of Faithfulness: We should consider the 144,000 as models of what it means to be dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ in the midst of an evil world. Video
  • Revelation 14:6-13;Eternal Life or Death: In presenting the eternal gospel, we must make it clear that all human beings are given a choice that leads to everlasting life or never-ending separation from God. Video
  • Revelation 15:5-16:21; God's Patience: We must understand that the seals, trumpets, and bowls are a series of intense warnings giving people an opportunity to repent before they face God's final judgment. Video
  • Revelation 17:1-18:24; Signs of the Times: Though we are to be cautious in making specific predictions about the second coming of Jesus Christ, we are to be alert to certain signs that may signal His imminent return. Video
  • Revelation 19:1-10; The Marriage of the Lamb: As the bride of Christ--the Church--we are more and more to live godly lives so as to be ready to be united to our heavenly bridegroom. Video
  • Revelation 19:11-21; Imminent or Distant: Whatever our view of Christ's return to rule and reign, we are to expect that He could remove believers from the earth at any moment. Video
  • Revelation 20:1-6; Christ Our King: Regardless of our view of the 1,000-year reign of Christ, as believers today we are to allow Jesus Christ to reign in our hearts as we carry out the Great Commission. Video
  • Revelation 20:7-10;The Wages of Sin: We must never minimize the impact of original sin when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Video
  • Revelation 20:11-15; Eternal Judgment: As those who believe the Bible is the Word of God, we must never teach a doctrine of universalism--that all people will eventually go to heaven. Video
  • Revelation 21:1-8; The Process of Renewal: Though a time will come when God will make everything new, as believers we are already new creations in Christ and we are to become more and more like Him as we prepare to live in our eternal home. Video
  • Revelation 21:9-22:5;Eternal Fellowship: Though the new Jerusalem will be a magnificent place to spend eternity, we must remember that our focus will be on God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Video
  • Revelation 22:8-9; Godly Worship: Since worshiping God and the Son is one of the most prominent features of the book of Revelation, we should evaluate the quality of our personal and corporate worship. Video
  • Revelation 22:16-21;God's Message Today: As we read the book of Revelation, we must carefully consider what Jesus Christ is still saying to churches today--and especially to those who are primary shepherds of God's people. Video

Commentary on Revelation

Commentary on Revelation


BORROW his book - You Can Understand the Book of Revelation - Skip Heitzig

All of the following have audio, but only some have video and a Spanish translation



Lectures on The Revelation - 1940

Floyd Hitchcock = Returned Missionary from Japan and Korea, Radio Pastor, KWTO, Springfield, Mo., Editor of The Gospel Messenger, Pastor of Radio Gospel Center. The Flying Preacher: Pilot of “The Good Ship Emmanuel”

Commentary on Revelation

Notes on Revelation - Literal

Commentary on the Revelation

Literal. Futuristic.



from 10,000 Illustrations on - Click Illustrations

Sermons on Revelation - Literal


D Edmond Hiebert - Expository lectures by a noted Plymouth Brethren scholar of the past century. The author uses Scripture to try to explain the symbols of the book. The viewpoint is premillennial and pretribulational.


Clarence Larkin biography.

A Study of the Last Prophetic Book of Holy Scripture

Comments: Generally takes a literal, conservative approach but you must be a Berean (Acts 17:11-note) when you read his comments. E.g., in Rev 14:6,7 Larkin describes the "Eternal Gospel" preached by the angel as not related to salvation but judgment, a teaching with which I strongly disagree, as does John MacArthur (note) and Tony Garland (note). The Gospel is the Gospel! He has some charts which are nice but must be viewed with the same Berean mindset!

Revelation - Table of Contents (Alternative source - 189 page book on one Pdf page - includes charts) (Alternative Source allows cut and paste)


See his 222 page Pdf

Revelation Sermons

Revelation Sermon Series


  • Very Well Done Expositions. Recommended. Literal

Rosscup on MacArthur's published 2 volume commentary on Revelation - Here 677 pp. explain and apply the Revelation in a dispensational way. After a 10-pp. introduction contending for the Apostle John as author ca. A. D. 95, material that was originally in sermons expounds each verse. The “angels” (messengers) in Rev 2:1 are seen as human leaders, overcomers are all the saved, believers’ names will not be erased from the heavenly roll as citizens’ names are blotted from an earthly city record, the 24 elders are the whole raptured church (dispensationalists and non-dispensationalists differ on this), judgments in Rev 6–19 are literal, the 144,000 are physical but saved Israelites with their very tribes listed, the locust-like creatures are vile demons that take on a visible form resembling locusts, the woman in Rev 12 is Israel which brought forth the child, Christ, etc. MacArthur makes points of truth applicable in various parts of the Revelation to guide believers to live godly lives. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)


Revelation - Mp3 Only

Revelation: An Alliterated Exposition

Revelation: An Alliterated Exposition of the Last Book of the Bible (356 pages)

1. Seeing Christ More Clearly
2. There is None Like Him
3. Ephesus – A Drifting Church
4. Smyrna – A Delightful Church
5. Pergamos – A Divided Church
6. Thyatira – A Depraved Church
7. Sardis – A Dead Church
8. Philadelphia – Another Delightful Church
9. Laodicea – A Disgraceful Church
10. A Throne of Mercy Becomes A Throne of Judgment
11. Who Is Worthy To Open The Book?
12. A New Song in Heaven
13. The Opening Of The Seals: Part One
14. The Opening Of The Seals: Part Two
15. The Saved Of The Tribulation Period
16. Trumpet Judgments: Part One
17. Trumpet Judgments: Part Two
18. The Mighty Angel And The Magnificent Scroll
19. The Two Witnesses
20. The Blowing Of The Seventh Trumpet
21. Conflict Involving Satan
22. The Beast
23. The Second Beast
24. The Lord God Triumphant: Part One
25. The Lord God Triumphant: Part Two
26. The Last Judgments Introduced
27. The Pouring Out Of The Seven Vials
28. The Harlot of Revelation 17
29. Commercial Babylon Under Fire
30. The Supper Of The Great God And The Marriage Of The Lamb
31. The Peril And The Punishment Of The Last Days
32. All About Heaven
33. The Last Chapter

General Study Outline Series- Revelation of Jesus Christ by Max Alderman - 72 pages - study questions




Rosscup -  He is good on the seven churches from the standpoint of philology (the study of literature and of disciplines relevant to literature or to language as used in literature) and explaining historical customs which illumine many statements found here. A major weakness is that he does not document his sources so that it becomes difficult to check up on him. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

D Edmond Hiebert - Prints author's own translation. Volume 1, covering the first five chapters, deals extensively with the seven letters. The author's strong points are his handling of historical data and his Greek word studies.

Not recommended as a primary resource on Revelation 4-19.

DAVID BARON (Bio) (Hebrew Christian)

The Jewish Problem: It's Solution or Israel's Present and Future Glory - David Baron - chapters include: II. The Time of Israel's Trouble and III. Israel's Conversion

WILLIAM BARRICK - the power points on the 7 churches are lengthy and have many pictures








RICH CATHERS - Study Notes on Revelation









Related Articles in this Volume:

Stitzinger, James F. The Rapture in Twenty Centuries of Biblical Interpretation
Pettegrew, Larry D. Interpretive Flaws in the Olivet Discourse
Thomas, Robert L. Imminence in the NT, Especially Paul’s Thessalonian Epistles
Essex, Keith H. The Rapture and the Book of Revelation
Mayhue, Richard L. Why a Pretribulational Rapture?
Swanson, Dennis M. Bibliography of Works on Pretribulationism











  • HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible (BORROW) literal and futuristic. Here is a sample from Revelation 20:4-6
    Rev 20:4-6 Those who sit on the thrones and have authority to judge are God's people (Dan 7:18,27; 1Co 6:2). The resurrection of martyrs before Christ's earthly reign is called the first resurrection. Since "first resurrection" implies a second resurrection will follow, some interpreters take the first resurrection to be spiritual only (e.g., being "born again") in order to maintain the concept of a general bodily resurrection at the end of time. The fifth beatitude (blessed) of the book recognizes the holiness of those in the first resurrection. On the second death, see verse 14 and note at verses 11-15. Premillennialists follow the natural order of this passage, taking the 1,000 years as falling after the second coming of Christ. Others believe it is a "flashback" (recapitulation) of the time before the second advent, viewing it from a different perspective. Among those who take the recapitulation approach, Amillennialists believe the reign of Christ is being accomplished spiritually even now through the church. This view takes the 1,000 years figuratively, stretching over the entire church era. Postmillennialists believe the preaching of the gospel will at some future date bring about virtual worldwide conversion and a golden era of biblical values lasting 1,000 years (a time taken literally by some, figuratively by others).

DAVID HOLWICK - Sermons and Study Notes







STEVE KRELOFF (Hebrew Christian)








  • Comment on Ps 30:5 - Joy in the morning at the resurrection of Jesus: Joy in the coming of the Saviour for his bride: Joy as the Millennium breaks on the world." Comments on Ps 38:9 - Think of the desires of the saints — for the realization of their ideals; for the salvation of men; for the glory of the Redeemer; for the Divine answer to the scoff, the sneer, the taunt of infidelity; for the coming of the King, the restoration of his ancient people, the setting up of the millennial reign." (Psalms-F. B. Meyer)








Given that Dr John Piper is one of the most influential modern pastors, it would be interesting to see how he interprets prophetic topics like the "millennium." In searching, I found only a few comments related to eschatology but the following will give you a sample of his position...

"Are You Becoming a Post-Millennialist?" (November 10, 1986) One of our apprentices put this question to me. The reason was my recommendation of a book called The Puritan Hope by Iain Murray. My sermon last Sunday may raise the same question. Here's my answer. No. I am becoming a more hope-filled pre-millennialist. What in the world does all this mean? The “millennium” refers to the period of 1,000 years mentioned in Revelation 20:3, “He threw Satan into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.” Then it says in verse 4 that the saints “came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” So the thousand-year period is a time when Satan is bound and the saints are reigning with Christ. This seems to imply a time of great glory for the church and victory over evil. Yet it is not the perfect final state, because “after that Satan must be loosed for a little while.” Pre-millennialists believe that Christ will return before (pre) this thousand-year period to judge unbelievers, and that he will reign bodily on the earth during the millennium. Post-millennialists believe that Christ will return after (post) the thousand-year period. At that point he will judge unbelievers and establish the new heavens and new earth. So post-millennialist believe that the reign of Christ in the “millennium” is his spiritual reign in the church, and that the peace and glory of the millennium will come about not through the return of Christ, but through the power of the Holy Spirit in the preaching of the gospel. In other words, the church will gradually conquer the world of unbelief through worldwide revival, and there will be a “golden age” when righteousness and peace will hold sway for a thousand years. Then Christ will come. Most of the missionaries of the early modern missionary movement were post-millennialists (Eliot, Brainerd, Carey, etc.). The Puritans that I praised on Sunday were post-millennialist. Their hope was that the gospel would eventually conquer the world before Christ returned. (Ref)

Here is an excerpt from David Brickner, the head of Jews for Jesus, in a dialogue with John Piper who has some questionable (in my opinion and in Brickner's opinion) teachings on the nation of Israel - 

I appreciate your clear statement of belief in God's continuing purposes for ethnic Israel. I also note that you affirm, "God promised to Israel the presently disputed land from the time of Abraham onward." And yet there seems to be a "disconnect" between those statements and your comments regarding the present-day situation as well as the future. As I see it, this disconnect occurs at two important points.

First, you say that because the majority of Jews do not believe in Jesus they have broken covenant with God and have no divine claim at this time to the land God promised them.

  • EDITORIAL COMMENT - AS AN ASIDE THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT THAT PROMISED LAND WAS AN "UNCONDITIONAL" COVENANT - NOTICE THAT [1] GOD HIMSELF MAKES THE PROMISE AND [2] IT IS GIVEN IN THE "PAST TENSE" SIGNIFYING IT WILL BE FULFILLED IN THE FUTURE! - "On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates" Ge 15:18+ The NET Note on "give" reads 'The perfect verbal form is understood as instantaneous ("I here and now give"). Another option is to understand it as rhetorical, indicating certitude ["I have given" meaning it is as good as done, i.e., "I will surely give"])

Second, you say that the future of the land promised to Israel becomes subsumed under the promise of God that all believers will "inherit the land … because the entire new heavens and new earth will be ours."

I believe that these views can potentially undermine Christian confidence in the ongoing election of Israel based upon the Abrahamic covenant and give encouragement to those who have adopted a supersessionist position toward Israel today. (Editors' note: supersessionism teaches that the church has replaced Israel in God's covenants and plans.) (Read the entire exchange between Brickner and Piper, Piper's response). 



  • Millennium 1 - summary including overview of Rev 19:11-21:3, history of how it has been interpreted
  • Millennium 2 - events leading up to the millennium, including Great Tribulation and Chart of 70th week
  • Millennium 3 - description of this time on earth, primarily from the OT prophets

Book of the Revelation Charted out Verse by Verse (Rev 4-22) - Sola Scriptura (with a few questions interspersed) (Html links below are to the 4 sections or Pdf that has all 4 sections on one 10 page Pdf)


  • The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia
  • Rosscup - This is the outstanding older work on the historical background of the churches in chapters 2–3. The student will obtain much rich detail here to lend colorful vividness to his preaching and teaching. Ramsay takes the preterist point of view on the book. Colin Hemer’s 1986 work now surpasses this in updating on scholarly discussion and discovery and in comments on some details. Until Hemer and Yamauchi, this was the outstanding work. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)


J C RYLE (1816-1900)




This book’s purpose is not to excite the curious, but to encourage the consecrated.

John wrote 5 books of the Bible: His Gospel, I, II, III John, and Revelation

  • Book of John—“Believe!”
  • Epistles—“Be Sure!”
  • Revelation—“Be Ready!”
  • Book of John--salvation
  • Epistles--sanctification
  • Revelation—sovereignty
  • Book of John—portrays Jesus as the prophet.
  • Epistles--priest
  • Revelation--king






  • Charles H. Spurgeon and Eschatology
  • Charles H. Spurgeon and the Nation of Israel -  In this excerpt Spurgeon declared -  There will be a native government again; there will again be the form of a body politic; a state shall be incorporated, and a king shall reign. Israel has now become alienated from her own land. Her sons, though they can never forget the sacred dust of Palestine, yet die at a hopeless distance from her consecrated shores. But it shall not be so for ever, for her sons shall again rejoice in her: her land shall be called Beulah, for as a young man marrieth a virgin so shall her sons marry her. "I will place you in your own land," is God's promise to them . . . They are to have a national prosperity which shall make them famous; nay, so glorious shall they be that Egypt, and Tyre, and Greece, and Rome, shall all forget their glory in the greater splendour of the throne of David . . . I there be anything clear and plain, the literal sense and meaning of this passage [Ezekiel 37:1-10]—a meaning not to be spirited or spiritualized away—must be evident that both the two and the ten tribes of Israel are to be restored to their own land, and that a king is to rule over them
  • Spurgeon wrote - Let us rejoice that Scripture is so clear and so explicit upon this great doctrine of the future triumph of Christ over the whole world. We are not bound to enter into any particulars concerning what form that triumph shall assume.  We believe that the Jews will be converted, and that they will be restored to their own land. We believe that Jerusalem will be the central metropolis of Christ’s kingdom; we also believe that all the nations shall walk in the light of the glorious city which shall be built at Jerusalem. We expect that the glory which shall have its center there, shall spread over the whole world, covering it as with a sea of holiness, happiness, and delight. For this we look with joyful expectation. ( The Lamb--The Light)
  • The Millennial Position of Spurgeon











Literal interpretation


Be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as Michaels is not always thoroughly literal in his interpretation. For the most literal interpretation of Revelation in a modern commentary see Garland above

Rosscup - Michaels takes no stand on authorship by the Apostle John, using arbitrary reasoning against it (18–19). He also is flimsy and misrepresenting in remarks against a futurist approach, as if simply not properly informed of how better futurist thinkers explain details, and unfair to them (23). His bibliography does not even list Robert L. Thomas’ detailed exegetical 2-vol. work taking a futurist position. Somehow Michaels is able to discuss possible views for the “woman” (Rev. 12) without being aware of the common premillennial view that she represents Israel for various reasons (148), which Michaels does not forthrightly mention or answer. The same seeming lack of awareness shows in discussing the 144,000 who, to Michaels, are saints out of all nations in 7:9, and the view of the two witnesses in Rev. 11. One would almost think that he author did this amillennial work without checking many interpreters who argue the hermeneutical naturalness of taking literal views in Rev. 6–20. So he often is out of touch, and limits his readers where he might have provided more representative, informed discussions. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

on Revelation

Commentary on the Revelation

Rosscup - This is a premillennial, dispensational study which takes a thorough-going literal approach to the book. It is good on the English text and will have its main usefulness in some points for lay people. Read Ironside and Ryrie to maintain a balance in a lighter dispensational work.  (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

Devotionals on Revelation

Updated December, 2018 - 


PART 1-3
George N H Peters

Published 1884 - George N H. Peters (November 30, 1825-October 7, 1909) "was an American Lutheran minister and author of The Theocratic Kingdom. His premillennial views were in conflict with the majority of Lutherans who held amillennial beliefs.[1][2]

“Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”—Pr 23:23.

“The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant.”—Ps. 25:14.

NOTE: This is Volume 1 of this massive 2189 page work, all written before the typewriter was invented! This is the quintessential epitome of a person's "life work!" 


Source: Chart by Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice - click to enlarge - Millenium on Right Side

Excerpt from Peter's biography - George Peters is remembered primarily because of his three volume work The Theocratic Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus, the Christ, as Covenanted in the Old Testament and Presented in the New Testament. The title is often shortened to simply The Theocratic Kingdom. His references indicate he was well read in theology, history, science and literature. He spent years researching and compiling this study of eschatology, which includes over four thousand quotes from authors ranging from the second century to his own era. The work was first published in 1884 by Funk and Wagnalls. (Isaac Kauffman Funk had graduated from Wittenberg College in 1860 and from its seminary in 1861.) Kregel republished The Theocratic Kingdom in 1952 and 1972, and it was still in print in May 2006. In his preface to the 1952 edition, Wilbur M. Smith wrote “One does not need to agree with all of his [Peters’] statements, nor even with all of his interpretations, to recognize the greatness of this work that must have cost him a lifetime of research, prayer, investigation, and laborious writing – these were the days before typewriters.” Surviving manuscripts indicate Peters wrote many books, but The Theocratic Kingdom may have been the only one published, because that is the only title by Peters in bibliographic records in WorldCat. On the handwritten title page of an unpublished work, Peters described himself as an “evangelical Lutheran Minister.” (SourceRead some of the reviews by readers

  1.   PROPOSITION 1.—The Kingdom of God is a subject of vital importance
  2.   PROP. 2.—The establishment of this Kingdom was determined before, and designed or prepared from, the foundation of the world
  3.   PROP. 3.—The meanings usually given to this Kingdom indicate that the most vague, indefinite notions concerning it exist in the minds of many
  4.   PROP. 4.—The literal, grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures must (connected with the figurative, tropical, or rhetorical) be observed in order to obtain a correct understanding of the Kingdom
  5.   PROP. 5.—The doctrine of the Kingdom is based on the inspiration of the Word of God
  6.   PROP. 6.—The Kingdom of God is intimately connected with the Supernatural
  7.   PROP. 7.—The Kingdom being a manifestation of the Supernatural, miracles are connected with it
  8.   PROP. 8.—The doctrine of the Kingdom presupposes that of sin, the apostasy of man
  9.   PROP. 9.—The nature of, and the things pertaining to, the Kingdom can only be ascertained within the limits of Scripture
  10.   PROP. 10.—This Kingdom should be studied in the light of the Holy Scriptures, and not merely in that of Creeds, Confessions, Formulas of Doctrine, etc.
  11.   PROP. 11.—The mysteries of the Kingdom were given to the apostles
  12.   PROP. 12.—There is some mystery yet connected with the things of the Kingdom
  13.   PROP. 13.—Some things pertaining to the Kingdom intentionally revealed somewhat obscurely
  14.   PROP. 14.—Some things pertaining to the Kingdom not so easily comprehended as many suppose
  15.   PROP. 15.—The doctrine of the Kingdom can become better understood and appreciated
  16.   PROP. 16.—This Kingdom cannot be properly comprehended without acknowledging an intimate and internal connection existing between the Old and New Testaments
  17.   PROP. 17.—Without study of the prophecies no adequate idea can be obtained of the Kingdom
  18.   PROP. 18.—The prophecies relating to the establishment of the Kingdom of God are both conditioned and unconditioned
  19.   PROP. 19.—The New Testament begins the announcement of the Kingdom in terms expressive of its being previously well known
  20.   PROP. 20.—To comprehend the subject of the Kingdom it is necessary to notice the belief and expectations of the more pious portion of the Jews
  21.   PROP. 21.—The prophecies of the Kingdom interpreted literally sustain the expectations and hopes of the pious Jews
  22.   PROP. 22.—John the Baptist, Jesus, and the disciples employed the phrases “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Kingdom of God,” etc., in accordance with the usage of the Jews
  23.   PROP. 23.—There must be some substantial reason why the phrases “Kingdom of God,” etc., were thus adopted
  24.   PROP. 24.—The Kingdom is offered to an elect nation, viz., the Jewish nation
  25.   PROP. 25.—The Theocracy was an earnest, introductory, or initiatory form of this Kingdom
  26.   PROP. 26.—The Theocracy thus instituted would have been permanently established if the people, in their national capacity, had been faithful in obedience
  27.   PROP. 27.—The demand of the nation for an earthly king was a virtual abandonment of the Theocratic Kingdom by the nation
  28.   PROP. 28.—God makes the Jewish king subordinate to His own Theocracy
  29.   PROP. 29.—This Theocracy, or Kingdom, is exclusively given to the natural descendants of Abraham, in their corporate capacity
  30.   PROP. 30.—The prophets, however, without specifying the manner of introduction, predict that the Gentiles shall participate in the blessings of the Theocracy or Kingdom
  31.   PROP. 31.—This Theocracy was identified with the Davidic Kingdom
  32.   PROP. 32.—This Theocratic Kingdom, thus incorporated with the Davidic, is removed when the Davidic is overthrown
  33.   PROP. 33.—The prophets, some even before the captivity, foreseeing the overthrow of the Kingdom, both foretell its downfall and its final restoration
  34.   PROP. 34.—The prophets describe this restored Kingdom, its extension, glory, etc., without distinguishing between the First and Second Advents
  35.   PROP. 35.—The prophets describe but one Kingdom
  36.   PROP. 36.—The prophets, with one voice, describe this one Kingdom, thus restored, in terms expressive of the most glorious additions
  37.   PROP. 37.—The Kingdom thus predicted and promised was not in existence when the forerunner of Jesus appeared
  38.   PROP. 38.—John the Baptist preached that this Kingdom, predicted by the prophets, was “nigh at hand”
  39.   PROP. 39.—John the Baptist was not ignorant of the Kingdom that he preached
  40.   PROP. 40.—The hearers of John believed that he preached to them the Kingdom predicted by the prophets, and in the sense held by themselves
  41.   PROP. 41.—The Kingdom was not established under John’s ministry
  42.   PROP. 42.—Jesus Christ in His early ministry preached that the Kingdom was “nigh at hand”
  43.   PROP. 43.—The disciples sent forth by Jesus to preach this Kingdom were not ignorant of the meaning to be attached to the Kingdom
  44.   PROP. 44.—The preaching of the Kingdom, being in accordance with that of the predicted Kingdom, raised no controversy between the Jews and Jesus, or between the Jews and His disciples and apostles
  45.   PROP. 45.—The phrases “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Kingdom of God,” “Kingdom of Christ,” etc., denote the same Kingdom
  46.   PROP. 46.—The Kingdom anticipated by the Jews at the First Advent is based on the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants
  47.   PROP. 47.—The Jews had the strongest possible assurances given to them that the Kingdom based on these covenants would be realized
  48.   PROP. 48.—The Kingdom being based on the covenants, the covenants must be carefully examined, and (PROP. 4) the literal language of the same must be maintained
  49.   PROP. 49.—The covenants being, in Revelation, the foundation of the Kingdom, must first be received and appreciated
  50.   PROP. 50.—This Kingdom will be the outgrowth of the renewed Abrahamic covenant, under which renewal we live
  51.   PROP. 51.—The relation that the Kingdom sustains to “the covenants of promise” enables us to appreciate the prophecies pertaining to the Kingdom
  52.   PROP. 52.—The promises pertaining to the Kingdom, as given in the covenants, will be strictly fulfilled
  53.   PROP. 53.—The genealogies of our Lord form an important link in the comprehension of the Kingdom
  54.   PROP. 54.—The preaching of the Kingdom by John, Jesus, and the disciples, was confined to the Jewish nation
  55.   PROP. 55.—It was necessary that Jesus and His disciples should, at first, preach the Kingdom as nigh to the Jewish nation
  56.   PROP. 56.—The Kingdom was not established during the ministry of “the Christ”
  57.   PROP. 57.—This Kingdom was offered to the Jewish nation, but the nation rejected it
  58.   PROP. 58.—Jesus, toward the close of His ministry, preached that the Kingdom was not nigh
  59.   PROP. 59.—This Kingdom of God offered to the Jewish elect nation, lest the purpose of God fail, is to be given to others who are adopted
  60.   PROP. 60.—This Kingdom of God is given, not to nations, but to one nation
  61.   PROP. 61.—The Kingdom which by promise exclusively belonged to the Jewish nation, the rightful seed of Abraham, was now to be given to an engrafted people
  62.   PROP. 62.—This people, to whom the Kingdom is to be given, gathered out of the nations, becomes the elect nation
  63.   PROP. 63.—The present elect, to whom the Kingdom will be given, is the continuation of the previous election chiefly in another engrafted people
  64.   PROP. 64.—The Kingdom being given to the elect only, any adoption into that elect portion must be revealed by express Divine Revelation
  65.   PROP. 65.—Before this Kingdom can be given to this elect people, they must first be gathered out
  66.   PROP. 66.—The Kingdom that was nigh at one time (viz., at the First Advent) to the Jewish nation is now removed to the close of its tribulation, and of the times of the Gentiles
  67.   PROP. 67.—The Kingdom could not, therefore, have been set up at that time, viz., at the First Advent
  68.   PROP. 68.—This Kingdom is then essentially a Jewish Kingdom
  69.   PROP. 69.—The death of Jesus did not remove the notion entertained by the disciples and apostles concerning the Kingdom
  70.   PROP. 70.—The apostles, after Christ’s ascension, did not preach, either to Jews or Gentiles, that the Kingdom was established
  71.   PROP. 71.—The language of the apostles confirmed the Jews in their Messianic hopes of the Kingdom
  72.   PROP. 72.—The doctrine of the Kingdom, as preached by the apostles, was received by the early Church
  73.   PROP. 73.—The doctrine of the Kingdom preached by the apostles and elders raised up no controversy with the Jews
  74.   PROP. 74.—The belief in the speedy Advent of Christ, entertained both by the apostles and the churches under them, indicates what Kingdom was believed in and taught by the first Christians
  75.   PROP. 75.—The doctrine of the Kingdom, as held by the churches established by the apostles, was perpetuated
  76.   PROP. 76.—The doctrine of the Kingdom was changed under the Gnostic and Alexandrian influence
  77.   PROP. 77.—The doctrine of the Kingdom, as held by the early Church, was finally almost exterminated under the teaching and power of the Papacy
  78.   PROP. 78.—The early Church doctrine was revived after the Reformation
  79.   PROP. 79.—The Kingdom of God, promised by covenant and prophets, is to be distinguished from the general and universal sovereignty of God
  80.   PROP. 80.—This Kingdom of covenant, promise, and prediction is to be distinguished from the sovereignty which Jesus exercises in virtue of His Divine nature
  81.   PROP. 81.—This Kingdom, as covenanted, belongs to Jesus, as “the Son of Man”
  82.   PROP. 82.—This Kingdom is a complete restoration, in the person of the Second Adam or Man, of the dominion lost by the First Adam or Man
  83.   PROP. 83.—This Kingdom is given to “the Son of Man” by God, the Father
  84.   PROP. 84.—As this Kingdom is specially given to “the Son of Man” as the result of His obedience, sufferings, and death, it must be something different from His Divine nature, or from “piety,” “religion,” “God’s reign in the heart,” etc.
  85.   PROP. 85.—Neither Abraham nor his engrafted seed have as yet inherited the Kingdom; hence the Kingdom must be something different from “piety,” “religion,” “God’s reign in the heart,” etc.
  86.   PROP. 86.—The object or design of this dispensation is to gather out these elect to whom, as heirs with Abraham and his seed Christ, this Kingdom is to be given
  87.   PROP. 87.—The postponement of the Kingdom is the key to the understanding of the meaning of this dispensation
  88.   PROP. 88.—The Church is then a preparatory stage for this Kingdom
  89.   PROP. 89.—Christ, in view of this future Kingdom, sustains a peculiar relationship to the Church
  90.   PROP. 90.—Members of the Church who are faithful are promised this Kingdom
  91.   PROP. 91.—The Kingdom of God is not the Jewish Church
  92.   PROP. 92.—This Kingdom is not what some call, “the Gospel Kingdom”
  93.   PROP. 93.—The covenanted Kingdom is not the Christian Church
  94.   PROP. 94.—The overlooking of the postponement of this Kingdom is a fundamental mistake and fruitful source of error in many systems of Theology
  95.   PROP. 95.—If the Church is the Kingdom, then the terms “Church” and “Kingdom” should be synonymous
  96.   PROP. 96.—The differences visible in the Church are evidences that it is not the predicted Kingdom of the Messiah
  97.   PROP. 97.—The various forms of Church government indicate that the Church is not the promised Kingdom
  98.   PROP. 98.—That the Church was not the Kingdom promised to David’s Son was the belief of the early Church
  99.   PROP. 99.—The opinion that the Church is the predicted Kingdom of the Christ was of later origin than the first or second century
  100.   PROP. 100.—The visible Church is not the predicted Kingdom of Jesus Christ
  101.   PROP. 101.—The invisible Church is not the covenanted Kingdom of Christ
  102.   PROP. 102.—Neither the visible nor invisible Church is the covenanted Kingdom
  103.   PROP. 103.—This Kingdom is not a Kingdom in “the third heaven”
  104.   PROP. 104.—The Christian Church is not denoted by the predicted Kingdom of the prophets
  105.   PROP. 105.—The Lord’s Prayer, as given to the disciples, and understood by them, amply sustains our position
  106.   PROP. 106.—Our doctrine of the Kingdom sustained by the temptation of Christ
  107.  PROPOSITION 107.—The passages referring to heaven in connection with the saints, do not conflict with, but confirm, our doctrine of the Kingdom
  108.   PROP. 108.—The formula, “Kingdom of heaven,” connected with the parables, confirms our doctrine of the Kingdom
  109.   PROP. 109.—An examination of the passages of Scripture, supposed to teach the Church-Kingdom theory, will confirm our doctrine of the Kingdom
  110.   PROP. 110.—The passage most relied on to prove the Church-Kingdom theory, utterly disproves it
  111.   PROP. 111.—The Kingdom being identified with the elect Jewish nation, it cannot be established without the restoration of that nation
  112.   PROP. 112.—The Kingdom, if established as predicted, demands the national restoration of the Jews to their own land
  113.   PROP. 113.—The connection of this Kingdom with Jewish restoration necessitates the realization of their predicted repentance and conversion
  114.   PROP. 114.—This Kingdom being identified with the elect Jewish nation, its establishment at the restoration embraces the supremacy of the nation over the nations of the earth
  115.   PROP. 115.—The Kingdom is not established without a period of violence and war
  116.   PROP. 116.—This Kingdom is a visible, external one, here on the earth, taking the place of earthly Kingdoms
  117.   PROP. 117.—The Kingdom of God re-established, will form a divinely appointed, and visibly manifested, Theocracy
  118.   PROP. 118.—This view of the Kingdom is most forcibly sustained by the figure of the Barren Woman
  119.   PROP. 119.—The Kingdom of God is represented, in the Millennial descriptions, as restoring all the forfeited blessings
  120.   PROP. 120.—This Kingdom, with its Millennial blessings, can only be introduced through the power of God in Christ Jesus
  121.   PROP. 121.—This Kingdom, of necessity, requires a Pre-Millennial Personal Advent of Jesus, “the Christ”
  122.   PROP. 122.—As “Son of Man,” David’s Son, Jesus inherits David’s throne and kingdom, and also the land of Palestine
  123.   PROP. 123.—The Pre-Millennial Advent and accompanying Kingdom are united with the destruction of Antichrist
  124.   PROP. 124.—This Kingdom is delayed several thousand years, to raise up a nation or people capable of sustaining it
  125.   PROP. 125.—The Kingdom to be inherited by these gathered saints requires their resurrection from the dead
  126.   PROP. 126.—In confirmation of our position, the Old Testament clearly teaches a Pre-Millennial resurrection of the saints
  127.   PROP. 127.—In support of our view, the Apocalypse unmistakably teaches a Pre-Millennial resurrection of the saints
  128.   PROP. 128.—The language of the Gospels and Epistles is in strict accord with the requirements of a Pre-Mill. resurrection
  129.   PROP. 129.—The Jewish view of a Pre-Mill. resurrection, requisite for the introduction of the Messianic Kingdom, is fully sustained by the grammatical sense of the New Testament
  130.   PROP. 130.—This Kingdom is also preceded by a translation of living saints
  131.   PROP. 131.—This Kingdom embraces the visible reign of Jesus, the Christ, here on earth
  132.   PROP. 132.—This view of the Kingdom confirmed by the judgeship of Jesus
  133.   PROP. 133.—This view of the Kingdom fully sustained by the “Day of Judgment.”
  134.   PROP. 134.—Our view of the Judgment (and, as a consequence, that also of the Kingdom) is fully sustained by the passage of Scripture, Matt. 25:31–46
  135.   PROP. 135.—The doctrine of the Kingdom in full accord with the scriptural doctrine of the judgment of believers
  136.   PROP. 136.—The doctrine of the Kingdom in agreement with the doctrine of the intermediate state
  137.   PROP. 137.—This doctrine of the Kingdom sustained by the phrase “the world to come”
  138.   PROP. 138.—This doctrine of the Kingdom fully corroborated by “the day of the Lord Jesus, the Christ”
  139.   PROP. 139.—The Theocratic-Davidic Kingdom, as covenanted, is sustained by what is to take place in “the morning” of “the day of the Christ”
  140.   PROP. 140.—The doctrine of the Kingdom confirmed by the phraseology of the New Testament respecting “the end of the age”
  141.   PROP. 141.—This Kingdom necessarily united with the perpetuity of the earth
  142.   PROP. 142.—The Kingdom being related to the earth (extending over it), and involving the resurrection of the saints (in order to inherit it), is sustained by the promise to the saints of inheriting the earth
  143.   PROP. 143.—The early church doctrine of the Kingdom is supported by “the Rest,” or the keeping of the Sabbath, mentioned by Paul
  144.   PROP. 144.—This Kingdom embraces “the times of refreshing,” and “the times of the restitution of all things,” mentioned Acts 3:19–21
  145.   PROP. 145.—This Kingdom includes “the regeneration” of Matt. 19:28
  146.   PROP. 146.—This Kingdom is associated with the deliverance of Creation
  147.   PROP. 147.—This Kingdom is preceded by a wonderful shaking of the heavens and the earth
  148.   PROP. 148.—This Kingdom embraces the New Heavens and New Earth
  149.   PROP. 149.—This Kingdom is preceded by the conflagration of 2 Pet. 3:10–13
  150.   PROP. 150.—The establishment of this Kingdom is not affected by the extent of Peter’s conflagration
  151.   PROP. 151.—This Kingdom is identified with “the New Heavens and New Earth” of Isa. 65:17 and 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:13; and Rev. 21:1
  152.   PROP. 152.—This Kingdom is connected with the perpetuation of the human race
  153.   PROP. 153.—This view of the Kingdom, with its two classes (viz., the translated and resurrected saints, glorified, forming one class, and mortal men the other), is forcibly represented in the transfiguration
  154.   PROP. 154.—This Theocratic Kingdom includes the visible reign of the risen and glorified saints, here on the earth
  155.   PROP. 155.—This Kingdom exhibits Jesus not only as “the King,” but also as “the Priest”
  156.   PROP. 156.—The doctrine of the Kingdom enforces the future priesthood of the saints
  157.   PROP. 157.—This doctrine of the Kingdom enforces the future ministrations of angels
  158.   PROP. 158.—The doctrine of the Kingdom aids in locating the Millennial period
  159.   PROP. 159.—This Theocratic Kingdom of the Lord Jesus, the Christ, will never come to an end
  160.   PROP. 160.—This Kingdom will be set up in the divided state of the Roman Empire
  161.   PROP. 161.—This Kingdom will not be re-established until Antichrist is overthrown
  162.   PROP. 162.—This Kingdom will be preceded by a fearful time of trouble, both in the Church and the world
  163.   PROP. 163.—This Kingdom revealed will be preceded by the predicted “Battle of that great day of God Almighty”
  164.   PROP. 164.—This Kingdom ends the Gentile domination
  165. PROP. 165.—The doctrine of this Kingdom enables us to form a correct estimate of human governments
  166.   PROP. 166.—The rudimentary reorganization of the Kingdom will be made at Mount Sinai
  167.   PROP. 167.—The re-establishment of this Kingdom embraces also the reception of a New Revelation of the Divine Will
  168.   PROP. 168.—This Kingdom has its place of manifested royalty
  169.   PROP. 169.—The Theocratic Kingdom includes the marriage of Christ to the New Jerusalem
  170.   PROP. 170.—This doctrine of the Kingdom fully sustained by “the Father’s house” of John 14:2
  171.   PROP. 171.—This Kingdom is connected with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Spirit) and of Fire.
  172.   PROP. 172.—This Kingdom, when restored, does not require the re-introduction of bloody sacrifices
  173.   PROP. 173.—The Kingdom of the Lord Jesus may be near at hand
  174.   PROP. 174.—This Kingdom of the Messiah is preceded by, and connected with, signs
  175.   PROP. 175.—The doctrine of the Kingdom is greatly obscured and perverted by the prevailing one of the conversion of the world prior to the Advent of Jesus
  176.   PROP. 176.—Our doctrine of the Kingdom embraces the conversion of the world, but in the Scriptural order
  177.   PROP. 177.—This doctrine of the Kingdom will not be received in faith by the Church, as a body
  178.   PROP. 178.—This doctrine of the Kingdom, and its essentially related subjects, are so hostile to their faith, that numerous organized religious bodies totally reject them
  179.   PROP. 179.—The doctrine of the Kingdom, or essentials of the same, are directly allied by various bodies with doctrines that are objectionable, and hence are made unpalatable to many
  180.   PROP. 180.—This doctrine of the Kingdom will not be received in faith by the world
  181.   PROP. 181.—Our doctrinal position illustrated and enforced by the Parable of the Ten Virgins
  182.   PROP. 182.—This Kingdom embraces “the One Hope”
  183.   PROP. 183.—The doctrine of the Kingdom, and its related subjects, have a direct practical tendency
  184.   PROP. 184.—In this Kingdom will be exhibited a manifested unity
  185.   PROP. 185.—This doctrine enforces that of Divine Providence
  186.   PROP. 186.—This doctrine of the Kingdom sustained by the Analogy of Scripture, the Analogy of Faith, and the Analogy of Tradition
  187.   PROP. 187.—This doctrine of the Kingdom gives coherency to the Gospels, and indicates the unity of design in each of them
  188.   PROP. 188.—This doctrine indicates the unity of the Epistles
  189.   PROP. 189.—It is only through this doctrine of the Kingdom that the Apocalypse can, or will, be understood and consistently interpreted
  190.   PROP. 190.—Our views sustained by the addresses to the Seven Churches
  191.   PROP. 191.—Our doctrine enforced by the general tenor of the Apocalypse
  192.   PROP. 192.—This doctrine of the Kingdom greatly serves to explain Scripture
  193.   PROP. 193.—This doctrine of the Kingdom meets, and consistently removes, the objections brought by the Jews against Christianity
  194.   PROP. 194.—This doctrine of the Kingdom materially aids to explain the world’s history
  195.   PROP. 195.—This doctrine of the Kingdom may, analogically, give us a clew to the government of other worlds
  196.   PROP. 196.—This doctrine of the Kingdom gives us a more comprehensive view of the work of Christ for Redemptive purposes
  197.   PROP. 197.—This Kingdom, although visible with a world-dominion, being Theocratic, is also necessarily spiritual
  198.   PROP. 198.—The doctrine of the Kingdom confirms the credibility and inspiration of the Word of God
  199.   PROP. 199.—This doctrine of the Kingdom materially aids in deciding the great Christological question of the day
  200.   PROP. 200.—While the Kingdom is given to Jesus Christ as “the Son of Man,” He becomes thereby the actual Representative of God, manifesting God in the person of One related to humanity
  201.   PROP. 201.—If a Kingdom such as is covenanted to “the Son of Man,” David’s Son, is not set up, then God’s effort at government, in and through an earthly rulership, proves a failure
  202.   PROP. 202.—If the Kingdom of “the Son of Man,” as covenanted, is not established, then the earth will lack in its history the exhibition of a perfect government
  203.   PROP. 203.—The exaltation of the Christ is not lessened or lowered by thus referring the promises of the Kingdom to an outward manifestation in the future
  204.   PROP. 204.—Such a view gives definiteness and a continued exaltation to the human nature of Christ, and indicates the majestic relationship that it sustains throughout the ages to the race of man
  205.   PROP. 205.—The doctrine of the Kingdom materially aids us in preaching “the Christ,” the distinctive “Messiah”
  206.   PROP. 206.—This earth will yet witness the re-establishment of a glorious Theocracy—a Theocracy in its perfected form

Revelation Commentary Notes

Literal, futuristic, premillennial. Excerpt on Revelation 20:5...

But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished.

The rest of the dead will not come to life until the end of the Millennium. This is the resurrection of the lost of all ages (20:11-15). This resurrection will not occur until after the Millennium (v.11).

This is the first resurrection.

The New Testament uses the word “resurrection” 40 times. It always refers to physical, bodily resurrection except in Luke 2:34.

The “first resurrection” is not the first chronological resurrection because Christ was thefirst to rise from the dead. “Many” rose from the dead when Christ rose (Matthew 27:52-53).

The “first” resurrection is in contrast to the “last” resurrection (20:12-13). The word “first” carries the idea of “before.” All the righteous dead are raised before the resurrection of the wicked dead at the end of the 1000 years.

The resurrection of the righteous comes in phases (1 Corinthians 15:23). Christ rose first, then the “many,” then the church, then the Tribulation saints and finally the Old Testament saints (Isaiah 26:19-21; Ezekiel 37:12-14; Daniel 12:2-3).

Word Pictures on Revelation

Notes on original Greek text. Interpretative approach difficult to state with certainty but not definitively futuristic


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  1.   A Panorama of Prophecy—Revelation 1:1–3
  2.   A Panorama of Prophecy—Revelation 1:1–3
  3.   A Panorama of Prophecy—Revelation 1:1–3
  4.   Living on the Edge of Eternity—Revelation 1:1–3
  5.   The Blessing Book—Revelation 1:1–3
  6.   The Future Is Here—Revelation 1:1–3
  7.   A Panorama of Prophecy—Revelation 1:1–3, 19
  8.   What Profit Is Prophecy?—Revelation 1:3
  9.   Soon Coming of Our Lord—Revelation 1:3–18
  10.   Making Numbers Count—Revelation 1:4
  11.   He Holds the Keys—Revelation 1:4–18
  12.   Why We Long for His Coming—Revelation 1:7–8
  13.   Why We Look for His Coming—Revelation 1:7–8
  14.   The Coming Christ—Revelation 1:7–18
  15.   The Triumph of the Lamb—Revelation 1:7–18
  16.   Our Coming Lord—Revelation 1:7, 12–18, 20
  17.   The Glory of the Risen Christ—Revelation 1:10–18
  18.   666 Versus 777—Revelation 1:12–13
  19.   The Golden Key to Revelation—Revelation 1:19
  20.   The Golden Key to the Book of Revelation—Revelation 1:19
  21.   Making Numbers Count—Revelation 1:20
  22.   The Christian’s Love Life—Revelation 2:1–7
  23.   What to Do When the Glow Is Gone—Revelation 2:1–7
  24.   The Windows of Heaven and the Doors of Hell—Revelation 2:8–11
  25.   Crowns—Revelation 2:10; 3:11; 4:1–11
  26.   Hell’s Headquarters—Revelation 2:12–17
  27.   Is It Nice to Be Narrow?—Revelation 2:18–29
  28.   The Autopsy of a Dead Church—Revelation 3:1–6
  29.   To God Be the Glory—Revelation 3:7–8
  30.   The Keeper of the Keys and the Doors of Destiny—Revelation 3:7–13
  31.   Eternity Is a Trumpet Sound Away—Revelation 3:11–22
  32.   The Sin of Lukewarmness—Revelation 3:14–21
  33.   How to Keep Your Spiritual Fire Burning—Revelation 3:14–22
  34.   The Midnight Cry and the Rapture of the Church—Revelation 4:1–5
  35.   A Glimpse into Glory—Revelation 4:1–11
  36.   Worthy Is the Lamb—Revelation 5
  37.   The Lion of Judah—Revelation 5:1–14
  38.   Worthy Is the Lamb—Revelation 5:1–14
  39.   Worthy Is the Lamb—Revelation 5:1–14
  40.   The Wrath of the Lamb and the Coming Great Tribulation—Revelation 6
  41.   The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—Revelation 6:1–17
  42.   Signed, Sealed, and Delivered—Revelation 7
  43.   What a Mighty God We Serve—Revelation 7
  44.   The Mysterious Multitude—Revelation 7:9–17
  45.   An Invasion from Hell—Revelation 8; 9:1–11
  46.   When Demons Dominate—Revelation 8; 9:1–12
  47.   When Demons Dominate—Revelation 8; 9:1–12
  48.   A World Gone Wild—Revelation 9:13–21
  49.   Looking for God in a World Gone Wild—Revelation 9:13–21
  50.   Jesus Christ, the One and Only—Revelation 10
  51.   When Time Is No More—Revelation 10:1–7
  52.   When Prophets Are Persecuted—Revelation 11
  53.   God’s Mighty Messengers—Revelation 11:1–13
  54.   The New World Order—Revelation 11:15
  55.   Why I Love Israel—Revelation 12
  56.   Why Some People Hate the Jewish Race—Revelation 12
  57.   Biography of the Beast—Revelation 13
  58.   The Beast from the Sea—Revelation 13
  59.   The Mark of the Beast—Revelation 13
  60.   Beware of the Beast—Revelation 13:1–18
  61.   Beware of the Beast—Revelation 13:1–18
  62.   The Beast from the Sea—Revelation 13:1–18
  63.   The Nature of the Beast—Revelation 13:1–18
  64.   666: The Mark of the Beast—Revelation 13:11–18
  65.   666: The Mark of the Beast—Revelation 13:11–18
  66.   The Mark of the Beast—Revelation 13:11–18
  67.   The Decisions of the Living and the Destiny of the Dead—Revelation 14
  68.   The Tribulation Saints—Revelation 14:1–7
  69.   How to Gain and Celebrate Victory—Revelation 15; 16
  70.   The Beauty and the Beast—Revelation 17
  71.   Beauty and the Beast—Revelation 17
  72.   Goodbye to Babylon—Revelation 18
  73.   The Bully of Baghdad and the Bible—Revelation 18:1–5
  74.   The Coming Crash—Revelation 18:1–24
  75.   Four Hallelujahs—Revelation 19:1–10
  76.   The Marriage of the Lamb—Revelation 19:1–10
  77.   Wedding Bells in Heaven—Revelation 19:1–10
  78.   Our King Is Coming—Revelation 19:11–16
  79.   Signposts on the Road to Armageddon—Revelation 19:11–21
  80.   The Golden Age—Revelation 20:1–10
  81.   The Final Judgment—Revelation 20:11–15
  82.   The Final Judgment—Revelation 20:11–15
  83.   The Great Judgment—Revelation 20:11–15
  84.   The Final Judgment of the Unsaved Dead—Revelation 20:12–15
  85.   A Guided Tour Through Heaven—Revelation 21
  86.   A New Heaven and a New Earth—Revelation 21
  87.   Heaven—Revelation 21
  88.   The New-Time Religion—Revelation 21:5
  89.   The New-Time Religion—Revelation 21:5
  90.   The Place Called Hell—Revelation 21:7–8
  91.   How You Can Be Certain the Bible Is the Word of God—Revelation 22
  92.   The Lamb Has Overcome—Revelation 22:6–21

Sermon Notes on Revelation

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Sermons on Revelation
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  • Revelation 1:1-3 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 1:4-5 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 1:5-8 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 1:9-11 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 1:12-13 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 1:13-16 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 1:16-20 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 2:1-7 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 2:8-11 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 2:12-17 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 2:18-29 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 3:1-6 ( doc, pdf) broken link
  • Revelation 3:7-13 ( doc, pdf) broken link
  • Revelation 3:14-22 ( doc, pdf) broken link
  • Revelation 4:1-3 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 4:4-6 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 4:6-11 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 5:1-7 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 5:8-14 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 6:1 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 6:1-4 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 6:3-8 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 6:9-11 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 6:12-17 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 7:1-3 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 7:4-8 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 7:9-12 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 7:13-17 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 8:1-5 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 8:6-13 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 9:1-12 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 9:13-21 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 10:1-11 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 11:1-7 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 11:7-12 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 11:13-18 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 12:1-5 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 12:6-12 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 12:13-17 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 13:1-18 (Part 1) ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 13:1-18 (Part 2) ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 14:1-5 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 14:6-13 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 14:14-20 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 15:1-4 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 15:5-8 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 16:1-7 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 16:12-21 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 17:1-7 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 17:8-18 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 18:1-8 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 18:9-24 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 19:1-6 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 19:7-10 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 19:11-16 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 19:17-21 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 20:1-3 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 20:1-6 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 20:4-6 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 20:7-10 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 20:11-15 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 21:1-8 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 21:9-27 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 22:1-5 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 22:6-7 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 22:8-9 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 22:10-11 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 22:12 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 22:13-14 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 22:16-17 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation 22:19-21 ( docpdf)
  • Revelation Notes from 1980s.
  • Revelation 1:1-3 (pdf)
  • Revelation 1:4-5 (pdf)
  • Revelation 1:5-8 (pdf)
  • Revelation 1:9-11 (pdf)
  • Revelation 1:12-17 (pdf)
  • Revelation 1:17-20 (pdf)
  • Revelation 2:1-7 (pdf)
  • Revelation 2:8-11 (pdf)
  • Revelation 2:12-17 (pdf)
  • Revelation 2:18-29 (pdf)
  • Revelation 3:1-6 (pdf)
  • Revelation 3:7-13 (pdf)
  • Revelation 3:14-22 (pdf)
  • Revelation 4:1-11 (pdf)
  • Revelation 4:2-11 (pdf)
  • Revelation 5:1-7 (pdf)
  • Revelation 5:8-10 (pdf)
  • Revelation 5:8-14 (pdf)
  • Revelation 6:1-8 (pdf)
  • Revelation 6:9-17 (pdf)
  • Revelation 7:1-8 (pdf)
  • Revelation 7:9-17 (pdf)
  • Revelation 8:1-5 (pdf)
  • Revelation 8:6-13 (pdf)
  • Revelation 9:13-21 (pdf)
  • Revelation 9:1-12 (pdf)
  • Revelation 10:1-11 rev. 2 (pdf)
  • Revelation 10:1-11 (pdf)
  • Revelation 11:1-7 (pdf)
  • Revelation 11:7-14 (pdf)
  • Revelation 11:13-18 (pdf)
  • Revelation 11:14-19 (pdf)
  • Revelation 12:1-6 (pdf)
  • Revelation 12:7-12 (pdf)
  • Revelation 12:13-17 (pdf)
  • Revelation 13:1-18 (pdf)
  • Revelation 14:1-5 (pdf)
  • Revelation 14:6-13 (pdf)
  • Revelation 14:14-20 (pdf)
  • Revelation 15:1-8 (pdf)
  • Revelation 16:1-11 (pdf)
  • Revelation 16:12-21 (pdf)
  • Revelation 17:7-18 (pdf)
  • Revelation 18:1-8 (pdf)
  • Revelation 18:9-24 (pdf)
  • Revelation 19:11-16 (pdf)
  • Revelation 19:17-21 (pdf)
  • Revelation 19:1-6 (pdf)
  • Revelation 19:7-10 (pdf)
  • Revelation 20:11-15 (pdf)
  • Revelation 20:1-3 (pdf)
  • Revelation 20:4-6 rev. 2 (pdf)
  • Revelation 20:4-6 (pdf)
  • Revelation 20:7-10 (pdf)
  • Revelation 21:1-8 (pdf)
  • Revelation 21:2 (pdf)
  • Revelation 21:9-27 (pdf)
  • Revelation 22:12-15 (pdf)
  • Revelation 22:16-21 (pdf)
  • Revelation 22:1-5 (pdf)
  • Revelation 22:6-11 (pdf)
  • Revelation Suppplemental Notes (pdf)

Revelation Commentary

Rosscup - A helpful older premillennial work that is at some points lucid in expounding the meaning. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors)  (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

Revelation Commentary

Joseph Augustus Seiss' (picture) Lectures on the Apocalypse was initially published in 3 volumes in the mid-1800's and has become widely accepted by modern evangelical scholars as one of the first popular works based upon the futurist interpretation of the Revelation.

Rosscup writes that Seiss' work is "An expository older premillennial work of great detail on units of the book."  (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

LECTURE FIRST Revelation 1:1–3

  The Preface, Scope, Contents, Derivation, Value, and Preciousness of the Apocalypse

LECTURE SECOND Revelation 1:4–8

  The Apostolic Introduction to the Apocalypse, and its several Important Allusions

LECTURE THIRD Revelation 1:9–17

  The First Vision—A Picture of the Saviour in His relation to the Churches

LECTURE FOURTH Revelation 1:17–20

  Supplementary Declarations, touching the Character and Prerogatives of Christ

LECTURE FIFTH Revelation 1:20

  The Seven Churches—Meaning of Numbers—The Seven Ages of the Church

LECTURE SIXTH Revelation 2 AND 3

  The Seven Epistles—Their General Character and Contents

LECTURE SEVENTH Revelation 3:21

  The Prophetic Significance of the Seven Epistles, and their Identification in History

LECTURE EIGHTH Revelation 4:1

  The Career and End of the Church on Earth

LECTURE NINTH Revelation 4:1–11

  The Church in Heaven—The Throne—The Elders—The Living Ones

LECTURE TENTH Revelation 5:1–14

  The Seven-Sealed Book—What it imports—The taking of it by the Lamb

LECTURE ELEVENTH Revelation 6:1–2

  The Breaking of the Seals—The First Seal—The Conquests of the White Horseman

LECTURE TWELFTH Revelation 6:3–8

  The Second, Third, and Fourth Seals—War—Famine—Death

LECTURE THIRTEENTH Revelation 6:9–11

  The Fifth Seal—Bloody Persecution—The Souls under the Altar

LECTURE FOURTEENTH Revelation 6:12–17

  Opening of the Sixth Seal—A Universal Shaking of the System of Nature

LECTURE FIFTEENTH Revelation 7:1–8

  A Lull in the Storms of Judgment—The Mysterious Sealing of the 144,000

LECTURE SIXTEENTH Revelation 7:9–17

  The Heavenly Palm-bearers clothed in white—Who they are—Whence they came


  Silence in Heaven—The Seven Angels of God’s Presence—Economy of the Heavens—The Seven Trumpets—The Prayers of Saints—Fire Cast into the Earth—These things to be Studied,

LECTURE EIGHTEENTH Revelation 8:6–12

  Preparations—First Trumpet—Hail, Fire and Blood.—Second Trumpet—A Meteor turns the Sea to Blood.—Third Trumpet—A Meteor or Comet Falls on the Earth, Poisoning the Waters.—Fourth Trumpet—Sun, Moon, and Stare Obscured,

LECTURE NINETEENTH Revelation 8:139:1–12

  The Woe Trumpets—The Angel in Mid-heaven—Mercy in Judgment.—The Fifth Trumpet—The Fallen Star and Locusts from the Abyss,

LECTURE TWENTIETH Revelation 9:13–21

  The Sixth Trumpet—The State of Society at this Period—Cry from the Altar—The Four Angels of the Euphrates—Spirit Horses,

LECTURE TWENTY-FIRST Revelation 10:1–11

  The Cloud-robed Angel—His Lion Cry—“The Seven Thunders”—The Little Book—John’s Eating of it—The Angel’s Oath—The Mystery of God—Delay of the Lord’s Coming—Its Certainty,


  The Current Method of Interpreting the Apocalypse—Saints in Heaven must Prophesy again—Measuring of the Temple—“The Holy City”—Jews again in the Foreground—A New Order of Canon—Zion Redeemed with Judgment,


  The Two Witnesses—Their Individuality—How Enoch and Elijah answer the Description—Twofold Coming of Elijah—Another Prophet—The Two Olive Trees and the Two Lamps,

LECTURE TWENTY-FOURTH Revelation 11:5–14

  The Two Witnesses, continued—Their Times, Spirit, and Ministry—Slain and refused Burial—Rejoicings over their Death—Their Resurrection and Recall to Heaven—A Great Earthquake,

LECTURE TWENTY-FIFTH Revelation 11:15–19

  The Seventh Trumpet—Synopsis of Events—Heaven Full of Excitement and Interest—Nature agitated—Anticipations of the End,

LECTURE TWENTY-SIXTH Revelation 12:12 (See Cautionary Note)

  The Sunclad Woman—The Church in its Entirety—Significance of the Symbol,

LECTURE TWENTY-SEVENTH Revelation 12:34  (See Cautionary Note)

  The Great Red Dragon—His Tail—His Heads and Horns—His Character and Greatness—His Attitude toward the Woman,

LECTURE TWENTY-EIGHTH Revelation 12:5  (See Cautionary Note)

  The Man-child—The Visible and Invisible Church—Manhood and Destiny of this Child—The Bringing of it Forth—Glory of the Christian Calling,

LECTURE TWENTY-NINTH Revelation 12:6–12  (See Cautionary Note)

  The War in Heaven—The Forces Marshalled—Occasion of the Conflict—Nature of the Battle—Issue of the Engagement,

LECTURE THIRTIETH Revelation 12:12–17  (See Cautionary Note)

  The Flight of the Woman—Condition of the Church and the World after the Removal of the Man-child—Hard Fate of the “Left”—Reflections,

LECTURE THIRTY-FIRST Revelation 13:1–10

  The Beast from the Sea—The Antichrist—The Individuality and Supernatural Character of the Final Antichrist,

LECTURE THIRTY-SECOND Revelation 13:1112

  The Beast from the Earth—Counterfeit Trinity—The False Prophet—His Horns and Speech—Causes the Earth to Worship the Antichrist—Literal Probability,

LECTURE THIRTY-THIRD Revelation 13:13–18

  The False Prophet, continued—His Miracles—His Arguments—The Image he causes to be made and Animates with Speech—The Devil’s Administration Complete—The Helplessness and Hopelessness of Men under it,

LECTURE THIRTY-FOURTH Revelation 14:1–13

  The 144,000—Their Maintenance of the Confession of Christ over against the Worship of the Beast—The same as the Sealed Ones of Chapter Seven—Their Chief Characteristics—Their Peculiar Reward—The Four Angel-Messages,

LECTURE THIRTY-FIFTH Revelation 14:14–16

  Vision of the Harvest—Particulars of the Description—The Angel-cry for the Sharp Sickle—The Reaping—Vision of the Vintage—Angel Out of the Temple—Cry from the Altar—Gathering of the Vine of the Earth—Treading of the Wine-press,

LECTURE THIRTY-SIXTH Revelation 15:1–816:1–11

  Sign of the Seven Last Plagues—Vision of the Sea of Glass—The Harp-singers by It—The Seven Priest-angels—The Golden Bowls—Plague of Sores—Plague of the Bloody Sea—Plague of the Bloody Rivers and Water-springs—Plague of Sun-heat—Plague of Darkness—Impenitence of Men,

LECTURE THIRTY-SEVENTH Revelation 16:12–21

  Sixth Bowl of Wrath—Drying up of the Euphrates—Unclean Spirits—The Enthusiasm They Awaken—Singular Note of Warning—Harmageddon—Seventh Bowl of Wrath—Convulsions in the Air—In the Earth—Great Babylon Remembered—Earth Altered—Unprecedented Hailstorm—Inveterate Depravity of Men,

LECTURE THIRTY-EIGHTH Revelation 17:1–17

  Great Babylon—Prominence and Difficulty of the Subject—The Two Women—The Primal Post-diluvian Apostasy—Nimrod and his Inventions—The World’s Intoxication with Them—The Harlot’s Own Drunkenness with the Blood of Saints—The Waters on which She Sits—The Beast She Rides,


  Great Babylon, Continued—Wilderness in which She Appears—Her Twofoldness—Shall the City of Babylon be Restored?—Prophecies on the Subject—Zechariah’s Ephah—Features and Fall as Bearing on the Question—Reasonableness of the Idea,

LECTURE FORTIETH Revelation 18:1–8

  Fall of Great Babylon—A Perplexity Relieved—Length of the Judgment Period—The Angel who Announces the Fall—Twofold Fall—The People Called Out—Forms of the Destruction—Administrants of It—Measure of the Calamity—Crimes which Procure the Ruin—Commerce—Witchery, Presumption, Self-glorification, and Arrogance of,

LECTURE FORTY-FIRST Revelation 18:9–2419:1–6

  Sequences of the Fall of Great Babylon—Wails of Royalty—Wails of Merchants—Wails of Other Classes—Heaven’s Gladness—Saints, Prophets, and Apostles Avenged—Double Alleluia—The Amen—Further Items of Joy—Taking of the Kingdom—Blessedness of the Rule of God,

LECTURE FORTY-SECOND Revelation 19:7–10

  The Marriage of the Lamb—The Bridegroom—The Bride—The Several Classes of the Saved—The Bride’s Ready-making—The Marriage—The Marriage Supper—The Guests—Certainty of the Revelation,

LECTURE FORTY-THIRD Revelation 19:11–21

  Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty—The Sublime Hero—Comes Out of the Heaven—His Horse—His Character—His Eyes—His Diadems—His Names—His Vesture—His Sword—His Title—His Followers—Their Horses—Their Clothing—The Armies Encountered—The Laugh of God—Birds Invited to the Slaughter—Fate of the Beast and False Prophet—Fate of the Armed Hosts—The Victory,

LECTURE FORTY-FOURTH Revelation 20:1–3

  The Binding of Satan—His Four Names—The Angel Who Apprehends Him—A Literal Transaction—The Economy of the Under-world—Hell—Sheol—Hades—Christ’s Descent into Hell—Hades No Longer the Abode of Departed Saints—“Abaddon”—The Abyss—Tartarus—Gehenna—Satan Imprisoned in the Abyss—Object of His Imprisonment—Is Loose Till Then—Certainly Loose Now,

LECTURE FORTY-FIFTH Revelation 20:45

  Vision of the Enthroned Saints—Its Connection with Preceding Chapters—The Shepherdizing of the Nations—The Shepherdizers—Their Thrones—Their Judging, Power and Reign—Special Notice of the Martyrs—The Word “Souls”—A Corporeal Resurrection Necessarily Implied,


  The First Resurrection—A Resurrection of Saints Only—Takes Place in Successive Stages—Not Described in any One Vision—Introduces a Wonderful Change in Earth’s Affairs—Promotes the Subjects of It to a Transcendent Dignity and Glory,

LECTURE FORTY-SEVENTH Revelation 20:7–15

  The Millennium—False Theories—A Period of 1000 Years—Another Dispensation—Condition of Things Then—Its Blessedness Does Not End with the 1000 Years—Loosing Again of Satan—Rebellion of Gog and Magog—Fate of the Rebels—Satan Cast into Gehenna—The Great White Throne—Its Occupant—The Final Resurrection and Judgment—The Books Opened—Grades of Punishment—The Lake of Fire,

LECTURE FORTY-EIGHTH Revelation 21:1–8

  The Perpetuity of the Earth and Race of Man—“End of the World” not the Extinction of the Earth—Continuous Generations—The Redeemed World—The Scene of It—The Blessedness of It—The Occupants of It,

LECTURE FORTY-NINTH Revelation 21:9–27

  The New Jerusalem—Materialism in the Future—A Literal City—How the Bride of the Lamb—Its Derivation—Its Location—Its Splendor—Its Amplitude—Its System of Illumination—Its Lack of a Temple—Its Relation to the World at Large—Its Superlative Holiness,

LECTURE FIFTIETH Revelation 22:1–5

  The New Jerusalem, Continued—A More Inward View—The Wonderful River—The Tree of Life—The Curse Repealed—The Enduring Throne—The Eternal Blessedness,

LECTURE FIFTY-FIRST Revelation 22:6–15

  Last Section of the Book—Certainty of these Revelations—The Repeated Benediction—Effect on the Apostle—Direction What to Do with These Things—Argument for the Same—Conditions for Enjoying the Beatitudes of This Book—A Particular Washing of Robes,

LECTURE FIFTY-SECOND Revelation 22:16–21

  End of the Book—Character and Majesty of Christ—Time of These Wonders—How to be Affected Respecting Them—Guards Around What is Written—Christ’s Summation of the Whole—True Attitude of the Church—Conclusion,

General Index


Literal Interpretation.

          Revelation 1

Revelation Commentary

Revelation Sermons

(See Paper on Spurgeon's Eschatological Views)

Revelation 1

Revelation 1:5-6
   John’s First Doxology (29/1737)
   Loved and Washed (37/2230)

Revelation 1:7
   He Cometh with Clouds (33/1989)

Revelation 1:12-17
   The Christ of Patmos (7/357)

Revelation 1:13
   With Golden Girdle Girt (63/3555)

Revelation 1:16
   Lessons from the Christ of Patmos (33/1976)

   A Portrait No Artist Can Paint (43/2498)

Revelation 1:17
   Fear Not (26/1533)

Revelation 1:17-18
   The Glorious Master and the Swooning Disciple (18/1028)

Revelation 1:18
   Christ with the Keys of Death and Hell (15/894)

   The Ever-Living Christ (46/2689)

Revelation 2

Revelation 2:3
   Laboring and Not Fainting (18/1069)

Revelation 2:4
   Declension from First Love (4/217)

Revelation 2:4-5
   Love’s Complaining (32/1926)

Revelation 2:12-13
   Holding Fast the Faith (34/2007)

Revelation 3

Revelation 3:4
   A Solemn Warning for All Churches (2/68)

Revelation 3:8, 10
   Commendation for the Steadfast (30/1814)

Revelation 3:14
   The Amen (12/679)

Revelation 3:14-21
   Earnest Warning About Lukewarmness (20/1185)

Revelation 3:15-16
   Lukewarmness (48/2802)

Revelation 3:17-18
   A Great Mistake and the Way to Rectify It (28/1677)

Revelation 3:19
   The Loved Ones Chastened (3/164)

Revelation 4

 Revelation 4:1
   A Door Opened in Heaven (15/887)

Revelation 4:3
   The Heavenly Rainbow (60/3412)

Revelation 4:10
   Royal Homage (19/1102)

Revelation 4:10-11
   The Elders Before the Throne (8/441)

Revelation 5

Revelation 5:6-7
   The Lamb in Glory (35/2095)

Revelation 5:8
   Golden Vials Full of Odors (18/1051)

Revelation 5:8-10
   The Heavenly Singers and Their Song (39/2321)

Revelation 5:9-10
   Jesus, the Delight of Heaven (21/1225)

Revelation 5:10
   The Kingly Priesthood of the Saints (1/10)

Revelation 7

 Revelation 7:9-10
   The Multitude Before the Throne (60/3403)

Revelation 7:13-14
   What and Whence are These? (18/1040)

Revelation 7:14
   Why the Heavenly Robes are White (22/1316)

Revelation 7:16
   The Bliss of the Glorified (62/3499)

Revelation 7:16-17
   Heaven Above and Heaven Below (36/2128)
   Heaven Below (30/1800)

Revelation 7:17
   No Tears in Heaven (11/643)

Revelation 8

 Revelation 8:3-4
   Preparing for the Week of Prayer (57/3282)

Revelation 11

 Revelation 11:12
   The Voice From Heaven (9/488)

Revelation 11:19
   The Ark of His Covenant (41/2427)
   The Ark of the Covenant (27/1621)

Revelation 12

Revelation 12:11
   The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon (34/2043)
   How They Conquered the Dragon (21/1237)

Revelation 12:12
   Satan in a Rage (25/1502)

Revelation 14

 Revelation 14:1-3
   Heavenly Worship (3/110)

Revelation 14:4
   The Lamb Our Leader (42/2456)

Revelation 14:4-5
   The Followers of the Lamb (39/2324)

Revelation 14:12-13
   A Voice From Heaven (21/1219)

Revelation 14:14-20
   The Harvest and the Vintage (50/2910)

Revelation 15

 Revelation 15:3
   Israel in Egypt (3/136)

Revelation 16

 Revelation 16:9
   Judgments and No Repentance: Repentance and No Salvation (34/2054)

Revelation 19

 Revelation 19:7-8
   The Marriage of the Lamb (35/2096)

Revelation 19:9
   The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (41/2428)
   The True Sayings of God (55/3144)

Revelation 19:11-16
   The Rider on the White Horse and the Armies With Him (25/1452)

Revelation 19:12
   The Saviour’s Many Crowns (5/281)

Revelation 20

Revelation 20:4-6
   The First Resurrection (7/391)

Revelation 20:11
   An Awful Contrast (42/2473)  
   The Great White Throne (12/710)

Revelation 20:12   
   The First Resurrection (7/391)

Revelation 21

 Revelation 21:5  
   A New Creation (61/3467)
   Sermon for New Year’s Day (31/1816)

Revelation 21:6  
   Good News for Thirsty Souls (26/1549)

Revelation 21:23 
   The Lamb-The Light (10/583)

Revelation 21:27
   The Barrier (27/1590)

Revelation 22

 Revelation 22:2  
   Christ the Tree of Life (57/3251)
   Healing Leaves (21/1233)

Revelation 22:3 
   The Throne of God and of the Lamb (27/1576)

Revelation 22:4 

   The Heaven of Heaven (14/824)

Revelation 22:13 
   Alpha and Omega (9/546)

Revelation 22:17  
   Come and Welcome (5/279)
   The Double ’Come’ (27/1608)
   God’s Will and Man’s Will (8/442)
   The Oft-Repeated Invitation (46/2685)
   The Two ‘Comes’ (23/1331)

Revelation 22:21 
   Till We Meet Again (27/1628)

Revelation Expository Messages

Sermons on Revelation
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Revelation Expository Messages

Revelation Exposition

See Dr Walvoord's excellent summary on interpretation of prophecy

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. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)


Futuristic Interpretation.
All links below to transcripts
Click for index of all material on this series - includes audio, video, pdf with numerous excellent slides, transcripts

  1. It's All About Jesus (Revelation 1:1)
  2. A Forgotten Blessing (Revelation 1:1-4)
  3. The Main Thing (Revelation 1:4-8)
  4. The Day of the Lord (Revelation 1:9-16)
  5. Fear Not! (Revelation 1:17-20)
  6. The Death of Discernment (Revelation 2:1-3)
  7. Misplaced Priorities (Revelation 2:4-7)
  8. Reward Through Suffering (Revelation 2:8-11)
  9. The Consequence of Compromise (Revelation 2:12-17)
  10. Disregarding Divine Directions (Revelation 2:18-22)
  11. Asking for the Ancient Paths (Revelation 2:23-29)
  12. The Church of Incomplete Deeds (Revelation 3:1-4)
  13. Secure in Christ (Revelation 3:5-6)
  14. Qualifying the Called (Revelation 3:7-9)
  15. Kept from the Hour (Revelation 3:10)
  16. Our New Identity (Revelation 3:11-13)
  17. The Curse of Prosperity (Revelation 3:14-20)
  18. Christ’s Present Session (Revelation 3:21-22)
  19. Our Heavenly Destiny (Revelation 4:1-6)
  20. True Worship (Revelation 4:6-11)
  21. A Reason for Optimism (Revelation 5:1-7)
  22. The Right Response (Revelation 5:8-14)
  23. Our Deepest Longing (Revelation 6:1-8)
  24. God's Perfect Timing (Revelation 6:9-17)
  25. God's Faithfulness (Revelation 7:1-8)
  26. So Great a Salvation (Revelation 7:9-17)
  27. Creator and Judge (Revelation 8:1-13)
  28. The Reality of Demons (Revelation 9:1-12)
  29. The Sins God Hates (Revelation 9:13-21)
  30. A Bitter-Sweet Experience (Revelation 10:1-11)
  31. God’s Temple: Past, Present, Future (Revelation 11:1-2)
  32. Not By Might Nor Power (Revelation 11:3-8)
  33. The World’s Hatred for Righteousness (Revelation 11:9-13)
  34. Under New Management (Revelation 11:14-19)
  35. The Long Spiritual War Against God (Revelation 12:1-5)
  36. The Mystery of Antisemitism (Revelation 12:6-12)
  37. Why the World Hates Israel (Revelation 12:13-17)
  38. The Coming World Ruler (Revelation 13:1-3a)
  39. The Coming World Ruler, Part 2 (Revelation 13:3-5)
  40. The Coming World Ruler, Part 3 (Revelation 13:6-10)
  41. Test All Things (Revelation 13:11-15)
  42. The Coming Surveillance Society (Revelation 13:16-18)
  43. Three Essentials (Revelation 14:1-7)
  44. How Long is Forever? (Revelation 14:8-11)
  45. The Blessing of Death (Revelation 14:12-13)
  46. Ripe for Judgment (Revelation 14:14-20)
  47. Can God be Trusted? (Revelation 15:1-4)
  48. Glory and Power (Revelation 15:5-8)
  49. Divine Sarcasm (Revelation 16:1-9)
  50. They Did Not Repent (Revelation 16:10-16)  - transcript on this page - scroll down
  51. A Tale of Two Cities (Revelation 16:17-21)
  52. Babylon: The Bookends of History, Part 1 (Revelation 17-18)
  53. Babylon: The Bookends of History, Part 2 (Revelation 17-18)
  54. The Beautiful Side of Evil (Revelation 17:1-6)
  55. Clash of the Titans, Part 1 (Revelation 17:7-12)
  56. Clash of the Titans, Part 2 (Revelation 17:13-18)
  57. The Myth of Invincibility (Revelation 18:1-8)
  58. The Two Lasting Things (Revelation 18:9-19)
  59. Wavering Between Two Opinions (Revelation 18:20-24)
  60. A Party in Heaven (Revelation 19:1-6)
  61. Focus on Jesus (Revelation 19:7-10)
  62. The Main Event (Revelation 19:11-14)
  63. Two Invitations (Revelation 19:15-21)
  64. The Chain and Reign (Revelation 20:1-4)
  65. What is Wrong with Us? (Revelation 20:5-6)
  66. What is Wrong with Us (Part 2)? (Revelation 20:7-10)
  67. Jesus or Moses (Revelation 20:11-15)
  68. God’s Specialty (Revelation 21:1-3)
  69. There is a New World Coming (Revelation 21:4-8)
  70. God’s Two Great Programs (Revelation 21:9-17) - transcript on this page - scroll down
  71. The Valuable Becomes Common (Revelation 21:18-27)
  72. Identification Through Omission (Revelation 22:1-5)
  73. How to Be Blessed (Revelation 22:6-10)
  74. Today is the Day of Salvation (Revelation 22:11-17)
  75. The Bookends of History (Revelation 22:18-21)

The following are additional messages from Sugarland Bible Church related to eschatological topics. Most are from the lead pastor Dr Andy Woods, a staunch dispensationalist. While I may not agree with every "jot and tittle" of some of the messages, they are useful, as they generally approach the prophetic Scriptures from a futuristic framework. As always you are encouraged to be an Acts 17:11 Berean if you choose to listen to or watch these messages. 


  1. Revelation - part 1 (19 pages)
  2. Revelation - part 2 (27 pages)
  3. Revelation 1:7-8 (5 pages)
  4. Revelation 1:9-20 (8 pages)
  5. Revelation 2:1-7 (22 pages)
  6. Revelation 2:8-11 (14 pages)
  7. Revelation 2:12-17 (19 pages)
  8. Revelation 2:18-29 (25 pages)
  9. Revelation 3:1-6 (5 pages)
  10. Revelation 3:7-13 (20 pages)
  11. Revelation 3:14-22 (21 pages)
  12. Revelation 4:1 (22 pages)
  13. Revelation 5:1-14 (5 pages)
  14. Revelation 6:1-8 (19 pages)
  15. Revelation 6:9–11 (22 pages)
  16. Revelation 6:12-17 (17 pages)
  17. Revelation 7:1-8 (17 pages)
  18. Revelation 8:1-5 (13 pages)
  19. Revelation 8:6-13 (14 pages)
  20. Revelation 9:1-12 (18 pages)
  21. Revelation 9:13-21 (14 pages)
  22. Revelation 10:1-11 (16 pages)
  23. Revelation 11:1-14 (25 pages)
  24. Revelation 11:15-19 (20 pages)
  25. Revelation 12:1-6 (20 pages)
  26. Revelation 12:7-12 (22 pages)
  27. Revelation 12:13–17 (11 pages)
  28. Revelation 13:1–10 (26 pages)
  29. Revelation 13:11-18 (23 pages)
  30. Revelation 14:1-5 (22 pages)
  31. Revelation 14:6–11 (18 pages)
  32. Revelation 14:12-13 (27 pages)
  33. Revelation 16:1-8 (27 pages)
  34. Revelation 17:1-18 (24 pages)
  35. Revelation 18:1–24 (20 pages)
  36. Revelation. 19:1-10 (20 pages)
  37. Revelation 19:11-21 (36 pages)
  38. Revelation 20:11-15 (40 pages)
  39. Revelation 21:1-8 (18 pages)
  40. Revelation 22:9-22:5 (18 pages)

Peninsula Bible Church

16 Jun 2019 Thirsty Revelation 22:6-21 Grant, Scott Wake Up
09 Jun 2019 What Was Lost Is Returned Revelation 21:9-27, 22:1-5 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
02 Jun 2019 What We\'ve Always Wanted Revelation 21:1-8 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
26 May 2019 The Fight of Your Life Revelation 20:1-15 Grant, Scott Wake Up
19 May 2019 Two Different Dinners Revelation 19:1-21 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
12 May 2019 The Ghost Town of Evil Revelation 18:1-24 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
05 May 2019 The Prostitute and the Beast Revelation 17:1-18 Grant, Scott Wake Up
28 Apr 2019 The Breaker is Broken Revelation 15:1-8, 16:1-21 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
03 Mar 2019 The Valley of Decision Revelation 14:1-20 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
24 Feb 2019 Kingdom First Revelation 13:1-18 Grant, Scott Wake Up
10 Feb 2019 A Place in the Wilderness Revelation 12:1-17 Grant, Scott Wake Up
03 Feb 2019 Here For a Reason Revelation 11:1-19 Grant, Scott Wake Up
27 Jan 2019 Remember Your Calling Revelation 10:1-11 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
20 Jan 2019 Life Falls Apart Revelation 8:1-13, 9:1-21 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
13 Jan 2019 Suffering Servants Revelation 7:1-17 Grant, Scott Wake Up
06 Jan 2019 Four Riders Revelation 6:1-17 Grant, Scott Wake Up
16 Dec 2018 Between the Advents Revelation 21:1-5 Westman, Dan With
25 Nov 2018 Worthy To Redeem Revelation 5:1-14 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
18 Nov 2018 The Center of Power Revelation 4:1-11 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
11 Nov 2018 Laodicea: No Need For Christ Revelation 3:14-22 Louie, Jeff Wake Up
04 Nov 2018 Open Door Revelation 3:7-13 Grant, Scott Wake Up
28 Oct 2018 Wake Up To The Gospel Revelation 3:1-6 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
21 Oct 2018 The Morning Star Revelation 2:18-19 Grant, Scott Wake Up
14 Oct 2018 Compromised Identity Revelation 2:12-17 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
07 Oct 2018 Crown of Life Revelation 2:8-11 Grant, Scott Wake Up
30 Sep 2018 Abandoned Love Revelation 2:1-7 Taylor, Paul Wake Up
16 Sep 2018 Awestruck Revelation 1:9-20 Grant, Scott Wake Up
09 Sep 2018 The Missing String Revelation 1:1-8 Grant, Scott Wake Up
19 May 2013 The World Remade: Imagine Revelation Grant, Scott EPIC: The Astonishing Story of God & the World
07 May 2006 Yearning for Newness Revelation 21:1-8 Taylor, Paul Main Service
25 Dec 2004 The Songs of Heaven Revelation 4:1-11, 5:1-14 Zeisler, Steve Main Service
13 Apr 2003 A Worthy Goal Revelation 5:1-14 Hall, Danny Missions and Evangelism: Why are we here?
07 Oct 2001 Worthy is the Lamb Revelation 4:1-11, 5:1-14 Zeisler, Steve The Prayers of the Saints
19 Sep 1999 The God We Worship Revelation 4:1-11, 5:1-14 Goins, Doug The Now of Worship
04 Aug 1996 Laodicea: Love Jesus With All Your Heart Revelation 3:14-22 Ritchie, Ron Jesus, Lord of His Church
28 Jul 1996 Philadelphia: Doors Of Opportunity Revelation 3:7-13 Ritchie, Ron Jesus, Lord of His Church
21 Jul 1996 Sardis: Wake Up! Revelation 3:1-6 Ritchie, Ron Jesus, Lord of His Church
14 Jul 1996 Thyatira: Be Holy Revelation 2:18-29 Ritchie, Ron Jesus, Lord of His Church
07 Jul 1996 Smyrna And Pergamum: Remain Faithful Revelation 2:8-17 Ritchie, Ron Jesus, Lord of His Church
30 Jun 1996 Ephesus: Guard Your Love! Revelation 2:1-7 Ritchie, Ron Jesus, Lord of His Church
23 Jun 1996 Jesus: The Alpha And Omega Revelation 1:1-20 Ritchie, Ron Jesus, Lord of His Church
01 May 1994 Life Who Is, Was, And Is To Come Revelation 1:4-20 Ritchie, Ron He's Alive!
21 Jul 1985 The Investment Counselor Revelation 3:14-22 Zeisler, Steve Revelation 1-3
07 Jul 1985 Sleeping Sickness Revelation 3:1-6 Zeisler, Steve Revelation 1-3
30 Jun 1985 The Deep Things of Satan Revelation 2:18-29 Zeisler, Steve Revelation 1-3
23 Jun 1985 Mind Pollution Revelation 2:12-17 Zeisler, Steve Revelation 1-3
16 Jun 1985 The Hard Road To Life Revelation 2:8-11 Zeisler, Steve Revelation 1-3
31 Dec 1984 Golden Opportunity Revelation 3:7-13 Zeisler, Steve Revelation 1-3
31 Dec 1984 The Greatest Is Love Revelation 2:1-7 Zeisler, Steve Revelation 1-3
31 Dec 1984 Unveiled Majesty Revelation 1:1-20 Zeisler, Steve Revelation 1-3
31 Dec 1981 Who's Minding the Store Revelation 1:17-18 Stedman, Ray Main Service
15 Jul 1979 Do Not Be Afraid Revelation 1:1-20 Zeisler, Steve Theology in Pictures



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