I would not recommend John F. Walvoord’s commentary on Revelation. I was provided a copy of the book in a special pre-release directly from the publisher for review purposes. If interested, hardback copies can be ordered for under $20 at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Revelation-John-Walvoord-Prophecy-Commentaries/dp/0802473121/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333753958&sr=8-1) or directly from Moody at http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=63016.
Like their commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians, I felt as if this scholar was far too often searching the text for prophetic insight in regards to the second coming of Christ rather than in honestly approaching the text for the original context and allowing the content to speak for itself. The focus is too often on how God will end the world rather than on how he is making something new. When we read Revelation this way, we look past the challenges to churches and the beautiful passages on heavenly worship.
That being said, I appreciate the clear and concise description of the seven churches:
* Ephesus as the orthodox but lost-love church
* Smyrna as the suffering church
* Pergamum as the compromising church
* Thyatria as the tolerant and permissive church
* Sardis as the dead church
* Philadelphia as the faithful church
* Laodicea as the lukewarm and useless church
So which church are you? If John was given a vision as it relates to the faith community that you are a part of, what would be revealed about you? How might we respond as his church in the age that we find ourselves?
In conclusion, I believe there are better commentaries on this book. What are some of your favorites?
Official Book Description: The book of Revelation has long fascinated and even confused readers and students of the Bible alike. Yet, the Bible is made to be understood and Revelation is no exception. Who better to help you understand the seals, trumpets, vials, woes, and plagues than John F. Walvoord, one of evangelicalism’s most prominent leaders, and Mark Hitchcock, today’s leading Bible prophecy expert?
In this first in a renewed series of commentaries from Dr. Walvoord, he points out that much of the book’s symbolism can be interpreted literally. At key points different views and approaches to interpretation are explored. Walvoord devotes special attention to textual and doctrinal issues while avoiding technical language. Refined, updated with the English Standard Version (ESV), and streamlined, this classic text is set to help you interpret the last book of the Bible and gain a better grasp of current trends and the climax of history!
Official Author Biography: JOHN F. WALVOORD (A.B., D.D., Wheaton College; A.M., Texas Christian University; Th.B., Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary), former president of Dallas Theological Seminary and editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, America’s oldest theological quarterly, was recognized as one of the leading evangelical theologians in America and an authority on systematic theology and eschatology. His academic background and extensive travel in the Middle East made him unusually capable of preparing theological and eschatological studies. He authored numerous books on theology and biblical prophecy, including The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ Our Lord, and Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation.
PHIL RAWLEY is a former Moody Publishers textbook editor, one of the founding editors and writers for Today in the Word, and a free-lance writer living in Rockwall, Texas. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (B.A., 70) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 80). Phil and his wife Sarah have two children and a grandson.
MARK HITCHCOCK graduated from law school in 1984 and worked for a judge at the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for four years. After a clear call to full-time ministry, Mark attended Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating in 1991. Since that time he has served as senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. He completed his Ph.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary in 2005 and serves as an adjunct faculty member at DTS in the Bible Exposition Department. He has authored over twenty books related to end time Bible prophecy. Mark and his wife Cheryl live in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have two sons, Justin and Samuel.