This verse-by-verse commentary offers a text-focused and Christ-centered approach to the book of Revelation. Appropriate for personal study and as a college and seminary text, this volume provides both in-depth notes and lay-oriented exposition for use by scholars, students, pastors, and laypeople. An ever-increasing interest in the prophecies of the Apocalypse has resulted in deeper understandings which are introduced in this updated edition.
Ranko Stefanovic is professor of New Testament at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Andrews University and is a well-loved teacher, popular speaker, and author of scholarly articles.
?This commentary provides the reader with a careful study of the text that lays bare its powerful connections of Revelation to the Old and New Testaments and to the historical context of its first audience. No reader will come away from the book empty handed but will gain fresh insight into the message and theology of the book and a renewed sense of faith and hope in the Jesus of Revelation.?
Felix Cortez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament Studies
University of Montemorelos
?In his commentary on the book of Revelation, Ranko Stefanovic has provided a scholarly study of one of the most intriguing books of the Bible. His command of the biblical languages and his vast knowledge of Scripture are evident throughout the book. Of particular interest is his historicist approach in the interpretation of Revelation and his desire to show how events in history and prophecies are interrelated. Students of the Bible will find his commentary a valuable source of information and insights.?
Denis Fortin, Ph.D., Dean, Professor of Theology
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University
?This exposition of John?s Apocalypse in its second edition offers a serious effort to present a responsible exegesis of John?s language in connection with that of the Old Testament prophets. This approach recommends itself to all who are searching for John?s own intentions with his visions. All can benefit from this careful approach to the book of Revelation.?
Hans K. LaRondelle, Th.D., Professor Emeritus of Theology, Andrews University
?A must-read glimpse of the significance of Jesus Christ and His Cross for the church in the world through the entire Christian history. In this revised edition, Stefanovic adds to his widely-regarded original work enriching perspectives that anchor Revelation?s prophetic character squarely in Christian history as the arena in which the struggle between Christ and Satan both unfolds and climaxes. His readable passage-by-passage commentary will long offer theological and spiritual resources for any serious student of Scripture?s last book that speaks so clearly to our day.?
Larry Lichtenwalter, Ph.D., Senior Pastor
Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, Berrien Springs, Michigan
Adjunct professor, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University
?Ranko Stefanovic has provided us a comprehensive and up-to-date commentary on the Revelation of John from a historicist perspective. In this second revised edition that perspective becomes more focused and better articulated. All those interested in apocalyptic literature should take advantage of the helpful content of this new edition.?
Alberto R. Timm, Ph.D., Rector of the Latin-American Adventist Theological Seminary
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Prologue: Revelation 1:1?8
The Messages to the Seven Churches
Overview: Revelation 1:9?3:22
Jesus among the Lampstands: Revelation 1:9?20
Christ?s Messages to the Churches: Revelation 2?3:22
The Opening of the Sealed Scroll
Overview: Revelation 4?5
The Heavenly Throne Vision: Revelation 4:1?11
The Sealed Scroll: Revelation 5:1?14
Overview: Revelation 6
The Opening of the Seven Seals: Revelation 6:1?17; 8:1
The Sealed Saints and the Great Multitude: Revelation 7:1?17
Overview: Revelation 8?9
The First Six Trumpet Plagues: Revelation 8:2?9:21
The Open Little Scroll: Revelation 10:1?11
The Two Witnesses: Revelation 11:1?14
The Third Woe: The Seventh Trumpet: Revelation 11:15?19
The Contents of the Seven-Sealed Scroll
Overview: Revelation 12?22:5
The Dragon and the Woman: Revelation 12:1?17
The Two Beasts: Revelation 13:1?18
God?s Final Message to the World: Revelation 14:1?20
Overview: Revelation 15?18
The Seven Last Plagues: Revelation 15?16:21
Prostitute Babylon and the Resurrected Beast: Revelation 17:1?18
The Judgment of Babylon: Revelation 18:1?24
The Two Suppers: Revelation 19:1?21
The Millennium and the Final Judgment: Revelation 20:1?15
The Restored Earth: Revelation 21?22:5
The Epilogue: Revelation 22:6?21
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Scripture References
Index of Extrabiblical Literature