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REVIEW OF REVELATION IN THE REFORMED EXPOSITORY SERIES

06/25/2018

REVIEW OF REVELATION (Reformed Expository Series) by Richard Phillips; P & R Publications; 2017; 755 pages

Dr. Phillips is Senior Pastor of 2nd Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC and Chairman Of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. He is Series Editor of the Reformed Expository Series and a noted author and conference speaker.

This is a great expository commentary by a seasoned preacher/theologian on one of the most abused books of the Bible. I say abused because every crackpot speaker and author has tried his/her hand at explaining the message of this book. Many interpretations would be comical if they were not so mistreating the Bible. The imaginative foolishness of the dispensational LEFT BEHIND SERIES, aping the earlier movie, THIEF IN THE NIGHT, with its ‘any moment ’rapture prophetical stance, has left many Christians confused, others disgusted and some wanting to right off Revelation as a means of God’s revelation to mankind. As of 6-26-18, AMAZON has over 100 pages of books about Revelation. Not books about Revelation but pages of books about Revelation. Do we really need one more?

Richard Phillips is no sensationalist; he is setting no prophetic timetable. He is not basing a parachurch ministry or publishing empire upon his novel interpretation. What he is doing is using the accepted hermeneutical tools of Bible interpretation and showing the reader what and why. If the preacher or student of Revelation wants solid content and not fluff, if
they want a biblical focus married to historical and cultural insights, this is the commentary for you. Pastor Phillips does not have a ‘party spirit’ where he only reads the works of men with whom he always agrees. In the Introduction he notes that he received encouragement and delight in reading premillennial and post-millenial authors. The bibliography at the end
of the book has over 200 entries that will whet the appetite of the pastor who wants to study and teach this book.

Do you want to understand the basic outline of Revelation? Do you want to be able to turn to its pages again and again for instruction, comfort and exhortation? Then read this commentary. Read it aloud to your spouse; read it aloud to your growing children. Show them the time-tested skill of reading edifying books aloud can be a real blessing to the whole family. Read it for your personal devotions. Read it with a sandwich at lunch. It will keep you on track and edified as you do.

Here is a brief outline from the TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PART 1—CHRIST AMONG THE LAMPSTANDS (Letters to the 7 Churches of Asia Minor)

PART 2—THE THRONE OF GOD AND THE SEVEN SEALS

PART 3—THE SEVEN TRUMPETS AS WARNINGS OF JUDGMENT

PART 4—THE SYMBOLIC HISTORIES

PART 5—THE SEVEN BOWLS OF GOD’S WRATH

PART 6—THE FINAL JUDGMENT AND VICTORY AT CHRIST’S RETURN

PART 7—THE GREAT CONSUMATION AND ETERNAL GLORY

Buy this exposition, read these sermons and be encouraged to love and trust the Lamb more!

Steve Martin (31 years a pastor in Atlanta)
Dean of Students; IRBS Theological Seminary in Texas

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