Heidelcast 158: As It Was In The Days Of Noah (5): The Revelation

These episodes were meant to be an introduction to Christian eschatology so that we can consider 1 and 2 Peter but it has turned into a mini-series of its own and in this episode we’re looking that the Revelation given to the Apostle John, on Patmos, around A.D. 93. It has sometimes been said by critics that the Reformed have not paid sufficient attention to the book of the Revelation. The implication seems to be that if only we paid more attention to the Revelation we would see that the Lord has two peoples, an earthly people and a spiritual people, that the Lord really does intend to establish an earthly millennial kingdom and the he really will re-establish the temple and the sacrifices. In fact, Reformed theologians and pastors have been reading, preaching from, and commenting on the Revelation for a very long time. In fact we are still reading, preaching through, and commenting on the Revelation but, because Premillennial Dispensationalism has become so deeply entrenched in the Evangelical imagination as the only way to read the Revelation and because our approach to the Revelation has not been built around the re-establishment of Israel in 1948 or allegorical interpretations of the book involving helicopters and Russia, many evangelicals do know about the Reformed, amillennial alternative but it exists. This episode is a beginners guide to reading the Revelation the way Reformed Amillennialists do.


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General eschatology

  • Hill, Charles E. Regnum Caelorum : Patterns of Future Hope in Early Christianity. Oxford Early Christian Studies. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992.
  • Riddelbarger, Kim. A Case for Amillennialism
  • Riddelbarger, Kim. The Man of Sin: Uncovering the Truth About the Antichrist
  • Venema, Cornelis.  The Promise of the Future (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2000).
  • Quistorp, Heinrich. Calvin’s Doctrine of the Last Things. Richmond: John Knox Press, 1955.

amillennial commentaries on the revelation

  • Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation (New International Greek New Testament Comnmentary).
  • Beale, G. K. Revelation : A Shorter Commentary. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015.
  • Colin J. Hemer, The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia in their Local Setting (Biblical Resource Series).
  • Hendriksen, William. More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker’s Book Store, 1940.
  • Johnson, Dennis. Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation
  • Kistemaker, Simon J. Exposition of the Book of Revelation. New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2001.
  • Wilcock, Michael. The Message of Revelation : I Saw Heaven Opened. 2nd ed. The Bible Speaks Today. Inter-Varsity Press, 1991.

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One comment

  1. Reformed theology has cleared so many things up for me. I cannot begin to tell you how insecure I was in my salvation and the how afraid I was of being left behind. I am 39 now, was 20 around my conversion, and it wasn’t until this year I actually dove into reformed theology. I feel like I understand the gospel now, and all the little bits of bible truths I have learned through the years finally clicks. God is so good! I just wish I had found reformed theology years ago.

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