Literature on the "end times" is big business these days, and authors are earning huge profits on their sensationalized novels based on premillennial, dispensational, and other fanciful interpretations of the book of Revelation.
By contrast, books proclaiming the sober Reformed, ammillennial view are few indeed. Though not a fictionalized account, Behold, He Cometh is a gripping exposition because its explanation of the text at last sheds light on a book of the Bible that has been considered one of the most perplexing in all of Scripture.
The author, Herman Hoeksema (1886-1965), was for most of his ministerial career, not only pastor of a large Protestant Reformed Church, but also seminary professor, editor of the Standard Bearer magazine, popular lecturer, and writer of many influential Reformed books.
The fifty-three chapters in this work represent what Hoeksema actually preached in a series of sermons that one of his parishioners reported were "characterized by lucid, simple, and yet thorough exposition and...delivered with a warmth and fervor which kept a large congregation at spellbound attention Sunday after Sunday."
The genius of this work is the way it explains this highly symbolic book of the New Testament. The author had the intellect to grapple with difficult passages and the ability to communicate so that the ordinary person could comprehend his message. Using sound principles of hermeneutics, Rev. Hoeksema showed whether key passages in Revelation should be take literally or figuratively, which is where so many other commentators have failed.
Hoeksema stressed that the last days will bring the ultimate glory to God. As for the book of Revelation, the author amply proved how it is meants to bring comfort to the church.
Comprehensive subject and Scripture indexes are included in this edition, and every subhead is now listed under the chapter headings in the table of contents. These helps add to the value of this timeless work, first published in 1969 and still in demand!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love it! This book is over 700 pages, so I just read a bit every morning, but every morning I am encouraged and learn something new I am just finishing the letters to the churches, which I had expected to be boring, but I have enjoyed how Hoeksema explains the commendations and rebukes; I had never really understood the significance of receiving a white rock (Juries had a black rock and a white rock - the white rock signified innocence). I never quite understood what was meant by the promise of being a pillar in the temple - but Hoeksema says that the temple is the body of Christ and a pillar is firm and unmovable. I never realized how important church discipline is before reading this (rebuke about Jezebel and those who are weak in doctrine) and never realized how the true church is often small and not impressive if we view with human eyes, but the church that pleases Christ is relying on the Lord to provide open doors for witnessing and needs His Grace to endure.
Great commentary with the amill view. Written with a pastors heart and a theologians mind. It is a very good and easy read with common language.
Comprehensive evaluation of the Book of Revelation. exegetically sound with practical spiritual insights that help to bring home the salient theological concepts in the verses. Great book for group Bible study
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