I just started browsing through Douglas F. Kelly’s new expository commentary on Revelation from Christian Focus Publications’ Mentor imprint and have been impressed by his succinct and to the point writing style. Here’s a bit that I particularly liked in the introduction:
“Revelation Shows Who is in Charge
What we see behind the curtain is Jesus Christ, Lord of history, Sovereign God in control of all events in heaven and on earth. Revelation lets us see Jesus in charge and where he is leading all things that are happening. We received a fund raising letter from Charles Colson’s organization and on the envelope was this question that somebody had asked Chuck Colson: ‘Where was your God on September 11th?’ Revelation has an answer for that. Our God was and is in sovereign control of everything in heaven and on earth, the seas, the sky, the land, including Satan and his evil minions. That is where God was, the same place he was when he told John the meaning of life and history, the same place he is now as he pulls back the thin curtains separating our physical sight from the spiritual meaning of events.
Revelation or the Apocalypse is the last book in the Bible. There is a certain finality to it. These are God’s last words to his church until we see Jesus coming with the Saints and the Angels.”
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