When the Man Comes Around


A Brief Chapter-by-Chapter Commentary on the Book of Revelation by Douglas Wilson

"Though St. John the Evangelist saw many strange monsters in his vision, he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators." ~ G.K. Chesterton

The book of Revelation was written to do just that: reveal. But most commentaries nowadays either engage in bizarre speculations about the future, or they keep an embarrassed distance from all the apocalyptic events that the apostle John says will “shortly take place.”

In this commentary, Douglas Wilson provides a passage-by-passage walkthrough of the entire book, showing how John’s most notorious prophecies concern the Fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Explaining symbols and characters as he goes, Wilson shows from the text that not only is this book not an elaborate code, but that Revelation is not even ultimately concerned with the end of the world as we know it. Revelation is about the triumph of the Church, which always happens when the Man comes around.

From the Author's Introduction: There are four basic schools of thought when it comes to interpreting Revelation... Those four views are historicist, preterist, futurist, and spiritual. The outlook represented in this commentary is the preterist, but I was greatly encouraged by how much I learned from the text from representatives of all four views. While not sharing the final conclusions of the three other schools, it was a great blessing to still be learning from the same inspired text together.

Douglas Wilson has been pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho for forty years and is the author of more than fifty books including Empires of Dirt, A Primer on Worship and Reformation, and Heaven Misplaced. He blogs prolifically at dougwils.com and can also be heard weekly on The Plodcast. Doug and Nancy have three children and lots of grandchildren.

Paperback, 284 pages


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