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Dispensationalism Eschatalogy (Endtimes) Revelation
Hampton Keathley

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About J. Hampton Keathley III
J. Hampton Keathley III is a 1966 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a former pastor of 28 years. Hampton currently writes for the Biblical Studies Foundation and on occasion teaches New Testament Greek at Moody Northwest (an extension of Moody Bible Institute) in Spokane, Washington.

Copyright © 1997 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. and the authors. All rights reserved. (See below for full copyright information).

About Studies in Revelation
This is the best, most clearly written, modern commentary on Revelation at BibleSupport.com. Keathley wrote this material with two introductory chapters and 7 appendices to help those who may not be that familiar with Bible prophecy. Keathley leaves no question unanswered as he ties Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Matthew together in a dispensational view of the end-times.

In the introduction, Keathley asks that you please check your pride at the door as he debunks the fanciful view of Revelation as allegory or parabolic fiction, as some would argue. He also disposes of the "a loving God wouldn't judge the earth...would He?" crowd along with the other popular reasoning to "get around" Revelation. I like that Keathley is realistic--he speaks of a rapture, but admits the pre-tribulation rapture is a circumstantial case. Keathley also discusses some of my favorite topics, like the rebirth of Israel in 1948 and the technology that will enable the Antichrist and company to deploy the mark of the beast and the system of end-time control. Keathley makes as good of a case for this point of view that you find anywhere. I largely agree with most everything in this commentary and was pleased to be able to offer it for e-Sword, since we have such few modern viewpoints on Revelation.

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This commentary is provided in Topics and Commentary format. The Topics file contains graphics (e-Sword 10 only), while the Commentary file does not. If you download the Commentary file, be sure to read the Book Comments for the introductory material and appendices. Several fonts are required to display the Greek properly, although I believe the fonts come with Windows. The self-installing exe files will automatically install the fonts for you. If you download the zip file, you will need to install the fonts yourself.

All Scripture is God breathed and therefore profitable. Every book in the Bible is important, but the book of Revelation, as the last book of the Bible, provides us with the consummation and climax of God’s revelation. It is the terminus for all the great truths found in the rest of Scripture, many of which have their beginning in Genesis. It is God’s final word to man. This in itself makes this book tremendously significant. But the most important element of the book is that it is a special revelation of Jesus Christ Himself anticipating the glory of His second coming and His final victory over the forces of darkness and evil so prominent in the world today. Introduced in verse one, He is the major theme of the Book.

Another reason for the importance of this book is brought out by Ryrie who points out, "Revelation is primarily significant because it is a book about ‘things which must shortly come to pass.’ Many of these things we would not know if the book of Revelation were not in the Bible. It is the only major prophetic book in the New Testament." [Note: Charles C. Ryrie, Revelation, Moody Press: Chicago, 1968, p. 7.]

There are many excellent commentaries written on Revelation, but, in keeping with the purpose of the Biblical Studies Foundation, these studies are offered to especially help those who do not have access to these books for whatever reason. Having taught Revelation several times over the years, the studies that follow are the product of my teaching ministry as a pastor seeking to minister the Word of God to our people.

As mentioned in some of my other studies on our web page, I do not offer them as a final word on this wonderful book, nor do I claim a lot of original ideas. I simply share basically what I have learned not only from my own studies, but from others who have ministered to me personally in seminary, or through many good commentaries and theological works. I offer these for your own study and progress in knowing and communicating God’s Word and hope you will find them of benefit in that regard.

For those who may not be familiar with some of the prophetic terms used in this series, a Glossary is provided in Appendix 7.

Lesson 1: Foundations for the Study of Prophecy
Lesson 2: The Introduction Proper
Lesson 3: The Prologue (Rev_1:1-8)
Lesson 4: The Things Past (Rev_1:9-20)
Lesson 5: The Message to Ephesus (Rev_2:1-7)
Lesson 6: The Message to Smyrna (Rev_2:8-11)
Lesson 7: The Message to Pergamum (Rev_2:12-17)
Lesson 8: The Message to Thyatira (Rev_2:18-29)
Lesson 9: The Message to Sardis (Rev_3:1-6)
Lesson 10: The Message to Philadelphia (Rev_3:7-13)
Lesson 11: The Message to Laodicea (Rev_3:14-22)
Lesson 12: Introduction to the Things Predictive (Rev 4-22)
Lesson 13: The Seven Sealed Book and the Lion Who was Also a Lamb (Rev_5:1-14)
Lesson 14: The Six Seals (Rev_6:1-17)
Lesson 15: The Redeemed of the Tribulation (Rev_7:1-17)
Lesson 16: The First Four Trumpet Judgments (Rev_8:1-13)
Lesson 17: The Fifth and Sixth Trumpets, and First Two Woes (Rev_9:1-20)
Lesson 18: The Angel and the Little Book (10:1-11)
Lesson 19: The Temple, the Two Witnesses, and the Seventh Trumpet (Rev_11:1-19)
Lesson 20: The Angelic Conflict (Rev_12:1-17)
Lesson 21: The Beast and the False Prophet (Rev_13:1-18)
Lesson 22: Special Announcements (Rev_14:1-20)
Lesson 23: Prelude to the Seven Last Plagues (Rev_15:1-8)
Lesson 24: The Bowl Judgments (Rev_16:1-21)
Lesson 25: Babylon as Seen in Scripture: An Introduction to Chapters 17-18
Lesson 26: The Judgment of Religious Babylon (Rev_17:1-18)
Lesson 27: Destruction of Commercial Babylon (Rev_18:1-24)
Lesson 28: The Second Coming of Christ (Rev_19:1-21)
Lesson 29: The Reign of Christ and the Great White Throne (Rev_20:1-15)
Lesson 30: The Eternal State (Rev_21:1-27; Rev_22:1-5)
Lesson 31: The Epilogue (Rev_22:6-21)
Appendix 1: Support for Imminency
Appendix 2: The Nature of the Divine Blessings of Grace and Peace
Appendix 3: Who Are the Overcomers?
Appendix 4: Seven Subtle Snares of Worldliness
Appendix 5: The Doctrine of the Tribulation
Appendix 6: The Book of Life
Appendix 7: Glossary of Prophetical Terms

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This is the best commentary on Revelation that I have used and I have used dozens.... I have been fascinated by the book of Revelation since I became a Christian 15 years ago.
the technology that will enable the Antichrist and company to deploy the mark of the beast and the system of end-time control....

While I agree the mark of the beast might come about from some technological application, it is dangerous to go beyond the text and claim that it must, since doing so leaves us open to eisegesis and make us miss what God is really trying to convey to us through the text.

"and make..."

That should be "and might make..."

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