We have dealt with “Introduction To The Scroll Of Revelation,” and “Overview Of The Scroll Of Revelation.” In Introduction To The Scroll Of Revelation, we dealt with the terminology and phraseology of The Scroll Of Revelation. If you were on this platform when we dealt with this series, I would counsel you to refresh your memory by browsing through it again. I did that last night, and it was very refreshing particularly if you tough it all out by reading through at a stretch. If you are new on this platform and not conversant with The Scroll Of Revelation, please by all means study it. Link: https://mtzionheritage.com/introduction-to-the-scroll-of-revelation/.
In the series on the Overview Of The Scroll Of Revelation, we dealt with the “Panorama” of The Scroll Of Revelation which is a broad overview of the Scroll Of Revelation, a bird’s eye view, if you would like. We grouped the chapters of the Scroll Of Revelation in such a way as to understand the chronology of the narrative of the Scroll Of Revelation based on the eschatological timeline derivable from the Scroll Of The Prophet Daniel, Christ’s Olivet Discourse in Matt.24,25, and the Scroll Of Revelation itself. If you were present on this platform when we dealt with the Overview Of the Scroll Of Revelation, you are at an advantage as we advance into the comments on the chapters of the scroll of Revelation. For a review of the Overview Of The Scroll Of Revelation, you do not need to browse through it all at once because it a bit extensive and unnecessary. You can review the overview of chapter one before reading through the comments on chapter one of the Scroll Of Revelation, and so on and so forth. Link: https://mtzionheritage.com/overview-of-the-scroll-of-revelation/. If you have read through the introduction to the scroll of Revelation and overview on chapter one of the scroll of Revelation, you are now ready for comments on chapter one of the scroll of Revelation.
Let me make it very clear that what we present here is not a “commentary on the scroll of Revelation. A good commentary on any book of the Bible will begin with extensive bibliography. It will then be followed by grammatical analyses of the text in its original language(s), whether Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Next will be the author’s own translation of the chapter in question into the language of the commentary which would be English in our own context and settings. This would require that the author read, and write, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. This will be followed by a detailed discourse of form/structure/setting. Then will be the authors outline of the chapter in question. Next will be comments on the text. A section will deal with central interpretive issues in the text, and finally excursus and explanations. Excursus means taking key issue(s) in the text, for example: evil, good, righteousness, salvation, judgment, justice, deluge, gods, demons, idolatry, Satan, crucifixion, nephilim, love, marriage, angels, etc., and giving detailed discussions on it or them as the case may be.
This sort of scholarship will result in a tome that will be intimidating and daunting to even the educated believer who is not a theologian or a biblical scholar. In this regard, the best commentary available today will be The Word Commentary on the Bible in 66 volumes. The section on the Scroll Of Revelation is done by Dr. David E. Aoune, a professor of New Testament at Loyola University in Chicago, USA. It fills three tomes. It is the best of biblical scholarship. Yours truly has read through it all. But I must sound a note of warning here: I did not understand the Scroll Of Revelation by reading these tomes. A lot of is buried in scholarly parlance peculiar to biblical scholarship and what I call scholarly madness. They are of little or no value to the average believer because he neither understands nor can he apply them to his own life. I came to an understanding of the Scroll Of Revelation by understanding the eschatological timeline and applying it to the Scroll Of Revelation.
Comments on the Scroll Of Revelation is simply what it is, comments. It is designed to help the average believer to understand the Scroll Of Revelation and its applicability and relevance to one’s own life, especially those of us who live at the edge of history, called End Times.
I shall give us a couple of days to review “Introduction To The Scroll Of Revelation,” and chapter one of “Overview Of The Scroll Of Revelation, and then, we can start with chapter one on “Comments On The Scroll Of Revelation. Have a wonderful day. Shalom! Maranatha.