Ray's Reviews > Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary

Revelation by Steve Gregg
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Jan 18, 08

Read in January, 1997

This is a tremendously helpful tool. It gives balanced commentary in parallel columns from four viewpoints. Most '4 views' books on the book of Revelation compare and contrast dispensational premil., histoirc premil, amil and postmil views. Gregg sees these 4 categories as a helpful 'x-axis' on eschatology. But the 'y-axis' is formed by 4 other categories. If predeictive prophecy is seen as a hourglass from the vantage point of the early 21st century: there is 1. preterist (hourglass full on bottom, empty on top), 2. futurist (full on top, empty on bottom); 3. historicist (half on top, half bottom), and 4. spiritual (full on top and bottom!).

SOme combinations are impossible (dispensational premil is always futurist; postmil is never futurist). SO there are 12 boxes possible. For example, the Reformers were historicist and amil. Augustine: spiritual and amil. Kuyper: futurist and amil. 7th Day Adventists: historicist and historic premil. Tim LaHaye: futurist and dispensational premil. etc. etc.

The book looks at that less commonly understood 'y-axis' at least for the bulk of Revelation: chapters 3-19.

Beefy, well-packaged and balanced (i never determined the author's personal view!).
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