Postmillennial Commentaries on Revelation

Commentaries on Revelation that reflect the theology of postmillennialism are listed below.

Postmillennialism in Christian eschatology, i.e. the study of the future, is the belief that the Church will gradually inaugurate the 1,000-year period described in Revelation 20:1-10, after which Jesus Christ will physically return to the earth.

In Christian theology, postmillennialism is often contrasted with amillennialism and premillennialism. Postmillennialism had a rich tradition within certain American social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The commentary list below is intended to be a helpful guide, not necessarily the final word.

Expert reviews of these commentaries, as well as information about the intended audience, can be found on the page Best Commentaries on Revelation, which lists volumes from a variety of theological perspectives.

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Revelation Commentaries from the Perspective of Postmillennialism

The Book of Revelation (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Robert H. Mounce

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From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.” See more about the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.

The Message From Patmos by David Scott Clark 978-1331847410

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About the author: “Clark (1859-1938) was Pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church, and Instructor in the Philadelphia School for Christian Workers of the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches.”

Other Resources on Postmillennialism

The Millennium by Lorainne Boettner

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From the publisher: “Written from the viewpoint of post-millennialism, this work provides a critical analysis of the three positions in eschatology: pre-millennialism, a-millennialism and post-millennialism.”

Christ’s Victorious Kingdom by John Jefferson Davis

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From the publisher: “John Jefferson Davis is Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1975.”

An Eschatology of Victory by J. Marcellus Kik

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From the publisher: “An exposition of Matthew 24 and Revelation 20 with a discussion of the history of the Reformed position on eschatology.”

The Puritan Hope by Iain Murray

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From the publisher: In ‘The Puritan Hope’, the author, employing both exposition of Scripture and much historical and biographical material, sets out the case for believing that it is not orthodox to indulge in gloom over the prospect for Christianity in the world.”

Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope by Keith A. Mathison

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From the publisher: “The promises of the gospel offer hope of a brighter future for the families and nations of the earth. Mathison’s an optimistic eschatology supported by biblical, historical, and theological considerations.”

He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr.

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From the publisher: “In this book you will find the whole biblical rationale for the postmillennial hope, from its incipient beginning in Genesis to its glorious conclusion in Revelation. Your faith will be re-invigorated as you begin to recognize that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16) and that our Lord Jesus really meant it when he commanded us to go and make disciples of all the nations (Matt 28:19).”

Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr.

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From the publisher: “Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation” is a doctoral dissertation seeking to demonstrate that Revelation was written prior to the destruction of the Jewish Temple in AD 70 and that it was prophesying that event.

It proves this early date for Revelation by providing both internal evidence from within Revelation and external evidence from Church history and tradition. It provides much exposition of the text of Revelation. A large part of the argument deals with the identity of the beast (666) as Nero Caesar, the first imperial persecutor of the Church.”

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