Premillennial Commentaries on Revelation

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

Premillennialism in Christian eschatology, i.e. the study of the future, is the belief that Jesus Christ will physically return to the earth at the end of the Church age yet prior to the 1,000-year period described in Revelation 20:1-10, which is interpreted literally.

In Christian theology, premillennialism is often contrasted with amillennialism and postmillennialism.

Premillennialism is found in many evangelical Christian traditions and is a core tenant of certain denominations such as Assemblies of God.

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 Premillennialism

Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Grant R. Osborne

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From the Publisher: “The chief concern of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is to provide, within the framework of informed evangelical thought, commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness.

We hope thereby to attract the interest of a fairly wide audience, from the scholar who is looking for a thoughtful and independent examination of the text to the motivated lay Christian who craves a solid but accessible exposition.” 

See more about the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.

A Commentary on the Revelation of John by George Eldon Ladd

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From the publisher: “A scholarly and comprehensive exposition of Revelation written in the language of the layperson. The verse-by-verse commentary is preceded by a brief discussion of authorship, date, setting, structure, and various methods of interpretation as well as by an analytical outline of the book.”

Revelation (New International Version Application Commentary) by Craig S. Keener

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From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context.

The series not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance. These are commentaries, not popular expositions.

They are works of reference, not devotional literature.”

See more about the NIV Application Commentary series.

Revelation 1-7, 8-22 (Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary) by Robert L. Thomas

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From the publisher: “Written especially for the informed layman, student, and scholar, this commentary seeks to clear the air.

The book is interpreted according to a historical and grammatical hermeneutic and propounds a conservative, evangelical theology, but the reader will not get a narrow view on areas of disagreement.

This commentary interacts with a range of major views, both evangelical and nonevangelical.

It reaffirms the basic framework of eschatology espoused by ancient Christianity, but with added help from centuries of maturing thought and doctrinal progress in the Body of Christ.”

Revelation (New American Commentary) by Paige Patterson

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From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.” 

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Revelation (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition) by Alan F. Johnson

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From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors… its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible… the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical….” 

See more about the Expositor’s Bible Commentary series, original and revised.

Other Resources on Premillennialism

Revelation (The John Walvoord Prophecy Commentaries) by John Walvoord, Phillip E. Rawley, and Mark Hitchcock

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From the publisher: “In this first in a renewed series of commentaries from Dr. Walvoord, he points out that much of the book’s symbolism can be interpreted literally.

At key points, different views and approaches to interpretation are explored. Walvoord devotes special attention to textual and doctrinal issues while avoiding technical language.

Refined, updated with the English Standard Version (ESV), and streamlined, this classic text is set to help you interpret the last book of the Bible and gain a better grasp of current trends and the climax of history!”

Revelation (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) by Ben Witherington III

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From the publisher: “The NCBC aims to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide range of intellectually curious individuals…[volumes] do not assume the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or an impressive command of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek…”

Other Resources on Premillennialism

Things to Come by J. Dwight Pentecost

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From the publisher: “In this massive, highly successful book, Dr. Pentecost has synthesized the whole field of prophecy into a unified biblical doctrine, a systematic and complete biblical eschatology.

With nearly a quarter of a million copies sold, Things to Come has earned its place in the library of the pastor, the scholar, and the seminarian or Bible institute student.

In addition, it offers a comprehensive and accessible study for anyone interested in the important subject of biblical prophecy.”

Every Prophecy of the Bible 3rd ed. by John F. Walvoord

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From the publisher: “Every Prophecy of the Bible brings clear answers to more than 1,000 key prophecies, backed with solid Scriptural evidence.

As people watch world events unfold, biblical prophecy becomes a subject of intense interest. Noted biblical scholar Dr. John F. Walvoord covers each prophecy from Genesis through Revelation, giving detailed insight into the many prophecies that have been fulfilled, as well as those that are still to come.

By placing each event into historical context, the author gives insight about how the past, present and future fit together into an amazing, divine design.

An excellent reference guide for those seeking answers, this comprehensive book reassures readers that God’s master plan is to be trusted and that the Bible is an accurate source of hope for all Christian believers.”

The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days by Mark Hitchcock

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From the publisher: “The end times have seen a great amount of interest within the last two decades, but there hasn’t been a comprehensive overview of biblical prophecy and eschatology for more than five decades.

Mark Hitchcock’s book is that comprehensive resource for the twenty-first century The End will do for eschatology what Randy Alcorn’s Heaven did for people’s understanding of heaven.

It will provide a solid biblical foundation for Christians to explore the essential truths around this topic―the end of the world.”

Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy by Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice

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From the publisher: “Bestselling author Tim LaHaye and prophecy expert Thomas Ice teamed up to produce a visual resource unmatched by anything available in the Christian book marketplace!

The result of decades of careful research and Bible study, the charts and well-written explanatory text provide a fascinating picture of the times ahead.”

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Revelation commentaries for pastors

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