Theonomy and the dating of revelation
It thoroughly uses scripture to interpret itself, is balanced, is hermenuetically on target, has an easy to discern outline, is brief, is easily consulted, answers all the major questions, and generally gets one in the right ballpark.While this commentary is excellent and highly recommended, do be aware that Steele was the fountain-head of the ‘Steelites’ who have extreme and dangerous views of ecclesiology and covenanting.Introduction & Views The Best Commentaries 17 General & Unclassified Commentaries 3 On Revelation Generally 6 Early Church 5 Medieval Church 4 Chs.2-3: The Seven Letters 11 Revelation in Poetry 1 Authenticity of 2The main thing to be kept in view in reading this dark, but important book of Scripture, is to be sensitive to the many spiritual truths contained in it (readily apparent to any and all who read the book, whatever interpretative paradigm one may take of the whole) and to keep these commandments insofar as we are able to understand them, until Christ comes again.“[Most of] The prophecies contained in the Apocalypse were fulfilled with the destruction of the Jerusalem and the fall of heathen Rome.This is a paraphrase of the Book of Revelation, starting at chapter 6, according to E. It in no way duplicates material contained in the writer’s Letters to the Seven Churches.The chief value of this set lies in the historical data and interesting Greek word studies.
He was a historicist premillennial (as was Charles Spurgeon who has commended it). This is a handy way of quickly seeing how Elliott interprets the book without digging through his 4 volumes.“Volume I is devoted entirely to chapters 1-5, and provides an extensive study of the seven letters to the churches of Asia.
Steele only mentions such views in a few isolated sentences in the book.
This should not detract from the value of the book.
His work is based on an earlier compilation entitled Critic Sacri, containing the concentrated light of a constellation of learned men who have never been excelled in any age or country.’ – Spurgeon This is the most in depth defense of the early dating of the authorship of the book of Revelation to the late A. 60’s, as opposed to the more common later dating in the A. As thorough as Gentry’s scholarship is, his tightly argued case is not above critique.
Elliott (1793-1875) wrote here the most exhaustive historicist defense and exposition of the Book of Revelation, building upon all the commentators before him.