Blum, Edwin, ed., Revelation, Shepherd’s Notes, Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999
Comment: Shepherd’s notes are conservative in theology and give a solid foundation for understanding the book. This was one of the primary sources for the class.
Duck, Daymond R., Richards, Larry, ed., Prophecies of the Bible—God’s Word for the Biblically Inept, Lancaster PA: Starburst Publishers, 2000
Comment: This is actually a good resource but caution is in order because the writer intersperses commentary of trustworthy Bible teachers along with others who promote false doctrine.
Hanegraaff, Hank, The Apocalypse Code, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007
Comment: Hank Hanegraaff hosts the Bible Answer Man Radio Show. He is a preterist and this book provides a comprehensive defense of this position. At times he slips into some logical fallacies and tends to ridicule other positions.
Jeremiah, David, What In The World Is Going On? 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford To Ignore, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008
Comment: A good book. Compares current events to prophecy. Seems to be mostly a take off on Walvoord’s book, Oil, Armageddon, and The Middle East Crisis.
Klien, William W., Blomberg, Craig L., Hubbard Robert L. Jr., Ecklebarger, Kermit A., ed., Introduction To Biblical Interpretation, Dallas: Word Publishing, 1993
Comment: Terrific book on how to interpret the Bible. It is an academic book and not an easy read.
Lewis, Gordon R., Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook, 9th Edition, Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 1978
Comment: A challenging book that requires the reader to explore various alternatives, search the Bible, and reach their own conclusions about various doctrinal issues. There is a companion book out called Judge for Yourself on current social issues.
Miller, Stephen, ed., Daniel, Shepherd’s Notes, Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998
Milne, Bruce, Know The Truth A Handbook of Christian Belief, Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 1982
Comment: A Bible doctrine book. Not a dispensational point of view but does try to present the main ideas of various views. Seems like the author leans toward the idea that the Kingdom is present now.
Ryrie, Charles C., A Survey of Bible Doctrine, Chicago: Moody Press, 1972
Comment: Ryrie is a dispensational teacher and this book reflect that view point on future things. He explains the other viewpoints fairly I think.
Ryrie, Charles C., Dispensationalism Today, Chicago: Moody Press, 1965
Comment: Presents the dispensational case. It is a counterpoint to the Apocalypse Code
even though it was written long before Hanegraaff wrote his book.
Revelation, Life Change Series, Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1989
Comment: This was another primary resource for the class. A difficult fill in the blank type book but has very good commentary on historical background and culture.
Sproul, R.C., Essential Truths Of The Cristian Faith, Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1992
Comment: Basic Bible doctrine from a reformed point of view. Definitely not dispensational, used this in class once.
Swindoll, Charles R., God’s Masterwork, Volume Five: 2 Thessalonians-Revelation, Bible Study Guide, Anaheim: Insight for Living, 1998
Swindoll, Charles R. and Walvoord John F., ’Til His Kingdom Comes: Living In The Last Days, Issues and Answers Collection, Anaheim: Insight for Living, 2007
Comment: Used this in class because it has great charts.
Swindoll, Charles R., Letters to Churches: Timeless Lessons for the Body of Christ, Bible Study Guide, Anaheim: Insight for Living, 1998
Tenney, Merrill C., Interpreting Revelation A Reasonable Guide to Understanding the Last Book in the Bible, 3rd edition, Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003
Comment: Tries to give a fair review of all the interpretive schemes for the Book of Revelation. Thinks the futurist viewpoint is probably most correct.
Tenney, Merrill C., New Testament Survey, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1961
Swindoll, Charles R., Walvoord, John F., Pentecost, Dwight J., The Road To Armageddon, Nashville, Word Publishing, 1999
Walvoord, John F., Armageddon, Oil, And The Middle East Crisis, Revised Edition, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990
Comment: Great book and lots of charts. The earlier edition had better charts. Another good resource for the class.
Walvoord, John F., Major Bible Prophecies 37 Crucial Prophecies That Affect You Today, Revised Edition, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991
I actually referred to all of these books in my study for the class. Sadly, most of the information contained in them could not make it to class and sometimes events conspired to prevent me from using some of the things I wanted to bring. I hope that you have come away from the class with sense that this difficult book can be understood and that you have a handle on the main message. There is always more to learn so I am providing this list of sources in hopes that it will serve as a starting point in your journey to learn more.
In my study, I have leaned mostly on the work of Ryrie and Walvoord and I like the premillennial dispensationalist view.
I appreciate the faithfulness of all of you in persevering to the end. Each of you added to our class. I hope you keep on growing and studying Revelation.