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The Final Prophecy of Jesus: An Introduction, Analysis and Commentary on the Book of Revelation [Paperback]

Oral Edmond Collins

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1 Jun 2007
Description: This commentary is the first major work on the book of Revelation in many years that expounds the historicist interpretation. The historicist school of interpretation was the dominant approach from Reformation times through most of the nineteenth century. The reasons for the current disaffection are too complex to address in a few words, but it is the author's conviction that from the standpoint of sound principles of biblical hermeneutics, the historicist inerpretation is still the most creditable approach for an accurate understanding of this, the last book of the Bible and the final prophecy of Jesus. Endorsements: Professor Collins has crafted a masterful yet readable contribution to New Testament scholarship. His faithful historicist view resonates with that of the original reformation theologians and specifies events in unfolding world history for corroboration. As the ideal introduction for the uninitiated or an exhaustive compendium for the defender of the historicist perspective, this volume is the definitive reference on the historicist interpretation of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. --Sidney T. Bradley, Executive and Academic Dean, Professor of Pastoral Counseling and Psychology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary You've been waiting for this thorough, interesting and readable book! For Christians confused by the popular blending of prophecy with clever fiction, Professor Collins offers a better way. In dialogue with the most knowledgeable commentators on the book of Revelation, he clarifies the book's message and points to its fulfilment in the actual events of world history. In the process he demonstrates the continuing value of the Protestant Reformer's approach to the Bible's predictions. This long overdue book will take its place as the best contemporary presentation of the historicist approach to interpreting the prophecy of Scripture. And I commend it to you for its exciting and informative challenge. --David A. Dean, Professor Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary ""Dr. Collins has done well in writing a commentary on Revelation from the historicist perspective. The historical approach was well represented in the 19th century, but not now. Therefore, this commentary is a welcome and necessary addition in the 21st century. Personally I have learned much from reading this work and I am thankful for the labors the author devoted to this project."" --Simon Kistemaker, ThD, Professor of New Testament Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. ""The Historicist School of interpretation once dominated the realm of Revelation scholarship. Eclipsed now by the Preterist and Futurist models, historicism has become nearly forgotten, a turn of events much to be regretted. ""Professor Collins has brought to fruition a work that ends the long drought of scholarly literature from this perspective. The Final Prophecy of Jesus represents the very finest historical, exegetical, and interpretive method in addressing the message of the Apocalypse. Whether or not one agrees with his conclusions, there can be no doubt that his exhaustive treatment is destined to become the standard work on the subject within the historicist tradition."" --Eugene H. Merrill, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary. ""Oral Collins draws from decades of study, reflection and teaching to produce the first major commentary on Revelation in nearly a century from the time-honored historicist position. In arguing his case, he combines careful analysis of the relevant intertestamental and Roman sources, insightful exegesis of the biblical texts, broad examination of the history of scholarship, and pastoral sensitivity to application for life today. By restating the historical approach, Collins compels a new generation of students to look again at Revelation and at Jesus Christ, who is revealed in it. --Daniel J. Estes, Ph. D., Distinquished Professo

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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must-Have" for Every Teacher and Serious Student of Revelation! 5 July 2007
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I've been waiting for this book with eager anticipation! And it doesn't disappoint! Dr. Collins has produced a commentary that will be used by generations to come--after other contemporary commentaries on Revelation have long been forgotten. This book is scholarly, clear in meaning, relevant, and, above all, faithful to the message of the Lord written down by John. Dr. Collins approaches the text in the tradition of the Reformers carefully exegeting the original language while taking into account the genre and other literary considerations. His historical insights and depth of research are profound. With a B.D. from Gordon Conwell Seminary, an M.A. and a PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, Collins writes with authority and conviction. Most of all, Jesus Christ is exalted and glorified in the interpretation and application of the text of John's Revelation from cover to cover in this book. If you want your pastor to be able to preach with conviction and confidence on the book of Revelation, buy him a copy of "The Final Prophecy of Jesus." If you are a serious student of Scripture, a pastor, Bible teacher or biblical scholar, you can't afford to ignore this book. If you are weary of dispensational conjecture, amillennial ambiguity, and "pan"-trib apathy, look no further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Collins opens your mind to Revelations 2 May 2010
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DR Collins continues his long contribution to bibical scholarship. This is a must read for gaining a overview and clear understanding of Revelations.
Being based in Middle East I have special appreciation for this book.Thanks to Oral.
David Printy, Abu Dhabi,UAE
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not What It Claims to Be.... 1 Jan 2008
By LoneServant - Published on Amazon.com
I am very familiar with the historicist view of Biblical prophecy, and this book is DEFINITELY NOT from that school. Historicism, from the time of the Reformation forward, has clearly identified Rome and it's offspring as anti-Christ, I am up to page 285 in this book (circa Rev. 12:(7-17)..) and I have read very little about this topic, only briefly, in passing. Can all the Reformers have been so wrong all these many years?? The founders of this country were products of the Reformation, were they wrong also?? I don't think so. What really struck me was the footnote on page 285 (#21). When commenting on Rev. 12:(17b) "..those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus", Mr. Collins indicates that he rejects the 4th commandment as being valid. If Mr. Collins rejects the 4th commandment, and we know from the book of James to reject one commandment is to reject all of them, then what standard is he using to determine a nominal Christian from a sincere one?? Major assumptions made earlier in the book immediately come into question, who or what is Christ's church in history if it can't be identified with obedience to their Lord?? Without the standard of code of conduct for all believers throughout the ages, then any explanation of the book of Revelation becomes merely arbitrary. This book seems more like a futurist interpretation of prophecy, explained in a pseudo historicist approach.
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