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Preface

The Lord Jesus was not hesitant in talking about events prior to, during, and following the last days. To insure that His bondmen knew what would take place during this time He sent an angel to the disciple John to show and make known those things which must shortly come to pass. Johns description of what he was shown is recorded in the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation gives us Gods final written word on the questions raised when He confronted Adam and Eve after the fall, in Genesis 3:9-19: who is the seed of the woman that will bruise thy head (be victorious over Satan), and how will the victory be won? Although Jesus bruised Satans head and triumphed over him through His death and resurrection (Col. 2:15), the book of Revelation describes how Christ will crush Satan in the final victory, and cleanse the earth in preparation for His earthly rule during the millennium. The introduction to the book of Revelation in the John A. Dickson King James Version (KJV) of the Bible says: . . the book of Genesis gives the creation story, and at the beginning the first promise of the worlds Savior, so Revelation at the close of the Bible announces the end of the present order, and sets forth the glory and majesty of Christ in his second coming. He first came in humiliation, the second time He will come in exaltation. When asked privately by the disciples in Matthew 24:3, when the temple would be destroyed 1

and what would be the sign of His (second) coming and the end of the world, Jesus answered with what has come to be known as the Olivet discourse, documented in Matthew 24-25 (Mr. 13:3-37, Lu. 21:7-36). Jesus words on the Mount of Olives, and in the book of Revelation, describe what is surely one of the most perplexing and portentous periods in the history, or future, of mankind. If the words of the prophecies described in the Olivet discourse and the book of Revelation are heard and understood then His servants will be able to keep those things which are written therein and receive the blessing promised in Revelation 1:3. Many of the prophecies of Daniel also provide information as to the timing and significance of end-time events. These prophecies must be conjoined to those revealed to John and recorded in the book of Revelation, as well as those spoken by Jesus on the Mount of Olives, if we are to grasp any meaningful understanding of the last days. Other Old Testament (OT) prophets have also provided illuminating (and sometimes confusing) descriptions of end-times events, and they must be considered, as well. This is the goal of this commentary: to provide an analysis of the timing and significance of these cataclysmic events that can be understood by a typical layperson. Primary resource materials include the KJV of the bible published by John A. Dickson publishing Company; Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible; the Interlinear Greek-English New Testaments by George Ricker Berry and Jay P. Green, Sr.; the Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testament by John R. Kohnlenberger III; lexicons by Brown-Driver-Briggs, William L. Holli2

day, and Harold K. Moulton; and the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament by R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr., and Bruce K. Waltke. I have also made reference to Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words and Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament. These resources have been used to help in interpreting the key words and phrases used in certain passages of scripture. Most New Testament (NT) scriptural references are from the KJV of the Bible, although the Greek New Testament (GNT) interpretation is given for particular verses when it is considered to be important for understanding. Old Testament references are from the KJV, the New International Version (NIV), and some are from the Hebrew-English OT. When references to biblical passages other than from the KJV are quoted, the version is cited. This commentary was written by a layman, who is not a Hebrew or Greek scholar. This humbling task was undertaken with oft-repeated prayers for guidance in the interpretations given. I can only hope that I have been a faithful scribe in dealing with Gods precious word.