COMMENTARY ON REVELATION, by Henry Barclay Swete; Kregel Publications, 1977; 338 pp., $12.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) There are not many good commentaries on the book of Revelation, so this volume is a welcome addition to one’s library. The author lived in the 19th Century, served as a pastor in an Anglican church and became professor, of pastoral theology at King’s College, London in 1882.
“For so spoke Jehovah unto me in the being strong of the hand (of God impelling me) and dissuaded (disciplined) me from going in the way of this people, saying, ‘Do not call conspiracy (treason) everything which this people shall call conspiracy (treason), and its fear fear ye not, nor be awed (by their line). Jehovah Tsebhaoth himself sanctify ye, as He (is) your fear, and He your terror” (v. 11-13).
We began in our last article to discuss the important scriptural theme of the FEAR OF GOD. We showed how prevalent this theme is in the scriptures. We called attention to the fact that almost all true sense of the fear of God is gone from the modern Christianity we see around us. We emphasized that this is in no small measure due to the many current heretical notions of who and what God is. The God of modem day Christendom is not a God to be feared.
We have reached that point in time when we once more see the passing of the Old Year and the ushering in of the New Year. Tradition dictates that this is the time for revelry and merrymaking. This is when one “turns a new leaf” in order that he may now live much better, having set aside all his bad habits. The world does this, of course, apart from the fear of the Lord. The believing child of God does not make all kinds of foolish New Year’s resolutions which he knows he is not going to keep anyway.
The Clarion is “The Canadian Reformed Magazine.” For those of our readers who may be unacquainted with the church situation in Canada, the Canadian Reformed Churches are the Canadian form of the so-called Liberated Churches (Reformed Churches maintaining Article 31 of the Church Order) in the Netherlands. Sometimes they are identified as the Schilder group. (I do not like such a name, even as I do not like our denomination to be called the Hoeksema group.) After the Liberation in the Netherlands, which was precipitated by the unjust discipline of Dr. K.
Ques. 19. Whence knowest thou this? Ans. From the holy gospel, which God himself first revealed in Paradise; and afterwards published by the patriarchs and prophets, and represented by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law; and lastly has fulfilled it by his only begotten Son. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 4