To Hermon W. Wooten and his wife a dearly beloved Brother and Sister in
the Lord for their valuable assistance in typing the manuscript of this
To Joe D. Jones and his wife a dearly beloved Brother and Sister in the
Lord for their much needed and much appreciated financial assistance in
the matter of financing the printing of this book.
To any and all others who have encouraged me and have helped me in different
ways that this my feeble effort in the matter of teaching the wonderful
Book of Revelation might go forth to those who may desire it.
First of all to Him who gave us the wonderful Book of Revelation, and to
whom I have had to continually go to for help in the interpretation of
these precious Scriptures.
Then to my wife who has spent countless lonely hours through the years
while I have studied and written in the hope that her dear Lord and mine
might be glorified, and that some of His precious saints might be helped
at least to some extent along this pilgrim pathway.
Through the years, I have said, "The Bible was written by Baptists, about
Baptists, for Baptists, and to make Baptists."
It is with this thought in mind that Brother Cook has written this commentary
on the Book of Revelation, and all true Baptists, on reading this book,
will readily admit that he has done a good job in this respect.
It is such a good job he has done, that I predict his book will not be
a "best seller." However, when all religious irregularities, Biblical heresies,
and doctrinal untruths are swept into oblivion at the judgment bar of Christ,
this book with its teachings, will stand. In fact, it will stand the test
of Biblical criticism today, and, at the judgment bar of God, will stand
the test to which it shall be subjected then.
May God bless Brother Cook for his untiring efforts in the production of
this book and may God bless the many sound Baptists who buy and read it,
that it may make them even sounder.
He said unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for
the time is at hand"
is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and
keep those things which are written there in: for the time is at hand."(Revelation
How these two verses do refute the idea that is so prevalent among the
churches in the world today. People are being told that the book of Revelation
is a sealed book; that it is full of weird, mysterious sayings and symbols
that no one can understand. It is amazing to see the great number of church
members, some of them for half a century, who have never heard a sermon
preached on the great and profound truths found in this wonderful book.
And it is even more amazing to hear so many church members, even Baptists,
admit they have never read a chapter in this book. It causes heart-ache
when a mortal man writes something that he hopes will be a blessing to
some of our Lord's saints, and then finds that very few of them even read
it. That being true, how do you suppose our Lord feels when so many of
His own people refuse to read the only book in His Bible which He has given
us a written guarantee that it will be a blessing to us, and to which He
has actually affixed His own name, Revelation 22:16?
John is not the author of this book by any stretch of the imagination.
He is what the theologian calls an amanuensis, but you and I would probably
understand it better if we say he was our Lords secretary. The secretary
is not the author of the letter she types and mails. She merely types and
mails what the boss dictates. That was the case in the writing of the book
of Revelation. The boss, our precious Lord, dictated it to John; he in
turn wrote it down for us. Since that is true, do you not wonder why so
many of our Lord's people shy away from this book as if it were a rattle
snake with the small pox?
The best of us will have to admit that the old devil, not as such, but,
as an angel of light, influences our lives in so many ways. It is not that
we want it so, but he has a way of putting his arm about us so tenderly
that, unless we are very careful, we will think we are leaning on the everlasting
arm. Satan hates the Word of God wherever he finds it, but that which he
finds in Genesis and Revelation he hates with a passion. Several reasons
may be suggested for this. In Genesis we have the story of the creation
and the fall of man.
If he can get us to believe that we have evolved up from the lower creatures
which, in turn, have evolved up from some unknown source, that will leave
God out of the picture completely. And, if he can get us to believe that
we have been getting better and better all the time, that will do away
with the doctrine of the fall of man. If he can get us to believe those
two things, the curse placed upon him in Genesis 3:14-15. will be
nullified in our thinking. If there was no fall, there was no occasion
for the curse. So he goes to great lengths to get us to believe that Genesis
is just a book of myths and fables. Then, when it comes to Revelation,
he especially hates it be cause it has our Lord's name affixed to it. He
also hates this book with a great hatred because it not only sets forth
his own ruin and degradation, but it also tells of the utter destruction
of his precious religious system (mystery Babylon, alias, the Catholic
Church) by which he has deceived millions, yea even billions of people.
So he goes all out to get us to believe we cannot understand this book,
so why read it?
In our study of this book let us think of the Bible, God's precious Word,
as a great pyramid of truth with the five books of Moses as a great and
sure foundation. Upon this sure foundation we see the great historical
books. And resting upon them, we gaze with delight at the lovely poetical
books. Then upon these we see finishing out the Old Testament structure,
the wonderful prophetic books. And upon this marvelous and massive structure,
we see the New Testament books built up in perfect harmony and symmetry.
First, there come the four Gospels, and upon them rests the book of Acts.
Resting upon the book of Acts we see the precious Epistles. Then, the crowning
glory of the entire pyramid of truth, the wonderful book of Revelation,
the consummation of all prophecy shedding forth its glorious light upon
the rest of the pyramid. The book of Daniel was a sealed book until the
time of the end (Daniel 12:9). But when Revelation was written and
began to shed forth its light, we find the book of Daniel opening up like
the spring flowers in response to the warm sunshine.
Let us pray earnestly that our dear Lord may open up the precious Scriptures
to us and then give us seeing eyes, hearing ears, and understanding hearts
as we study the precious book of Revelation together.
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