Index and Information for Behold He Cometh - Rev. Herman Hoeksema

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Chapter Title and Chapter/Verse of the Book of Revelation Page No.
I. The Revelation Of Jesus Christ  (1: 1-3) 1
II. Salutation And Blessing  (1:4-8) 15
III. Christ In The Midst Of The Golden Candlesticks  (1:9-20) 31
IV. The Beginning Of Decline  (2:1-7) 45
V. The Church Strong in Tribulation (18-11) 65
VI. The Church Lax In Discipline (2:12-17) 81
VII. The Church With A Mystic Tendency  (2:18-29) 95
VIII. The Church About To Die  (3:1-6) 110
IX. The Church With The Promise Of An Open Door   (3:7-13) 124
X. The Church Nauseating To The Lord  (3:14-22) 137
XI. The Vision Of The Throne Of God   (4) 150
XII. The Vision Of The Sealed Book  (5) 164
XIII. The Four Horsemen (6: 1-8) 184
XIV. The Slain Witnesses And Their Outcry (6:9 -11)  218
XV. The Shake-up Of The Physical Universe  (6:12-17) 232
XVI. The Sealing Of The One Hundred Forty-Four Thousand  (7: 1-8) 247
XVll. The Numberless Throng  (7:9,13-17) 261
XVIII. The Song Of The Redeemed And Of The, Angels  (7:10-12) 274
XIX. The Presentation Of The Prayers Of The Saints (8:1-6) 286
XX. The First Four Trumpets  (8:7-12) 299
XXI. The Locusts Out Of The Abyss (9:1-12) 310
XXII. The Sixth Trumpet (9:13-21) 322
XXIII. An Interlude (10: 1-7) 334
XXIV. The Little Book (10: 8-11) 349
XXV, The Measuring Of The Temple (11: 1, 2) 361
XXVI. The Identity Of The Two Witnesses (11:3, 4) 374
XXVII. Witnessing, Slain, And Glorified (11:5-13) 385
XXVIII. The Blowing Of The Seventh Trumpet (11 14-19) 399
XXIX. The Two Signs In Heaven (12:1-6)  411
XXX. War In Heaven (12:7-12) 424
XXXl. The Conflict Between The Woman And The Dragon (12:13-17) 436
XXXII. The Power Of The Antichrist (13: 1 -10) 451
XXXIII. The Beast Out Of The Earth (13:11-18) 465
XXXIV. The Lamb On Mount Zion (14: 1-5) 477
XXXV. The Angels And The Voice (14:6-13) 490
XXXVI. The Harvest And The Vintage (14:14-20) 503
XXXVII. The Song Of Moses And Of The Lamb (15) 516
XXXVIII. The First Four Vials (16:1-9) 528
XXXIX. The Battle Of Armageddon (16:10-21) 540
XL. Babylon, The Bride Of Antichrist (17:1-6) 553
XLI. The Mystery Of The Beast (17:7-14) 565
XLII. The Judgment Of The Harlot (17:15-18) 578
XLIII. The Fall Of Babylon (18) 589
XLIV. The Voice Of Joy (19:1- 5) 602
XLV. The Marriage Of The Lamb (19:6-10) 612
XLVI. The Final Victory Of The Lamb Over Antichrist (19:11-21) 624
XLVII. The Binding Of Satan With A View To Gog And Magog (20: 1-10) 636
XLVIII. The Final Judgment (20:11-15) 658
XLIX. The Blessedness Of The New Jerusalem (21:1-4) 669
L. True And Faithful (21:5-8) 680
LI. The Holy City, New Jerusalem (21:9-27) 690
LII. The Paradise Of God (22: 1-5) 705
LIII. The Epilogue (22:6-21) 715

Editor's Preface

The following pages contain the deceased author's exposition of the Book of Revelation which first appeared serially in the magazine of which he was for many years the editor, The Standard Bearer. Tentative plans for publication had been made before the Lord took him to glory. In fact, the title of this volume is of the author's choosing. However, before final preparation of the contents could be completed, the author died. My father and I had consulted on some of the preparations for publishing. Besides, I fell heir to the vast amount of notes and sermon outlines on the Book of Revelation which he had amassed over the years of his long ministry. This made my task of editing much easier. My part in this volume has been mostly editorial. The only exception to this is a few chapters involving parts of Revelation 19-22 which the author himself would have rewritten. Due to various circumstances, as originally written, these chapters were very abbreviated and were not consistent with the others in length, style, and format. On the basis of my father's notes and sermon outlines, I have revised and expanded these few chapters in the hope that this would enhance the value of this commentary.

Herman Hoeksema (1886-1965)Perhaps a few biographical notes will not be out of place. The author loved to preach and to teach from the Book of Revelation, perhaps more than from any other book. Twice during his long service as pastor of a large congregation he preached through the entire book. The first series of sermons was shortly after World War I. The second series belonged to the era of World War II. The latter series I remember well from the days of my youth. Besides, more than once the author led his large adult Bible Class through a detailed study of parts or all of the Book of Revelation. His sermons, of which there were two complete sets totalling well over a hundred sermons, were characterized by lucid, simple, and yet thorough exposition; and they were delivered with a warmth and fervor which kept a large congregation at spellbound attention Sunday after Sunday. It is my hope that something of these virtues is reflected in this commentary, which, for the sake of both interest and clarity, was written in essay form, rather than in the form of a verse-by-verse explanation.

May the Lord so bless this effort and sanctify this explanation of the last book of Holy Writ to the hearts of the readers that we may look more earnestly for the coming of our Lord.

Homer C. Hoeksema

Copyright Information

Copyright © 1969 by the
Reformed Free Publishing Association
Box 2006, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501

Library of Congress Catalog No. 70-82449
ISBN 0-8254-2809-2 (Cloth)
ISBN 0-916206-28-9 (Paper)

First Edition         1969
Second Printing   1974
Third Printing       1980
First Paperback Edition 1986

Printed in the United States of America