Bewes, Richard. The Lamb Wins: A Guided Tour Through the Book of Revelation. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2000. 156pp. $12.99.


It is unfortunate but likely true that Revelation has been transformed into more nonsensical silliness and impractical fantasy than all the other books of the Bible combined.  I own more commentaries on Revelation than any other book of the Bible.  I even began a study through the entire Bible in 2009 and then stopped once I got to the book of Revelation because despite taking an exegesis course on it in seminary I still wasn’t sure what to do with it.  The task of showing it to be both practical and applicable seemed daunting.  Now there are several commentaries I would recommend to anyone in our church but so far my favorite has been The Lamb Wins: A Guided Tour Through the Book of Revelation by Richard Bewes.

In the foreword Michael Baughen writes, “so often, when we come to the Book of Revelation, we meet branded, over-confident and over-detailed views that make us want to get up and move to another book!”  Rather than such a book he continues to explain that Bewes demonstrates how Revelation “is concerned with the living church on the streets of Bermondsey, Bangkok or Baltimore – with the Church in action and not cooped up in a theological retreat house.  If the Bible is the book for today’s Church (and it is), then the Book of Revelation should be a book for today’s Church (and it is)” (7).

Bewes writes, “You can get too clever with the book of Revelation.  The vision was intended to comfort and prepare us, not to test our ingenuity” (115).  I am thankful that he does not demonstrate his cleverness here.  At just shy of one hundred and sixty pages I cannot think of such a simple, straightforward, and practical explanation of what seems to be the most confusing book in Scripture.  I encourage you to read this