Posted by Alison Lopez-Ramirez on 13th Aug 2020
Scott Burgess has crafted one of the more intriguing commentaries on Revelation’s Old Testament counterpart. Scores of readers will appreciate The Stand: Jesus in the Book of Daniel for its educational and devotional value. It not only aids in deciphering mysteries and symbols but also encourages and promotes complete dedication to our Lord and Savior.
The author, by and large, embraces and upholds the traditional Adventist methodology and approach to interpretation. With that said, he also introduces some unique ideas. He highlights some fascinating linguistic and conceptual connections with other portions of Scripture that perhaps many of us have not identified before. Those who pore over this tome will reach different points of agreement and disagreement, but at least the majority will acknowledge Burgess’ skillful manner of provoking prayerful thought and contemplation.
What makes any book like this truly worthwhile is the presence of Christ. Burgess stresses the ubiquity of His manifestation throughout the book—as the One who rules the universe, past, present, and future; and as the One who empowers His people to withstand the fiercest opposition for the sake of faithfulness to Him and His commandments. Jesus offers the same empowerment to us, especially as imminent events parallel what the four Hebrews experienced. This 2,500-plus-year-old document speaks to us today.
Scott Burgess was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist April 1, 2006. He has been on fire to serve the Lord and share the end time message with people ever since. He is married to Karen, and God has blessed them with 3 beautiful children: Elijah Matthew, Faith Eve, and Dinah Ruth. Their names are symbolic: all who receive the Elijah message as the gift of Yahweh, exercising a living faith therein, will experience vindication during the end time judgment, having developed the steadfastness of Ruth.
From 2008–2011, the author was privileged to be sent to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan by the Carolina Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. His love of the biblical languages developed there while preparing for pastoral ministry. Since then, he has taught a variety of courses including Daniel, Revelation, and the biblical languages at Ouachita Hills College, a Seventh-day Adventist institution in Amity, Arkansas that prepares students for full-time service for the Lord.