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Overview Unlike premillennial theologians who predict only modest church growth before Christ's return, postmillennialists expect the Spirit-blessed gospel to have overwhelming success in bringing the world to Christ. Why this difference? Discover the theological basis for Mathison's optimistic end-times forecast in this balanced, insightful, and thought-provoking volume. Recommended by R.C. Sproul!
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1999
Publisher P & R Publishing
ISBN 0875523897 ISBN13 9780875523897
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More About Keith A. Mathison & Mathison
Mathison received a B.A. in Christianity and political science from Houston Baptist University and then studied at Dallas Theological Seminary for two years before completing his M.A. in theological studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He earned a PhD in Christian thought from Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is director of curriculum development for Ligonier Ministries.
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Excellent introduction to Christian optimism Feb 13, 2008
Keith Mathison is introducing the case for what is technically known as "Postmillennialism" but which, despite the name, is not to do with the vagaries of Revelation 20, but rather with the expetation of a long-haul, sustained, God-glorifying growth of His Kingdom before His Son returns to judge the living and the dead. The defining features of Postmil thought aren't to do with a timetable of the end times, but an expectation of the eventual victory of the Kingdom of God and the blessing that will be to the whole world, so that "God gave his son to save the world" ends up meaning "the world" and not "a few people in the world."
The book covers a lot of ground in a relatively short space, and yet reads superbly, as Mathison puts things simply and clearly. This does mean that there is more to be said, but as a convincing introduction, this is the book to read.
He covers questions of hermeneutics and of church history, before moving on to examine the OT and the NT in various chapters. The chapter on the Psalms is worth the price of the book and leaves you wanting to praise God out loud in song. He moves on to discuss the theological issues involved in eschatology, considering the inadequacy of Premil and Amil thought. Finally, he answers the most common objections to Postmillennialism, both exegetical and theological. He sets up the objections fairly and answers them well. As ever, there is sometimes more to be said in a book this length, especially on specifically persecutional suffering, but he does a grand job.
Along the way, preterism is introduced and explained well too, which is a big help and saves having to have two books introducing tightly-related subjects.
Three appendices cover the 70 weeks of Daniel, the difficulty of understanding the Thessalonian correspondence (under any eschatological proposal) and to unmask self-styled "full-preterism."
All told, wonderfully written, edifying and heart-warming.
The Kingdom of God has come May 8, 2005
Until I undertook a study of Eschatology this past year, I was a Pre-Millennialist with a leaning towards a pre-trib rapture. However, this book presents a compelling case for Post-Millennialism. Mathison does a survey of the subject from Genesis through Revelation as well as a history of the church's view on the subject.
Mathison provides solid Biblical exegesis for his assertion of a post-millennial return of Christ. He deals with difficult passages and objections. If someone is wanting to understand post-Millennialism, this book is an outstanding resource.
Personally, I do not know if post-millennialism is right or not. But, I would rather live my life with the positive view of the expansion of the Kingdom of God in this world as opposed to the negative view of this world as held by Pre-Millennialists.
Poor job at refuting premillennialism Apr 23, 2005
This book does fair job of laying out the case for Postmillennialism. I thought that the weakest part of the book was that it did not do a good job of convincing a Premillennialist like myself why he should "convert." Only four pages are given to refuting the Premillennial position and it was clear that the author does not understand the Premillennial position very well.
For example, he states several times that Premillennialism is built on one passage in Revelation 20. He states "...premillennialism relies almost entirely on a single passage of Scripture." And again, "And if this particular interpretation of Revelation 20 falls, then Premillennialism falls because it has no other possible scriptural basis." The problem here is that he ignores the fact that premillennialism is based on many, many OT and NT passages. Almost the entire scope of prophecy in the OT is concerned with the millennial hopes of Israel. For example, Zechariah chapters 12-14 give explicit details concerning the second coming and the millennium yet the author fails even to mention one single time this passage. This is a serious oversight. He has a page where he addresses the book of Zechariah but stops at chapter 9 without addressing the rest of the book where the case for Premillennialism is very strong. I can't help but think that he avoided it on purpose because it hurts the theology that he is trying to defend.
Another serious shortcoming is in the chapter dedicated to the book of Revelation. In this section he references each chapter of Revelation and gives a Postmillennial view. When he gets to chapter 12 (the woman with the sun, moon, and twelve stars who gives birth to the Messiah) he essentially dismisses the entire chapter by saying "The chapter is filled with symbolic language, but most of it either is explained or is understandable when parallel passages are examined." He then proceeds to reference a passage that is not parallel at all instead of referencing the truly parallel passage in Genesis 37:9 which clearly shows the woman to be Israel, not the church. Jesus gave birth to the church, not the church to Jesus; whereas, Israel gave birth to Jesus. Of course to admit this would be devastating to a postmillennial, partial preterist position.
Other weaknesses include the dating of the book of Revelation, and the alternate explanation of Daniel's seventy weeks when compared to the dispensational view. He even makes assertions about the dispensational view that are obviously wrong for any reader who is familiar with the passage.
The author then seems to rely heavily on one passage for his postmillennialism (a problem that he wrongly accuses Premillennialism of). Over and over he brings up 1 Corinthians 15:23-25. Verse 24 says "and then comes the end" after talking about Christ's coming. The implication is that the end occurs "immediately" after Christ's coming and so postmillennialism is true. The problem is that Paul identifies 3 stages (Christ's resurrection, the believer's resurrection, and then "the end") without any timeframe between them. Since more than 2,000 years have transpired between the first two stages, why should we assume that the third stage should occur immediately after the second instead of 1,000 years later? But, he seems to build his case for postmillennialism on this premise. Of course he fails to mention this, hoping the reader will follow along without thinking about it too hard.
I recommend that anyone seriously considering a millennial view read this book, but then compare it with "Footsteps of the Messiah" by Fruchtenbaum which lays out a far more convincing verse by verse comparison of the same passages from a Premillennial view.
I give it three stars for addressing the case for Postmillennialism (which for me is a rather weak case). I don't give it more stars for failing to address the critical passages mentioned above.
FOR THEIR MANY WORDS May 4, 2004
For some years now there has been a serious need for a Biblical attempt at a refutation of a true, scriptural teaching that has been gaining adherents among the theologically reforming.
This is not it!
That teaching, commonly known as Preterism, proclaims that the Final Advent has been completely misunderstood by 99.9% of ALL theologians over the past 2000 years. We show from scripture that it is to be totally identified with the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, and hence there is NO future (we would say "third") coming of Christ.
Although advocates of this view enlist the names of men like Spurgeon, John Owen, and Philip Mauro into their ranks, the fact is, there are many more Bible scholars and theologians that have advocated the doctrines of Preterism as they are currently propagated. And for GOOD reason: this teaching spells the end of Pharisaical, unbiblical Christianity. This is one reason why Hypo-Preterism is in a doctrinal decay, with new eisegesis, ever more bizarre teachings, and heretofore unknown "discoveries" from the pages of Scripture.
Dr. Keith Mathison and Dr. Ken Gentry are to be condemned for their efforts at dividing Christians in order to keep their jobs as Pharisees and HIGH Priests of the obsolete Old Covenant.
Some of the finest Bible scholars and theologians in today's Reforming churches show quite clearly the serious problems with unorthodox Hypo-Preterism. Potential buyers should not be swayed by scurrilous attacks on the book and its authors by the Hypo-Preterists who have posted insulting and condescending reviews. They don't want you to read this book...which is all the more reason that you should. And so should they!
Beware the Creedalism May 2, 2004
THEIR DOOM AND GLOOM CONTINUES
The Hyper-Creedalists and their false gospel continue. Mr. Mathison makes the unscriptural claim that if the time statement is not there then it is not near. One wonders if he has read the bible-specifically Ezekiel 12:25 "For I the LORD will speak, and whatever word I speak will be performed. It will no longer be delayed, for in your days, O rebellious house, I will speak the word and perform it," declares the Lord GOD.
In Mr. Mathison's books " Postmillennialism " and " The Shape of Sola Scriptura ", he shows himself not to be a defender of the gospel as taught in scripture at all, but rather a pseudo-intellectual needing a remedial course in logic.
Mr. Mathison and his ilk (Gentry, Sandlin, Crisler, West, North, Sproul Jr., Seraiah, Hill, Pratt, Adams, Wilson, Jones, Strimple, Riddlebarger and all the other self-appointed defenders of their revisionist view of orthodoxy) are Creedalists pushing their Creedalism- not bible believing Christians contending for the faith that " was once for all " entrusted to the saints- as they want you to believe! In what follows, these claims will be supported.
In appendix three of his book "Postmillennialism" you find "A Brief Critique of Full Preterism" where he accuses preterists of attacking the creeds, not distinguishing between ecumenical creeds and denominational confessions and seriously misunderstanding the Reformation doctrine of sola Scriptura. Mathison claims biblical interpretation "necessarily sinks into the sea of subjectivity" if creedal orthodoxy is not maintained as a boundary. He quotes Mr. Sandlin from his paper Hymenaeus Resurrected, "Sola Scriptura means that the Bible in the context of Christian orthodoxy is the sole, ultimate touchstone for faith and practice." Really? Notice the complete absence of subjectivity and vicious circularity in that quote, all us hypers should become hypo-preterists immediately-DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200.00!-NOT!! Mr. Mathison and ilk-GET THEE TO A LOGIC CLASS!!!
One should not miss the arrogance in Mathison's reply to a recent preterist post -not that arrogance is completely absent here ("Answer the fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit") - and the ad hominem approach taken by the aforementioned writers. About this book Mathison writes, "The project is a critique of hyper-preterism (not preterism)...." as if they are the only ones that correctly use the term. He further states about the author of the article, that he raises, "...some questions that adherents of biblical Christianity cannot answer...." No sir, Mr. Mathison, only adherents of Creedalism cannot answer the questions. Mr. West writes that preterists are full of satanic pride. Gentry says preterists are all unemployed but have internet access (Golly, I wonder how we pay for it, Mr. Gentry?) When informing his "flock" about Walt Hibbert's alleged mis-interpretation of Jesus pronouncement in Luke 21:22 that when Jerusalem was surrounded by armies it was for the fulfillment, "...of all that was written....", Gentry said "all does not mean all" and, "...when you answer one preterist fly all the other preterist flies come to his funeral.
The reports of our death are greatly exaggerated!!!