Slain on Every Side iiix3

Vespasian had also sent both Antonius and Silo, with two thousand archers, and had given it them in charge to seize upon the mountain that was over-against the city, 11 and repel those that were upon the wall which archers did as they were commanded, and prevented those that attempted to assist them that way and now Titus 12 made his own horse march first against the enemy, as did the others with a great noise after him, and extended themselves upon the plain as wide as the enemy who...

Animals in the Garden

In Eden, before the Fall, there was no death (Rem. 5 12). Animals were not wild, and Adam was able to name (i.e., classify) the animals without fear (Gen. 2 19-20). But man's rebellion resulted in terrible changes throughout the world. The nature of animals was altered, so that they became a threat to the peace and safety of man. The dominion over them that Adam had exercised was lost. In Christ, however, man's dominion has been restored (Ps. 8 5-8 with Heb. 2 6-9). Thus, when God saved His...

The Clouds of Heaven

That, appropriately, brings us to the next element in Jesus' prophecy of Jerusalem's destruction and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. The word tribes here has primary reference to the tribes of the land of Israel and the mourning is probably meant in two senses. First, they would mourn in sorrow over their suffering and the loss of their land second, they would ultimately mourn in repentance...

Putting Chilton to Work

From 1974 until 1981, I was the editor of the Chalcedon Foundation's Journal of Christian Reconstruction. I edited the first 15 issues. This was a very important post for me. It put me in a position to identify and recruit writers into the Christian Reconstruction movement. It also gave me the opportunity to help set the agenda for the Christian Reconstruction movement, since I structured each issue of the Journal around a single theme, a policy that the subsequent editors of the Journal have...

Minerals in the Garden

The Pishon River, originating in Eden, flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good the bdellium and the onyx stone are there (Gen. The intent of these verses is clearly to connect in our minds the Garden of Eden with precious stones and minerals and this point is made in other Biblical references that speak of Eden. The most obvious reference is in God's statement to fallen Adam (part of which was quoted above) You were in Eden, the Garden of...

An Eschatology Of Dominion

Here shalt thou sit incarnate, here shalt reign Both God and Man, Son both of God and Man, Anointed universal King all power I give thee, reign forever, and assume Thy merits under thee as Head Supreme Thrones, Princedoms, Powers, Dominions I reduce All knees to thee shall bow, of them that bide In Heaven, or Earth, or under Earth in Hell. John Milton, Paradise Lost 3.315-22 When the sun has come, darkness prevails no longer any of it that may be left anywhere is driven away. So also, now that...

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One of the greatest interpretive mistakes made by Bible students is the assumption that the Bible cannot use the same expression, such as Coming, in different senses. Much of the present book has been written to refute that basic error. As we have seen, God came in the clouds on numerous occasions in Scripture, and collapsing-universe terminology is used to describe several different historical events. Once we understand this, however, we seem to be presented with a different problem What about...

The Olive Tree

From the beginning, God has always had His one covenant people. The New Testament church is simply the continuation of the true Israel of God (Gal. 6 16), after the false Israel had been cut off. Paul shows how this took place by using an illustration believing Gentiles were grafted into the stock of the people of God, while Israelite branches were being broken off. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a...

By Gary North

You have in your hand a literary miracle. Presumably, you have already read it. While it is subtitled, A Biblical Theology of Dominion, it was originally subtitled, An Eschatology of Dominion. It is a book on one of the most difficult and controversial aspects of theology, eschatology, the doctrine of the last things. This book is, in my view, the finest one-volume introduction to biblical eschatology ever written. But being the best book is not what makes it a miracle. What makes it a miracle...

They believed that Christians would [bringabout the Kingdom of God on earth through their own efforts

This is one of the most commonly heard objections to the Hope. The dominion outlook is equated with the liberal Social Gospel movement of the early 1900s. Such an identification is utterly absurd, devoid of any foundation whatsoever. The leaders of the Social Gospel movement were evolutionary humanists and socialists, and were openly hostile toward Biblical Christianity. It is true that they borrowed certain terms and concepts from Christianity, in order to pervert them for their own uses. Thus...

Simons Perpetual Bloodshedding 20 ivix78

Thence did Simon make his progress over all Idumea, and did not only ravage the cities and villages, but laid waste the whole country for, besides those that were completely armed, he had forty thousand men that followed him, insomuch that he had not provisions enough to suffice such a multitude. Now, besides this want of provisions that he was in, he was of a barbarous disposition, and bore great anger at this nation, by which means it came to pass that Idumea was greatly depopulated and...

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It is significant that all early Christian writers, even those who did not understand Hebrew and were therefore confused by the number 666, connected the Roman Empire, and especially Nero, with the Beast. There should be no reasonable doubt about this. John was writing to first-century Christians, warning them of things that were shortly to take place. They were engaged in the most crucial battle of history, against the Dragon and the evil Empire which he possessed. The purpose of the...

The Binding of Satan

And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in His hand. And He laid hold of the Dragon, the Serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he should not deceive the nations any longer, until the the and years were completed after these things he must be reh d for a short time (Rev. 20 1-3). The binding of the Dragon ex ses in symbolic,...

The Beast from the Land

Just as the Beast from the sea was in the image of the Dragon, so we see another creature in Revelation 13 who is in the image of the Beast. John saw this one coming up out of the Land (13 11), arising from within Israel itself. In Revelation 19 20, we are told the identity of this Land Beast he is the False Prophet. As such, he represents what Jesus had foretold would take place in Israel's last days Many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many. . . . Many false...

Optimism Is Not Enough

Let me say, however, that if all a person gains from the Christian Reconstruction movement in general is its optimistic eschatology, then he is skating on thin ice. Optimism is not enough. In fact, optimism alone is highly dangerous. The Com munists have a doctrine of inevitable victory so do radical Muslims. So did a group of revolutionary communist murderers and polygamists, the Anabaptists who captured the German city of M nster from 1525-35, before they were defeated militarily by Christian...

Thousand Years

Like the other numbers in Revelation, the 1,000 is symbolic, a large, rounded-off number. Where seven connotes a fullness of quality in Biblical imagery, the number ten contains the idea of a fullness of quantity in other words, it stands for manyness. A thousand multiplies and intensifies this (10x10x 10), and it is used in Scripture much the way we, with a more inflationary mentality, use the term million I've told you a million times (Perhaps literalists never talk that way, but I'm sure the...

St Athanasius On the Incarnation [46

As we began to see in the preceding chapter, the period spoken of in the Bible as the last days (or last times or last hour) is the period between Christ's birth and the destruction Jerusalem. The early church was living at the end of the old age and the beginning of the new. This whole period must be considered as the time of Christ's First Advent. In both the _Old and New Testament, the promised destruction of Jerusalem is considered to be an aspect of the work of Christ, intimately connected...

City on a Hill

John is carried away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain (Rev. 21 10) to see the beauty of this consummate Paradise, which glows with the glory of God. The twelve gates of the City have the names of the twelve tribes of Israel inscribed on them, and on the twelve foundation stones are the names of the twelve Apostles (Rev. 21 12-14). Is this symbolism difficult to understand This clearly represents the fact that the City of God contains the whole Church, the entire people of God,...

The Barren Fig Tree

Israel was a garden, a vineyard, in rebellion against its owner or, to change the metaphor, it was a tree without fruit, as Jesus said in another parable A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard and he came looking for fruit on it, and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, Look, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down why does it use up the ground But he answered and said to him, Lord, let it alone this year also,...

Studies In The Book Of Revelation

Forth rushed with whirlwind sound The chariot of Paternal Deity, Flashing thick flames, wheel within wheel undrawn, Itself instinct with spirit, but convoyed By four Cherubic shapes, four faces each Had wondrous, as with stars their bodies all And wings were set with eyes, with eyes the wheels Of beryl, and careering fires between Over their heads a crystal firmament, Whereon a sapphire throne, inlaid with pure Amber, and colours of the show'ry arch. Of radiant Urim, work divinely wrought, Sat...

St Athanasius Defence of His Flight [111

One of the most basic principles for an accurate understanding of the Bible's message is that Scripture interprets Scripture. The Bible is God's holy, infallible, inerrant Word. It is our highest authority. This means that we cannot seek for an authoritative interpretation of Scripture's meaning anywhere outside of the Bible itself. It also means that we must not interpret the Bible as if it dropped out of the sky in the twentieth century. The New Testament was written in the first century, and...

Signs of the

Jesus responded by giving the disciples not one, but seven signs of the end. (We must remember that the end in this passage is not the end of the world, but rather the end of the age, the end of the Temple, the sacrificial system, the covenant nation of Israel, and the last remnants of the pre-Christian era). It is notable that there is a progression in this list the signs seem to become more specific and pronounced until we reach the final, immediate precursor of the end. The list begins with...

The Temple is Burned viiv57

So Titus retired into the tower of Antonia, and resolved to storm the temple the next day, early in the morning, with his whole army, and to encamp round about the holy house but, as for that house, God had for certain long ago doomed it to the fire and now that fatal day was come, according to the revolution of ages it was the tenth day of the month Lous Ah , upon which it was formerly burnt by the king of Babylon 32 although these flames took their rise from the Jews themselves, and were...

Chariots in the Clouds viv3

Thus were the miserable people persuaded by these deceivers, and such as belied God himself while they did not attend, nor give credit, to the signs that were so evident and did so plainly foretell their future desolation but, like men infatuated, without either eyes to see, or minds to consider, did not regard the denunciations that God made to them. Thus there was a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city, and a comet, that continued a whole year. Thus also, before the Jews'...

There used to be a group called postmillennialists

In fact, more and more Christians are becoming convinced of the Biblical basis for an eschatology of dominion all the time. (The reasons for the twentieth-century decline of postmillennialism will be discussed in No. 6, below). As I have indicated at several points in this book, the of dominion is the historic position of the Church. This is not to say that everyone had in mind some specific calendar of events known as postmillennialism. In fact, it was not regarded as...

The Nature of Salvation

One of the basic themes of Scripture is that salvation restores man to his original purpose. In the beginning God created man in His own image, in order that man would have dominion (Gen. 1 26-28). That task of dominion began in the Garden of Eden, but it was not supposed to end there, for man was ordered to have dominion over the whole earth Adam and Eve (and their children) were to extend the blessings of Paradise throughout the entire world. But when man rebelled, he lost the ability to have...

Prophecy and Ethics

The Book of Revelation is often treated as an example of the apocalyptic genre of writings which flourished among the Jews between 200 B.C. and A.D. 100. There is no basis for this opinion whatsoever, and it is unfortunate that the word apocalyptic is used at all to describe this literature. (The writers of apocalyptic themselves never used the term in this sense rather, scholars have stolen the term from John, who called his book The Apocalypse Revelation of Jesus Christ.) There are, in fact,...

Destination

John addressed the Revelation to the seven important churches in Asia Minor, and from these it received a wide distribution. Asia Minor was significant because the cult of Caesar-worship is dealt with at length in the prophecy- and Asia Minor was a major center of Caesar-worship. Inscription after inscription testifies to the loyalty of the cities towards the Empire. At Ephesus, at Smyrna, at Pergamum, and indeed throughout the province the Church was confronted by an imperialism which was...

Day of Clouds

As soon as we see the connection between the Cloud and the Day of the Lord - that the Day of the Lord is the Glory-Cloud coming in judgment, and the Cloud is the Day of the Lord in action - a great number of Biblical ideas begin to fall into place. For example, the Israelites experienced the Day of the Lord at the edge of the Red Sea, when the Cloud descended (Ex. 13 21-22) and stood between them and the Egyptians. For the covenant people, the Cloud was Light and salvation, but for the...

The Tyranny of Gessius Florus2

And although such was the character of Albinus, yet did Gessius Florus, who succeeded him, demonstrate him to have been a most excellent person, upon the comparison for the former did the greatest part of his rogueries in private, and with a sort of dissimulation but Gessius did his unjust actions to the harm of the nation after a pompous manner and as though he had been sent as an executioner to punish condemned malefactor, he omitted no sort of rapine, or of vexation where the case was really...

The Sea of Galilee Full of Dead Bodies 13 iiix9

Now those which were driven into the lake could neither fly to the land, where all was in their enemies hand, and in war against them, nor could they fight upon the level by the sea, for their ships were small and fitted only for piracy they were too weak to fight with Vespasian's vessels, and the mariners that were in them were so few, that they were afraid to come near the Remans, who attacked them in great numbers. However, as they sailed round about the vessels, and sometimes as...

The Psalms Our Hymnbook of Dominion

There is a very important connection between the Church's worldvie w and the Church's hymns. If your heart and mouth are filled with songs of victory, you will tend to have an eschatology of dominion if, instead, your songs are fearful, expressing a longing for escape - or if they are weak, childish ditties - your worldview and expectations will be escapist and childish. Historically, the basic hymnbook for the Church has been the Book of Psalms. The largest book of the Bible is the Book of...

Precious metals and stones was therefore aesthetic rather than

Economic their economic significance grew out of the fact that they were valued for their beauty. Aesthetics is prior to economics. Historically, gold came to serve as a medium of exchange precisely because its value was independent of, and prior to, its monetary function. Gold is not intrinsically valuable (only God possesses intrinsic value) instead, it is valuable because man, as God's image, imputes value to it. Biblically, a medium of exchange is first a commodity, an item which men value...

The Gathering of the Elect

Finally, the result of Jerusalem's destruction will be Christ's sending forth of his angels to gather the elect. Isn't this the Rapture No. The word angels simply means messengers (cf. James 2 25), regardless of whether their origin is heavenly or earthly it is the context which determines whether these are heavenly creatures being spoken of. The word often means preachers of the gospel (see Matt. 11 10 Luke 7 24 9 52 Rev. 1-3). In context, there is every reason to assume that Jesus is speaking...

St Athanasius On the Incarnation [55

For too long, Christians have been characterized by despair, defeat, and retreat. For too long, Christians have heeded the false doctrine which teaches that we are doomed to failure, that Christians cannot win -the notion that, until Jesus returns, Christians will steadily lose ground to the enemy. The future of the Church, we were told, is to be a steady slide into apostasy. Some of our leaders sadly informed us that we are living in a Laodicean age of the Church (a...

Summary

Our study of Remans 11 has been necessarily brief. Those who desire a more in-depth treatment should consult the com mentaries of Robert Haldane, Matthew Henry, Charles Hedge, and John Murray, as well as the lengthy exegesis in Iain Murray's important work, The Puritan Hope. The following points, however, have clearly emerged from our examination of the text. 1. The entire Gentile world will be converted to faith in Jesus Christ. The mass of the Gentiles will come into the covenant, until the...

The Recent Spread of Dominion Theology

This book has already had a remarkable effect on several national television ministries. I can think of two TV preachers who have switched their eschatologies as a direct result of having read this book. One of them once mentioned publicly that the book changed his thinking, but he remains fearful of promoting it. Its uncompromising postmillennialism has scared TV ministers, who are probably afraid of scaring away the bulk of their financial supporters, who remain premillennialist. Pat...

Then after 1000 years of the institutional church reigning on earth

As I showed in Chapters 22 and 24, we do not believe that the Kingdom will last only for 1,000 years. Admittedly, some postmillennialist have believed that a coming period of worldwide peace and blessedness will last for a literal thousand years, but they are definitely in the minority. In fact, out of dozens of outstanding postmillennial teachers in history, I can think of only a couple who held that view. Most have taught that the millennium of Revelation 20 is identical with the Kingdom...

What Difference Does It Make

The eschatological issue centers on one fundamental point Will the gospel succeed in its mission, or not Regardless of their numerous individual differences, the various defeatist schools of thought are solidly lined up together on one major point The gospel of Jesus Christ will fail. Christianity will not be successful in its worldwide task. Christ's Great Commission to disciple the nations will not be carried out. Satan and the forces of Antichrist will prevail in history, overcoming the...

The Antichrist

The Christians had a specific term for this apostasy. They called it antichrist. Many popular writers have speculated about this term, usually failing to regard its usage in Scripture. In the first place, consider a fact which will undoubtedly shock some people the word antichrist never occurs in the Book of Revelation. Not once. Yet the term is routinely used by Christian teachers as a synonym for the Beast of Revelation 13. Obviously, there is no question that the Beast is an enemy of Christ,...

The Last Battle

The Bible does not teach that absolutely everyone in the world will be converted. The symbolism of Ezekiel's prophecy suggests that some areas of the world will remain unrenewed by the River of Life (Ezek. 47 11). And we know that both the wheat and the tares will grow together until the harvest at the end of the world (Matt. 13 37-43). At that point, as the potential of both groups comes to maturity, as each side becomes fully self-conscious in its determination to obey or rebel, there will be...

The Terminal Generation

Primarily, of course, the fault lay with the leaders of Israel, the blind leaders of the blind, who were leading the entire nation into the ditch (Matt. 15 14). Thus Jesus particularly directed His wrathful denunciations toward them (cf. Matt. 23). Yet He included the people as a whole in His condemnation as well, as we can see from the closing words of His last public message Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of...

Conclusion

The Biblical doctrine of the Second Coming is relatively uncomplicated and straightforward. We can summarize our findings from the last several chapters as follows 1. The reign of Jesus Christ began at His Resurrection and Ascension, as the prophets had promised. His Kingdom (the Millennium) is now in force and will continue until He is universally acknowledged as Lord. By means of the gospel, His people are extending His rule over the face of the earth, until all nations are dis-cipled and...

Subject

The purpose of the Revelation was to reveal Christ as Lord to a suffering Church. Because they were being persecuted, the early Christians could be tempted to fear that the world was getting out of hand - that Jesus, who had claimed all authority . . . in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28 18), was not really in control at all. The apostles often warned against this man-centered error, reminding the people that God's sovereignty is over all of history (including our particular tribulations). This...

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Dominion by Covenant,3 which is the first clear exposition of the five points of the biblical covenant). Pastors who are convinced by Chilton's books would be wise to introduce these ideas to their congregations slowly over a period of years, and thereby save themselves and their churches a lot of possibly unnecessary grief. Pressure-relief valves are preferable to explosions. This division over eschatology is already happening on a small scale. Dave Hunt's best-selling book, The Seduction of...

Misunderstandings of the Hope

Most of the standard objections to the Hope are based on radical misunderstandings of the position. The following passage from Hal Lindsey's best-selling Late Great Planet Earth is typical of many uninformed and poorly researched statements on the subject There used to be a group called postmillennialist. They believed that the Christians would root out the evil in the world, abolish godless rulers, and convert the world through ever increasing evangelism until they brought about the Kingdom of...

The Language of the Prophets

As I mentioned above, much of the Bible is written in symbols. A helpful way to understand this, perhaps, would be to speak of these symbols as a set of patterns and associations. By this I mean that Biblical symbolism is not a code. It is, instead, a way of seeing, a perspective. For example, when Jesus speaks of living water (John 4 10), we rightly recognize that He is using water as a symbol. We understand that when He spoke to the woman at the well, He was not merely offering her water. He...

The purpose of prophecy is ethical

The fact that many who study the prophetic writings today are more interested in finding possible references to space travel and nuclear weapons than in discovering God's commandments for living, is a sickening tribute to modern apostasy. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Rev. 19 10) to ignore Jesus in favor of atomic blasts is a perversion of Scripture, a preposterous twisting of God's holy Word. From beginning to end, John is intensely interested in the ethical conduct of...

The Final Day of the Lord

Since the Day of the Lord references cannot all be taken to mean the same event, Christians can easily become perplexed. How can we tell which Day is meant in any particular passage of Scripture Does this render our interpretation completely arbitrary Not at all. As with everything else in Scripture, its precise meaning depends on the context. It always carries the general idea of God coming in judgment and salvation but its meaning in any single verse must be discerned by examining the larger...

The Kingdom and the Resurrection

The most detailed Biblical teaching on the Resurrection is found toward the close of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. The heart of that chapter reads But now Christ has been raised from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order Christ the firstfruits after that, those who are Christ's at His...

The Edomites Desolate the Temple 14 ivvl4

This advice pleased the Idumeans, and they ascended through the city to the temple. The zealots were also in great expectation of their coming, and earnestly waited for them. When therefore these were entering, they also came boldly out of the inner temple, and mixing themselves with the Idumeans, they attacked the guards and some of those that were upon the watch, but were fallen asleep, they killed as they were asleep, but as those that were now awakened made a cry, the whole multitude arose,...

Major Debate Has Begun

I visited Jimmy Swaggart in the fall of 1986. He, of course, is a traditional dispensationalist. In fact, as he has correctly pointed out to his TV audience, he is one of the last of the traditional dispensationalists on television who still has a large following and who also preaches about C. I. Scofield's interpretation of the Rapture on a regular basis. His peers are all turning to dominion theology or kingdom now theology, he complains. Perhaps he is overstating the case, but generally his...

These people rejected much of the Scripture as being literal

Again, it is hard to be certain about Lindsey's exact meaning here. If he simply means that postmillennialists reject the idea that all of Scripture is to be interpreted literally, we must plead guilty but then, we're in safe company. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were not literalists, to judge by the way they interpreted prophecy. They recognized the symbolic character of this passage in Isaiah Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. And...

Biblical Theology of Dominion

First Printing, January, 1985 Second Printing, April, 1985 Third Printing, March, 1987 Fourth Printing, December, 1994 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Chilton, David Paradise restored a biblical theology of dominion David Chilton. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-930462-52-1 17.95 1. Dominion theology. 2. Eschatology. 3. Bible. N.T. Revelation Criticism, interpretation, etc. 4. Prophecy-Christianity. I. Title. BT82.25.C48 1994 AU rights reserved. Written...

James Jordans Influence

He spent one year at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi in 1978. That was where he studied under Greg Bahnsen, before Bahnsen left Reformed Seminary. What he received from his year in Mississippi had little to do with seminary, as he admitted publicly three years later. Far more important to his thinking than classroom instruction was James Jordan While I was in Seminary, I attended a class that taught me more about the Bible than all my other classes combined. The class was...

How the Zealots Fulfilled Prophecy 19 ivvi3

3 . . . . and indeed many there were of the Jews that deserted every day, and fled away from the zealots, although their flight was very difficult, since they had guarded every passage out of the city, and slew every one that was caught at them, as taking it for granted they were going over to the Remans yet did he who gave them money get clear off, while he only that gave them none was voted a traitor. So the upshot was this, that the rich purchased their flight by money, while none but the...

The Beast from the

The Roman Empire is symbolized in Revelation as a ravenous, ferocious animal, untamed and under the Curse. John says its appearance was like a leopard, a bear, and a lion (Rev. 13 2) the very animals used to describe the first three of the four great world empires in Daniel 7 1-6 (Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece cf. Daniel's description of the same empires under a different symbol, in Dan. 2 31-45). The fourth empire, Rome, partakes of the evil, beast-like characteristics of the other empires,...

One Resurrection

Before we can consider these points in greater detail, we need to be clear on one issue which was stated, but somewhat underplayed, in the preceding chapter. One of my most crucial assumptions is that there is one Resurrection, of both the righteous and the wicked. To many, of course, that will seem obvious. But it needs to be stated explicitly because there is much confusion on this point in some circles, led by teachers who assert not only multiple Resurrections, but that the Resurrec-tion(s)...

Lakes of Blood in the Temple vi35

But now the tyrant Simon, the son of Gioras, whom the people had invited in, out of the hopes they had of his assistance in the great distresses they were in, having in his power the upper city, and a great part of the lower, did now make more vehement assaults upon John and his party, because they were fought against from above also yet was he beneath their situation, when he attacked them, as they were beneath the attacks of the others above them. Whereby it came to pass, that John did both...

Josephus Rebukes the Jews28 vix4

While Josephus was making this exhortation to the Jews, many of them jested upon him from the wall, and many reproached him nay, some threw their darts at him but when he could not himself per suade them by such open good advice, he betook himself to the histories belonging to their own nation and cried out aloud, O miserable creatures Are you so unmindful of those that used to assist you, that you will fight by your weapons and by your hands against the Remans When did we ever conquer any...

Theses on Hope

The Bible teaches us to have hope, not despair to expect victory and dominion for the gospel, not flight and defeat. (1) 2. Biblical prophecy is written in both literal and symbolic language. The choice is not between liberalism and symbolism, but between a Biblical and a speculative method of interpreting the Bible. (2) 3. Salvation is re-creation. In redemption, Jesus Christ restores man to the image of God. (3) 4. Salvation and its blessings are presented in the Bible as definitive,...

Jerusalem Under the Ban 34 vivl2

While the holy house was on fire, every thing was plundered that came to hand, and ten thousand of those that were caught were slain nor was there a commiseration of any age, or any reverence of gravity but children and old men, and profane persons, and priests, were all slain in the same manner so that this war went round all sorts of men, and brought them to destruction, and as well those that made supplication for their lives as those that defended themselves by fighting. The flame was also...

Suicide at Masada39 v i i ixl

Now as Eleazar was proceeding on in his exhortation, they all cut him off short, and made haste to do the work, as full of an unconquerable ardor of mind, and moved with a demoniacal fury. So they went their ways, as one still endeavoring to be before another, and as thinking that this eagerness would be a demonstration of their courage and good conduct, if they could avoid appearing in the last class so great was the zeal they were in to slay their wives and children, and themselves also Nor,...

Chilton Comes to Tyler

A little over a year after Productive Christians appeared, I hired Chilton to come to Tyler and work for my publishing company.9 I wanted him to do several writing projects that I knew he was capable of, but after an ill-fated beginning on a book about agriculture, we both agreed that the topic should be 7. The list of names of former employees of Chalcedon is a Who's Who in Christian Reconstruction (also, in some cases, a Who's Not') Gary North, Greg Bahnsen, David Chilton, James Jordan,...

Judgment Day in Eden

The Biblical imagery for the Day of the Lord, the Day of Judgment, begins (as we should naturally assume) in Genesis. Right at the beginning of the creation account we are told that God created light and named it Day (Gen. 1 2-5). We must recognize just what happened at that moment. As we saw in Chapter 7, God was hovering over the creation, robed in the glorious light of the Cloud, shining as the original Light (cf. John 1 4-5). This means that when He created light, it was as a mirror-image,...

What I am saying is this The eschatology of defeat is wrong

It is no more Biblical than its twin sister, the false view of Spirituality. Instead of a message of defeat, the Bible gives us Hope, both in this world and the next. The Bible gives us aneschatol-ogy of dominion, an eschatology of victory. This is not some blind, kind of optimism. It is a solid, confident, Bible-based assurance that, before the Second Coming of Christ, the gospel will be victorious throughout the entire world. For many, that will seem incredible. It goes against the whole...

The Five Points of Biblical Covenantalism

Obviously, I believe in the eschatology of victory. I wrote a book about it in 1981.16 Nevertheless, the biblical case for optimism can be overemphasized. Chilton knows this, too. He and I wrote an essay outlining what we then believed to be the four points of Christian Reconstruction 1) the, sovereignty of God 2) biblical law 3) Cornelius Van Til's biblical presuppositional-ism (the Bible alone judges the Bible, not human logic) and 4) biblical optimism. 17 Postmillennialism is at most only...

The First Resurrection

The key to the interpretation of the chapter is what John tells us about what he calls the First Resurrection And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the Word of God, and those who had not worshiped the Beast or his image, and had not received his mark upon their forehead and upon their hand and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest...

World War I greatly disheartened this group and World War II virtually wiped out this viewpoint

Let us momentarily suppose, for the sake of argument, that this statement is correct. The proper answer is So what This does not prove that the Christian Hope is untrue - only that people stopped believing that it is true. The implication of the statement, however, is that the fact of two world wars constitutes evidence that the Hope is mistaken, since the world is not getting better and better. I will grant this much The two world wars and the threat of a third did considerably damage the...

St Athanasius On the Incarnation [31

Well, finally we've gotten to a place in Revelation where everyone's agreed, right The new heaven and earth - that's to be literal, referring to eternity after the end of the world, right Wrong. Or, to be absolutely precise, I should say Yes and no. The truth is that the Bible tells us very little about heaven just enough, in fact, to let us know we're going there. But the primary concern of Scripture is the present life. Of course, the blessings of the final chapters of Revelation do refer to...

Paradise The Pattern For Prophecy

Southward through Eden went a river large, Nor changed his course, but through the shaggy hill Passed underneath ingulfed, for God had thrown That mountain as his garden-mould high raised Upon the rapid current, which through veins Of porous earth with kindly thirst up drawn, Rose a fresh fountain, and with many a rill Watered the garden thence united fell Down the steep glade, and met the nether flood, Which from his darksome passage now appears, And now divided into four main streams, Runs...