Biblical Theology of Dominion

David Chilton

Dominion Press Tyler, Texas

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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

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Quotations from On the Incarnation, by St. Athanasius (translated and edited by Sister Penelope Lawson, C.S.M.V.; New York: MacMillan, 198 1), are reprinted with the permission of MacMillan Publishing Company.

Published by Dominion Press P.O. Box 8000, Tyler, Texas 75711

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE ix

Part One: AN ESCHATOLOGY OF DOMINION

Part Two: PARADISE: THE PATTERN FOR PROPHECY

2. How to Read Prophecy 15

3. The Paradise Theme 23

4. The Holy Mountain 29

5. The Garden oftheLord 39

6. The Garden and the Howling Wilderness 49

7. The Fiery Cloud 57

Part Three: THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM

8. The Coming of the Kingdom 67

9. The Rejection of Israel 77

10. The GreatTribulation 85

11. Coming on the Clouds 97

12. The Rise of Antichrist 107

13. The Last Days 115

14. The Restoration of Israel 125

15. The Day of the Lord 133

16. The Consummation of the Kingdom 143

Part Four: STUDIES IN REVELATION

17. Interpreting Revelation 151

18. The Time Is at Hand 159

19. A Brief Summary of Revelation 169

20.The Beast and the False Prophet (Revelation 13) 175

21. The Great Harlot (Revelation 17-19) 187

22. TheKingdomofPriests(Revelation 20) 195

23. TheNewCreation(Revelation21-22) 203

Part Five: TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH 24. Fulfilling the Great Commission 213

APPENDIX A-The Eschatology of Dominion: A Summary. ..223

APPENDIX B - Josephus on the Fall of Jerusalem 237

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 291

SCRIPTURE INDEX 297

INDEX 313

PREFACE

This book was written as a general introduction to both a Biblical eschatology and a way of reading the Bible; the former, I believe, grows naturally out of the latter. It also serves as a prologue to my larger work (in progress), a commentary on the Book of Revelation.

For this reason, the present book does not claim to answer every conceivable question about prophecy. Those who wish to find out more about the perspective presented here should consult the bibliography. In addition to my commentary, several other works on eschatology are in various stages of preparation, most notably by the Rev. James B. Jordan (Matthew 24) and the Rev. Ray Sutton (Daniel).

Many readers will (I hope) find the material on the Garden of Eden fascinating, as I did when I first heard Jim Jordan's lectures on the subject in 1977. They will be happy to hear that his book Trees and Thorns, a comprehensive survey of the Edenic patterns, is nearing publication. I highly recommend this work. Another scholar whose studies have influenced mine is Dr. Meredith Kline; his book Images of the Spirit is a masterpiece of Biblical Theology. (1 hasten to point out, of course, that he should not be held responsible for any of my conclusions.)

The Bible quotations are generally from the New American Standard Version, including its marginal notes; on occasion I have altered the quotations slightly in favor of a more literal rendering.

I am very grateful to a number of good friends who gave me their counsel and assistance during the writing of this book. First among these is my publisher, Dr. Gary North, who originally asked me to write it, and whose suggestions were consistently fruitful and challenging. The manuscript was read by the pastors of Westminster Presbyterian Church (Tyler, Texas): the

Rev. Lewis Bulkeley, the Rev. Robert Dwelle, the Rev. James B. Jordan, and the Rev. Ray Sutton; their theological insights have influenced virtually every page of the book.

Others who read the manuscript and gave valuable comments are the Rev. Mark House, pastor of First Presbyterian Church (Manhattan Beach, California); Spencer Roundtree, a ruling elder of the Church of the Redeemer (Placerville, California); James Whitacre, a fellow member of Westminster Presbyterian Church; and the Rev. George Grant, pastor of Believers' Fellowship (Humble, Texas). In addition to his helpful criticisms (which he offered with reckless, prodigal abandon), George designed the book cover; the artwork was done by Randy Rogers, also of Believers' Fellowship. I would also like to thank Oakton Reformed Fellowship (Oakton, Virginia) for their help in the publication of this book.

In ways too numerous to mention, I am indebted to the patient and dedicated work of two efficient secretaries at the Institute for Christian Economics: Mrs. Maureen Peters and Mrs. Brenda West. At every stage of production their aid has been invaluable, and is deeply appreciated.

Finally, I am grateful to my wife, Darlene, who graciously assisted me throughout the project. Because her love is a continuing token of Paradise Restored, this book is dedicated to her.

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