Postmillennialism: An Eschatology Of Hope
by Keith A. Mathison
287 pages, P & R Publishing, Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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Postmillennialism: An Eschatology Of Hope is an intellectual argument for Postmillennialism, it is not a devotional book about hope.
Is there hope for this world ? Do the promises of the gospel hold out a bright future for the families and nations of the earth ? Yes. Absolutely yes.
What is Postmillennialism ?
“Postmillennialism is the view that Christ will return to the earth after the Spirit-blessed Gospel has had overwhelming success in bringing the world to the adoption of Christianity.”__ Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
The opening statement by the author:
“A defense of postmillennialism ! Who would be optimistic enough to write such a book at the end of the twentieth century ? How could anyone actually believe in Postmillennialism, especially in light of two world wars, the Holocaust, the atomic bomb, and ethnic cleansing ? Just look around you ! How can you read today’s newspaper and say that the gospel is going to prevail ? My response to questions like this is, how can you read the Bible and say that the gospel is not going to prevail ? Since when did the newspaper become our authority for doctrine ?” __Keith A. Mathison
“In this enlightening work, Keith A. Mathison sets forth a wealth of biblical, historical, and theological evidence for an optimistic eschatology. Unlike end-time forecasts that see modest growth in the church before Christ’s return, postmillennialism expects the Spirit-blessed gospel to have overwhelming success in bringing the world to Christ. Mathison explains why, and he calls us to renewed faith and expectation as we serve the reigning King of Kings.”__ From the blurbs
“Keith Mathison provides the church an apologetic for ‘an eschatology of hope’ that is thoroughly biblical, soundly evangelical, impressively thorough, logically structured, and easily understandable. The Christian community should gladly welcome this sane and hope-filled exposition.” __Kenneth L. Gentry
“This book is a must read for those who follow the current debate regarding the various schools of preterist and postmillennial thought. It is balanced, insightful, and provocative.” __R.C. Sproul
From Chapter 12 The Inadequacy Of Premillennialism and Amillennialism:
“The most serious error in much of the current “prophetic” teaching today is the claim that the future of Christendom is to be read not in terms of Revival and Victory, but of growing impotence and apostasy.” __ Oswald T. Allis
"…**24 **Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. **25 **For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. **26 **The last enemy to be destroyed is death. **27 **For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. **28 **When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all…" __ I Cor. 15:24-28
James Henley Thornwell
Benjamin B. Warfield
Martin G. Selbrede
Augustus H. Strong
Marcellus J. Kik
James H. Snowden
Kenneth R. Gentry
Keith A. Mathison