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12-21-12 – It’s not the end of the world!

I have continually been surprised at the amount of media attention that the Mayan calendar phenomenon has been getting. What is even more surprising is the number of Christians who are able to somehow connect a misinterpreted pagan artifact to biblical eschatology.

But don’t be misled! Tomorrow is not the end of the world.

Since 1989, when I first began studying biblical eschatology, I’ve become increasingly convinced of the historic view of the church prior to the 1900s. This view, which can be described as either amillennialism or postmillennialism, states that the millennial prophecy of John in Revelation 20 is realized. A minority of Christians in history prior to the last century held to a classical premillennial view that put a literal one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ in the future.

In 1830, J.N. Darby, a former Anglican priest who became involved with the “Brethren” movement in northern Ireland, proposed a system that became known as “dispensational premillennialism.” This view was popularized through C.I. Scofield, a pastor from Texas. The Scofield Reference Bible appeared in the late 1800s and helped to spread dispensationalist teaching worldwide in the 20th century.

In general, dispensationalism is a comprehensive theology that counters the covenantalism of the Reformers and contradicts many orthodox teachings of the Church throughout history. The errors of dispensationalism run from teaching that there are two people of God, Jews and Gentiles, with two ways to salvation – to frequent date-setting for the Second Coming by many of its proponents. Of course, this is in direct violation of the Lord’s command in Acts 1:7, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”

The historic view is that most biblical prophecy had audience relevancy. The immediate hearers understood the time frame for fulfillment. The timing for the Second Coming, however, is hidden. We are told exactly why in the next verse, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The tenor of Luke’s account of Jesus’ ascension as well as the rest of the Mount Olivet Discourse in Matthew 25 deals with the concern Jesus has for his servants to fulfill the Great Commission through evangelism and advancing the kingdom of God into all areas of life.

If we view John’s “thousand years” described in Revelation 20 as a metaphor for the kingdom of God, then we will begin to see that the millennium, far from being a future event, is here among us. The kingdom is “already/not yet.” The kingdom of God was on earth when Jesus first began to preach that it was “at hand” (Matthew 3:2). The kingdom of God is violently expanding throughout history (Matthew 11:12). The kingdom of God is also like a mustard seed that grows gradually and won’t reach it’s fulfillment until the Second Coming when Jesus returns to reward the righteous and punish the wicked (Matthew 25:1-46).

The “thousand years” of Revelation 20, is simply John’s way of expressing a very long time period in which this kingdom expansion takes place. Christ is pictured seated on a throne in heaven ruling over the nations with a rod of iron (Psalms 2:9; Revelation 19:15). At the end of the millennium is the Second Coming, the General Resurrection and the Final Judgment. So while Christ is already ruling over the nations from heaven, His reign won’t be realized in its fulness until He returns.

Unfortunately, some Christians wanted to predict the coming of the millennium as occurring in 2000, for no other reason than (according to the Gregorian calendar at least) it was a big round number year. Then we heard predictions of the Second Coming on 7/7/07 and now 12/21/12.

In 1999, at the height of “millennial madness,” I produced a video entitled, The Beast of Revelation: Identified, which presents the postmillennial preterist interpretation of Revelation chapter 13 as well as a few other key passages of scripture.

A couple of years after that, I co-authored a book, The Four Keys to the Millennium, in which I presented the postmillennial position and rebutted three other authors who took the amillennial, classic premillennial and dispensational premillennial viewpoints.

I’ve also written a commentary on the prophetic chapters of Daniel entitled, In the Days of These Kings … The Book of Daniel in Preterist Perspective. Here I lay out the case that most of the prophecy of Daniel is fulfilled. A correct understanding of Daniel is the key to interpreting both the Olivet Discourse and the book of Revelation. I hope to expand this work and publish it in the future as a paperback and downloadable e-book, but for now the separate parts are available at our website.


The Beast of Revelation IdentifiedThe Beast of Revelation: Identified (DVD)

Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?

Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!

Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.

Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)

Running Time: 145 minutes

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The Silent Scream (DVD) Eight Languages

“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981

Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.

The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.

“… a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine

Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese

Running Time: 28 minutes

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Abortion Clinic 911 Calls (DVD)

Exposes the Dangers of Abortion to Women!

These shocking eyewitness accounts expose the dangers of abortion not only to unborn children, but to the health and lives women as well. An antidote to the smokescreens of the liberal media, these short clips show what really happens in and around abortion clinics.

Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.

Watch these pro-life videos on-line.

“These videos helped change my mind from pro-choice to pro-life. Your videos are what did it for me. I will be walking in next year’s March For Life in San Francisco.” — A. Jackson, California

“I was going to have an abortion until I saw your video. Praise Jesus!”
— M. Drew, YouTube Commenter

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Martin Luther: Digitally Remastered 1953 Classic (DVD)

“Here I stand … I can do no other!”

With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.

The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.

Running time: 105 minutes

Special offer: Order 5 or more for $5 each.

Watch a clip from Martin Luther.

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Freedom: The Model of Christian Liberty (DVD)

“Give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.

The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).

Welcome to the Second American Revolution!

This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.

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A Revival Account: Asbury 1970 (DVD)

What is true Revival and Spiritual Awakening?

Discover the answer in this eyewitness account by Dennis Kinlaw, President of Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, who recounts the story of a visitation of the Holy Spirit in 1970. This is the presentation that has continued to spark the flames of Revival in the hearts of people around the world. Contains eyewitness footage from the Revival at Asbury College in 1970 in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Certain to challenge you to greater holiness and a deeper commitment to full-scale revival. Original news and private footage has been included. If you are a student who longs to see a spiritual awakening at your school, you must see this video!

“This simple video does a wonderful job of conveying something of God’s heart and power, Everyone we have ever shown this to has received an immediate impartation of faith for revival and the power of prayer.”
— Bob and Rose Weiner, Weiner Ministries Int’l

Running Time: 40 minutes

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