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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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Dr. Francis Schaeffer - A Christian Manifesto (DVD)

That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!

Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.

Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.

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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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The Abortion Matrix: Defeating Child Sacrifice and the Culture of Death (DVD)

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Is there a connection between pagan religion and the abortion industry?

This powerful presentation traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then delves into the social, political and cultural fall-out that this sin against God and crime against humanity has produced in our beleaguered society.

Conceived as a sequel and update to the 1988 classic, The Massacre of Innocence, the new title, The Abortion Matrix, is entirely fitting. It not only references abortion’s specific target – the sacred matrix where human beings are formed in the womb in the very image of God, but it also implies the existence of a conspiracy, a matrix of seemingly disparate forces that are driving this holocaust.

The occult activity surrounding the abortion industry is exposed with numerous examples. But are these just aberrations, bizarre yet anomalous examples of abortionists who just happen to have ties to modern day witchcraft? Or is this representative of something deeper, more sinister and even endemic to the entire abortion movement?

As the allusion to the film of over a decade ago suggests, the viewer may learn that things are not always as they appear to be. The Abortion Matrix reveals the reality of child-killing and strikes the proper moral chord to move hearts to fulfill the biblical responsibility to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 24:11,12; 31:8,9).

Speakers include: George Grant, Peter Hammond, RC Sproul Jr., Paul Jehle, Lou Engle, Rusty Thomas, Flip Benham, Janet Porter and many more.

Ten parts, over three hours of instruction!

Running Time: 195 minutes

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Amazing GraceAmazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism (DVD)

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Just what is Calvinism?

Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?

This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.

Running Time: 257 minutes

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In the Days of These Kings (Book)

Perfect-bound Paperback — 740 pages

The Book of Daniel in Preterist Perspective

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44).

The overarching message of Daniel is that Jesus the Messiah is even now ruling over the nations. He is the King of kings. Daniel tells us that Messiah’s kingdom will advance in the whole world from “generation to generation” (Daniel 4:4,34). Christ’s dominion is “given to the people of the saints of the most High” (Daniel 7:22). Our purpose then is to see “all people, nations, and languages … serve and obey him” (Daniel 7:14,27).

This comprehensive work offers a fascinating look at the book of Daniel in preterist perspective. Great attention is paid to the writings of ancient and modern historians and scholars to connect the dots and demonstrate the continuity of Daniel’s prophecy with all of Scripture.

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