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Martin Selbrede endorses In the Days of These Kings

In respect to preterist studies of the Book of Daniel, I count it a very good thing that we finally have a strong, contemporary alternative to James B. Jordan’s 2007 volume with the 2018 appearance of Jay Rogers’ In the Days of These Kings.

In the nature of the case, preterist analyses are tethered to history. Whereas futurists can fantasize and speculate (and thereby tickle many ears), preterists must observe a stronger discipline that respects what God has already fixed in time, in the historic record. A preterist must not only deal with Scripture coherently, he is also on the carpet to tie the Scriptures to that historic record. Those correlations must move from being merely plausible to being formidable. A huge investment in historic research is thus required to steer the reader’s confidence in that direction. This work by Rogers is not slack in regard to meeting these challenges as it makes the preterist case. The historic research he presents is voluminous, well-organized, and easy to follow, making the volume a very strong asset that materially advances the ongoing eschatological debate.

My views don’t readily fit into the commonly-received categories that Rogers puts forward, but this is hardly a flaw of the book. Going off into the weeds to cover every doctrinal variant out there is a sure path to diminishing returns, and Rogers avoids such distractions by staying on message. Even readers like myself who differ with the author about, say, the time frame for Revelation (to take just one example) will still find tremendous benefit in his discussion of Daniel’s prophecies. The light that Rogers shines on some passages of Daniel (both in respect to cross-referencing to other scriptures and to historic events) is often decisive.

Further, it is incumbent on all students of Scripture to know all the salient positions, as put forward by their best proponents, so long as eschatology remains a matter yet to be settled once for all. For that purpose, In the Days of These Kings would be a valuable book for both advocates and opponents of preterism. It puts forward a perspective with a long and august history in the Church of Jesus Christ, a perspective that must be respected even when disagreeing with it.

I’m on record as a sympathetic critic of preterism, but I am able to commend this book whole-heartedly. I do not need to agree with every single historic correlation or scriptural parallel that Rogers makes to know that I’m holding a valuable new book in my hand, one that the Church very much needs in a day and age when men no longer endure sound doctrine. By pointing us back to the strong discipline of the past, Rogers puts our feet on firmer ground, and gives subsequent generations a stronger foundation for further advancing our understanding of this key book of the Bible.

— Martin Selbrede, Vice-President, The Chalcedon Foundation


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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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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Why Creeds and Confessions? (Book)

High Quality Paperback — 219 pages

Foundations in Biblical Orthodoxy

Driving down a country road sometime, you might see a church with a sign proudly proclaiming: “No book but the Bible — No creed but Christ.” The problem with this statement is that the word creed (from the Latin: credo) simply means “belief.” All Christians have beliefs, regardless of whether they are written.

Yet a single book containing the actual texts of the most important creeds of the early Church will not often be found. Out of the multitude of works on the evangelical Christian book market today, those dealing with the creeds of the Church are scarce.

Why Creeds and Confessions? provides a foundation of biblical orthodoxy as a defense against the false and truly heretical doctrines advanced by the spirit of this age.

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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

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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 Four Keys to the Millennium (Book)

Foundations in Biblical Eschatology

By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.

All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?

These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.

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