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Postmillennialism: The Dominion Mandate

Theologians throughout the ages have noted that all major biblical doctrines – the first principles – are to be found in the book of Genesis. From the beginning, we are given shadows and types pointing the way to Jesus.

Although the story of Creation is finished on day six, week one (Genesis 1:31) – creation is still not over in its fullest sense. God’s purpose for man from the very beginning was to move him from a garden to a city.

Adam in Romans 5:1 is “a type of Him who was to come,” the tragic foreshadowing to the Son of God, Jesus, who is called the “last Adam” and “a life giving Spirit” in 1 Corinthians 15:45.

As the Second Man and Last Adam, Jesus takes on this role. And this is the first lesson of dominion. Where Adam failed Jesus succeeds! Even now Jesus is filling the earth and subduing it, building a glorious culture and community through a people that will exercise dominion over all the earth.

And if Adam is a type of Christ, then Eve is a type of the Bride of Christ. In Genesis 2:21,22 the woman is fashioned from her husband’s riven side.

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man (Genesis 2:21,22).

Genesis 2:21-23 tells us that God put Adam into a deep sleep, during which time God made Eve from Adam’s side. This is an awesome foreshadowing of the New Covenant since a wound in Adam’s side produced a bride!

After the last Adam, Jesus Christ, died upon the cross – suffering death for the sins of the world – His side was pierced by a spear (John 19:34). In His sleep of death, he paid the penalty for mankind’s sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Those who repent and put their faith in Him are united with Christ and are likened to that of a bride toward her husband.

Thus a wound in the last Adam’s side also produced a bride – the Church! – “a glorious bride, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing … holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27).

This mystery isn’t revealed until we read Paul’s revelation of the mystery of the bride of Christ in the last verses of Ephesians 5.

For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:30-33).

Then in 2 Corinthians 11:2 and finally in John’s visions of the Bride of Christ in Revelation chapters 12, 19 and 21, we see that from the beginning God made mankind for a special purpose.

Likewise, the Garden of Eden was a prototype of “heaven on earth,” and the world outside the garden was to be “cultivated,” in a sense “heavenized” to conform to the pattern of the Garden. This is the “Dominion Mandate.” Though it was tarnished by Adam’s sin, it has never been negated or set aside.

The first words God spoke to man after creation were as follows: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28).

Adam was thus given the commission to establish dominion over the whole earth. By implication we understand that the world was not created in such a way that Adam’s dominion was achieved automatically, but rather there was a task for him to accomplish.

Along with this Dominion Mandate, God established a covenant with Adam. Adam was given dominion and the responsibility to obey God and particularly to not eat of the fruit of tree of knowledge of good and evil.

After the covenant was broken and the privilege of dominion lost, all mankind came under a curse.

To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you” (Genesis 3:16).

We see in the woman’s desire for her husband, the people of God crying out to be united with a Bridegroom-Savior. In the curse of the fall of man, we see the resulting destruction of the population of the earth through the great Flood. When Noah and his family emerged as the only survivors, God again established a covenant with man never again to destroy the earth by a flood. God again spoke to Noah and gave him the mandate to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”

So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1).

But let’s look at this more closely. In Genesis 9:1, where this mandate is repeated, there is the obvious omission of two words that were spoken in Genesis 1:28: “subdue” and “rule.”

Man, as a result of the Fall, lost not only the privilege of dominion, but also his ability to take dominion. It was only as Jesus was made head over all rule and authority that He could reissue the Dominion Mandate to the Church in all its fullness. In fact, Jesus’ last words before leaving the planet were to restate and even amplify this Dominion Mandate

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations – teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, for lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 18:18-20).

Today many well-meaning, sincere Christians hold to a view that essentially says: “Since Jesus could come back any day, why try to change society?” The Great Commission becomes truncated and the Church’s role becomes that of a lifeboat rescuing as many as possible rather than that of a battleship commissioned to have dominion of the seas.

This “blocked” view is the same error made by mankind when he tried to build the tower of Babel. We, as fallen human beings as a result of original sin, have the tendency to look into the heavens, to take the “short cut” to the restoration of paradise, thus rejecting God’s mandate to have dominion over the earth.

Yet if this is the mandate given to God’s people, then what is our vision to be? God’s Word simply says: Be fruitful, multiply, fill all the earth, rule it, subdue it!

In other words, make disciples of all the nations teaching them to obey everything that the Lord has commanded!

God’s purpose for man after the Fall and throughout the progressive steps in the Old Covenant was to prepare His chosen people as a Bride to rule and reign with the His only begotten Son. In each stage, the purpose is recorded in type. God begins to reestablish the covenant he made with Adam from the beginning.

Through the “seed of woman” God is raising up a warrior race – the New Covenant Bride of Christ – whose job it is to share in mission of Jesus Christ and defeat the “seed of the serpent” by keeping the commandments of God and proclaiming the testimony of Jesus Christ in all the earth.

And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:17).

Immediately some will say, “Can it really be done? Is the Church’s job really not only to resist the devil but also to defeat him in time and history? Given the wickedness of this present age and the darkness of men’s hearts, the task seems overwhelming.”

The answer is simple.

All authority has been given to Jesus Christ! He is in us and will be with us until the end of the age!

Your comments are welcome!

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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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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 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 Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of ChristThe Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of Christ (DVD)

Who is the Real Jesus?

Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.

Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.

The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.

Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.

Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!

Running Time: 130 minutes

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God's Law and SocietyGod's Law and Society (DVD)

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God’s Law and Society powerfully presents a comprehensive worldview based upon the ethical system found in the Law of God.

Speakers include: R.J. Rushdoony, George Grant, Howard Phillips, R.C. Sproul Jr., Ken Gentry, Gary DeMar, Jay Grimstead, Steven Schlissel, Andrew Sandlin, Eric Holmberg, and more!

Sixteen Christian leaders and scholars answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions related to this volatile issue:

1. Are we under Law or under Grace?
2. Does the Old Testament Law apply today?
3. Can we legislate morality?
4. What are the biblical foundations of government?
5. Was America founded as a Christian nation?
6. What about the separation of Church and State?
7. Is neutrality a myth?
8. What about non-Christians and the Law of God?
9. Would there be “freedom” in a Christian republic?
10. What would a “Christian America” look like?

Perfect for group instruction as well as personal Bible study.

Ten parts, over four hours of instruction!

Running Time: 240 minutes

Watch over 60 on-line video interviews from God’s Law and Society.

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