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Four Views on the Book of Revelation Paperback – April 6, 1998
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He holds a B.A. from Tennessee Temple University (Biblical Studies); the M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary (Pastoral Ministry); and the Th.M. and Th.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary (New Testament).
He is married (since 1971) and has three married children (and several grandchildren): his daughter is an Executive Asst. for the president of a national clothing firm; his oldest son is a physicist working in nanotechnology in the Research Triangle in North Carolina; his youngest son is a Senior Manager CPA for one of the Big Four accounting firms).
He is a writer/researcher for American Vision. He pastors a Presbyterian Church in Greer, SC (www.LivingHopeSC.com). He is the Director of a non-profit Christian educational ministry: GoodBirth Ministries (www.GoodBirthMinistries.com). He has written or contributed to over thirty books, many of which deal with eschatological issues. He has been published by Zondervan, Baker, P&R, Kregel, American Vision, Nordskog, and several of other publishers.
He also has several professionally-produced educational videos available at his personal website: www.KennethGentry.com.
He oversees a correspondence course on Christian research, writing, and publication. His Righteous Writing course is available at:
In September 2013 he established an eschatology blog promoting postmillennialism and orthodox preterism: www.PostmillennialismToday.com.
He has a Facebook page and welcomes new "friends" there.
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The first writer is Kenneth Gentry, representing the Preterist view. His work is the best presented of the four positions, worthy of five stars. If anyone wants an very good explanation of the Preterist view in a nutshell, Gentry offers it here.
The second writer is Sam Hamstra, representing the Idealist view. He is a bit wordy in his presentation, and comes across as rather dull. I give him three stars.
The third writer is Marvin Pate, representing the Progressive Dispensationalist view. Ironically, his argument is the weakest and most difficult to understand of the four. He appears to be seeking an interpretation that will have something for everyone, but sacrifices substance and clarity in the process. What seems to be a combination of a preterist/futurist position is not appealing in the least. I give him two stars.
The fourth writer is Robert Thomas, representing the Classic Dispensationalist view. Thomas voices the usual mantra for this camp, claiming that his dispensational view is the only position that interprets Revelation literally. He then proceeds to explain the "actual meaning" of the various "symbols" described by the Apostle John! Still, he does a commendable job of presenting a very brief summary of this very complicated viewpoint. I give him four stars.Read more ›
Revelation is also one of the most facinating to Christians. The chapter on preterism was the most interesting to me, and the most convincing. The author basically gives a short commentary on Revelation, which provides a nice overview while presenting the preterist outlook. The preterist sees Revelation as pointing to the looming destruction of Jerusalem, as Christianity separates from Judaism.
The reason for preterism is found in two of the first three verses in Revelation: Rev. 1:1, 3. There John tells us that the events he is prophesying will "soon" take place because (in his view) "the time is at hand." I don't know how I had missed that introduction in my reading of Revelation. I don't see anyway around this problem for the other views.
Presenting two dispensational views was an odd feature of the book. Why two very different interpretations from the same school of thought? However, when all is said and done, at least the reader can see that dispensationalism is changing with the times (which is actually good news).
The idealist view seemed a bit abstract and unnatural. I don't hear of too many idealists. And maybe this chapter is helpful in understanding why the view is not making much headway.Read more ›
Although it is true that historicism is no longer a popular view, it deserves full treatment for three reasons. First, historicism was the predominant protestant view for three or more centuries and should be include for completeness. Second, historicist are producing many books in response to the futurism of "Left Behind", making readers curious to know how these views fit in. Finally, it is not inconceivable that the ultimate truth will include some elements from each of the four camps, so one should be well-versed in all four views.
I certainly hope that the next version includes historicism, as well as the counter-point format.
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I applaud Zondervan for adding this edition to the Counterpoints: Exploring Theology series. This edition looks at four perspectives on interpreting the Book of Revelation and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edwin Handley
Four views on the Revelation is presented so the reader can determine the right interpretation in light of today and eternityPublished 3 months ago by kathleen martinez
I have never been exposed to the preterist view before. Very intriguing, but not long enough. And self referencing in some spots, seems like they think that you should know what... Read morePublished 13 months ago by pilgrimsprogproj
It does not include Historicism, which is, on my opinion, the interpretation that makes more sense by far. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Felipe
I felt this was a very helpful book on the four views of Revelation. Since most commentaries have this information I did not find it to tell me anything new.Published 24 months ago by Todd
is an excellent source for the serious student of the Book of Revelation. This book does what it says and provides four different views on the end times from scholars who have... Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by T.B.
I a little too in depth for my taste. It basically tries to explain the entire Christian religion for the beginiing. SImply too much information.Published on November 22, 2013 by PedroCR