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Heaven Misplaced: Christ's Kingdom on Earth Paperback – December 1, 2008
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Most Christians say that our accomplishments on earth are insignificant because we are merely "passing through" with heaven as our final resting place. Wilson, however, shows from scripture that this view is simply not biblical. When we die, it is heaven that we are passing through and when history is complete a glorified earth is where we end up forever. (After all, we don't pray that Christ kingdom will go; we pray that it will come.) Christians often misunderstand the passage where Christ says that He is going to prepare a place in heaven for us. John 14:2 says that "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." The Greek word translated "Mansions" is "mone" which is translated "rooms" in the ESV. Doug Wilson says: "The word denotes temporary lodging, as you would find in a hotel. In this case, it would have to be the nicest resort hotel you ever heard of-- a 5,000 star resort hotel." (Page 28)
He also shows that in the Old World order, the angels superintended the world, which is why they were able to judge the Old Creation with the seven bowls of wrath in Rev. Now, as the book of Corinthians tells us, we will judge angels. Man in Christ superintends this world and is surely taking dominion of it. Christ is on our side; we have nothing to fear. He has promised that He came to save the world (1 John 4:14, 2:2; John 4:42, 3:16-17, 1:29, 1:9; etc.Read more ›
Small pockets of Christians will vanish across the globe, disappearing from busy streets, bustling malls, and crowded airplanes. News anchors and political pundits will be speechless, unaware that they are representatives of a world full of sinners, left hopelessly to self-destruct under the grip of a soon-to-rise anti-Christ. In short, the minority of good folks will be gone, and everyone else will be doomed to hell.
But what if we've got it wrong? What if the events leading up to the Second Coming aren't as grim as we suspect? There will almost certainly be a tribulation period filled with conflict. But before that happens, what if those busy streets will be overwhelmingly Christian instead of overwhelmingly heathen? Yes, the above storyline often accepts that the Gospel will be proclaimed throughout the world, but what if most of the world will actually receive it?
It is this question that Douglas Wilson explores in his recent book, Heaven Misplaced: Christ's Kingdom on Earth. His answer?
Put plainly, before anyone goes to the Kingdom, the Kingdom is going to come to us -- and with force.
As Wilson says:
[T]he striking thing about the Second Coming is that it will be the culmination of what is happening right here, right now. The new humanity is going to be finally and completely formed and born, but it is this world that is pregnant with that glory.Read more ›
I think Postmillennialism has a lot going for it, when it is combined with a high view of the Bible and of God's sovereignty. Sometimes I wonder why more Christians do not see the advance of the gospel over the past 20 centuries as a clear sign that a pessimistic view of world history cannot be correct.
But I still waver between an optimistic Amillennialism and full-blown Postmillennialism.
One defect of the book is Mr Wilson's dogged use of the King James Version, especially in passages which he has to then translate for us! There are so many excellent 20th and 21st century English translations: even using the New King James would have improved the book for 21st century readers.
I'm still waiting for the killer punch Postmillennial book. Any suggestions?
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One of the best books on the purpose and meaning of Christianity in historical context, written from the perspective of a faithful believer. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Andrew Thompson
Amazing insights, filled with hope, everyone should read this book!!!! I have never seen a better book on our future hope when Jesus comes back and hope for the here and now as... Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Kurt Steele
In this short book, Doug Wilson offers an introduction to what he calls an "optimistic" view of history and a preterist interpretation of Scripture. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Alec Beattie
Doug Wilson does a wonderful job outlying a view of the gospel that is long in its vision and robust in its application. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Michael Hansen
Though I am not sure still where I stand on the Millennial debate, Douglas Wilson does a fine job of poetically but very earnestly distilling the view of Postmillennialism. Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by J. Nichols
I've read many, many excellent Christian books, but if I had to compile a list of "essential Christian reads" this would make my list. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by Joseph Hession