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In the last year, as I continued to study the dispensational, pretribulational, premillenial viewpoint, a good thought came to my mind...actually several thoughts did. #1 What culture was Revelation written to? #2 Why should I think Jesus was referring to some future temple when one was still standing as He gave the Olivet Discourse? #3 Why should I believe that a tribulation is still future for me? #4 Why should I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture if (a) there is not a future tribulation (b) there is no specific text that lays out undisputably a pre-trib rapture (c) there is no real difference between God's work among His people, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free? As I studied this commentary, these questions and many more were answered and I was rescued from the defeatology that I had been taught all of my life within the Baptist tradition. I now celebrate the victory on the cross as the greatest military victory of all time and live in His authority on this earth as His servant. I was so thrilled to see such insightful use of the Bible to interpret this book, much of the Baptist teaching I had heard on the book seemed to try and interpret it without the use of the rest of the Bible outside of Daniel, Matthew 24, and Thessalonians. I was also stunned by his knowledge of the culture of that day and how it applied to what John was writing about. It was far more in-depth than any of the Baptist teaching I had received that uses today as the frame of reference for the book to the exclusion of those to whom the book was written. Be prepared to change your eschatological view when you read this book. If you read it with a closed mind...it is your loss...don't blame the author.Read more ›
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One cannot interpret the Book of Revelation without using the rest of the Bible. Now all books on Revelation claim to use the Bible, but as a norm they prooftext the Bible rather than present a contextually consistent, fully Bible-interpreted presentation of the scripture all in line with one another. Chilton has done about as good a job as any human can do, short of just handing someone a Bible. This book is contextually consistent and historically consistent from beginning to end. This book also contains some interesting appendices which are challenging. The one on Zionism is extremely biblical, regardless that some would call it anti-semitic. If this particular appendix is anti-semitic, then so is Romans and Galatians and Hebrews, and so is Jesus and Paul. On the other hand, Chilton is a Tylerite and so holds to what would be termed a restoration of theocracy in the world (or just short of it), with which I disagree. This is found in another appendix but doesn't influence the commentary as a whole. The book is definitely Reformed in its theology, but Reformed des not equal postmillennial. Chilton is postmillennial and thus believes, in contrast to ALL other views of eschatology, that God wins, the Gospel succeeds, the promises to Abraham will be fulfilled, and the Church will be victorious. Chilton has produced the "long version" of Mathison's Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope." To be honest, I believe one would be hard pressed to refute Chilton's book without resorting back to selective prooftexting (the flawed Bible interpretation method of choice among most today). The book is covenantally based, but then, so is the Bible. The entire history of redemption to the end of the world is based on the covenant of God, especially seen in the promise to Abraham.Read more ›
I was asked? to read this book in my eschatology course in seminary. Everyone in our class was shocked by this book. It is simply the best explanation and commentary of Revelation you will ever read. WARNING: it may change your eschatology forever to the preterist viewpoint. I was particularly fascinated with the explanation of the mystery of the 144,000, the 12 tribes of Israel, the purpose of the ORDER of these tribes, why DAN may have been omitted, etc. But double warning: this isn't a book you can scan through in 2 hours. Any layperson advanced in biblical studies will appreciate this book. Or seminary students. Others might want to try Paradise Restored first, another book by David Chilton that precedes the writing of this book. Take the challenge all of you who are firmly entrenched in dispensational premillienism (the rapture, etc.)--this book will show you how unbiblical and weak this "new theology" really is.
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David Chilton's "Days of Vengence" is simply one of the most intricate and facinating commentaries on Revelation that I have ever read. Chilton does this by asking simple questions that many commentators who believe in fantastic future calamities involving new world orders and such seem unwilling to even acknowledge: who was the letter written to? what was the purpose of the letter? what did the author mean when he said that the things happening in the letter would happen soon? what do all the allusions to the Old Testament mean? Once someone asks these questions and looks seriously for the answers than the dispensational position concerning a "pre-tribulation" rapture seems less and less plausible. The book itself sets a standard for in-depth analysis. Chilton convincingly shows that the symbols and Old Testament allusions are placed with great care by St. John and shows how all of the symbols place themselves within the flow of salvation history. I was personally stunned by the richness with which he describes God's covenant with Israel, the "covenant lawsuit" structure of Revelation and the inaguration of the new covenant. The slight flaws of the book were the relatively few places in the book in which Chilton's Calvinist presuppositions drive his conclusions. For instance when speaking of the possibility of being erased from the Book of Life, Chilton launches into a brief and very misguided defense of the docrine of Perseverence of the Saints. The author also takes a needless detour bashing those who defend free-will by taking a tangent from one of the numerous verses that show God's soveriengty over human history in Revelation and then comparing it to some tract that he found in which the tract's author presents a position of borderline Pelagianism.Read more ›
David Chilton is the president of Financial Awareness Corporation, a financial consulting firm. The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns TV shows have enjoyed tremendous popularity since first airing on Public Television in the spring of 1993. Previous editions of this book have sold 2 million copies.