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Here are some works that will help one discover the various deficiencies in dispensational theology and hermeneutics. I am not one who does not understand the system. Rather, I was taught it quite systematically, and have even written a published article on the premillennial understanding of Revelation 20 (Journal Of The Grace Evangelical Society Vol. 14 August 2001, 31-51). Also, one may see my articles, "Dispensation," and "Millennium" in the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Nashville,TN: Holman Bible Publishers,2003).

My own pilgrimage is marked by transitions from the Chaferian approach modified by Walvoord and Ryrie through to exposure and embrace of Blaising & Bock's progressive dispensationalism, though in some respects I was closer to Robert Saucy on the matter of the Kingdom, to where I am at present: Unsure about where I stand on all details.

I have been influenced by preterism and see great merit in a hybrid preterist/futurist approach. Consistent or hyper-preterism is biblically indefensible, but a forging of true biblical insights from aspects of both preterism and futurism (though not dispensationalism) is desirable. I am re-evaluating postmillennialism and amillennialism, yet I still have marked sympathy for historic premillennial exegesis. But I am also open to changing as further study dictates. More study on these matters has led to my adoption of postmillennialism. I have reevaluated the perspective not only as an eschatological position among various options, but see it as a part of a genuine biblical philosophy of history as well. I will therefore add works that warrant careful examination.

I will periodically add to this list and may make brief annotations concerning the value of the volumes cited.

The Apocalypse Code Here is an elementary treatment of preterism that is designed to challenge the popular "Left Behind" eschatology so rampant in evangelicalism. One need not imbibe all of Hanegraaf's views to benefit from his questioning of the LaHaye model. I have encouraged several members of our congregation to read this book.

The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views This classic volume has been republished and I am grateful for it. If one has never had the opportunity to listen to advocates of all the major prophetic schools of interpretation, then this is a fine volume to begin with. It has two premillennial views, however. One is by George Eldon Ladd, a historic premillennarian, and a dispensational approach by Herman Hoyt. This book will not disappoint.

3 Crucial Questions About the Last Days Here is a gem of a book. This particular volume is great. The series it is in is helpful in addressing topics of interest around a cluster of three questions. This book by Lewis asks and answers the following: "Are We Living in the Last Days?" "Should Christians try to Predict Christ's Return?" and "What Must Christians Believe about the Last Days?" Here is a sound treatment grounded in a thoroughgoing biblical theology. Popular missteps are warned against and proposals that are scriptuarally faithful are offered instead. A great book to shatter the popular dispensational agenda and aberrant practice of dating the end! Highly recommended.

Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Critique of Dispensationalism Here is the third edition of John H. Gerstner's contemporary classic refutation of Revised Dispensationalism. I have read this book twice. I am now convinced that as a calvinist, I cannot remain dispensational unless I abandon my convictions about grace theology. The critique here is substantial. This book is primarily geared toward pastors, in my opinion. It is a long book but reads rather like a novel. One is left wanting to move ahead to the end of the story, so to speak. No one who claims to be a dispensationalist can afford to miss this book. Be prepared to be successfully challenged!

Dispensationalism: Rightly Dividing the People of God? This is an extremely helpful popular work. Especially designed for laypeople, Mathison's book will be an elemental guide into why dispensationalism is problematic, and why it is spurious in its claims to be calvinistic. This book tackles two issues succinctly and superbly.

Jesus and Israel: One Covenant or Two? A helpful critique of many facets of dispensational theology. Suprizingly, Holwerda opts for a future of Israel based on Romans 11:26 but in conjunction with the church and in Christ alone.

The Israel of God in Prophecy: Principles of Prophetic Interpretation For years a friend of mine urged me to read this work. I feared it as it is written by a Seventh day Adventist. However, the biblical argument is irrefutable. I wish I had this book years ago.

When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Studies in Cultural History) Here is a fantastic scholarly investigation of the popular prophetic frenzy of North America. This historical survey is crisply written and very informative. Many of the culprits are named with their books examined. I was assigned this text in a class on eschatology for a doctoral seminar. Ironically, my prof was a dispensationalist, who, nonetheless decries much of the apocalyptic newspaper exegesis of the prophecy pundits. This is an extremely helpful book for understanding the religious mood of many Americans.

The Late Great Planet Church: The Rise of Dispensationalism A well done presentation on the origins of dispensational theology. It is brief in critique but is a preparatory presentation awaiting Vol. 2 for an in-depth analysis of the theology of dispensationalism. Very nice!

He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology (Third Edition: Revised & Expanded) I am working through the original edition and gentry makes much sense. His handling of Isaiah's many texts pertinent to the "end-times" is admirable.

The Reduction of Christianity: Dave Hunt's Theology of Cultural Surrender This is a helpful book that takes into consideration broader themes, and is much more than a critique of Dave Hunt. Sharp analysis and plenty to stir one for much hope in the world for Christ's followers.

Christ's Victorious Kingdom A must read!! This book from the mid-eighties was reprinted a few years ago. The thesis is sound. Christ is Lord, and that includes the Lordship of History. The church will see better days. Highly recommended.

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