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Douglas Wilson is the pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho, and editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine. He is the author of many books, including Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Reforming Marriage, and A Primer on Worship and Reformation. He is also co-author with Christopher Hitchens of Is Christianity Good for the World? He and his wife Nancy have three children and fifteen grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591280834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591280835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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This book is most likely one of Douglas Wilson's best. It is the most complete explanation of "hopeful optimism" I've ever come across. As always, Doug Wilson has a thorough understanding of the topic at hand and is an excellent expositor of Scripture. He is not afraid to trample our preconceived notions and in addition is an extremely persuasive writer.

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.
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When we think of the End Times we usually think of earthquakes, floods, and nuclear explosions. From the hyper rants of Jack Van Impe to the silly scenes of Left Behind, evangelical culture has bombarded us with images of an apocalypse that is devastating and widespread -- one that will be preceded by a big, cruel magic trick.

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.
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I enjoyed Douglas Wilson's short book and wish more Christians were better informed about this positive, optimistic viewpoint, though I'm still not completely convinced by it.

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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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. Even if you don't agree with Wilson's eschatology, his presentation is so warm, encouraging, and full of Christian hope that you will find the brief sitting at his feat invigorating to your faith.

I approached this book with very little study of eschatology and no strong opinion either way. But as I read through his book I found myself saying, "yes of course...this is exactly what the text means" or "this is precisely the attitude and sense of mission that Christ meant to leave us with."

This is profound because it will ask you to re-consider if you are living as if Christ has already been victorious or if you are living as if one who is waiting for something else to happen first.
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