Brand new and back in Print! A newly type-set, fresh edition of David Chilton’s wonderful book Paradise Restored: A Biblical Theology of Dominion . . . Brand new in Hardback, 352 pages.
This book has been the number-one bestseller in the Christian Reconstruction and modern Postmillennial movements for a reason. It is powerful! Readers from all Christian traditions have been inspired and blessed by this unique work. Now you can get yours in a new, modern, crisp, clean design. My advice: don’t wait. . . .
This book is still sorely needed for the modern generation of Christians. Brother Chilton begins his first chapter:
This is a book about hope. For too long, Christians have been characterized by despair, defeat, and retreat. For too long, Christians have heeded the false doctrine which teaches that we are doomed to failure, that Christians cannot win. . . .
Instead of a message of defeat, the Bible gives us Hope, both in this world and the next. The Bible gives us an eschatology of dominion, an eschatology of victory. This is not some blind, “everything-will-work-out-somehow” kind of optimism. It is a solid, confident, Bible-based assurance that, before the Second Coming of Christ, the gospel will be victorious throughout the entire world.
Then, for 352 pages, Chilton proceeds to prove how and why the Bible teaches this, and inspires you to embrace the message and start living it. It will change your life.
As the Foreword by Gary North says below, there is no better book for this purpose: explaining what the Bible really teaches, and changing the hearts and minds of thousands of Christians from pessimism and defeatism to optimism, work, building, and victory. . . .
by Gary North
If someone were to ask me, “What is the best presentation of biblical eschatology that you have ever read?” I would answer, “Chilton’s Paradise Restored.” If someone else were to ask me, “What is the best example of biblical expository style that you have ever read?” I would say, “Chilton’s Paradise Restored.” . . .
Paradise Restored is unique for its combining of clarity, precision of exposition, and text-connection. I do not recall reading any theological treatise that matches it for its combination of these three virtues.
Then there is the issue of style. In the realm of literary fiction, book reviewers refer to such books as “page-turners.” Rare is a theological treatise that is a page-turner. This one is. As you read this book, you may find yourself thinking, “I had never seen this before” or “I have never thought about this before,” as a prelude to: “but it makes a lot of sense.”
David Chilton (1951–1997) was the most gifted writer I have ever worked with. I was privileged to oversee the publication of four of his five books: Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt-Manipulators, Paradise Restored, The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation, and The Great Tribulation. I say “oversee.” I do not say “edit.” I gained the reputation of being an editor devoid of empathy, both as a book publisher and as the editor of The Journal of Christian Reconstruction for its first seven years. As far as I recall, I did not blue-pencil anything in Chilton’s four books. His manuscripts needed no editing.
I have lived in the era of schlock prophecy books. Purveyors of paperback prophecy potboilers have become rich with titles like Oil, Prophecy, and the Middle East and then, a decade later, Prophecy, Oil, and the Middle East. The market is large, the topic is hot, and the readers are duped. “Honk if You’re Duped for Jesus” would make a great bumper sticker, though perhaps a little long.
Paradise Restored is not schlock. It is no longer in paperback. It will not make my wife, who owns the publishing rights, disgustingly rich. But it will de-dupe those who read it. This book is a de-duplicator.
Chilton begins this book with a chapter on “The Hope.” This hope refers to terrestrial and historical hope. Therefore, being terrestrial and historical, it has an inescapable corollary: responsibility. Because the hope is both individual and corporate, so is the accompanying responsibility.
This thought turns off Christian pietists. They have clung to faith in Jesus the way that someone in the midst of a forest fire clings to the rope hanging out the door of a helicopter. He is not thinking about his prior need of wrist exercises. He is thinking only of whether the rope is attached to a winch. Pietists pray for strong ropes and short flights. Fire fighters pray for rain. Chilton’s book is an offense to all those whose earthly hope centers on helicopters with ropes rather than helicopters with water.
If you are a rope Christian, you had better work on your wrist exercises. If you are a water Christian, you had better work on your back exercises. You have a lot of hauling to do. After all, your target is hell. “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Chilton’s offense for pietistic Bible expositors was that he refused to re-write Matthew 16:18 to meet their exegetical requirements: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and hell shall not prevail against its gates.”
Paradise Restored correctly identifies which kingdom is on the defensive in time and on earth. It also identifies which strategy is appropriate for which kingdom: offense or defense. This is why pietists regard the book as offensive: it is so utterly offensive!
The function of a drawbridge changes when the tide of battle shifts from defense to offense. Israel was the land of the raised drawbridge for 1,400 years. But the tide of cosmic battle shifted with the bodily death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Paradise Restored demonstrates from the Bible that the tide really did change. Therefore, the proper use of a drawbridge today is as a bridge across the moat. It is time to lower it. This message has infuriated legions of professional archers for Jesus, who have spent their careers practicing their trade by shooting down instead of up.
Look up! Your salvation draweth nigh!
Now, lower your eyes just a little. See those fellows on the parapet? You are their problem far more than they are yours. Aim accordingly.