I am really excited about having Paradise Restored back in print. That is in a crisp, clean, new format and cover is only an additional bonus.
A Biblical Theology of Dominion it truly is, and much more. You can plop this thing open to any random page and find amazing, even life-changing, teachings. Here’s an example I got just discussing the book in person with a friend this morning.
From page 147:
The fact that many who study the prophetic writings today are more interested in finding possible references to space travel and nuclear weapons than in discovering God’s commandments for living, is a sickening tribute to modern apostasy. “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10); to ignore Jesus in favor of atomic blasts is a perversion of Scripture, a preposterous twisting of God’s holy Word. From beginning to end, John is intensely interested in the ethical conduct of those who read the Book of Revelation:
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things which are written in it (1:3).
Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his garments (16:15).
Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book (22:7).
Blessed are those who do His commandments (22:14).
I must emphasize that in arguing for the eschatology of dominion I am not simply handing out an alternate program guide for the future. Biblical eschatology is not just a schedule of special events. The fundamental meaning of the Hope is the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The goal of eschatology is to lead men to worship and serve their Creator. Prophecy is never merely an academic exercise. All the prophets pointed to Jesus Christ, and they all demanded an ethical response. God’s Word demands total transformation of our lives, at every point. If that is not the goal, and result, of our study of Scripture, it will profit us nothing.
Amen. If more people would see that Bible prophecy is not about futuristic predictions or our current events, but about God’s Covenant with His people, biblical ethics, the Lordship of Christ, and His transformation of all things, we would be in a much better position.