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Reformed critique of the premillennial explanation of Romans 11 (2): Chapter Five: Premillennialism (18)

Previous article in this series: February 15, 2018, p. 228. “…blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness…

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Reformed critique of the premillennial explanation of Romans 11 (1): Chapter Five: Premillennialism (17)

Previous article in this series: December 1, 2017, p. 109. “…blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness…

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Chapter Five—Premillennialism (14): Critique of the Premillennial Explanation of Daniel 9 (concluded)

Previous article in this series: March 1, 2017, p. 253. Introduction The Reformed response to the premillennial appeal to the vision of the seventy weeks in Daniel 9 on behalf of a future earthly millennium of carnal power and glory for national Israel is, first, to insist on the symbolical…

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Chapter Five Premillennialism (13): Critique of the Premillennial Explanation of Daniel 9 (cont.)

Previous article in this series: February 1, 2017, p. 203. Introduction As I pointed out in the preceding article in this series, the vision of the seventy weeks in Daniel 9:24-27 is of the greatest importance to dispensational premillennialism. The Daniel passage is as important to premillennialism as Revelation 20.…

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Chapter Five: Premillennialism (12) Critique of the Premillennial Explanation of Daniel 9

Previous article in this series: December 15, 2016, p. 129. Introduction Of at least equal importance for the premillennial understanding of the last things with Revelation 20 is the prophecy of the seventy weeks of Daniel 9. Taking the seventy weeks as seventy weeks of years, that is, a definite…

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The Reformed Baptism Form: A Commentary, Bastiaan Wielenga. Ed. David J. Engelsma. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma

The Reformed Baptism Form: A Commentary, Bastiaan Wielenga. Ed. David J. Engelsma. Jenison, MI: RFPA, 2016. Hardcover. 425 pp., $39.95. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] This is the title of a book that is hot off the presses of the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA). The book is an unusual…

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Chapter Five: Premillennialism (10): Its Explanation of Revelation 20 Refuted

Previous article in this series: May 1, 2016, p. 352. Introduction The previous article in this series pointed out two errors of the premillennial understanding of Revelation which, although serious, are not the fundamental error of the explanation of Revelation 20 by that doctrine of the last things. One serious…

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Chapter Five Premillennialism (9): Its Explanation of Revelation 20 Refuted

Previous article in this series: January 15, 2016, p. 184. Introduction Regardless that dispensational premillennialism insists that its expectation of a millennium of earthly power, riches, peace, and glory for Israel does not rest exclusively, or even mainly, on Revelation 20, Revelation 20 is fundamental to this eschatology. If the…

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Chapter Five Premillennialism (8): Its Explanation of Revelation 20

Previous article in this series: October 1, 2015, p. 16. Introduction The previous articles in this series on premillennialism presented part of premillennialism’s explanation of the important teaching about the last things in Revelation 20. According to premillennialism, the millennium will be a literal period of one thousand years of…

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Chapter Five Premillennialism (7): Its Explanation of Revelation 20

Previous article in this series: April 15, 2015, p. 323.    Introduction Premillennialism explains Revelation 20:1-10 as predicting a “golden age” of a thousand years of earthly power, prosperity, and peace for the nation of Israel. Reigning over this earthly kingdom will be the risen, glorified Jesus Christ in the…

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By Faith Alone: Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification, ed. Gary L. W. Johnson and Guy P. Waters. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma

By Faith Alone: Answering the Challenges to the Doctrine of Justification, ed. Gary L. W. Johnson and Guy P. Waters. Foreword by David F. Wells. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006. Pp. 213. $17.99 (paper). [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.]   For the Book: Defense of Justification There is something to be…

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Chapter Five: Premillennialism (6): Its Explanation of Revelation 20

Previous article in this series: March 15, 2015, p. 276. Introduction The preceding article in this series began setting forth the premillennial explanation of the passage of Scripture that is fundamental to all millennial doctrine, that is, all doctrine that predicts a “golden age” in future, earthly history, namely, Revelation…

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Chapter Five Premillennialism (5): Its Explanation of Revelation 20

Previous article in this series: February 15, 2015, p. 227. Introduction Every doctrine of the last things—eschatology—must take Revelation 20:1-10 into account, prove itself the truth according to the teaching of the passage, defend itself in light of the passage, and offer an explanation of the passage in its entirety.…

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Chapter Five Premillennialism (4): Orientation (4)

Previous article in this series: January 15, 2015, p. 180. “The doctrine of the future is the best known element in dispensational theology, and at the same time, the least important…. [The] underlying concept [of dispensational theology] is the difference between Israel and the church.” “[Separating Israel and the church,…

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Chapter Four Postmillennialism (30): The Disastrous Consequences of Postmillennialism (3) (concluded)

Previous article in this series: May 15, 2014, p. 373. Introduction The preceding article in this series demonstrated that postmillennialism is guilty of explaining the biblical signs of the end of all things as applicable only to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. The signs and their reference are…

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1834: Hendrik De Cock’s Return to the True Church, by Marvin Kamps. Reviewed by: David J. Engelsma

1834: Hendrik De Cock’s Return to the True Church, by Marvin Kamps. Jenison, MI: RFPA, 2014. Pp. xx + 490. $43.95 hard. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] This is a book about a spiritual hero. One day, God will honor him before all humans, especially before his contemptible enemies—ostensibly colleagues…

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Chapter Four Postmillennialism (29): The Disastrous Consequences of Postmillennialism (2)

Previous article in this series: March 15, 2014, p. 272. Introduction The first disastrous, practical consequence of the postmillennial error, pointed out in the preceding article in this series, is the diminishing and then the loss of the one Christian hope: the bodily return of Jesus Christ to raise the…

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Chapter Four Postmillennialism (28): The Disastrous Consequences of Postmillennialism (1)

Previous article in this series: February 1, 2014, p. 199. Introduction Contrary to the overconfident declaration of the previ­ous article in this series, that my treatment of postmillen­nialism was ended, I find that several additional articles are required to complete a thorough treatment of the false doctrine. A biblical, creedally…

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Chapter Four Postmillennialism (27): The Reformed (Amillennial) Critique of Postmillennialism

Previous article in this series: December 15, 2013, p. 127. Introduction The preceding article in this series demonstrated that the Reformed confessions not only have not a word of support for postmillennialism but also repudiate this false doctrine. These confessions know only the hope of the second coming of Christ.…

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Chapter Four Postmillennialism (26): The Reformed (Amillennial) Critique of Postmillennialism

Previous article in this series: September 1, 2013, p. 467. Introduction Having demonstrated that none of the main passages of Scripture to which postmillennialists appeal supports the erroneous doctrine of the last things, I conclude my Reformed critique of postmillennialism by showing that the error finds no support in the…

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Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat, by James D. Bratt. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma

Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat, by James D. Bratt (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013). Pp. xxviii + 455. $30 (paper). [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] In his own biography of Abraham Kuyper, which served the purpose of introducing Kuyper to “the general reader” (Abraham Kuyper, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960), Frank…

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Chapter Four Postmillennialism (25): The Reformed (Amillennial) Critique of Postmillennialism (cont.)

Previous article in this series: June 2013, p. 396. Introduction This part of my treatment of postmillennialism consists of a critical examination of the biblical proof put forward by the postmillennialists for their doctrine of the last things. I have already considered their Old Testament proof: the passages that prophesy…

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Chapter Four Postmillennialism (24): The Reformed (Amillennial) Critique of Postmillennialism (cont.)

Previous article in this series: April 15, 2013, p. 325. Introduction In our critical examination of the biblical proof put forward by postmillennialism for its erroneous under­standing of the last things, one passage remains to be considered. We have already considered three passages of Scripture to which postmillennialism appeals in…

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Chapter Four Postmillennialism (23): The Reformed (Amillennial) Critique of Postmillennialism (cont.)

Previous article in this series: February 15, 2013, p. 226. Introduction One of the passages of Scripture that are especially important to postmillennialism is Romans 11:25, 26. This passage is explained by the advocates of postmil­lennialism as promising a dramatic conversion of large numbers of Jews in the future. According…

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Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored by Michael G. Brown and Zach Keele. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.

Michael G. Brown and Zach Keele, Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored (Grandville, MI: Re­formed Fellowship, 2012). Pp. 165. $12.00 (paper). [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] The purpose of this book is commendable: an overview of the biblical doctrine of the covenant that will introduce this essential truth to Reformed and…

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