Ralph Smith, missionary to Japan and director of the Japan Christian Liberty institute, analyzes the pre-, a-, and post-millennial positions and presents an argument for post-millennialism. As part of this study, he deals with the concept of the covenant and its implications for eschatology.
This book sets forth the major biblical and theological arguments for postmillennialism with clarity, outlining the basic issues in four chapters. The central theological problem is defined in chapter one, and the real problem of interpretation is explained in chapter two. Chapter three goes on to show how and why postmillennialism alone meets the demands for a biblical philosophy of history. Finally, chapter four presents a covenantal view of the development of history, showing that the dispensationalists have misread the promises of the Abrahamic, Davidic and New Covenant, which have been fulfilled in Christ and are now being realized through His Church. Appendixes offer a critique of dispensational theology, an introduction to the book of Revelation, and detailed interpretation of two key New testament passages: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 and Revelation 19:11-16.
Written so that any serious Christian may read it without difficulty, The Covenantal Kingdom is also sufficiently detailed to be useful to seminary students and pastors. It is an ideal study guide for introducing the postmillennial view to students of the Bible.
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