Kenneth L. Gentry

ZECHARIAH 14 IN POSTMILLENNIALISM (2)

PMW 2021-038 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. In my last article I began a two-part study on Zechariah 14. Having presented the dispensational view, I will now present a postmillennial interpretation of this famous passage. The Siege of Jerusalem The siege of Jerusalem described in Zechariah 14:1–2 points to the AD 70 judgment upon Jerusalem. J. Dwight Pentecost admits that…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

POSTMILLENNIALISM & ZECHARIAH 14 (1)

PMW 2021-037 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. In Zechariah’s great prophecy we read one verse that is used by dispensational literalists to overthrow the prophet’s postmillennial hope. That verse reads: “And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from…

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REVELATION’S DIFFICULTY

PMW 2021-036 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. Evangelical laymen love to hear about the book of Revelation. Unfortunately, they tend to approach it as if it were a child’s toy. Many of contemporary dispensationalism’s best-sellers focus on Revelation. In a childish, shallow way. We must recognize that even the trained, diligent scholar must approach Revelation with extreme caution, humbly recognizing…

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LITERALISM AND POSTMILLENNIALISM

PMW 2021-116 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. From time-to-time, I am try to answer questions that readers send in. Here is one that I have received in a few different forms. I thought PMW readers might appreciate this brief Question and Answer. Reader question: I have a question for you. I recently heard a postmill/amill debate. The amill gave a…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

REVELATION AND DOUBLE FULFILLMENT

PMW 2021-108 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. I frequently have folks respond to my presentation of the preterist argument for Revelation in an unusual way. They see the strength of the preterist analysis of Revelation. They recognize that it is difficult to get around Revelation’s opening and closely comments regarding the temporal nearness of its prophecies. After all, Revelation 1:1…

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AMILLENNIAL PESSIMISM

PMW 2021-033 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. Amillennialists often complain that postmillennialists wrongly categorize them as “pessimistic.” They generally reject this evaluation for two reasons: (1) It is negative sounding in itself. And (2) it overlooks the fact that they believe that ultimately Christ and his people win the victory at the end of history. Still other amillennialists deny this…

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THE GRADUALISM PRINCIPLE

PMW 2021-032 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. The principle of gradualism has long been the method of God and the experience of God’s people in Scripture. I will be showing below that if we are to properly understand Scripture’s eschatological victory, we must recognize this important redemptive-historical means of divine operation. In short, this principle expects the kingdom’s developmental unfolding…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

MY FAVORITE POSTMILLENNIAL VERSES

PMW 2021-031 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. I became a postmillennialist after becoming dismayed with dispensationalism, while studying at Grace Theological seminary. But I did not leap from dispensational despair to postmillennial progress in a single bound. Nor was my move faster than a speeding bullet. Nor did I deem it necessary to wear a red cape to do this.…

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PERSECUTION AND POSTMILLENNIALISM

PMW 2021-030 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. Critics of postmillennialism will often turn to negative sounding passages in the New Testament in order to discredit any postmillennialism optimism regarding the future. For instance, Matthew 10:23 is a favorite in this regard: “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to…

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IS REVELATION PAST? (4)

PMW 2021-029 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. I am now drawing to the conclusion of my four-part series on the reasoning behind a preteristic understanding of Revelation. Many deem the great judgments and upheaval of Revelation as undermining the glorious postmillennial hope. This is mistaken in that the bulk of Revelation was fulfilled in the first century. As we have…

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IS REVELATION PAST? (3)

PMW 2021-028 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. This is my third installment on the question of the evidence that Revelation was fulfilled in the first century. As surprising as this conclusion is for the modern evangelical, the proof is in Revelation itself. In this article I will consider the Historical Indicators for preterism. I agree with the Puritan Talmudic scholar,…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

IS REVELATION PAST? (2)

PMW 2021-027 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. In my last article I introduced the first of four arguments for approaching Revelation from the preterist perspective. The first article focused on the temporal indicators that John places in Revelation. Lexically, it is clear that he expected the events to “soon” take place (Rev 1:1) because “the time is near” (Rev 1:3).…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

IS REVELATION PAST? (1)

Due to the widespread influence of dispensationalism, the preterist approach to Revelation shocks many Christians. So it is important to carefully introduce them to the exegetical rationale for this approach. I believe we should present a four-fold exegetical justification for preterism in Revelation. These justifications are rooted in interpretive demands derived from the text itself, not from theological predispositions (e.g.,…

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UNDERSTANDING POSTMILLENNIALISM

PMW 2021-025 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. Postmillennialism is perhaps the easiest eschatological position to misunderstand in our era and therefore inadvertently to misrepresent. Consequently, we must remind our brothers in the debate of postmillennialism’s actual claims. In a Westminster Theological Journal article I wrote a few years ago, I caution non-postmillennialists regarding three faulty assumptions that they must avoid…

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EDITING MILTON TERRY’S COMMENTARY

PMW 2021-024 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. In my previous three postings I have been noting the significance of Milton Terry’s commentary as I plan to bring it back into print. Thankfully, Biblical Apocalyptics has remained in print over the years and has included “The Apocalypse of John” as a major portion of it. But the published versions have been…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

SIGNIFICANCE OF TERRY’S REVELATION COMMENTARY

PMW 2021-023 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. As noted in the two previous postings, Jay Rogers and I will soon be re-publishing Milton S. Terry’s commentary on Revelation. As Christians who are deeply interested in Revelation, it is with great pleasure that we will soon be releasing it as a stand-along commentary. Since its initial composition in 1898, it has…

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INTRODUCING MILTON TERRY (2)

PMW 2021-022 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. This is the second in a two-part series introducing the life and ministry of Milton S. Terry. Terry was a scholarly advocate of both postmillennialism and preterism. Though I do not agree with all of his positions (even utterly rejecting some of them), his scholarly insights into Revelation are for the most part…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

INTRODUCING MILTON TERRY (1)

PMW 2021-021 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. Milton Terry wrote an excellent preterist commentary on Revelation. It will be released by April, 2021, as a stand-alone commentary, having digitally extricated it from his larger work in which it was long embedded: Biblical Apocalyptics. In preparation for its release, I am providing this brief two-part biography of this remarkable scholar. Family…

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