Kenneth L. Gentry

THE VALUE OF CREEDS

PMW 2021-007 Guest article by W. Robert Godfrey (Westminster Theological Seminary, California) Imagine a Christian gathering in Alexandria on the night before Easter, 173. A young man who has heard the Gospel message of Jesus Christ is ready to be baptized. He has received some instruction in the faith and has brought his life into conformity with Christian ethics. He…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

THE SEEDS OF CREEDS

PMW 2021-006 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D. Though they are not on a par with Scripture itself, the ecumenical creeds are important instruments for securing, promoting, and defending the Christian faith. They are designed to secure the faith by outlining the broad doctrinal borders of true Christianity by defining the basics of what historic Christianity believes. They promote the…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

FIGURES OF SPEECH IN SCRIPTURE

PMW 2021-005 by Ardel B. Caneday “The Importance of Recognizing Figures of Speech in Scripture” I had intended to post an article that would flow out from the one last week. However, my rather lengthy response to a friend’s question addresses an issue from which I believe others will benefit. The query raised was generated out of the inquisitor’s hearing…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

TOWARD A BIBLICAL OPTIMISM

PMW 2021-005 by Timothy M. Kucij At the time of our marriage, many years ago, my wife and I made some promises to ourselves, each other, and to God. One of these promises was that we would read the Scriptures daily in a devotional setting. As we focused on the general tenure of Scripture it became evident that here was…

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PROTOLOGY & ESCHATOLOGY (4)

PMW 2021-003 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. I am returning to my analysis of the Framework Hypothesis which overthrows the long-held traditional interpretation of Gen 1 by changing the clear message of the creation narrative in Genesis 1. As noted previously, this is significant for the postmillennialist in that the postmillennial argument literally begins “In the beginning.” In the two previous articles…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

PROTOLOGY & ESCHATOLOGY (3)

PMW-2021-002 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. As I have been noting in this series: creation and consummation are theologically-linked in Scripture. Therefore, a proper view of creation is significant for the eschatological argument for postmillennialism. Simply put: if you do not begin right, you will not end right. Therefore, when I present a full argument for postmillennialism, I begin with…

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PROTOLOGY & ESCHATOLOGY (2)

PMW 2021-001 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. In my last blog article I began presenting my latest book, As It Is Written, which is on creation. Creation necessarily impacts consummation because of the linear progress of history under God’s sovereignty. Therefore the postmillennialist should be interested in creation issues. And Six-day creation is a strong foundation stone for the postmillennial…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

PROTOLOGY & ESCHATOLOGY (1)

PMW-2020-111 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. The postmillennial hope looks to the unfolding victory of Christ’s kingdom in history. In fact, the glorious dominance of his kingdom is the very goal of history. God’s plan was for man to exercise dominion over all creation (Gen 1:26–28). Immediately upon Adam’s Fall, God instituted redemption which was designed to crush the head…

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CHRISTMAS AND POSTMILLENNIALISM

PMW 2019-103 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. Christmas is here, and quite appropriately it will be followed by a new year. Since Christ came to effect a new creation! We must not forget the message of Christmas; we must take it with us in the new year God is granting us. So as we enter this season, let us consider…

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REVELATION’S DATE: EXTERNAL EVIDENCE (2)

PMW 2020-109 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. As I continue my series on the dating of Revelation, I will present two of the leading external witnesses for the late date: Irenaeus and Origen. Irenaeus (A.D. 130-202) Undoubtedly the most commonly used and strongest external objection to the early date of Revelation is the famous sNovember 2, 2020tatement by Irenaeus (ca.…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

REVELATION’S DATE: EXTERNAL EVIDENCE (1)

PMW 2020-108 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. I am continuing a study on the dating Revelation. In this article I will I provide some evidence from church history and tradition. I will begin with the positive indicators for an early date. After that, in the next article I will review the contrary evidence, which is so influential in the late…

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REVELATION’S DATE: INTERNAL EVIDENCE (3)

PMW 2020-107 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. The final evidence from Revelation’s self-witness that I will mention focuses on the relationship of the Jew to Christianity in Revelation. And although there are several aspects of this evidence, I will just briefly introduce it. We may illustratively refer to two important passages and their implications regarding: Christianity and Israel First, when…

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REVELATION’S DATE: INTERNAL EVIDENCE (2)

PMW 2020-106 Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. In Revelation 17:9-10 John records a vision of a seven-headed Beast. In this vision we discover clear evidence that Revelation was written before the death of Nero (June 8, A. D. 68), well before the temple’s destruction in August, A.D. 70: Here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains,…

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REVELATION’S DATE: INTERNAL EVIDENCE (1)

PMW 2020-105 Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. As I open my argument for the early dating of Revelation, I will first engage the internal indicators of time discoverable in Revelation. This engages the evidence from Revelation’s self-witness. In that I hold to the full inspiration and inerrency of Scripture, I am convinced that these are the most fundamental evidences. Later I…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION’S DATE

PMW 2020-104 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. Although this topic is basically an academic one, its ultimate issue is extremely practical — hence the popular flavor of my presentation. Resolving the question of Revelation’s compositional date is one of the most — if not the most — important issues facing the interpreter. We may see its significance both regarding the…

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OPENING REVELATION

PMW 2020-103 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. The first word in the Book of Revelation, the word which became its title, is: apokalupsis, which means “unveiling, revelation.” Despite this title Revelation is undoubtedly the most difficult to interpret, most hotly debated, and most abused book in all of Scripture. The book is so perplexing that John himself could not understand…

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BAHNSEN AND REVELATION STUDIES

PMW 2020-102 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. I am writing this article as a brief tribute to Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen (Sept. 17 1948–Dec. 11, 1995) regarding his influence on Revelation studies, especially as the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death is approaching. He certainly is gone, but not forgotten. Dr. Bahnsen’s formal training and primary ministry focus were in the…

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ANOTHER CONFUSED DISCIPLE (Matt 24:3) Part 4

PMW 2020-101 by Kenneth L Gentry, Jr. This is my fourth and final installment regarding my confusion about Don Preston’s confusion about the disciples’ confusion in Matthew 24:3. To add to the confusion: I am interacting with his book, Were the Disciples Confused? Now you are probably confused! While reading this article, you should keep in mind Matthew’s opening three…

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ANOTHER CONFUSED DISCIPLE (Matt 24:3) Part 3

PMW 2020-100 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. In this article I am continuing a brief, four-part analysis of Hyper-preterist Don Preston’s book Were the Disciples Confused? In my last two articles I noted some general frustrations with Preston’s attitude in presenting his material. In this one I will focus on a key problem with his argument. I will be (mostly)…

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