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THE DAYS OF VENGEANCE
David Chilton, 2006
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Days of Vengeance is an extraordinary exposition of the book of Revelation and will undoubtedly be welcomed as a cool drenching rain upon a dry, thirsty ground. From the very beginning, cranks and crackpots have attempted to use Revelation to advocate some new twist on the Chicken Little Doctrine: "The Sky is Falling!" But, as David Chilton shows in this careful, detailed exposition, St. John's Apocalypse teaches instead that Christians will overcome all opposition through the work of Jesus Christ.
Most of the confusion over the meaning of the prophecy has resulted from afailure to apply five crucial interpretive keys to the Book of Revelation:
1. Revelation is the most "Biblical" book in the Bible. St. John quotes hundreds of passages from the Old Testament, often with subtle allusions to little-known rituals of the Ancient Near East. In order to understand Revelation, we need to know our Bibles backward and forward (or, at least, own a commentary that explains it!).
2. Revelation is a prophecy about imminent events - events that were about to break loose on the world of the first century. Revelation is not about nuclear warfare, space travel, or the end of the world. Again and again it specifically warns that "the time is near!" Revelation cannot be understood unless this fundamental fact is taken seriously.
3. Revelation has a system of symbolism. Everyone recognizes that St. John wrote his message in symbols. But the meaning of those symbols is not up for grabs. There is a systematic structure in Biblical symbolism. In order to understand Revelation properly, we must become familiar with the "language" in which it is written.
4. Revelation is a worship service. St. John did not write a textbook on prophecy. Instead, he recorded a heavenly worship service in progress. One of his major concerns, in fact, is that the worship of God is central to everything in life. It is the most important thing we do.
5. Revelation is a book about dominion. Revelation is not a book about how terrible the Antichrist is, or how powerful the devil is. It is, as the very first verse says, "The revelation of Jesus Christ." It tells us about His lordship over all, it tells us about our salvation and victory in the New Covenant, God's "wonderful plan for our life", it tells us that the kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our God, and of His Christ; and it tells us He shall reign forever and ever.
FOREWORD by Gordon J. Wenham
PUBLISHER'S PREFACE by Gary North
Part One: PREAMBLE: THE SON OF MAN (Revelation 1)
1. King of Kings
Part Two: HISTORICAL PROLOGUE: THE LETTERS
TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES (Revelation 2-3)
2. The Spirit Speaks to the Church: Overcome!
3. The Dominion Mandate
Part Three: ETHICAL STIPULATIONS: THE SEVEN SEALS (Revelation 4-7)
4. The Throne Above the Sea
5. Christus Victor
6. In the Path of the White Horse
7. The True Israel
Part Four: COVENANT SANCTIONS: THE SEVEN TRUMPETS (Revelation 8-14)
8. Liturgy and History
9. All Hell Breaks Loose
10. The Faithful Witness
11. The End of the Beginning
12. The Holy War
13. Leviathan and Behemoth
14. The King on Mount Zion
Part Five: COVENANT SUCCESSION AND CONTINUITY:
THE SEVEN CHALICES (Revelation 15-22)
15. Seven Last PlaguesCONCLUSION: THE LESSONS OF REVELATION
16. Judgment from the Sanctuary
17. The False Bride
18. Babylon Is Fallen!
19. The Feasts of the Kingdom
20. The Millennium and the Judgment
21. The New Jerusalem
22. Come, Lord Jesus!
APPENDIX A-The Levitical Symbolism in Revelation
by Philip Carrington
APPENDIX B-Christian Zionism and Messianic Judaism
by James B. Jordan
APPENDIX C-Common Grace, Eschatology, and Biblical Law
by Gary North
David Chilton authored several pionering works including The Great Tribulation, Paradise Restored: A Biblical Theology of Dominion, Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt-Manipulators, and Power in the Blood: A Christian Response to AIDS. He died in 1997 at the age of 45.
721 pages, hardcover, appendix, bibliography, author, general, and Scripture indices