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REVELATION Q&A: 200,000,000 ARMY?

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  Leave a comment
200 million army

In this brief series I am providing “talking points” in answer to common questions. I hope these are helpful.

Who are the 200,000,000 mounted troops?

(1) I would respond, first, with: How could anyone possibly project these events 2000 years into the future, when John strongly asserts their temporal proximity? And since the book deals with the trials of the first century church?

(2) We must remember, also, that Revelation is extremely symbolic and based on OT imagery:

(3) The one-third of men killed in Rev 9, is one-third of those in “the earth/land” (9:1,3), Israel. You really need to read Josephus, Wars of the Jews books 4-6, for a gruesome report of the devastation. Josephus records deaths of 1.1 million in Israel.

Before Jerusalem Fell (by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.)
My doctoral dissertation defending a pre-AD 70 date for Revelation’s writing
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(4) The 200 million is a symbolic figure portraying the enormous opposition against Israel. Her doom is sure. The figure is no more literal than “the sand of the seashore” (Rev 20:8:). “Sand” is often used of large, but not exact numbers: The Canaanite army opposing Israel (Josh 11:4), the Midianite army (Jdgs 7:12), the Philistines (1 Sam 13:5).

The Climax of the Book of Revelation (Rev 19-22)
Six lectures on six DVDs that introduce Revelation as a whole,
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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.


Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

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