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Revelation Q&A: SURELY SOME EVENTS IN REVELATION ARE STILL IN THE FUTURE.

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  July 21, 2014 — 2 Comments
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In this brief series I am providing “talking points” in answer to common questions. I hope these are helpful.

Aren’t some of the prophecies in Revelation still in the future?

(1) Only a very few events in Revelation occur in the distant future: those introduced as resulting from the “1000 year reign of Christ” (Rev 20). Obviously a 1000 years cannot transpire soon. So the 1000 year reign (begun in the first century, Rev 1:6) continues into the future, the conclusion of the 1000 year reign with the coming of Christ in flaming fire, the resurrection of the dead, and the universal judgment await the future. Revelation 20 is John’s one glance to the future, to show it all will end after Christ has had his enormous reign.

(2) Actually the New Heavens and Earth in Revelation 20 return back to the first century. John’s backdrop is Isaiah 65:17-20 which speaks of his creating a new heavens and earth. We note there, though, that Isaiah 65:20 speaks of birth, death, and aging — obviously not features of eternity: “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of one hundred And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred Shall be thought accursed.”

(3) Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 6:15 that when we are in Christ we are a “new creation.”

(4) Thus, the new creation is simply the establishment of Christianity in the world, which is destined to effect worldwide redemption through the progress of the gospel.


The Climax of the Book of Revelation (Rev 19-22)
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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.

2 responses to Revelation Q&A: SURELY SOME EVENTS IN REVELATION ARE STILL IN THE FUTURE.

  1. I love your blog. Could you do a series on how to best deal with dispy family members, especially those that are hostile? I am the sole person in my family that is post-millennial all the rest are Scofield type dispensationalists.

    • Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. July 24, 2014 at 6:30

      A concealed weapons permit is helpful. :) Just kidding. But I will give this some thought. Thanks for the suggestion.

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