Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 124:496 (Oct 1967)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

The Nations In Prophecy. By John F. Walvoord. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1967. 176 pp. $4.95.

According to 1 Corinthians 10:32, God’s plan includes a program for three distinct groups; Israel, the church, and the nations. Following the publication of two previous volumes, Israel in Prophecy, and The Church in Prophecy, the author in the third volume in the series completes a trilogy which gives a comprehensive survey of the major themes of the prophetic program.

After showing the crisis existing among nations, which makes the days in which we live days of great significance, the author proceeds, by a study of significant chapters in Genesis, to trace the origin of nations. Through a study of Daniel 2, he traces the history of nations from Biblical days to the present as the history of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome are considered.

The author then moves from the historical to the eschatological realm, tracing the rise of the fourfold division of nations at the end times. This includes the northern confederacy, Egypt and the south, the eastern confederacy, and the western confederacy. Much Scripture is brought to bear on this area of study. The final conflagration of nations at Armageddon is presented, as is the judgment of nations at the second advent. The place of nations in the millennial kingdom is studied. A chapter is devoted to the interesting question of the place of the United States in the prophetic program.

No one can understand the significance of present-day movements among nations apart from a knowledge of the prophetic program revealed in Scripture. This work by a competent prophetic scholar is highly recommended to guide one into a knowledge of this portion of God’s truth.

J. D. Pentecost

Is God Dead? By Cornelius Van Til. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1966. 43 pp. Paper.

This scholarly analysis of the “God-is-dead” theology considers the underlying principle of iconoclasm which characterizes writers in this field such as Cox’s The Secular City, Altizer’s “Creative Negation,” William Hamilton’s “Radical Theology,” and Van Buren’s Secular Meaning of the Gospel. In addition he treats John C. Bennett’s “In Defense of God.”

The discussion, couched in

philosophic and theological terminology, brings out that essentially the “God-is-dead” theology is based on pure dogmatism, on the assumption that modern man is free to c...

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