Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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Christ’s Prophetic Plans: A Futuristic Premillennial Primer edited by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue. Chicago: Moody, 2012. 220 pp., paper, $19.99.
MacArthur and Mayhue were helped in this work by contributions from three other members of The Master’s Seminary (Michael Vlach, Matthew Waymeyer, and Nathan Busenitz). Together they wrote an unyielding understanding and defense of premillennialism, with MacArthur articulating the thesis of the book on the first page.
This primer (basic, introductory book) intends to provide a clear and convincing biblical explanation for the interpretive approach to Scripture that results in a knowable futuristic view of Christ’s millennial reign on earth, the certain validity of God’s promises to future Israel, and the crucial differences between Israel (as a people and a nation) and the NT church.
The authors were not only presenting a case for premillennialism in general but also for dispensational premillennialism in particular. MacArthur wrote that dispensationalism results from three things: (1) interpreting Scripture normally; (2) understanding Old Testament restoration promises to Israel, as well as the Book of Revelation, as future; and, (3) distinguishing decisively between Israel and the church (p. 10). However, it was Vlach who explained the dispensational case—forcefully and clearly—in chapters two and three (both of which can be found in his booklet Dispensationalism, which provides a more complete treatment of the subject). Vlach is correct that the main difference between dispensationalists and nondispensationalists is their hermeneutical approach to Scripture (see p. 23). Vlach expanded upon previous definitions of dispensationalism, including Ryrie’s famous sine qua non, by offering six essential beliefs (pp. 24–35). Later, Vlach adequately refuted five common myths that covenantalists have promoted with regard to dispensationalism (pp. 42–54).
Waymeyer wrote a helpful chapter exegeting Revelation 20 (chapter 6 in this work), which is the defining text of Scripture for much of eschatological disagreement. He offered four proofs that Revelation 20 presents futuristic premillennialism: (1) the timing of Satan’s binding; (2) the nature of the first resurrection; (3) the duration of the millennium; and, (4) the chronology of John’s vision (pp. 123–38) (for a more thorough
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treatment of Revelation 20, see Waymeyer’s Revelation 20 and the Millennial D...
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