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A few days an old man died.  An old man who was in his 90s who was born in the 1920s.  The world noticed.  His name was Hugh Hefner; just saying his name most people would know who he was and what he stood for.

This same month another man also died.  He too was a man born in the 1920s.  Most people in the world would not know who he was or what he was about.  His name was Robert Thomas, a New Testament scholar and professor who for decades taught Greek, heremeneutics, exegesis and New Testament theology.

Two men so close in age yet two men who were worlds apart.

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The Master's Perspective on Biblical Prophecy

 (Available on Amazon)

This book is a compilation of eleven articles pertaining to the issues of eschatology and dispensationalism with contributions mainly from professors of The Master’s Seminary.  I started reading this book in search of possible deeper insights into the Biblical texts pertaining to eschatology, seeing how these articles for the most part came from theological journals.  To that end, I found the articles most helpful were those written by the New Testament professor Dr. Robert L. Thomas.  He contributed over half of the articles (six) in this volume.  His chapter on Revelation 2-3 pointed out how these two chapters alluded to Christ’s second coming, which previously I haven’t really notice before.  Relevant to the Amillennial/Premillennial debate is Thomas’ excellent article making a case for the structure of Revelation as basically being temporally progressive rather than that of recapitulation.  This is not to say that there is no interlude or “intermission” in the Book of revelation however, since the next chapter Dr. Thomas gave an excellent analysis of the seventh bowl of the Apocalypse.  Another thing that I took away from this book is Dr. Thomas and Dr. Barker’s point of how Revelation draws heavily from the Book of Daniel, and how the Book of Daniel as antecedent theology helps inform us and understand Revelation, in particular with Daniel chapter seven.  I appreciated the book’s being focused on exegesis, the original language, hermeneutics and the Bible itself rather than sensationalism and “newspaper” speculation that some quarters of pop dispensationalism engage in, which turned me off as a younger Christian.  Given its more technical nature, I would recommend this work for readers familiar with the original language.  One thing I thought was a bit odd about the book was the editors’ introduction that said the opinions in the book does no necessarily reflect the opinions of The Master’s Seminary when the title of the work is “The Master’s Perspective on Biblical Prophecy.”  Then there’s also Dr. Thomas’s Inspired Sensor Plenior Application (ISPA) that I’m not too sure about at this time.

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