Review of the High King of Heaven

indexI wrote a review of the High King of Heaven written by Dean Davis on Amazon. This is a book you will want to purchase for  your library.

There have been a number of scholarly works written in the past on the topic of the end times from the Amillennial perspective including classic works by Geerhardus Vos & Antony Hoekema. Over the last few years, a group of eschatologists have taken up the challenge to write books from the Amillennial perspective but focusing upon reaching the average Christian reader. The High King of Heaven by Dean Davis is the latest work in this endeavour and has been one of the most successful in reaching this goal. The High King of Heaven is a true systematic eschatology for the average man! The HKOH simplifies the understanding of the bible’s message on the end times by dividing the outlook into three simple categories. To understand what the bible says about the end times one must understand what it says about the Kingdom, the Millennium and the Consummation. Davis then unpacks these three themes in three sections in the book simplifying how we are to view this important topic. While writing with straightforwardness, the amount of topics and information that Davis addresses makes it unique. There are very few volumes on eschatology out there that deal with the amount of subjects and scripture like this one. The first section on the Kingdom was especially impressive. Davis takes great care in addressing what the scriptures tell us about the Kingdom from both the Old and New Testaments. What many eschatologists neglect or only address in passing is how the Old Testament Kingdom Prophecies are interpreted by the NT writer yet Davis takes the time to really explain the hermeneutical principles involved in interpreting these passages which he calls the New Covenant Hermeneutic. He spends many pages clarifying how this principle works and why it is important. Probably one of the most useful features of the book is Davis’ detailed treatment of various prophecies in Old Testament prophetic books including Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah. This section alone is worth the book! Davis then addresses the question of the millennium by talking about the literary genre, the structure of the book and some of the important symbols leading up to the famous 20th chapter. While this is standard among works on Amillennialism, Davis does a fine job in presenting the classic affirmation of Revelation 20 from the Amillennial view with clarity and simplicity. He also does a fine job in dealing with the other interpretations of this important yet difficult text. The final section deals with the consummation. Davis shows that on the topic of the consummation we must recognize that the resurrection, the final judgment and the cosmic renewal of all things happen at the 2nd coming of Christ. He takes the time to exegete New Testament texts relating to the consummation demonstrating that the New Testament cannot allow a literal 1000 years after the 2nd coming of Christ. Davis also addresses an often disregarded theme in the scriptures relating to end times mainly the last battle. The final section is an overview of what other eschatological positions comprising of their view of the Kingdom, OTKP and the Revelation. These positions include Historic Premillennialism, Dispensational Premillennialim, Postmillennialism, Preterism and Christian Zionism. Davis also provides a number of appendixes to help study out the important texts of scripture relating to the end times. This book is a must have for any serious student of scripture desiring to have a good foundation of the biblical end times. I would even suggest that this should be a first read before delving into more complex scholarly works.

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