The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology

Did you know that last things come first? If that sounds confusing, then you are in for a treat as the Christ the Center panel interviews Dr. R. Fowler White and Dr. Keith Mathison, president and dean respectively, of the brand new Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies. We learn about this new educational endeavor of Dr. R. C. Sproul’s Ligonier Ministries. Additionally we discuss eschatological perspectives from Genesis to Revelation, focusing on Dr. Mathison’s new book From Age to Age. Dr. White is the editor or contributor to several books, including Whatever Happened to the Reformation? Dr. Mathison is a prolific author who has written, among many titles, When Shall These Things Be? and Given for You. Listeners will want to listen carefully to this episode in order to ascertain whether Dr. Mathison is an optimistic amillennialist or a pessimistic postmillenialist.


  • R. Fowler White
  • Keith Mathison
  • Lane Kiester
  • Jim Cassidy
  • Jeff Waddington
  • Camden Bucey


Hoekema, Anthony A. The Bible and the Future. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1979.

Johnson, Gary L. W., and R. Fowler White. Whatever Happened to the Reformation? Phillipsburg, N.J.: P & R, 2001.

Mathison, Keith A. From Age to Age: The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P & R Pub., 2009.

—. Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Pub., 1999.

Riddlebarger, Kim. A Case for Amillennialism : Understanding the End Times. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leicester, England: Baker Books ; Inter-Varsity Press, 2003.

Venema, Cornelis P., and Sinclair B. Ferguson. The Promise of the Future. Edinburgh; Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, 2000.

White, R. Fowler. “Making Sense of Rev 20:1–10? Harold Hoehner Versus Recapitulation.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. 37, no. 4 (1994): 539.

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Benjamin P. Glaser

11 years ago

Great show this week. Nice to hear positive reviews of Post-Millennial thought.

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11 years ago


Guess what. If you can figure out when the “sudden destruction” of wicked persons takes place in I Thess. 5:3 (and also when “death” is ended in I Cor. 15:54), you will know where to place the rapture on your prophecy chart because those passages talk about the “times and seasons” (and also the “when” and “then”) of the rapture. Neat, huh?

(Another good web item, besides the above, is “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” which I found on the “Powered by Christ Ministries” site. Don’t overlook the dispie portraits from Irving and Darby to Lindsey and Ice.)

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10 years ago

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6 years ago

As a partial preterist and postmillennialist, I find it to be a very important question whether recapitulation continues all the way into chapter 20 of Revelation. I am thoroughly convinced of a preterist reading of Chs. 1-19 that focuses on the Roman empire and Old Covenant Israel, and I fully grant recapitulation in those chapters. However, hyperpreterists see this recapitulation, and then argue–along the very same lines that more idealist/amillennial types do–for continuing recapitulation all the way into 20:7-10, which results in having *everything* fulfilled in the 1st century. I look forward to Ken Gentry, Jr.’s upcoming commentary in which he deals with White’s arguments for recapitulation in Rev. 20. But I also wonder what Dr. Mathison thinks.




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