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Latest edition (Third edition: Revised and Expanded)
618 pp.; Paperback (Also available in hardback)

In Solomon's glorious Psalm we find a prophetic pledge that Christ "shall have dominion from sea to sea." And he promises this gracious worldwide victory of the Christian faith in time and on earth "while the sun and moon endure" (72:5) and despite the existence of those "enemies" (72:9) who would "afflict" and "oppress" (72:2, 4).

Under the gracious sway of his gospel, Christ will cause "the righteous to flourish" (72:7) and bring "peace to the people" (Psa. 72:5). Resulting from this righteousness and peace will come "abundance" and "flourishing" prosperity in all the earth (72:16). Ultimately, "all nations [will] call him blessed" (72:17) so that "the whole earth [will] be filled with his glory" (72:19).

Such is the postmillennial hope. Christ will return after millennial conditions prevail upon the earth (hence, post-millennialism), not before them (as in the popular pre-millennial system). The millennial blessings arise under the influence of the gospel, not because of Armageddon.

Though many evangelicals today are concerned about being Left Behind before the future collapses into absolute chaos, the postmillennialist is optimistic that He Shall Have Dominion throughout the earth. Rather than adopting "I'll Fly Away" as their anthem, postmillennialists prefer "Onward Christian Soldiers."

In this book you will find the whole biblical rationale for postmillennialism, from its incipient beginning in Genesis to its glorious conclusion in Revelation.

This is truly a new edition. In it I update a great many of the biblio-graphical references and add newer ones in order to make the work more current. Though I drop many of the older references, I do not drop them all in that I want to interact with some of the more important ones. I intend to offer the best of both worlds: analysis of classic works, as well as interaction with contemporary contributions. A secondary benefit of this practice is to let dispensationalists know that despite their "plain and simple" method of interpretation, their system keeps changing, thereby demonstrating things are not so "plain and simple."

I also give more attention to amillennialism than in previous editions, though I still deal more extensively with dispensationalism. In upgrading my amillennial critique I employ the more recent works by Robert B. Strimple, Vern Poythress, Dennis Johnson, Robert L. Reymond, Cornelis Venema, Kim Riddlebarger, and others. The amillennial presentation has changed over the years, moving from a more exegetical approach to a more theological one. I critique both approaches.

For the most part this edition adds new material, with each chapter undergoing significant expansions. I would especially note that I significantly lengthen the three chapters considering objections to postmillennialism ? partly in order to handle more amillennial objections. I would also point out that I have re-titled the Appendix on hyper-preterism in that I greatly expand my critique in order to include exegetical as well as theological concerns regarding this aberrant movement. Though this heterodox movement continues to grow, signs are appearing that it may be coming apart at the seams. Their continual patching of new material on the old garment is making matters worse. I hope to loosen a few of its threads myself.

ANALYTICAL OUTLINE
PART ONE : INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: The Significance of Biblical Eschatology
The Importance of Eschatology
The Meaning of "Eschatology"
The Priority of Scripture
The Philosophy of History
The Implications of Eschatology
Conclusion

Chapter 2: The Purpose of This Treatise
Postmillennial Information
Postmillennial Exposition
Postmillennial Vindication
Postmillennial Exhortation
Conclusion

Chapter 3: The Pessimistic Millennial Views
The General Millennial Idea
The Standard Millennial Positions
Conclusion

Chapter 4: The Postmillennial System
A Definition of Postmillennialism
The Confusion Regarding Postmillennialism
The Origins of Postmillennialism
Conclusion

PART TWO: EXPOSITION

Chapter 5: The Revelation of Truth
God's Word is Inerrant
God's Word is Powerful
Conclusion

Chapter 6: The Covenants of Redemption
Covenantal Scripture
Covenantal Obligation
Objective Blessedness
Conclusion

Chapter 7: The Hermeneutic of Scripture
Literalism and Prophecy
Preterism and Prophecy
Israel and Prophecy
Conclusion

PART THREE: EXPOSITION

Chapter 8: Eschatology and Creation
The Edenic Expectation of Victory
The Post-Fall Expectation of Victory
Conclusion

Chapter 9: Eschatology and Anticipation
Anticipation in the Patriarch and Mosaic Eras
Anticipation in the Messianic Psalms
Anticipation in the Prophets
Conclusion

Chapter 10: Eschatology and Realization
Inauguration of the Kingdom
Application of the Kingdom
Conclusion

Chapter 11: Eschatology and Expansion
Dominion Commanded
Dominion Assured
Extension Guaranteed
Cultivation Encouraged
Function Specified
Conclusion

Chapter 12: Eschatology and Consummation
The Second Advent
The Resurrection
The Final Judgment
The Eternal State
Conclusion

PART FOUR: SPECIFICATION

Chapter 13: Eschatological Time Frames
The Seventy Weeks
The Dispensational Interpretation
The "Last Days"
This Age / The Age to Come
The "Imminent" Return
The Millennium
Conclusion

Chapter 14: Eschatological Features
The Day of the Lord
The Great Tribulation
The Temple's Rebuilding
The New Creation
Conclusion


Comment on New Edition

 

"I am often asked for a recommendation on a book on Postmillennialism. I can't recommend this book enough by my friend, Dr. Ken Gentry. If you are interested in a fair and thorough discussion that addresses all of the relevant Scriptures and engages with the most rigorous arguments against Postmillennialism, then you can't do better than this. Btw, if I was you, I would buy the hardback."
Jeff Durbin (Apologia Radio)


"A masterful classic."
Joseph C. Morecraft, Authentic Christianity, vol. 5; p. 629.

"I read this book some years ago and used it as a major resource as I taught verse by verse through Revelation. It is an amazing book and truly thank God for it. It was part of the process of getting a biblical view of eschatology. I just started to read through it again. The fact that postmillennialism makes sense makes it all more exciting than the confusion of Dispensationalism. Thanks!" Gregorious San Thomas (Ontario, Canada)

Comments Regarding Previous Versions

"I am gratefully indebted to the exegesis of Kenneth Gentry, Jr."
Keith L. Mathison, Postmillennialism

"A thorough presentation of this position."
Cornelis Venema, The Promise of the Future

"One of today's leading advocates of a preterist interpretation. "
Francis X. Gumerlock, The Early Church

"Gentry has offered the most exegetically impressive case that anyone has made so far."
Gary North

"Everything a postmillennial catechumen needs. Masterfully brings all the various aspects of the debate into focus."
Credenda/Agenda

"THE BOOK to give to one not convinced. Exegetically based, ethically balanced."
The Christian Standard

"Highly recommended."
Contra Mundum

"Gentry is probably today's leading advocate of postmillennialism."
Sola Scriptura

"The most biblical, insightful, common-sense eschatological treatise in print."
Apocalipsis.Org

"This is the best work on postmillennialism that has ever been written."
Reformed Covenanter

 

Reader comments:

This is the irrefutable text book on postmillennialism. In 1995, this book changed my life forever. A word of caution, however, my circle of friends was greatly reduced after reading the book. But, my Christianity was greatly encouraged and strengthened. The state of affairs our world finds itself can cause the strongest of Christian faith to seemingly shrink. But, for the postmillennial believer, none of it means a hill of beans. The governments of this world attempt to wage war against The Lord and His anointed, but our God sits in the heavens and laughs! Psalm 2."
Kent Bergeron (New Orleans)


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  1. Love what God has done for the church thru our brother Ken Gentry, whom I love. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Apr 2017

    Help from the minute I started to read.


  2. Converted me to Postmillennialism 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jun 2016

    Sometime in 1995, hanging out with my two pastors at that time, Jerry Marcellino and Gregg Strawbridge, a discussion about eschatology came up. Much to their distress, they learned from that conversation that I was an amil. I was not just any amil; I was leaning into the Two Kingdom stuff, which at that time began to be pushed by the Escondido gang, mostly Michael Horton and Kim Riddlebarger. I loved 'The White Horse Inn.' I ordered their tapes all the time.

    I lived in Germany for several years and I fed off of that stuff. I have changed a lot in my theology, but those guys will always have a place deep in my heart. I had gone through a set of taped lectures on amil Two Kingdom model by Riddlebarger. I was a GI in those days, often times stationed in places with no church or really bad ones. I would call Riddlebarger often.

    Well, during my visit with these two pastors, I was placed in many theological headlocks. After the conversation ended, I was sent away with a nice hardback copy of 'He Shall Have Dominion.' Back then the cover looked better, lol. Just playing. Anyhow, I had one year left as a GI at a new base on a desert plateau. I spent that year devouring 'He Shall Have Dominion.'

    I bet Dr. Gentry doesn't remember, but I even called him once or twice, trying to rid my mind of Escondido paradigms. At the end of that year in 1996, by God's good grace, I was converted to Postmillennialism. Don't you love testimonies. Now when someone talks to me about eschatology; I ask them if they have dealt with 'He Shall Have Dominion.' Don't tell me Postmillennialism is wrong until you've squared up with this book.


  3. The Book of Christ's Victory in History 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2015

    Not much I can add to what has already been said by others. This book is a classic. It it the book that finally transitioned me completely into a postmilly :). I have read it twice and and every time I see it I want to pick it up and read it again. I am yet to read a response or critique to it. There may be one out there but I have not seen it. This book is gift of God's glorious grace to the Body of Christ and should be on the book shelf of every bible believing Christian. We must allow our beliefs and thoughts to be challenged. This book will do just that to the core of your thoughts and beliefs. Like I said, I would love to see some counter critique reaction to the truths I believe are solidly biblical in this book, but I advise caution to all who would enter into critiquing "He Shall Have Dominion". Do your homework industriously and diligently. As one Christian Leader who recently found out while critiquing Dr. Gentry's reasoning on 1 Timothy 4, you cannot enter into this without thoroughly understanding the subject at hand. Dr. Gentry, who is always so helpful and ready to reply and assist when he can is on top of His game in the subject matter at hand. I am now reading his book Covenantal Theonomy and it is so easy to get completely lost in the logic and strength of the blessed gift God has given him in his writing abilities. I am so excited Dr. Gentry about your "soon coming I hope" commentary o the book of Revelation. I hope it is ready before Christmas as my wife has given me the green light. I highly recommend "He Shall Have Dominion" and that you search this site over thoroughly. Everything that Dr. Gentry makes available to God's people is founded on the centrality of Christ's death, atonement, the shedding of Christ's precious blood and His resurrection. Once again I urge you, buy this book and see how hard it is to put it down. Praise to the glory of God's Grace In Christ for this enduring work that I believe has produced eternal fruit and a positive hope for the future.


  4. Great work 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Sep 2013

    I really appreciate all your work and how much I have learned from it. I feel like I'm still just scratching the surface in my understanding of the Bible as a whole, not to mention Revelations, but still I have a much better understanding than I did even just a few years ago. Keep up the great work!


  5. Postmillennialism's Magnum Opus 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Aug 2013

    This is a big book and deserves your undivided attention. It is an exhaustive treatment of the subject and deals extensively with opponents from the varying views. It is scholarly, academic, and highly theological yet readable. Far from being novel, Gentry makes the case for Postmillennialism's rich heritage as an eschatology consistent with orthodox reformed covenantal Christianity. My favorite part was the section devoted to answering objections. This eschatological view is the most easily distorted and misrepresented and the author go to great lengths to explain and defend what Postmillenialism is and isn't and that is very important when engaging detractors. Great book, solid theology, and tremendously significant contribution to the subject. Bravo!


  6. Changed my theology! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jun 2013

    Year 2010, one of my pastor friends introduced to me the Amill View. He gave me the book of Dr. Samuel Waldron in titled “Eschatology Notes by Samuel Waldron.” After studying the Amill View, it came to my mind that I need also to study the Postmill View so that I am not bias. Someone also introduced me the book of Loraine Boetner, Princeton study, and aslo your Book “He Shall Have Dominion”. When I finished reading your book, immediately my mind, view, position, stand, and most especially my Theology were changed! God opened my heart, mind and understanding. Thank you for your writing!


  7. I was totally convinced 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Apr 2013

    Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. It has been a year now since I began studying the postmil view. I was embracing the Premill view for 8 years and taught it to the student pastors but after reading your book about He Shall Have Dominion, I was totally convinced! I praise God for the truth. Right now, I am praying to God about how to refute the premil view that I have been teaching to the group of pastors and to the church. My study about postmil is ongoing. Please pray for me pastor.


  8. Wow! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Apr 2013

    My husband and I want to say thank you for your resources, teachings on eschatology, and commentaries. We have read several of your books and have been blessed by our reading of them and Scriptures! We believe in an eschatology of hope and our desire is to continually teach others, as we continue with studying.

    We recently made a two-day drive, and I read most of He Shall Have Dominion! Wow, we learned a lot and I am still processing. Rather than listen to sermons, I would read excerpts from your book and Scripture.


  9. This made a big difference in my life 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Mar 2013

    I want to tell you that out of all the eschatology writers that I have read, your writings have most impacted my beliefs. One might even go as far as to say that the sun was darkened and all the stars fell to the earth of my eschatological beliefs after reading some of your books. I will probably never get to meet you in person so please let me take this one short moment to express my heart felt thanks to you for your sincere motives in producing Bible commentary that makes a difference in people's lives. It sure has made a difference in mine.


  10. A real delight 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Feb 2013

    What a delight for my mind and heart is to re-read "He shall have dominion" by Ken Gentry in preparation for the exposition and deffence of the Biblical Eschatology of Christ's Victory, in front of our Pastoral meeting on 14th of March, 2013.


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