Davis, Dean. The High King of Heaven: Discovering the Master Keys to the Great End Time Debate. Enumclaw: Redemption Press, 2014. 754 pp. $34.99. Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.
This is now the third book I have reviewed for Dean Davis. You can read the reviews for The Test and In Search of the Beginning. This was also a book I was asked to endorse. I did so gladly as this is a topic of which I am still unsettled. Dean is the Director of Come Let Us Reason – a ministry of apologetics and worldview studies.
Divided into five parts consisting of twenty-five chapters and ten appendices, Dean Davis seeks to inform the reader on the subject of Biblical Eschatology. Part one defines the terms while looking at the issues and options within a biblical worldview.
Part two, chapters five through eleven, help the reader to understand the Kingdom of God. He looks at God’s Kingdom from the perspective of the beginning (creation), His covenants, the OT promises, and the Good News of the Kingdom here and yet to come.
Part three, chapters twelve through eighteen delve into the pertinent Old Testament passages which prophecy the Kingdom. Part four, chapters nineteen through twenty-one, attempt to explain the millennium. The final part, chapters twenty-two through twenty-five help explain the consummation – that is, the end of it all and the coming of Jesus Christ.
The appendices consist of critiques of other models that are not amillennial (spoiler alert! This is the position Dean holds) and also ties up loose ends with various lists of biblical texts and creed through the history of the church that concern the end times.
While it would be easy to attack any particular perspective on the discussion of end times, I do not want to do that here. What I do want to do for the ‘review’ of this work is to point out that Dean Davis truly flexes his biblical scholarship methods in this work. At 754 pages, he has authored what may be the most systematic treatment (certainly that I have read) on the discussion of end times. He shows how he arrived at his conclusions based on studying the Scriptures.
You will obviously not agree with everything he says or every conclusion he arrives at. What you will not be able to say is that he did not arrive there through a careful study of the word. He does not get caught up in what some call “newspaper eschatology” where people look to the world to try to explain the Bible. Rather, he lets the Bible explain itself and then, through the lens of a biblical worldview, he attempts to explain how this world as we know it will come to an end with the Second Coming of Christ Jesus.
Finally, I appreciate that Dean offers a myriad of ways in which to use this resource. He gives a seven chapter smattering at the outset that will give the reader an aerial view of the book with the hopes that the curiosity will be piqued and the reader will read the entire work. After all, at over 750 pages, this is certainly a daunting book to pick up!
If you are interested in studying biblical eschatology, I could not recommend a starting point much more than The High King of Heaven. Dean is as objective as possible and offers biblical support for his views and against those of others.