Present Projects

Revelation Project Introduction

Since 2005 GoodBirth Ministries has been funding Dr. Gentryís research and writing of a large, in-depth, academic commentary on Revelation. This project is very close to completion. This commentary will be around between 1000 pages longand will be published by Tolle Lege Press.

The massive amount of research necessary for this Revelation Commentary Project could not have been accomplished without Godís blessing. He has particularly blessed this endeavor by raising up a number of donors who provided financial contributions both large and small. May God richly bless all of you who have helped!

Given Dr. Gentry's preterist understanding of Revelation, he is not only digging deeply into Revelation itself, but into much ancient literature. He is reading widely in ancient history, using the works of Tacitus, Suetonius, Dio Cassius, the Ante-Nicene Fathers, Eusebius, and others. He also is engaging Hebrew literature, researching in the Apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Sibylline Oracles, Philo, Josephus, Mishnah, Tosefta, Talmud, The Fathers According to Rabbi Nathan, and more.

He is doing laborious spade-work in order to trace out historical confirmations of his approach and to develop some helpful new insights into John's forensic drama. This is resulting in valuable insights, but is enormously time-consuming.

Dr. Gentry's commentary will provide a fully orthodox, evangelical, and conservative approach to a first century fulfillment of Revelation. This redemptive-historical perspective is known as "preterism" (which is based on the Latin word meaning "passed by"). It takes note of and emphasizes the near-term indicators that recur throughout Revelation in 1:1, 3; 3:10; 6:11; 10:6; 12:12; 22:6, 10, 12, 22. It also affirms the inspired character of the prophecy, maintains a future visible, personal Second Advent of Christ, and avoids heretical excesses.

Revelation Project Distinctives

Dr. Gentry's commentary will highlight Revelation's special relevance to John's original audience (which is so often overlooked). As it does so, it will emphasize the long-term implications for the on-going Christian faith (which is generally thought to be lost in a preterist exposition). The evangelical preterist view balances Revelation's near term relevance for his original audience with the long term significance for his ongoing audience.

It will trace the unified flow of Revelation that is rooted in John's judgment theme as stated in Revelation 1:7. This theme warns that Christ will soon come (metaphorically-providentially) in judgment against "those who pierced him," the first century Jews (see: Lk 24:20; Acts 2:22-23; 3:13-15a; 5:28, 30; 7:52; 10:39; 1 Thess. 2:14-15). It also will give full significance to the unmistakably Jewish flavor of the prophecies, the Hebrew character of John's unusual grammar, and his heavy use of the Old Testament passages and imagery.

The commentary will establish a direct and irrefutable relationship between Revelation and Christ's Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24 and parallels). In that famous Discourse Christ prophesies the first century (Matt. 23:36; 24:34) destruction of the Jewish temple (Matt. 23:37-24:2), which dramatically, forcefully, and permanently concludes the old covenant (Matt. 8:11-12; 21:40-43; John 4:20-23). (The Epistle to the Hebrews also speaks of the removal of the temple and the ending of the old covenant, Heb. 8:13; 9:8-11; 12:22-28; cp. Matt. 8:11-12; 12:40-45.)

As the temple economy winds down in the first century, Christ sends the messengers of the new covenant to take the gospel into the broader world to gather his church from all nations (Matt. 24:31; cp. Matt 28:18-20; John 3:17; 11:51-52; 12:31-32; Acts 1:8).

Dr. Gentry's commentary will provide a remarkable co-ordination of Revelation with the wider New Testament expectation of Christ's first century judgment upon the Temple and Israel. This recurring New Testament concern appears, for instance, in Matthew 21:40-45; 22:1-7; Acts 2:36-40; 1 Thess. 2:15-16; and Hebrews 8:13, to name but a few passages. Though this message appears time and again in the New Testament, it is too often either overlooked or misinterpreted by the contemporary Christian.

In the commentary Dr. Gentry will present an unparalleled and fascinating interaction of Revelation's text with Josephus' writings. Josephus inadvertently provides historical evidence for the first century fulfillment of John's prophecies. The commentary will engage Josephus' Greek text and show how it presents the historical events which John symbolizes in his forensic drama.

The commentary will offer an in-depth, verse-by-verse exegetical analysis of Revelation. But at the same time it will transliterate the Greek characters into English.

It will provide an abundant use of side-bar studies designed to clear the confusion and allay the fears of modern evangelicals regarding preterism. These excursuses will amplify important elements of the text that would otherwise encumber the verse-by-verse exposition.

Continuing Project

Though the commentary is nearing completion, we still need funds to finalize it. And once again, we would greatly appreciate your help. If you can give towards this tax-deductible project please do so through our DONATE button on the left side of our website screen.

Donors will receive Revelation Commentary Update notices with free technical studies on Revelation. We have published in digital, PDF format over twenty of these special studies thus far, and will produce some more before the commentary is completed. Donors who give to GoodBirth Ministries will continue to receive occasional studies not only from this project but from future ones.

To demonstrate that your gifts have already shown fruit, we would like to mention three spin-offs from this GoodBirth-funded research that are already available. Dr. Gentry was able to produce two books and one video lecture series on Revelation from his research:

Completed Projects

Book: Book of Revelation Made Easy

The first small project arising from the GoodBirth-funded research was The Book of Revelation Made Easy. This 140 page book was published by American Vision in 2008. It was written with a lay audience in mind and introduces several basic issues necessary for understanding Revelation.

Book: Navigating the Book of Revelation

The second work generated out of GoodBirth research funding was Navigating the Book of Revelation. This 195 page (small print!) book was published directly by GoodBirth Ministries. It was designed for serious students of Revelation who are interested in the preterist distinctives and implications of Johnís great prophetic work. It covers several major questions debated by scholars and crucial for filling out what Dr. Gentry calls "redemptive-historical preterism."

Book: A Survey of the Book of Revelation

The third item encouraged by GoodBirth funding was a series of video-taped lectures by Dr. Gentry titled "A Survey of the Book of Revelation." This video set was designed for use in Sunday school, small group, and personal Bible studies. The lectures cover the whole of Revelation in twenty-four lectures of thirty-five minutes each and were produced by joint co-operation between Victorious Hope Publishing and Whitefield Media.

Coming Projects

We want to continue our ministry in the area of Revelation studies. So now we are seeking funds not only to complete the commentary but to transition into some new, smaller Revelation-research projects. Two of these can effectively be worked worked on simultaneously ó if we receive enough funding.

The first project is a smaller, 250 page version of the large commentary on Revelation. This will provide plenty of material to get the preterist analysis out to a larger audience among those who will not want to wade through the much larger, more academic commentary. It will be a basic commentary along the lines of David Chiltonís Days of Vengeance. It will be designed for pastors and serious lay students of Scripture and should find a wider audience.

The second project will be an even smaller 150 page commentary on Revelation. This will be designed for high school and college students, as well as all interested laymen who just want to have a brief survey of Revelation. It will come with study questions and will be suitable for small group discussion classes.

The third project will be the republication of an important and clear-sighted preterist commentary on Revelation written in the late-nineteenth century. This 250-page commentary has been out-of-print for awhile, but is a valuable resource for preterist Revelation enthusiasts. It certainly has proved helpful in Dr. Gentryís research on his own Revelation commentary.

This book will be reformatted in modern style: Roman numerals will be changed to Arabic numbers; more headings will be provided to break-up the material; a cleaner and larger type-font will be used, and so forth). Other than these modernizations, the text will be that of the original commentator. We are holding off the announcement of which commentary we are hoping to republish until we have it close to completion. But you will be pleased!

Though we will re-publish the authorís original commentary, Dr. Gentry will be writing a major Foreword to it and will be adding some of his own footnotes (clearly marked as such) to fill out and up-date the argument.

All of this research time comes at a price. We hope that you will be able to help once again, not only by giving but also by keeping us in your prayers. We trust that our labor in the Lord will not be in vain.

Revelation Project Funding

The Lord has blessed us with faithful giving from interested Christiansóand we are thankful for his blessing and their assistance. However, we still need additional funds.

You may give a tax-deductible gift on-line to support this research by clicking on the DONATE button on the top left of this screen. Or if you prefer, you may send a tax-deductible gift to our ministry by writing a check to "GoodBirth Ministries" and sending it to:

GoodBirth Ministries
P.O. Box 1722
Fountain Inn, SC 29644