Thursday, September 06, 2007

Joseph Dillow and Creation

I have started reading Joseph Dillow's book, Reign of the Servant Kings. This book is really hard to come by in the UK, but I managed to get a secondhand copy.

I was fascinated to find in the introduction, that Dillow takes the view that the world was created in the prehistorical past and that Satan fell before the creation week. Over the last year, I have become inclined to take that view. I think it makes more sense of the cosmic significance of Satan's fall, the significance of man's creation and God's plan of forming an heavenly government of glorified humanity.


Andrew said...

Hi Matthew,

I managed to get a rather dog-eared but new copy in the back on my local Christian bookshop! I was elated after hunting for it for a few months (at that stage it hadn't been re-printed as it has been now).

I agree with you regarding th fall of Satan and indeed, found Dillow's philosophy of history in the preface to be an excellent one that has helped me greatly.

You should enjoy reading Reign of the Servant Kings!

God bless,

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I have only just started reading it, but from the look of the chapter headings, I think he could probably say more about history than he does.

I think probably he would have done better to start with the chapters on the final significance of man, rather than addressing them later and dealing with the other soteriology issues first. But then I have not got that far yet.

Every Blessing in Christ



The world could not be created in eternity past because that would be a contradiction. Evidently, there was a "before creation" which means the world has not always had an existence an therefore is not eternal (?)

Likewise if Satan fell in eternity past (note the if for you haven't actually said that) then Satan too is eternal - yet eternality is one of incommunicative attributes of God.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I agree. I am using Dillow's terminology. It is a little us.

I think he simply means in an indefinite period of time before the creation week.

Antonio said...

Hey Matthew,

Is it his first or second edition? He changed his mind between the two on regeneration preceding faith. He is now of the persuasion that faith precedes regeneration.

I have two copies of the Reign...(1 hardcover and the other soft) I am really excited for your, Matthew. It is an EXCELLENT book! There are only a few things I disagree with, but by and large, his exegesis of many passages is spot on.

I have had to read it several times to get it to sink in. The first time I read it, the stuff on inheritance in the beginning did not interest me. But after having read Hebrews a few more times, and thinking more about 'inheritance' I read it with anticipation.

The book only gets better, the end is really good. Chapter 23, I think, on the intent of the atonement is very good.

It is a great book and ought to give you alot of insight and things to think about.

I am, again, excited for you that you have that book!


PS: A friend of mine will be publishing a book on the outer darkness (over 1000 pages) with the same publisher, Schoettle. You should check out their website, they have all kinds of great authors who have rewards views (some take a split rapture, and others take millennial exclusion, but they all have great things to offer).


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Published in 1991. I guess it must have been the first edition.

Seems good so far. But I notice that:

1) He seems to take a change of mind view of repentance.

2) He seems to view the second soil in the parable of the sower as unbelieving.

d taylor said...

Just to let yall know Mr Dillow has a new book out an expansion of the Reign of the Servant Kings the name of the book is.
Final Destiny: the future reign of the servant kings