Dr. Reg Barrow, the President of Still Waters Revival Books, considers Jonathan Edwards' The History of Redemption one of the best Christian books ever written — of the many thousands he has read, heard, edited, compiled, published and/or studied.
E4 News writes, "The Encyclopedia Britannica call Jonathan Edwards 'the greatest intellectual in all of American history' for good reason... Not only was he the President of Princeton and an incredible theologian but he was a intensely Bible centered preacher who God used with great might to start the first Great awakening in America.Great theology, matched with great pastoral purpose."
Jonathan Edward's History of Redemption is "a massive theological treatise in the form of history," notes Christian History magazine (Vol. 4, No. 4, p. 6). Furthermore, regarding Edwards' work on this book, Christian History magazine states, "To prepare himself for the task, he read every historical work he could lay his hands on. He planned to trace the workings of God from Creation to his own day."
In The History of Redemption Jonathan Edwards' chronicles God's mercy and faithfulness to His Church and the destruction of His enemies. Written from the older postmillennial perspective, useful insights abound. This is a most remarkable glimpse into the mind of President Edwards. He boldly proclaims the glorious future of Christ's Kingdom on earth BEFORE the return of Christ.
- Section 1 - Scriptural representations of this period
- Section 2 - How Christ was capacitated for effecting his purpose
- Section 3 - Established means of success
- Section 4 - How the success was carried on
- Part 1 - The Success Of Redemption From The Resurrection Of Christ To The Destruction Of Jerusalem
- Part 2 - The Success Of Redemption From The Destruction Of Jerusalem, To The Time Of Constantine
- Part 3 - The Success Of Redemption From The Time Of Constantine To The Rise Of Antichrist
- Part 4 - The Success Of Redemption From The Rise Of Antichrist To The Reformation
- Part 5 - The Success Of Redemption From The Reformation To The Present Time
- Part 6 - Improvement Of Past Events
- Part 7 - The Success Of Redemption From The Present Time To The Fall Of Antichrist
- Part 8 - The Success Of Redemption Through That Space Wherein The Christian Church Shall, For The Most Part, Be In A State Of Peace And Prosperity
- Part 9 - The General Judgment
- Part 10 - Improvement Of The Whole
Below you will find a quote from Jonathan Edwards' History of Redemption, about the coming success of the Church in the days of the Millennium, as prophesied in Isa. 2:2 ("And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it."):
"THE SUCCESS OF REDEMPTION THROUGH THAT SPACE WHEREIN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH SHALL, FOR THE MOST PART, BE IN A STATE OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY."
"In order to describe this part, I would speak, first, of the prosperous state of the church through the greatest part of this period... I. I would speak of the prosperous state of he church through the greater part of this period. And in the general, I would observe two things,
- 1. That this is most properly the time of the kingdom of heaven upon earth. Though the kingdom of heaven was on a degree set up soon after Christ's resurrection, and in a further degree in the time of Constantine, and though the Christian church in all ages of it is called the kingdom of heaven; yet this is the principal time of the kingdom of heaven upon earth, the time principally intended by the prophecies of Daniel whence the Jews took the name of the kingdom of heaven.
- 2. Now is the principal fulfillment of all the prophecies of the Old Testament which speak of the glorious times of the gospel in the latter days. Though there has been a glorious fulfillment of those prophecies already, in the times of the apostles, and of Constantine; yet the expressions are too high to suit any other time entirely, but that which is to succeed the fall of Antichrist. This is most properly the glorious day of the gospel. Other times are only forerunners and preparatory to this: those were the seed-time, but this is the harvest. But more particularly,
- (1.) It will be a time of great light and knowledge. The present, are days of darkness, in comparison of those days. -- The light of that glorious time shall be so great, that it is represented as though there should then be no night, but only day; no evening nor darkness. So Zechariah 14:6-7. 'And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark. But it shall be one day, which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night; but it shall come to pass, that at evening-time it shill be light.' It is further represented, as though God would then give such light to his church, that it should so much exceed the glory of the light of the sun and moon, that they should be ashamed: 'Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.' (Isaiah 24:23.) There is a kind of vail now cast over the greater part of the world, which keeps them in darkness; but then this vail shall be destroyed: Isaiah 25:7. 'And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.' Then all countries and nations, even those which are now most ignorant, shall be full of light and knowledge. Great knowledge shall prevail everywhere. It may be hoped, that then many of the Negroes and Indians will be divines, and that excellent books will be published in Africa, in Ethiopia, in Tartary, and other now the most barbarous countries, and not only learned men, but others of more ordinary education, shall then be very knowing in religion: Isaiah 32:3,
- 4. 'The eyes of them that see, shall not be dim; and the ears of them that hear, shall hearken. The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge.' Knowledge then shall be very universal among all sorts of persons, Jeremiah 31:34. 'And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them.' There shall then be a wonderful unravelling of the difficulties in the doctrines of religion, and clearing up of seeming inconsistencies: 'So crooked things shall be made straight, and rough places shall be made plain, and darkness shall become light before God's people.' Difficulties in Scripture shall then be cleared up, and wonderful things shall be discovered in the word of God, which were never discovered before. The great discovery of those things in religion which had been before kept hid seems to be compared to removing the vail, and discovering the ark of the testimony to the people, which before used to be kept in the secret part of the temple, and was never seen by them. Thus at the sounding of the seventh Angel, when it is proclaimed, 'that the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ,' it is added, that 'the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.' So great shall be the increase of knowledge in this time, that heaven shall be as it were opened to the church of God on earth."