Puritan Hope

Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy

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Jun 1, 1971


Historical Theology, Revival, The End Times




‘The author reaches new heights, presenting a winsome portrait of the Puritan divines, focusing upon their extraordinary vitality and the understanding of history which undergirded it.’ — JAMES M. BOICE

‘I think it is a fine piece of work and the chapter dealing with the imminence of the advent (N.T. sense of imminence) in relation to other data of an exegetical and historical nature is masterful.’ — JOHN MURRAY

Book Description

Today the Church’s hope in respect to her mission of discipling all nations is in eclipse. The world gives Christianity no future and evangelicals themselves doubt whether the cause of Christ can ever attain to a greater triumph before his Second Advent. Must the prospects for succeeding generations be darker than those of today? Can we even expect any period of history to intervene before the Advent of Christ? How can readiness for Christ’s coming be consistent with the belief that revivals are yet to be given to the Church? Such questions are brought to the fore in The Puritan Hope and the author, employing both exposition of Scripture and much historical and biographical material, sets out the case for believing that it is not ‘orthodox’ to indulge in gloom over the prospect for Christianity in the world.

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Introduction xv
I Revival Christianity: England 1
II Revival Christianity: Scotland 19
III Unfulfilled Prophecy: The Development of the Hope 37
IV Apostolic Testimony: The Basis of the Hope 57
V The Hope and Puritan Piety 83
VI The Eighteenth-Century Awakening: The Hope Revived 105
VII World Missions: The Hope Spreading 129
VIII The Hope and Scotland’s Missionaries 157
IX The Eclipse of the Hope 185
X Christ’s Second Coming: The Best Hope 207
XI The Prospect in History: Christ our Hope 221
John Howe on The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit 241
C. H. Spurgeon’s Views on Prophecy 256
Notes 267
Index 289
Index to Scripture References 300



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  1. David

    This is one of those books which should be read every year. It fires an enthusiasm for God, the Work of God and the Gospel as few others I know, outside of Holy Writ. Clearly, and concisely tracking the Hope of the Gospel through the years. Murray at his best, and that is saying something.

  2. Kim Batteau

    I love this book, ever since I read it way back in the 1970s. It is magisterial,beautifully written, and brought tears to my eyes when I read it then, and still does now when I think of its powerful, powerful message: don’t give up hope, believers! Jesus said, “make disciples of all the nations,” and He still means that and will make it possible, by His grace and strength! All the glory to Him!

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