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When the Kings Come Marching In: Isaiah and the New Jerusalem

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Widely respected for his perspectives on faith in the modern world, Richard J. Mouw has long stood at the forefront of the "Christ and culture" debate. In When the Kings Come Marching In -- here revised and updated -- Mouw explores the religious transformation of culture as it is powerfully pictured in Isaiah 60.

In Isaiah 60 the prophet envisions the future transformation
Paperback, 143 pages
Published May 8th 2002 by Eerdmans (first published November 30th 1982)
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Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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One of the most helpful books I've read defending Christ's redemptive work in culture. Addresses Isaiah 60, as well as some other texts from Isaiah and Revelations, arguing that the cultural products and wealth of nations, including the legendary 'Ships of Tarshish' will be among those things that are brought in with a renewed purpose of glorifying the Lamb in the New Jerusalem. Also addresses how politics relates to Christ's redemption of all things, when the Kings of many nations will be broug ...more
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is a discussion of Christ and culture rooted broadly in Isaiah 60 with an eye toward the Holy City, described in the passage. The discussion is revealing - about political structures, the gathering of world culture into the City, the multi-ethnic reality becoming characteristic, the light of the city being the Lamb - a rich picture of Christ amidst the discussion of culture. Not just a description - the center, the light that illuminates everything else.

I really like Mouw. As a theolo
Great study of the redemption of culture in Isaiah 60. Mouw connects Isaiah 60 both to God's original creation and the new creation to come in the future. This is a very helpful book.
Douglas Wilson
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a truly refreshing read.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT. Brilliant, but also really very readable.
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a treasure to read this great reflection on Isaiah 60. Mouw really helps us imagine the new creation or new city that God’s future will one day bring about.
It’s crucial because it counter balances the views of the end which lean toward dearie omg the world but also helps us see Gods plan of redemption straight through history and into the future. It equally inspires us to work today for areas of redemption that reflect Gods heart and future.
I hope many who have succumbed to a view that th
Laurent Dv
Good exegesis and biblical theology perspectives of Isaiah 60 (and insights on Isaiah 2 and Revelation 21-22). Gives a biblical view of culture which can easily fit in apologetics. Also helps for interpreting biblical prophecies and their fulfillment.
Ryan L Ashlock
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional! Concise and thought-provoking look at how God views human culture.
Dan Mason
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much more a reflection than a textbook, Mouw's work is an utterly brilliant yet refreshingly readable philosphical exegesis of the description of the New Jerusalem in Isaiah 60. Highly recommended.
Lee Harmon
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a 2002 revised edition that I bought out of curiosity because of its subtitle: Isaiah and the New Jerusalem. There are so many strange theories about the New Jerusalem floating around that I felt it would be a relief to read what a professor had to say, based on the vision of Isaiah that kicked off the whole dream in the first place.

It’s fascinating to me that Mouw matter-of-factly assumes his readers agree literally with what the scriptures say about an afterlife, on earth, in the New J
Justin Edgar
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mouw offers great insight into the heavenly city that comes to earth. The implications of Isaiah 60 are cultural artifacts that once served rebellious design are now brought to the new king Jesus & displayed for his glory; the political power agents of the earth will be paraded into the city subject to the servant king-a lion-like lamb sitting on the throne; the ethnic peoples of the earth will fill the city praising the Lamb who was slain & the whole earth will now be 'harnessed & remodeled' fo ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, thought provoking book that clearly explains a fresh framework for viewing the world, through the lens of God’s ultimate plan for it.

• what is the purpose of my work?
• what is that the future of our products, cultures, politics, economics, languages, etc
• what is the broader purpose and calling of mankind?
• how does God view technology and humanism?

Questions like these are begun to be answered in this book, and the book provides a foundation and perspective toward having those debate
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very solid defense of the idea that cultural artifacts survive the transition between the present world and the "new heavens and new earth." Mouw is careful and nuanced. He holds to the "transformationalist" paradigm, though with a few qualifications. I was surprised by how much Mouw argued about survive the transition. At the end of it, I wondered if there was anything that didn't survive except people.
Jamie Byrd
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I highly recommend this book for those who want to understand just how far Christ atonement for sin reaches.
Rick Kirby
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is in an incredible book which provides a thorough look at Is. 60 regarding what the future eternal, earthly kingdom will look like.
Seth Woodley
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting, insightful, enjoyable book. The look forward to the new creation often led to praise as I read.
Kessia Reyne
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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A reflection on the eschatological vision of Isaiah 60 and the implications for relating to human culture now and in the heavenly future. I liked it :)
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Richard John Mouw is a theologian and philosopher. He held the position of President at Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years (1993-2013), and continues to hold the post of Professor of Faith and Public Life.

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