David Chilton was a well-known Reformed and "Christian Reconstructionist" pastor, speaker, and author. He contributed three books on eschatology which have proved quite significant, Paradise Restored (1985); Days of Vengeance (1987); The Great Tribulation (1987). He died unexpectedly in 1997 due to a heart attack. He was in his mid-forties. Gary North wrote: "David Chilton (1951-1997) wrote four major books. I published them. Click to download each of them.
Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt-Manipulators ( 1985)
Paradise Restored: A Biblical Theology of Dominion (1985)
The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation (1987)
The Great Tribulation (1987)
He was a self-taught economist of the highest order. He was a self-taught theologian of the highest order. He was the most gifted author I ever worked with. His books required no editing. They could be typeset and sent to the printer. I hired him in late 1980 to write Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt-Manipulators: a Biblical Response to Ronald J. Sider. This was a response to Sider's bestseller, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: A Biblical Study (1977). Chilton had to write that book in three months. I was scheduled to debate Sider at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. That was one of those odd occurrences. A student telephoned me to invite me to come to speak. I replied, "Only if it's to debate Ron Sider." He immediately replied, "We want you to debate Ron Sider." I needed the book to sell for $1 at the debate. Boxes of them arrived the day before the debate. At the debate, I had a copy on the desk in front of us. ... I hired Chilton as a full-time writer in 1983. He wrote the other three books while working for me. He left to become a pastor in 1987. He died of a heart attack in 1997. I have never read a book on theology that is more of a page-turner than Paradise Restored. It is clear, lively, and a joy to read. It is the finest presentation of postmillennialism for a layman ever written. The Days of Vengeance almost matches it for readability, yet it is a scholarly book. He makes sense out of one of the two most difficult books in the Bible. The other is Ezekiel, which was John's model. The Great Tribulation is a short book. It shows that the prophesied great tribulation of Luke 21 was fulfilled by the Roman army's destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. It is behind us, not ahead of us.