Understanding the End Times Kim Riddlebarger Grand Rapids Although accurately titled as a case for amillennialism, this book is also written as a case against premillennialism. And to a lesser degree it is a case against postmillennialism, especially in its points of similarity to amillennialism. Classic postmillennialism of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries has been modified at present in light of the chaotic and war-ravaged state of the world since World War I. Actually belief in a millennial reign of Christ following His return to earth in effect, premillennialism was the belief of most church fathers from Papias A. The same point is also made on pages 11, 19, 82, 87, in spite of the fact that Revelation —7 refers six times to the thousand years as a future event, a declaration obviously meant to be taken seriously. For amillennialists, therefore, the entire Book of Revelation describes the present church age rather than future events following the rapture of the church.
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After coming to saving faith in , I attended a number of churches that held to the Dispensational view of eschatology. Together they have completely obliterated any lingering dispensational leanings I may have been holding on to.
I do, however, A Case for Amillennialism is a thorough, well-organized, and easy to read book on the topic of Amillennialism. I do, however, continue to waffle between being postmil and amil. I admire him as a teacher and theologian and it was his book What Is Reformed Theology? In his book The Last Days According to Jesus , which I also read this year, he laid out the case for postmillennialism partial preterist very succinctly. Thankfully my salvation does not depend on which side of the debate I come down on.
One of my professors found this to be a good read, so I picked it up. I considered myself Amill before reading this book, but now I find myself to be very convinced. I cannot get over the problems that premillennialists must overcome in order to remain consistent with their own framework.
I wish he could have nuanced the diversity of premillennial views such as the emerging progressive dispensational view more often, but the book would have been far too long for the average reader. Overall, quite pleased with this read.
A Case for Amillennialism
The editorial, written at the beginning of a new year, reminded Reformed Christians that our only hope, according to the Bible, is the second coming of the Lord Jesus. It sketched in broad outline the traditional, creedal Reformed conception of the last days: abounding lawlessness; widespread apostasy; the Antichrist; and great tribulation for the true church. It gave a warning against the false hope that is known as postmillennialism, quoting a Reformed creed that condemned "Jewish dreams that there will be a golden age on earth before the Day of Judgment. The objections arise from conservative Reformed and Presbyterian men and churches. One objector asked for a defense of amillennialism from Scripture. He also confidently asserted that the number of Reformed amillennialists is steadily decreasing, suggesting that the reason for this is the irrefutable arguments of the postmillennialists.
A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times
Amillennialism is sometimes associated[ by whom? However, many amillennialists do believe in the literal fulfillment of Biblical prophecies; they simply disagree with Millennialists about how or when these prophecies will be fulfilled. History[ edit ] Comparison of Christian millennial interpretations. Some Amilleniallists, such as Roman Catholics, believe in a scenario close to Post-tribulational Premillennialism, but with the Antichrist taking the place of the second coming in the timeline, the millennium after Antichrist being symbolic, and the second coming occurring at the same time as the last judgment. See also: Early Christianity Few early Christians wrote about this aspect of eschatology during the first century of Christianity, but most of the available writings from the period reflect a millenarianist perspective sometimes referred to as chiliasm. Bishop Papias of Hierapolis A. Justin Martyr died , who had chiliastic tendencies in his theology,  mentions differing views in his Dialogue with Trypho the Jew , chapter "I and many others are of this opinion [premillennialism], and [believe] that such will take place, as you assuredly are aware; but, on the other hand, I signified to you that many who belong to the pure and pious faith, and are true Christians, think otherwise.