By Kim Riddlebarger
In a transparent and available demeanour, Kim Riddlebarger offers and defends amillennialism—the trust that the millennium is a gift truth founded in Christ's heavenly reign, no longer a destiny wish of Christ's rule in the world after his return—as the historical Protestant figuring out of the millennial age.
Recognizing that eschatology—the examine of destiny things—is a classy and debatable topic, Riddlebarger starts off with definitions of key terminology and an summary of assorted viewpoints and similar biblical issues. He then discusses key passages of Scripture that endure upon the millennial age, together with Daniel nine, Matthew 24, Romans eleven, and Revelation 20. eventually, he evaluates the most difficulties dealing with all of the significant millennial positions and cautions us to concentrate on the implications of every view.
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7). The three major viewpoints regarding the millennium are premillennialism, which claims that the return of Christ precedes the millennium; postmillennialism, which holds that Christ returns after the millennium; and amillennialism, which holds that the millennium is not limited to a thousand years but includes the entire period of time between the first and second coming of Christ. ” Historically, Protestants used this term to deride those who believed in a literal earthly millennium. As Richard Muller has pointed out: The Protestant orthodox, both Lutheran and Reformed, denied the notion of an earthly millennium to dawn in the future and viewed the text [Rev.
12 Texts that speak of last things must, therefore, be interpreted by other biblical passages. This is especially the case when New Testament writers show how an Old Testament passage pointed to Christ and was fulfilled in him. As one writer notes in this regard: If we reject the literal method of interpretation as the universal rule for the interpretation of all prophecies, how are we to interpret them? Well, of course, there are many passages in prophecy that were meant to be taken literally.
Indd 38 5/10/13 4:05 PM â†œA Su r vey of E schatolog ic a l Views 39 (World WarÂ€I), the Great Depression, and the horrors of Auschwitz and Hiroshima, optimism gave way to pessimism. Dispensationalism largely supplanted postmillennialism as an eschatological option for evangelicals. It is also important to note that American postmillennialism took two distinct forms. One form—the subject of this study—is thoroughly supernatural. Future eschatological victory comes solely because of the power of the gospel to bring men and women to faith in Christ.
A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times by Kim Riddlebarger