A CASE FOR AMILLENNIALISM PDF

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?

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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. Amillennialists believe that the promises God made to the patriarchs Abraham and David in particular and to Israel as His chosen people have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ and in His church, thus eliminating any future recognition of Israel as a chosen people of God distinct from the church, the body of Christ.

To support his equation of Israel and the church, the author quotes Anthony Hoekema, who points out that the same word is used for Israel and the church lh;q; in the Old Testament and ejkklhsiva in the New Testament and the Septuagint; p.

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A DEFENSE OF (REFORMED) AMILLENNIALISM

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, [10] 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.

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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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