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Since it is almost the fifth anniversary of my eschatological conversion from Dispensational Premillennialism to Reformed Amillennialism I thought I should take a look at this issue afresh. To be candid, my certainty regarding Amillennialism has waned since An overview of amillennialism and dispensational premillennialism still hold to it, but it is slipping away from me at a steady pace.
My original comments will be in block quotes: Like most American evangelicals, I grew up attending a dispensational church. I also attended a Christian high school that taught basic Dispensationalism. This is usually enough to create any evangelical into a dispensationalist, but throw in reading the increasingly popular end-times series, Left Behind, and you have all the necessary pre-requisites to be a full blown pretribulational premillennial dispensationalist.
I too was there.
I viewed it as liberal theology like most do never mind the historical precedenceand I thought that it essentially threw away the book of revelation and simply turned it into a giant symbolic analogy of the present age in an arbitrary fashion. Amillennialism, I thought, was a horrible position to hold.
Regardless of where my eschatological journey takes me, it is certainly clear that Amillennialism will never be viewed as a liberal eschatological position in and of itself. My own wanderings in eschatology over the past year have lead me towards an Amillennial conclusion, despite my prior assessments.
The first problem came with pretribulationalism. Without going into detail here, I quickly rejected the notion of a pretribulational rapture. I realized that the view of a pretribulational rapture is actually more tied to ecclesiology then it is to eschatology. This seemed highly problematic to me.
The only reason the pretrib rapture exists in theological studies is because of a staunch dichotomy between Israel and the Church. Something that I have now rejected for a covenantal approach to their relationship cf.
As this paragraph shows, I was very eager to reject Dispensationalism. I imagine that in my eagerness to expel the Dispensational bathwater I may have rejected the baby of Premillennialism too quickly. I guess in my mind the concept of a Millennium felt too much like Dispensationalism since it was the only form of Premillennialism I had experienced Though, of course, I knew full well that Historic Premillennialism existed and along with me repudiated Dispensationalism.
In accepting Covenant Theology, I became afraid about how this would affect my eschatology. I knew that Dispensational Premillenialism was out as an option, but Historic Premillenialism, Postmillennialism, and Amillennialism were still left to study.
Initially Historic Premillenialism seemed good because it embraces a posttribulational rapture, and covenant theology. However, my problems further extended into areas of the resurrection, judgment and the end of the age.
Historic Premillenialism gave insufficient answers to these questions. How can there be two resurrections? Or a thousand year transitional period before the age to come? This posed as an incredible problem for any form of Premillenialism. Because of these thoughts, I started to seriously doubt Historic Premillenialism.
At the moment this is still a major hang-up for me. In fact, it is the relationship between Revelation and the rest of the Bible that creates the problem.
That is the reversal of the curse of creation. The answer is unequivocally NO. I knew that Amillennialism would have a lot of explaining to do for me to accept it… and to my surprise it exceeded all of my expectations. At the outset I determined that unless Amillennialism gave a sufficient answer to my problems then I would turn to Postmillennialism, or embrace a form of eschatological agnosticism.
My initial problems with Amillennialism were threefold. How could this present age be the millennial reign of Christ? How could Satan possibly be bound in this age? And How Does the Amillennialist explain the first resurrection mentioned in Revelation Dispensationalists view Revelation in a chronological fashion.
However, there is good reason to believe that the two chapters describe the same event from different perspectives.Premillennialism, in Christian eschatology, is the belief that Jesus will physically return to the earth (the Second Coming) before the Millennium, a literal thousand-year golden age of peace.
The doctrine is called "premillennialism" because it holds that Jesus' physical return to earth will occur prior to the inauguration of the Millennium. An Overview of Premillennialism There are 2 forms of premillennialism (Historic and Dispensational).Both view the millennium as future – beginning after Christ returns to the earth.
A comparative chart of the four positions Christians hold on the Millineum and the end times. Dispensational Premillennialism: Historic/Covenant Premillennialism: Amillennialism: Postmillennialism: Overview "A golden age of civilization as described in the Bible a millennial kingdom will be ushered in by a divine, supernatural and.
Dec 19, · This video briefly states each millennial view: amillennialism, postmillennialism, historic premillennialism, and dispensational premillennialism.
Belief in Christ's personal return to set up his earthly kingdom—premillennialism—has always claimed adherents, but few people in the mids imagined it would attract more than a handful. Dispensational premillennialism generally holds that Israel and the Church are distinct entities.
It also widely holds to the pretribulational return of Christ, which believes that Jesus will return to take up Christians into heaven by means of a rapture immediately before a seven-year worldwide tribulation.