Category Archives: Bible Revelation 20

Premillennial Doctrines Refuted

The Sola Scripturist:

C.I. Scofield

The so-called dispensationalist premillennial interpretation of Revelation, which in spite of being popular in modern evangelicalism has no provenance in the church, came about in the 19th century as a result of the teachings of Darby and Scofield. Its proponents may claim that it is a literal understanding of the text in contrast to what they perceive to be non-literal spiritualized approaches. …I believe we must distinguish a literalistic interpretation from a literal one. …I believe that dispensationalist premillennialism falls over in that it interprets Revelation literalistically…

Read more: http://solascripturist.ragstrad.co.uk/2017/03/premillennial-doctrines-refuted/

Optimillenial

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Rev. Matthew Winzer describes his eschatology:

I am amillennial in the sense of holding to a realised millennium in Christ, in accord with inaugurated eschatology and the two-age now/not-yet outlook of the New Testament. How else can all believers be called saints, citizens of the kingdom of heaven, and have the immediate expectation of glory after this life? I am postmillennial in holding to the biblical expectation of all nations coming to worship God and the kingdoms of the world becoming the kingdom of Christ. The prophetic outlook is tremendously optimistic, and there is no indication in the New Testament that this should be confined to a small remnant. God knows those who are His, but the church labours and prays according to the revealed will of God; eschatology should therefore take in more than an elect-reprobate paradigm, and should have a shaping influence on missions and world history.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/threads/survey-on-your-eschatology.91531/page-2, Comment 38

My view is similar.  I believe Christ reigns now and that believers are saints and citizens with an expectation of glory now.  Likewise, I also believe in a future worldwide spread of the gospel and hope to see  that start in my lifetime.

A Defense of Puritan Postmillennialism

Thomas Cole The Garden of Eden Amon Carter Museum

Reformed Theonomy summarizes Rev. David Silversides’ arguments for historic Purican postmilennlianism:

https://reformedtheonomy.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/the-biblical-case-for-puritan-postmillennialism/

Most reformed believers I talk to today adhere to amillennialism, so I enjoy learning about the debate between amillennialism and postmillennialism.  At present, this blog leans to postmillennialism, but I’m always open to correction!

A Broad Post-Millennial Timeline

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Read it here:

https://feileadhmor.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/a-brief-outline-postmil/

Will Few or Many Be Saved?

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A postmillennial interpretation of Matt. 7:13, 14; 20:16; 22:14; Luke 13:23, 24, showing how these passages do not rule out the conclusion that the vast majority of humanity will be saved in history:

http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87976-Are-there-Few-that-be-Saved-A-postmillennial-email-exchange

How Will Satan Be Bound for A Thousand Years?

Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg - The Angel Binding Satan - Google Art ProjectFind out here:

https://feileadhmor.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/the-binding-of-satan-b-h-carroll/

This is the Last Great Opposition

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Jonathan Edwards’ (1703-1758) in A History of the Work of Redemption:

“Satan has ever had a dread of having his kingdom overthrown, and he had been apposing it ever since the day of Constantine the Great. To this end he has set up two mighty kingdoms of Antichrist and Mahomet, and brought in all the heresies, superstitions and corruptions, which there are in the world. But when he sees all begin to fail, it will rouse him up exceedingly. If Satan dreaded being cast out of the Roman Empire, how much more does he dread being cast out of the whole world!

“It seems as though in this last great opposition which shall be made against the church to defend the kingdom of Satan, all the forces of Antichrist and Mahometanism and heathenism will be united: all the forces of Satan’s visible kingdom through the whole world of mankind. And therefore it is said, that ‘spirits of devils… [shall] go forth unto the kings of the earth, and of the whole world, to gather them together to the battle of that great day of God Almighty’ (Rev. 16:14). And these spirits are said to come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet; that is, there shall be the spirit of Popery, and the spirit of Mahometanism, and the spirit of heathenism, all united. By the beast is meant Antichrist; by the dragon, in this book, is commonly meant the devil, as he reigns over his heathen kingdom; by the false prophet, in this book, is sometimes meant the Pope and his clergy, but here an eye seems to be had to Mahomet, whom his followers call the great prophet of God. This will be as it were the dying struggles of the old serpent, a battle wherein he will fight as one that is almost desperate.” (p. 375-376)

“But Christ and his church shall in this battle obtain a complete and entire victory over their enemies…” (p. 377)

“In this victory, the seventh vial shall be poured out. It is said of the great army that should be gathered together against Christ, ‘And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon’, and then it is said, ‘And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done’ (Rev. 16:16-17). Now the business is done for Satan and his adherents. When this victory is obtained, all is in effect done. Satan’s last and greatest opposition is conquered; all his measures are defeated; the pillars of his kingdom broken asunder, and will fall of course. The devil is utterly baffled and confounded, and knows not what else to do. He now sees his Antichristian, and Mahometan, and heathenish kingdoms through the world all tumbling about his ears. He and his most powerful instruments are taken captive. Now that is in effect done which the church of God had been so long waiting and hoping for, and so earnestly crying to God for, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true!’ Now the time is come.” (p. 377-378)

Source: https://deovivendiperchristum.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/last-nights-nightmare-and-jonathan-edwards-1703-1758-on-the-final-overthrow-of-islam/

HT: Maria at Pilgrim’s Progress revisited for bringing this to my attention several months ago

What To Look Forward To In The Millennium

Dr. Loraine Boettner on Postmillennialism [Note: The Antipas Chronicles takes the position that this state will not be realized until the destruction of Antichrist, which has not yet occurred]:

Apocalypse 31. Satan bound for 1000 years. Revelation cap 20 v 3. Loutherbourg. Phillip Medhurst Collection“The Millennium to which the Postmillennialist looks forward is thus a golden age of spiritual prosperity during this present dispensation, that is, during the Church age, and is to be brought about through forces now active in the world. It is an indefinitely long period of time, perhaps much longer than a literal one thousand years. The changed character of individuals will be reflected in an uplifted social, economic, political and cultural life of mankind. The world at large will then enjoy a state of righteousness such as at the present time has been seen only in relatively small and isolated groups, as for example in some family circles, some local church groups and kindred organizations.

This does not mean that there ever will be a time on this earth when every person will be a Christian, or that all sin will be abolished. But it does mean that evil in all its many forms eventually will be reduced to negligible proportions, that Christian principles will be the rule, not the exception, and that Christ will return to a truly Christianized world.”

And some food for thought from the same article:

Rev. J. Marcellus Kik:

“That there is still a remnant of paganism and papalism in the world is chiefly the fault of the Church. The Word of God is just as powerful in our generation as it was during the early history of the Church. The power of the Gospel is just as strong in this century as in the days of the Reformation. These enemies could be completely vanquished if the Christians of this day and age were as vigorous, as bold, as earnest, as prayerful, and as faithful as Christians were in the first several centuries and in the time of the Reformation”

(An Eschatology of Victory, p. 250).

Source: http://www.graceonlinelibrary.org/eschatology/postmillennialism/postmillennialism-statement-of-the-doctrine-by-loraine-boettner/

HT: http://reformedchristianheritage.blogspot.ca/2015/07/postmillennialism-statement-of-doctrine.html

Also, read a critique of millennial positions by Richard Baxter here: https://creationconcept.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/richard-baxter-on-the-millennium/

Rushdoony on Amillennialism

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“Not surprisingly, amillennialism produces a retreating and crabbed outlook, a church in which men have no thought of victory but only of endless nit-picking about trifles. It produces a phariseeism of men who believe they are the elect in a world headed for hell, a select elite who must withdraw from the futility of the world around them. It produces what can be called an Orthodox Pharisees Church, wherein failure is a mark of election. Lest this seem an exaggeration, one small denomination has a habit of regarding pastors who produce growth in their congregations with some suspicion, because it is openly held by many pastors that growth is a mark of compromise, whereas incompetence and failure are marks of election! Amillennial pastors within this church regularly insist that success surely means compromise, and their failures are a mark of purity and election. Not surprisingly, postmillennials cannot long remain in this basically and almost exclusively amillennial church.”

~Rushdoony, R. J. (2012-09-20). God’s Plan For Victory: The Meaning of Postmillennialism (Kindle Locations 170-176). Kindle Edition.

HT and source: http://www.biblicallandmarks.com/wpl/the-glory-of-failure/

Is There Any Room For Optimism?

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Sean Anderson on Junius’ Postmillennialism:

“So, with the ‘golden age’ perhaps far behind us, in our dark world, is there any room for optimism? I would say so, yes. Even at a time when Satan prowled, when Rome slew the faithful, when we had turned away from the Word, the Almighty God, in the words of Calvin, ‘occasionally raised up apostles, or at least evangelists, in their stead, as has been done in [the Reformation]. For such were needed to bring back the Church from the revolt of Antichrist’. There have been further revivals since, and God’s holy ministry shall continue until the end of the age, so let us be fervent in prayer that God deliver us from darkness, but that we may also shine as a light in that darkness. Let us never forget that the ultimate victory is already won. The Lord Jesus’ Revelation to John ends with eternal bliss for all who have taken refuge in the Son.”

Read more: https://solascripturachristianity.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/junius-postmillennialism/