Read it here:
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]:
“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).
Also, read a critique of millennial positions by Richard Baxter here: https://creationconcept.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/richard-baxter-on-the-millennium/
“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/
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.”
sovereigngrace on the Puritan Board questions the theology of premillennialism:
“The 4 biggest weaknesses of Premil in my opinion are (1) the detail Premils attribute to Revelation 20 compared to what it actually says are poles apart, (2) the fact that their interpretation of Revelation 20 contradicts numerous explicit climactic Scripture, (3) they are always explaining away the clear and explicit New Testament Scripture (the fuller revelation) by the shadow, type and vaguer Old Testament, and (4) the severe lack of corroboration Premils have for all their fundamental beliefs. Whether you look at the binding of Satan, the release of Satan 1,000 years after the second coming, the restoration of animal sacrifices in an alleged future millennium, two different judgment days, two different resurrection days, the rebellion of the wicked at the end of the millennium, these enjoy no other support in Scripture. I struggle with this, because the only way to authenticate and understand any doctrine is interpret it with other Scripture. Since abandoning the doctrine I have been building a catalog of holes that I have found. These are questions that I feel expose the fragility of the doctrine and are grounds for Premils to question it.
1. When does the book of Revelation say the new heavens and a new earth are ushered in – before or after the millennium?
2. When does the book of Revelation say “the holy city, new Jerusalem” arrives – before or after the millennium?
3. When is corruption completely and eternally removed from the earth?
4. Where does Scripture locate “the last days” – before or after the Second Coming?
5. Where does Scripture locate “the last day” – at or after the Second Coming?
6. What does “last” mean?
7. What does “the end” mean?
8. What Scripture, if any, do you consider definitely corroborates the Premillennial interpretation of Revelation 20 that there will be a literal 1,000 years+ of ongoing sin, death and rebellion after the Second Coming?
9. Where exactly in Revelation 20 or anywhere else does it say that Christ will reign on earth for 1,000 years?
10. What will Christ be doing during that 1,000 years? Please list clear Scriptures.”
See also this discussion on premillennialism: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87267-Question-on-Historic-%28post-trib%29-Premillennialism
On the basis of these four references we learn that Antichrist is not an individual, malevolent ruler looming in our future. John was “not looking to the appearance of some supernatural being in the prophesied future.” Rather, Antichrist is a contemporary heretical tendency regarding the person of Christ, which is current among many in John’s day. Hoekema errs when he writes: “Yet it would not be correct to say that John had no room in his thinking for a personal antichrist, since he still looks for an antichrist who is coming.”  As we shall see below, the beast of Revelation and the man of lawlessness are also contemporary realities in the first century — though wholly distinct from Antichrist.
A. W. Pink was a Dispensational Premillennialist in his early years. Latter he embraced Amillennialism and wanted all of his earlier Dispensational material burned but his work The Antichrist can still be found online. In it he attacks Historicism and Postmillennialism.
“The dominant view which has been held by Protestants since the time of the Reformation is that the many predictions relating to the Antichrist describe, instead, the rise, progress, and doom of the papacy. This mistake has led to others, and given rise to the scheme of prophetic interpretation which has prevailed throughout Christendom. When the predictions concerning the Man of Sin were allegorized, consistency required that all associated and collateral predictions should also be allegorized, and especially those which relate to his doom, and the kingdom which is to be established on the overthrow of his power. When the period of his predicted course was made to measure…
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This brief survey of history shows that Chiliasm flourished during times of adversity and hardships. This also accounts for its great progress during the great war.
The Judaistic features of Chiliasm can be readily seen by an examination of the Apocalyptic writings of the Jews. The genesis of this doctrine may be found in these writings which are generally dated in the pre-Christian period. The Jews divided the future into two separate periods. The first era is considered to be of a temporal nature and is designated as the kingdom of the Messiah. The second era is of eternal duration and is called the kingdom of God. The transient Messianic kingdom prepares the way for the final setting up of the eternal kingdom of God. This is exactly the position of the Premillennialists of today. Christ’s Messianic kingdom comes first and after that…
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