Tuesday, January 05, 2010

MILLENNIAL VIEWS: Part 2 - Amillennialism


            This view shares a number of characteristics with postmillennialism.  Both believe that the millennium as mentioned in Revelation is not to be taken literally.  Both views also hold that the millennium is the church age.  The amillennialist believes that Satin is now bound[1] or greatly reduced[2] and the church is currently in the midst of the millennium.  Amillennialists believe that Revelation 20:1-10 is a description of the present church age.  Of the views discussed, Amillennialism is the simplest of the three millennial views to grasp because it holds that all of the end time events will happen all at once upon the return of Christ.[3] Amillennialism is characterized by the belief that there will be no earthly reign of Jesus Christ.[4]  There is also no belief in rapture.
            The simplicity of Amillennialism as well as the unification of Old Testament Israel and Christians are clear strengths of this view while the rejection of the chronological and literal nature of the Millennium are weaknesses that certainly give many, including this author, pause.[5]

           [1] Elwell, Walter A., and Phillip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible Dictionary. (Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001), 896.
           [2] Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994), 1110.
           [3] Ibid.
           [4] Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology 2nd Edition. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1998), 1218.
           [5] Kendell, Easley H. Revelation, Holman New Testament Commentary; Holman Reference. (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998), 4.

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