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In this brief series I am providing “talking points” in answer to common questions. I hope these are helpful. 1) If Irenaeus’s statement refers to John rather than the apocalypse, the statement seems to suggest that John wasn’t telling people who the beast was during his lifetime. That seems odd if those things had already […]

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No eschatological school is enjoys full acceptance of all the various details of a system. But what are some key distinctions within postmillennialism? One of those distinctives is almost getting more discussion than postmillennialism itself.

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Who are the postmillennialists who have written in modern times? The Christian marketplace is filled with dispensationalist “prophecy experts.” But are there any modern proponents of postmillennialism? And if so, who are they? Though they seldom write multi-billion selling books. And despite the fact they almost never have movie series based on their theological writings. […]

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No knowledgeable Christian would claim John Calvin was a dispensationalist. Not only is his overall theology contrary to dispensationalism, but no Rapture chart has been found among his surviving works. But what was his eschatological orientation? And was the postmillennial hope found within early Reformed theology?

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Is postmillennialism a modern phenomenon? Did it arise only in the excitement of the discovery of the new world and the development of America? These are important questions, historically and theologically.

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Many dispensationalists think their approach to eschatology was held in the ancient church. Much of their error is due to their naive confusion of premillennialism with dispensationalism. Premillennialism is most definitely an ancient view. But the two systems are quite distinct, with dispensationalism being created around 1830. Significantly though, premillennialism has a problematic history. The […]

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Many wrongly hold that postmillennialism was created by Daniel Whitby in the 1700s. The confuse reports of his “popularizing” postmillennialism with the idea that he “created” it. This is particularly widespread in dispensational circles. Yet, postmillennialism receives an impetus from the Reformation. Considering the following. Theologian Donald Bloesch notes, “postmillennialism experienced an upsurge in the […]

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