Archives For Optimism

Modern Christians are a pessimistic lot. Some of the biggest selling books by evangelicals have been those that warn of the soon-coming great tribulation. We can think of Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Church and more recently Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series. Nothing thrills the American evangelical more than gloom-and-doom. And though dispensationalists have cornered […]

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1. Postmillennialism holds that the Lord Jesus Christ founds his Messianic kingdom on the earth during his earthly ministry and through his redemptive labors. His establishing the “kingdom of heaven” fulfills Old Testament prophetic expectations regarding the coming kingdom. The kingdom which Christ preaches and presents is not something other than that expected by the […]

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Postmillennialism is an eschatology of The Book. Postmillennialism depends for its proof, not on newspaper reports, contemporary statistics, and psychological states, but upon on the Word of God. Elsewhere on this site I defend postmillennialism from within Scripture. Sadly too many will not listen to the postmillennial argument from Scripture, but will point to troubles […]

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Oftentimes critics of postmillennialism will go to NT passages such as Matt 10:22 to discredit postmillennialism’s long-term optimism. That passage reads:  You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” Since postmillennialism expects a future in which Christianity reigns […]

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Postmillennialism is optimistic about the power of the gospel. To convert the majority of the human race. And nations. Frequently in this blog we will cite bad news that seems to contradict our optimistic expectations. We do this to remind postmillennialists: the victory is not yet won; do not get complacent in your comfort; the […]

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The Lord Jesus Christ teaches us how to pray postmillennially. The Lord’s prayer: (Mat 6:9-13) This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, {10} your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. {11} Give us today our daily bread. {12} Forgive us […]

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One of the key arguments for postmillennialism is the Great Commission. This is not the only argument, mind you, but it is an excellent passage from which to present the postmillennial case.  Unfortunately, amillennialists dismiss any optimistic argument from this passage. In fact, they have to — in order to remain amillennialists! But their replies […]

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