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SUMMARY OF AMILLENNIALISM FEATURES

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  August 10, 2012 — 2 Comments

Generally it is helpful to understand your opponent’s eschatological postion in order to better know your own. In this succinct study I will summarize the essential distinctive features of amillennialism. Until the early twentieth century the term “amillennial” did not exist. Amillennialism was subsumed under the term “postmillennialism.” But after World War I and the onset of pessimism in our culture, “amillennialism” came into its own and worked its way out from under the “postmillennial” umbrella. The following features will show why it is not properly a part of postmillennial view.

1. The Church Age is the kingdom which the Old Testament prophets predict. God expands his people from the one nation of Israel in the Old Testament to the universal Christian church of the New Testament, making this phase of God’s people the “Israel of God” (Gal 6:16).

2. Christ binds Satan during his earthly ministry at his first coming. His binding prevents Satan from stopping gospel proclamation. This allows for multitudes of sinners to convert to Christ and insures some restraint upon evil.

3. Christ rules spiritually in the hearts of believers. We may expect occasional, short-lived influences of Christianity on culture and society, especially when Christians live out the implications of their faith.

4. History will gradually worsen as evil’s growth accelerates toward the end. This will culminate in the great tribulation, with the arising of a personal Antichrist.

5. Christ will return to end history, resurrect all men, and conduct the Final Judgment, and establish the eternal order. The eternal destiny of the redeemed may be either in heaven or in a totally renovated new earth.

 

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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

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Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

2 responses to SUMMARY OF AMILLENNIALISM FEATURES

  1. Not all amills believe that things will get worse, some believe that things will essentially stand the same throughout history with two exceptions. One, the initial spread of the gospel throughout the world (obviously the gospel and its fruit grow where they have never been before heard). Two, if you hold to a Satan’s little season as literal, you could have a great and sudden apostasy near the end.

  2. Hello Mr. Gentry,
    I talked to yo before and you recommended your book “He Shall Have Dominion” to
    me because I was going back and forth (and still am) between the amil and postmil position. I have to admit I am drawn by the postmil belief having read “The Puritan Hope”
    and “An Eschatology of Victory” but I have a hard time finding in Scripture a golden age where christian principles are the rule of the day. I look at passages like Luke 18:8 and Romans 8:36 and also the parable of the wheat and the tares and the fishing net. Both parables point that Good and evil will continue to be side by side until the return ( I suppose I’ve adopted the Idealist view). I have to say that I appreciate you rministry and would love to gain some insight into how you came to the postmil position and how you and others believe that it is the right view. Thank you again and God Bless.

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