Noted scholar Dr. Charles Hill’s has written a critique of preterism which was intended for a “views” book. Though this book was never published, I would like to respond to his objections since they represent well-reasoned arguments by a well-seasoned scholar. His objections are generally quite commonly alleged against the preterist approach to Revelation. Hopefully, these will […]

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Postmillennialism is rejected by many Christians because of its unbridled optimism for history. Non-postmillennialists often present the fact of man’s inborn depravity as theological evidence against the postmillennial hope. How can we be optimistic for mankind in light of man’s indwelling sin? Objectors Quoted J. Dwight Pentecost’s objects to postmillennialism along these lines. In his […]

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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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The modern American evangelical church is largely committed to dispensationalism and their expectation of the “I’ll Fly Away” rapture. They read best-selling novels about the Great Tribulation, attend endless conferences on the Rapture, and expect sermons on Matthew 24 every time there is an earthquake. Oddly enough, though, their hymnbooks have many old hymns of […]

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I am considering the difficult “Man of Lawlessness” passage in 2 Thessalonians 2. This is often brought forward as an objection to the optimism of postmillennialism. In the previous post, I set up the historical backdrop of this prophecy. In this one I will look at one of its earliest elements that seems to require […]

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Paul’s prophecy regarding the “Man of Lawlessness” in 2 Thessalonians 2 is often used by non-postmillennial eschatological systems as a rebuttal to any optimistic outlook on the flow of history. If this man arises and dominates the world, and will not be overthrown until Christ returns, then the postmillennial hope cannot be valid. But does […]

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Though I have never heard of anyone converting from Reformed theology to dispensationalism, I do not believe that such would be absolutely impossible. Therefore, in the last two blogs I provided a helpful tool for self-analysis to determine if you are — or are in danger of becoming — a dispensationalist. I hope this proved helpful for […]

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