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Here is a question I recently received. Perhaps you have thought the same: Good afternoon, sir. I recently read an article by you in which you referred to the label “optimistic amill.” as an oxymoron. Could you please tell me why you think that? I’d be very thankful. I am currently working through these eschetalogical […]

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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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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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William Carey is considered the “Father of Protestant missions,” his book, “An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens,” written in 1792, the beginning of the so-called ‘Great Century’ (1792-1914) between the French and the Russian Revolutions. For the centennial anniversary, none lesser than the mentor of […]

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As a preteristic postmillennialist, I believe that the first portion of the Lord’s Olivet Discourse deals with the approaching destruction of the temple in AD 70. Consequently, the future “great tribulation,” does not encumber the postmillennialist’s optimistic outlook on the historical long run. But why do I believe this? Why do I believe the tribulation […]

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Postmillennialism holds an optimistic view of history. While recognizing the enormity of the fall and the intrusion of sin into God’s created order. How can this be? Postmillennialists argue that God does not give up on man when Adam falls into sin. For immediately after the fall God establishes redemption. And he designs this redemption […]

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The postmillennial view is the only option among the four eschatological systems that maintains an optimistic hope for the current age before Christ returns. The term “postmillennial” arises from the compounding of three Latin terms: post (“after”), mille (“thousand”), and annum (“years”). The prefix post indicates that Christ will return after the millennium, that is, […]

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