Are these the last days? Could Jesus return at any time to establish a thousand-year reign on earth? What is the nature of Christ’s millennial kingdom referred to in the book of Revelation? What must happen before Jesus returns, and what part does the church play? Three predominant views held by evangelicals seek to answer these and related questions: premillennial, postmillennial, and amillennial. This book gives each view a forum for presentation, critique, and defense.
Besides each contributor’s personal perspective, various interpretations of the different positions are discussed in the essays. Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond lets you compare and contrast three important eschatological viewpoints to gain a better understanding of how Christianity’s great hope, the return of Jesus, is understood by the church.
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“all the responses affirm a biblical emphasis on the presence of ‘new creation’ motifs” (Page 282)
“The historical prospects of gospel victory bringing blessing on all nations comes by gradualistic conversion, not catastrophic imposition (as in premillennialism) or apocalyptic conclusion (as in amillennialism).” (Pages 29–30)
“The Puritan form of postmillennialism generally holds not only to a future glory for the church, but that the millennial era proper will not begin until the conversion of the Jews and will flower rather quickly thereafter, prevailing over the earth for a literal thousand years.” (Page 18)
“The theonomic postmillennialist sees the gradual return to biblical norms of civil justice as a consequence of widespread gospel success through preaching, evangelism, missions, and Christian education.” (Page 19)
“Jesus nowhere predicts a glorious future on earth before the end of the world, as postmillennialists posit. On the contrary, the things he himself experienced are the things his church will experience.” (Page 63)
Darrell L. Bock is research professor of New Testament studies and professor of spiritual development and culture at Dallas Theological Seminary. His publications include Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods, Jesus according to Scripture, and Breaking the Da Vinci Code. Bock serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and is on the board of Chosen People Ministries and Wheaton College. From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Bock served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society.