By Darrell L. Bock
Are those the final days? may possibly Jesus go back at any time to set up his thousand-year reign on the earth? what's the nature of Christ’s millennial state talked about within the e-book of Revelation? What needs to ensue ahead of Jesus returns, and what half does the church play? 3 essential perspectives held through evangelicals search to reply to those and comparable questions: premillennial, postmillennial, and amillennial. This ebook provides every one view a discussion board for presentation, critique, and security. in addition to every one contributor’s own viewpoint, a variety of interpretations of different positions are mentioned within the essays. 3 perspectives at the Millennium and past permits you to examine and distinction 3 vital eschatological viewpoints to achieve a greater knowing of ways Christianity’s nice desire, the go back of Jesus, is known via the church. The Counterpoints sequence offers a discussion board for comparability and critique of other perspectives on concerns very important to Christians. Counterpoints books deal with different types: Church lifestyles and Bible and Theology. entire your library with different books within the Counterpoints sequence.
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He should observe how this psalm is applied in the New Testament to various phases of Jesus’ history: the baptism (Matt. 3:17), the resurrection and ascension (as Gentry has noted), but also the Second Coming. Revelation 19:15 describes our Lord’s smiting the nations at his return and proceeding to rule them with an iron rod. Paul’s description of the Second Coming in 2 Thessalonians 1:6-12 reinforces this image. Matthew 25:31-46 also presents Christ as ruling and judging the nations from an enthroned position after his return.
Our English word “eschatology” comes from the Greek words for “last things” (eschatos) and “word, study” (logos), but we must recognize that in the view of the New Testament writers the “last days” of redemptive history were inaugurated by Christ’s resurrection and exaltation and the Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:16-21, “the last days”; 1 Cor. 10:11, “the fulfillment [end] of the ages”; Heb. 1:1-2, “in these last days”; 1 Peter 1:20, “in these last times”). The whole of God’s redemptive revelation is structured in terms of promise (Old Testament) and fulfillment (New Testament), and therefore a fully adequate summary of biblical eschatology must consider the teaching of the entire Bible!
22 The New Testament certainly does not encourage us to read the Old Testament in postmillennial terms. , the Olivet Discourse; 1 Cor. )—no mention is made of a golden age prior to Christ’s second coming. 23 None of the Old Testament messianic psalms or prophetic passages is ever applied to such a golden age by the New Testament writers. I have said that the reader searches in vain for even one biblical text that explicitly sets forth the postmillennial vision of a golden age to come before Christ comes again.
3 Views on the Millennium and Beyond by Darrell L. Bock