This article looks at the rapture as presented in scripture. The rapture will not be secretive, will bring an end to the suffering of God's people, and will be a one-time event.
Looking at Revelation 20, this article examines the various interpretations of this text from the perspective of postmillennialism, premillennialism, and amillennialism. The author maintains that a proper interpretation of the text is rooted understanding God's promise to Abraham, as well as the meaning of Revelation's "thousand years".
This article is a critique of Premillennialism.
Poythress believes that 2 Thessalonians 1 provides support for amillennialism. He considers separately midtribulational premillennialism, post-tribulational premillennialism, and postmillennialism and its understanding of the rapture, in the light of 2 Thessalonians 1. Poythress also provides a careful reading of 2 Thessalonians 1 in the context of first-century Thessalonica.
This trilogy of articles builds off of a previous series entitled The Intermediate State, looking at the topic of end times. This series looks at the text of Revelation 20:1-10, discussing the amillennialism perspective on this scripture passage. One must understand the sybolic nature of the book of Revelation. Revelation 20 is a description of the present gospel age. This understanding has significant implications for the daily life of the Christian and the hope he has in Christ.
This trilogy of articles builds off of a previous series entitled The Intermediate State, looking at the topic of end times. This series looks at the text of Revelation 20:1-10, discussing the premillennialism and postmillennialism perspectives on this scripture passage. The author maintains that interpreting this text wrongly puts the unity of scripture at stake and threatens the Christian hope.
This article discusses the postmillennialist interpretation of Revelation 20, with a focus on Revelation 20:7-9.
Postmillennialism teaches that Jesus will return after the millennium. The controversy around this teaching centers around the interpretation of Revelation 20:1-10. Should this passage be understood literally or figuratively? Postmillennialism reads this text figuratively, but presents a different understanding than the common Reformed view on the topics of the binding of Satan, the reign of saints, the first resurrection and the victory of Christ.
This series of articles builds off of a previous series entitled The Millennium. Although they are distinct perspectives, premillennialism and postmillennialism hold some things in common. In their treatment of Revelation 20, both expect the literal fulfillment of the millennium, the earthly realization of the Messianic kingdom. Also, both see the Jews racially as the special people of God. In this article attention is given to the teaching of postmillennialism.
This article responds to dispensationalism and its view on the relationship between the Old and New Testament and the interpretation of prophecy. The author maintains that although dispensationalists may be in error about the end times, those who uphold the gospel truth must be viewed as brothers and sisters.
Do the Old Testament prophecies of Israel point to a fulfilment that takes place after the New Testament? The author looks at pre-exilic prophecies of Israel and contends that none of them is still outstanding, at least as far as the nation of Israel and the land is concerned.
The article refutes the views that the biblical prophecies foretelling the restoration of Israel are currently being fulfilled, which is a dispensationalist view. The return of Israel as spoken of in passages such as Isaiah 11:11, Jeremiah 29:14, and Zechariah 8:1-8 is therefore established as referring to the return of Israel from the Babylonian exile.
Both dispensational and covenant theology are ways in which believers “put together” their Bible. These systems serve as interpretive grid to understand the storyline of Scripture. Chapter 2 compares and contrasts dispensationalism and covenant theology to see how they relate different covenants and to better understand both approaches. Different varieties of dispensationalism and covenant theology are discussed.
The book The Theocratic Kingdom by George Peters is reviewed here. Peters's book is a defence of dispensationalism. The article aims its refutation against the idea that God's purpose through Christ was to erect on earth a kingdom under direct divine rule. He aims at Peter's thesis that the sin of the Jews was that they rejected that theocratic ideal.
What is it that characterizes postmillennialism? This article concludes the discussion on the teaching of preterism. The author also discusses postmillennialism's belief in the temporary aspect of the millennium, as well as its blame of the church for the failure of the millennial kingdom to appear.
What is it that characterizes postmillennialism? This article focuses on two characteristics taught in postmillennialism that are believed to usher in the golden age of the church: the earthly victory of the church and the conversion of the Jews. The author looks at these claims and gives an evaluation based on the teaching of scripture.