“Pre-mill or Post-mill or A-mill?”
Did you want me to tell you what to believe or were you just asking my position?:-)
Author’s note: Please forgive my simplicity in the descriptions that follow. None of the descriptions are meant to be exhaustive by any means. And it is not my purpose to discredit any view which I do not adhere to and I am trying to state them as objectively as possible. That being said, eschatology is a historically contentious doctrine and my conclusions are conclusions that have been a long time in the making. I didn’t wake up last night and think to myself, ” Hey…I’m ____.” I don’t have it all figured out, but I am ready to fight for my position…to a point. So if you want to discuss them further, we can do it in the comments section of this post. But only on the condition that we do not ridicule each other’s positions. Let’s use dignity and grace in our discussion.
I see glimmers of truth in the first two positions.
In Premillenialism I see the truth of the return of Christ before the end of the age. In Postmillenialism I see the triumph of the Gospel as it accomplishes it’s purpose of bringing people from every tribe, language, family, and nation to Christ before the end of the age. I don’t necessarily agree with anything else in that position that is not inherent in the other two positions and I am not very well versed in that position, so that’s all I’m going to say about it.
Within Premillenialism there are three or four different positions. There is the Pre-tribulational rapture of the Church, the Mid-tribulational rapture, the Pre-wrath rapture, and the Post-tribulational rapture.
It seems that the default position for most Premillenialists is the Pre-tribulational rapture position. Most everyone knows something about that view. The church is raptured at the beginning of the tribulation which lasts for seven years. At the end of the seven years a literal thousand years reign is initiated by Christ where he sits on David’s throne and rules from Jerusalem.
The Mid-trib view is basically the view that after three and a half years of the tribulation, at the midway point, the rapture occurs, then after the remaining period of time a literal thousand year reign begins.
The Pre-wrath view says that the rapture occurs before the wrath of God is poured out, whenever that may be during the tribulation. After the tribulation a literal thousand year reign commences.
The Post-trib view (historic Premillenialism) says that after the seven year tribulation period the rapture takes place and a literal thousand year reign is inaugurated.
Amillenialism is the view that the millenial reign of Christ has both a present and a future reality. So Amillenialists are really misnamed in the sense that they do believe in a millenial reign, but that the millenium is to be interpreted allegorically as the period beginning at the first coming of Christ and following the second coming of Christ. In other words, the ‘millenial’ reign has both a present manifestation in the Church and a future realization at the second coming of Christ. Neither period is a literal thousand years.
In Revelation 20 the binding of Satan is seen as a work that Christ accomplished during His first coming. The little while that the devil must be released is the tribulation.
Revelation 20 is the battleground. But we nust remember also that all sides interpret Revelation 20 in the same way they interpret the rest of the Book of Revelation. So if there is any argument from any side, we have all got to remember how we got to Revelation 20.
This is my view.
For a more detailed exposition of Amillenialism see Anthony Hoekema’s online works on ‘Amillenialism’ here.
There are also some good articles here. Click the sidebar icon titled ‘Eschatology’ and read Riddlebarger, Vos, and Hendriksen if you are interested.