A Case For Amillennialism
What does the Bible really teach about the end times? Will there be a rapture with some people left behind? How has the church traditionally understood the millennial age? In a clear and accessible manner, Kim Riddlebarger...
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What does the Bible really teach about the end times?
Will there be a rapture with some people left behind?
How has the church traditionally understood the millennial age?
In a clear and accessible manner, Kim Riddlebarger presents and defends amillennialism as the historic Protestant understanding of the millennial age. Amillennarians believe that the millennium is a present reality centered in Christ's heavenly reign, not a future hope of Christ's rule on earth after his return.
Recognizing that eschatology-the study of future things-is a complicated and controversial subject, Riddlebarger begins with definitions of key terminology and an overview of various viewpoints and related biblical themes. He then discusses key passages of Scripture that bear upon the millennial age, including Daniel 9, Matthew 24, Romans 11, and Revelation 20. Finally, he evaluates the main problems facing each of the major millennial positions (dispensational premillennialism, historic premillennialism, postmillennialism, and preterism) and cautions readers to be aware of the consequences of each view. 271 pages, from Baker.
Amillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, historic premillennialism, postmillennialism, preterism. These are difficult words to pronounce and even harder concepts to understand. A Case for Amillennialism presents an accessible look at the crucial theological question of the millennium in the context of contemporary evangelicalism. This study defends amillennialism as the historic Protestant understanding of the millennial age. Amillennarians believe that the millennium of Christ's heavenly reign is a present reality, not a future hope to come after his return. Recognizing that eschatology, the study of future things, is a complicated and controversial subject, Riddlebarger provides definitions of key terms and a helpful overview of various viewpoints. He examines related biblical topics as a backdrop to understanding the subject and discusses important passages of Scripture that bear upon the millennial age, including Daniel 9, Matthew 24, Romans 11, and Revelation 20. Regardle
"Into a field flooded with silliness comes a sane and sensible book on the Second Coming of Christ. Kim Riddlebarger's book is a welcome corrective to teachings that have been fascinating and dramatic, but not truly grounded in Scriptures. By careful examination of the key biblical passages and by clear thinking, Dr. Riddlebarger will help and encourage Christians both to understand the real teaching of the Bible and to appropriate the blessing of this truth. The promise of Christ's coming calls us not to sensational speculation, but to faithfulness, vigilance, and eager expectation." -W. Robert Godfrey, Ph.D., president and professor of church history, Westminster Theological Seminary in California"Many evangelical studies of the 'last things' tend to display accomplished sympathy for one's own view, but often with little first-hand knowledge of rival perspectives. Homegrown in American dispensationalism, the author of this book is immensely competent not only in his defense of amillennialism but in his well-informed engagement with alternatives. It is the best and most business-like account of amillennialism in print. For combining thorough exegesis, readability, and lucid argumentation on this important subject, this volume has no peers. I've been waiting for its publication for years!" -Michael Horton, author of A Better Way"In a courtroom dominated for too long by defenders of premillennialism, Riddlebarger makes a compelling case for the historic amillennial view of the Christian church. The strength of Riddlebarger's case lies in his careful definition of the terms used in the debate regarding the millennium and his extended treatment of the principles of biblical interpretation that undergird an amillennial reading of the Bible. Carefully argued, clearly and charitably written, Riddlebarger brings needed balance and sense to the debate over the subject of the millennium." -Cornelis P. Venema
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger is pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California, and a visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is cohost of the popular White Horse Inn weekly radio program sponsored by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He has a Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary.