The vital importance of the Amil view

The Amillennial (or present millennium) view opens our understanding to the crucial times we are in and times soon to come. All other end time views exclude the churches of other times: the premil all those churches before the end time, and the postmil those churches after 70 A.D., denying the relevance of the Scripture—and especially the Book of Revelation, the climax and crown of Biblical prophecy—to those people of God outside these narrow limits. The word of God is meant to be clearly understood in and for all ages.

As with Daniel’s prophecies concerning the devastation Antiochus Epiphanes would wreak in the church of God around 150 B.C.—the LORD preparing His remnant for the extreme suffering to come, even the worship of Him being outlawed in the one place in the world where it existed, and the temple so defiled that worship could not take place there—so it shall be again in our day, but globally the faith and churches being outlawed, the Lord having important discernment and encouragement for us who live near the end, and such days.

The Book of Revelation spoke clearly and urgently to the very people of the apostle John’s day (around 90-95 A.D. and the years following) who experienced horrific suffering, yet had the Apocalypse’s comfort, power, and warnings strong in their hearts. Revelation and all other Scripture likewise spoke to the peoples of the following centuries, instilling courage, wisdom, and godly caution. It spoke to the persecuted Waldenses.

To the Reformation church it gave them power and vision to withstand Rome, the great harlot Babylon and Beast of their day. Has it anything concrete for us in the second decade of the 21st century? Has it anything besides the yet valid warnings to come out of the Babylonian Vanity Fair of our Western cultures? Anything to make us like “the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chron 12:32)? How many Christians have clear “understanding of the times” now, in 2015?

Because of the cultural tide turning against us of late many of us in the Way have come to realize that our easy life under the protection of both government and a supportive society may swiftly be coming to an end, and hard times may well be upon us, if not right away, then in the wings waiting to be called.

But that’s not all; our cultures—the U.S., as well as Europe and the “West” generally—are becoming so hostile to the laws of God, violating them with such egregious wickedness and violence, that we should expect severe judgment from on high. The pampered West shall not be exempt from the fiery trials of our faith known elsewhere, in other regions of the world, by our brothers and sisters.

It is little understood today that the psychedelic drug explosion of the fifties, sixties, and seventies—the LSD, marijuana, hashish, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, mescaline, etc—and exported by the Woodstock generation into all the world, constituted much of the basis for the horrific judgment of end times Babylon spoken of in Revelation 18:23, “for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” The psychedelic drugs of those days—and the potent marijuana of today—were and are sorcerous potions opening the dimensional gateway to the demonic realm, allowing an influx of satanic influence and activity into the collective human consciousness that, over the past half century, has gruesomely impacted and slowly but surely transformed the zeitgeist—spirit of the age—into one that hates God, His people, and all civic order and decency, so that now we see the full realization of these words: “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Rev 12:12).

It’s becoming clear that the recent amillennial scholarship in eschatology is establishing itself as the dominant force in the church, notwithstanding the premil IFB and similar congregations and postmil Presbyterian micro-denominations to the contrary—perhaps I should say in the visionary church—and is capturing the hearts, minds, and imaginations of many with its clarity, simplicity, common-sense fidelity to the text, and thrilling vision into the reality of our situation. For it is a joy when we realize that the word of our God is relevant to the point of enabling us to understand the spiritual dynamics—and some events—at play in both “the whole world [that] lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19), and in us the church of the living and mighty God in its midst.

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Brief bibliography for Revelation and Amil:

Below is a list of books (a couple of articles and two mp3 sermon series included) on Amillennialism and Revelation commentaries that are amil, plus one book on Daniel.

Riddlebarger’s two books (listed below) are both excellent; the one on antichrist is superb.

Engelsma’s two lengthy articles on Amillennialism are outstanding. The book version of Christ’s Spiritual Kingdom is preferable.

The eschatology books, and the Revelation commentators listed are all amil, all of them in the camp of “eclectic” interpretive methodology, or “modified idealist”, per Greg Beale, who seems to be taking the lead in the field of Revelation studies at this time.

Still, the others are also very good. Of especial note is Bauckham’s The Theology of the Book of Revelation – a smaller work of 169 pages – filled as it is with profound insights and observations.

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G.K. Beale, New International Greek Testament Commentary: Revelation; The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: 1-2 Thessalonians; MP3 sermon series on Revelation at Monergism: https://www.monergism.com/blog/exposition-revelation-mp3-series-g-k-beale; Revelation: A Shorter Commentary

Dennis E. Johnson, Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation

Cornelis P. Venema, The Promise of the Future

William Hendriksen, More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation

Richard Bauckham, The Climax of Prophecy; and The Theology of the Book of Revelation

Kim Riddlebarger, The Man of Sin: Uncovering the Truth About the Antichrist; and, A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times

David J. Engelsma, Christ’s Spiritual Kingdom: A Defense of Reformed Amillennialism (A shortened online version: http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/eschatology/amil.html); and his article, The Messianic Kingdom and Civil Government : http://www.prca.org/prtj/apr2004.htm#The%20Messianic%20Kingdom%20and%20Civil%20Government

Dean Davis, The High King of Heaven, a great book on the essential hermeneutic issues involved, and excellent analyses, with critiques, of the other millennial schools

Stuart Olyott, Dare to Stand Alone: Daniel Simply Explained

Samuel E. Waldron, The End Times Made Simple

Arturo Azurdia, An Exposition of the Book of Revelation (81 MP3 sermons) : https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/azurdia_revelation.html

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  1. Hello! I am delighted to have you as a reader!

    I have read your outstanding contributions to the Puritan Board forum over the past few years and have greatly benefited from them. Thank you.

    May God continue to bless you richly.

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