Friday, March 9, 2007

Premillennialism or amillennialism?

Who cares. Let’s stop arguing over which doctrinal position employs the Official Decoder Ring for the book of Revelation. Can’t Christians all agree on the book’s big idea? Satan is going to hammer God’s people right up to the end, but the Lamb and his own will triumph at last. Jesus told his disciples that we’ll know it when he comes back. And when that moment arrives, I have a feeling we’ll see clearly enough what to do next. In the mean time, Christians, let’s live like we really believe he’s coming.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

11 comments:

Dr Mike said...

Thanks for making this point so clearly and concisely. We often fail to recognize that prophecy is given as a motive for holy living, not just to satisfy our curiosity, impress unbelievers, or give us ideas for cool charts and timelines.

There is, as one author said, a new world coming. That truth alone should motivate us to live as Christ called us to live and to share the gospel with others.

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Mike. I respect your judgment on matters of biblical theology and am glad to have you visiting here at MDD. Peace.

Brian Littlefield said...

Of those two, I agree that it's just as silly to even debate the subject. Unfortunately, I think you're missing one of the most frustrating factions in the debate: preterists, who flatly deny that Revelation was about a future time. Have you had any dealings with those types?

Milton Stanley said...

Yes, I've run across that school of thought. I guess I think of them as amillennialists. It's neat and tidy to attribute all of Revelation to first and second centuries, but that interpretation doesn't take into account everything in the book any more than the end-times-only crowd. Regardless of what any I-Have-the-Key preacher may say, it's difficult to decipher every symbol in Revelation. God intendes for us not to master his Word, but to be mastered by that Word.

By the way, I hope you don't object, but I've added Curiosities to the Churches of Christ blog group. You can find it at http://groups.blogdigger.com/groups.jsp?id=1700 . Your posts should start appearing on the group page within 24 hours of your next post. Welcome aboard.

Brian Littlefield said...

Thanks!

John said...

Hallelujah! Music to my ears!

Be encouraged.
GBYAY

Milton Stanley said...

You're quite welcome, Brian, and thanks for your encouragement, John. Peace.

GotToBTru said...

A friend of mine answers the question by saying "I'm pre-wrath."

I personally like to say I'm "pan-millenial...whatever happens, trust in God and it will all pan out."

Milton Stanley said...

Exactly! Panmillenialist. That's me.

Gem said...

Our preacher, Mark Frost from Meanderings must be a panmillennialist as well. He did a series on Revelation a couple of years back and had an interesting take on it -- much of the book deals with encouraging Christians who are living under a government hostile to their beliefs. He didn't tell them to infiltrate the government or set up a religious democracy. He told them to hold on, Jesus was coming back. Seems like we should take note of that. My other favorite quote from that series was "I personally don't believe that Jesus is going to come back and reign 1000 years with us. But if he does, you can bet I'll be right there with him!" Or something like that.

Milton Stanley said...

Sounds good to me. Thanks for the link.