Premill? Amill? or Postmill? Part 4

Posted: March 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

Historic or Classical Premillennials believe that most of the book of Revelation speaks of the future.  They also believe that Jesus will return and reign over the earth for a literal 1000 year period before engaging in one more cage match with Satan.  Jesus will defeat him, and those loyal to him, before remaking the heavens and the earth. 

The difference between this form premillennialism and what is called Dispensational Premillennialism (or what you find in the “Left Behind” books) is that most Historic Premills do not believe that you can break history down into “dispensations” or that there will be a pretribulation rapture, which, as I’ve stated before, is a relatively new, albeit popular, idea in evangelical Christianity or that there is necessarily a special place for the nation of Israel in the future. 

The strongest argument for historic premillennialism is that many early Christians seem to have adhered to it but the weaknesses emerge when one tries to harmonize Jesus’ words about judgment with the chronology they propound. 

For example, most historic premills believe that Jesus returns, reigns over the earth, which is filled with both believers and unbelievers, then defeats Satan and then judges.  Yet, other passages of the New Testament seem to state that when Jesus returns we will all meet him and receive new bodies.  If that is so, then do we reign with him during that 1000 year period? Are we judged at that time? What is the second judgment for? Where does the judgment of believers found in Matthew 25:31-46 come into play?

This is where the strength of amillennialism comes into play but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Until then, grace and peace.

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  1. Lori says:

    Miss Macdonald’s “Vision” Located!

    Visit Joe Ortiz’s “End Times Passover” blog (Mar. 9th) to see a rare 19th century “rapture” document found in the famous British Library in England. The document is listed in that library’s catalogue as “Margaret Macdonald’s Vision,” and you will see a facsimile of the handwritten account of her discovery of a pretribulation rapture in the Bible – the first instance of such teaching (1830) and this facsimile is the first time any portion of her history-changing “revelation” has ever been aired.
    And Southern California media personality Joe Ortiz is honored to be the very first person to ever air this document associated with the young Scottish lassie who is now a household name.
    Some other Google articles related to Margaret Macdonald are “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” X-Raying Margaret,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty.

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