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  1. Nathaniel Nathaniel says:

    I have never wanted to throw a book across the room so bad in my entire life Here is a review of each author Gentry After reading this I can see why postmillennialism has basically been abandoned All his chapters were so drawn out with little to no good exegesis to support his biblical theology Stimple on the other hand is an excellent writer who gives good arguments for amillennialism Though he tries to get to academic with all his greek and ends up muddying up his case.Blaising also did I have never wanted to throw a book across the room so bad in my entire life Here is a review of each author Gentry After reading this I can see why postmillennialism has basically been abandoned All his chapters were so drawn out with little to no good exegesis to support his biblical theology Stimple on the other hand is an excellent writer who gives good arguments for amillennialism Though he tries to get to academic with all his greek and ends up muddying up his case.Blaising also did a good job at communicating his position clearly and was the most fun to read out of the three authors He wrote the shortest retorts, which I very much appreciate, and was to the point I did learn a lot about eschatology from this book, though it was a pain to get through


  2. Adam Adam says:

    This book is written because each contributor is convinced that thinking theologically about the culmination of God s plan represents an important area of doctrine that should not be dismissed as irrelevant It is worthwhile to engage one another on this topic and think through the nature of our differences about it These essays reveal significant differences int he various views, yet they all affirm the ultimate victory of God a victory that has fundamental significance for all ChristThis book is written because each contributor is convinced that thinking theologically about the culmination of God s plan represents an important area of doctrine that should not be dismissed as irrelevant It is worthwhile to engage one another on this topic and think through the nature of our differences about it These essays reveal significant differences int he various views, yet they all affirm the ultimate victory of God a victory that has fundamental significance for all Christians in expressing the hope that is part of the gospel An interesting and informative survey of the three dominant eschatological end times positions in mainstream Christianity Ultimately, none of the three contributors makes what I would call a conclusive argument But they generally treat each other and the other views with respect and fairness


  3. Jacob Aitken Jacob Aitken says:

    Bock, Darrell Ed Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond Grand Rapids, MI Zondervan, 1999.I suppose this book is as good as you would expect it to be No side delivers the knockout punch Every author admits that muchcould be written and so he will have to be brief I don t have much of an axe to grind in the debate My own view at this point is that the revealing of Antichrist will begin the Great Tribulation Blaising makes it clear, which sometimes the other authors don t want to Bock, Darrell Ed Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond Grand Rapids, MI Zondervan, 1999.I suppose this book is as good as you would expect it to be No side delivers the knockout punch Every author admits that muchcould be written and so he will have to be brief I don t have much of an axe to grind in the debate My own view at this point is that the revealing of Antichrist will begin the Great Tribulation Blaising makes it clear, which sometimes the other authors don t want to acknowledge, that the word millennium is irrelevant to his position Gentry Argues his case on postmillennialism by structuring it around biblical covenants That s probably the strongest angle of his case He notes God must be faithful to his promises within space and time Even if true, the premillennialist makes the same argument Strimple s response seals the deal when it comes to his theological case about the effective preaching of the Gospel, Gentry offers nothing that any Evangelical would reject Moreover, his survey of covenant history at no point establishes the specifics of the postmillennial vision Responding to preterism both Strimple and Blaising give good critiques of Gentry s preterism Blaising notes that The Day of the Lord functions typologically throughout biblical history It manifests the final judgment Strimple s argument is similar the language Jesus uses in the Olivet Discourse has angels gathering the elect, and if Matthew 25 is read in conjunction with 24, the dead appearing before the throne This can hardly be the destruction of Jerusalem.Strimple s rebuttal needs to be developed, but it promises some fascinating conclusions If Nero is the Antichrist as Gentry claims, then he must be destroyed at the Battle of Armageddon This means Jeruselm in 70 AD is the Battle of Armageddon This can hardly suffice.Strimple He gives the standard covenantal amillennial view His argument has two hinges there is no future conversion of the Jews in Romans 11 and Revelation 20 denies a golden age I do like how he points out that Christ, and not the church simpliciter, is the true Israel It s tempting for covenant theologians to simply assert The Church Replaced Israel, whereas biblical theology is farnuanced.In his take on Revelation 20 and the binding of Satan, he asks if such a binding contradicts what Jude says that the fallen angels are bound until the Judgment Strimple s worries are misplaced That is not what Jude said Jude said those angels or Watchers who fornicated in the manner of Sodom and left their own estate, are bound That s all Jude doesn t say anything about the nature of demons or whether they are bound or not.My own response is that Strimple completely ignored Isaiah s Little Apocalypse 24 26.In response Blaising notes that The Day of the Lord is not always an instantaneous event Further, while Strimple argues that the New Testament leaves no place for a future millennium in its Two Age scheme, Blaising points out that numerous epochs in biblical history are divided up God says on the day I brought you out of Egypt and into the promised land That is not an instantaneous event It took at least 40 years Ex 3 17.Take Messiah s birth Part of Isaiah 11 refers to the Incarnation, but the rest of it, the ruling forever, is taking two thousand years It s not an instantaneous event.Isaiah 24 speaks of split punishments 1 Corinthians 15 s eita.epeita construction could read both ways, but Paul specifically emphasizes the stages of the Resurrection.Blaising Blaising begins with a survey of premillennialism While not an exegetical argument, it should help amils and postmils to stop identifying premillennialism with Scofieldism.He gives the standard premillennial take, though He notes that the OT speaks of conditions of an exalted creation which still retains sin and death Isaiah 65 is the most notable This can t simply be Isaiah s just trying to show us the heavenly state Isaiah knows how to communicate that people die In chapter 25 he gives us a picture where there is no death He didn t just forget when he got to chapter 65 Ezekiel 14 has the descended Messiah judging those nations who refuse to submit to him.Gentry s response to Blaising falls short Partly, Gentry critiques Blaising for not being a preterist Secondly, Gentry imputes the problems of pre tribulationism to all of premillennialism Third, Gentry completely ignores the fact that Blaising has said that his millennial view isn t isolated to Revelation 20 I will give Gentry credit on this he faults Blaising for not dealing with Daniel 9 within the premillennial scheme Fair enough That would have been helpful.Strimple s response is worth noting Strimple complains about the allegation that amillennialism is born out of a Platonic dualism He points, rather, to the fine works by Bavinck, Hoekema, and Vos I recommend all of them That s precisely Blaising s argument Modern day amillennialism is New Creation eschatology Praise God Medieval amillennialism is not It is Platonic The point was to float in eternity and think about the divine essence all day well, maybe not day, since day is an indicator of time.Whether Revelation 20 recapitulates 12 something that the kai eidon construction makes difficult , Strimple didn t face up to the problem that if Satan is bound in Revelation 20 where he can t deceive the nations, what exactly is he doing in Revelation 12 In Revelation 12 he is casts to the earth to trouble man In Revelation 20 he is bound from the earth Strimple then complains that Blaising considers the Bible apart from Revelation 20 This is really bizarre Usually, premillennialists are accused of ignoring the rest of the Bible Now they are at fault for considering the rest of the bible


  4. Robert Robert says:

    Yes after reading this book I literally have a thousand questions to ask no wait, or is it figuratively a thousand questions to ask Well that s the question you ll still be asking after reading this book is it literal or is it figurative I came to this book somewhat undecided about the whole millennial issue I knew what most people believed that share my system of theology but that was not the system I grew up on This book gave me my first opportunity sit down and think, what do I believe Yes after reading this book I literally have a thousand questions to ask no wait, or is it figuratively a thousand questions to ask Well that s the question you ll still be asking after reading this book is it literal or is it figurative I came to this book somewhat undecided about the whole millennial issue I knew what most people believed that share my system of theology but that was not the system I grew up on This book gave me my first opportunity sit down and think, what do I believe after re working my theology When I read the section on Postmillennialism I though I was a postmillennialist When I read the section on Amillenialism I thought I was an Amillenialist When I read the section on Premillenialism I realized I wasn t a premillenialist any But the one thing I ll probably never be about this subject is dogmatic There were aspects of each position that I agreed with, some aspects I disagreed with, and other aspects that I didn t ever even think about before.Now when I mention that I realize that I am no longer a premillenialist please don t infer that Dr Blaising didn t present his position in a cogent manner Quit the contrary In fact while reading his thesis I did find myself saying that if I still believed in his system of theology, dispensationalism, I would find myself agreeing with his position And that is what makes this subject problematic each position isn t just an indicator of what millennial position the person holds but what hermeneutic and system of theology a person holds On this issue Dr Blaising gives a lengthy analysis of the bias theologians brought to this issue throughout the history of the church a much too lengthy analysis for this book but necessary to consider nonetheless Bias is something we all bring to the table when we sit down to interrupt the Bible The question isn t if we have a bias when but what bias is the best bias to be biased with If the reader attempts to seek the answer to this question perhaps he she will come to a better understanding of each authors positions and determine which one best fits in the puzzle Further study will be required, as I have found out for myself, but at least now I have a reference and hopefully you will as well.This book is part of Zondervan s counterpoint series in which authors of each position write a positional paper, these positional papers are then given to the other authors for their reply and rebuttal Since for this book we have three different views on the millennium this means we have three papers on each position taken One positional paper and two replies Each author did an excellent job of attempting to present their position within the limited pages they had although you will notice some issues are not given enough attention Each author showed great erudition and exegesis of the subject so get ready for a good battle, within the pages and within yourself, while reading.Dr Gentry had the dubious distinction of leading the pack with his essay on Postmillennialism Being a theonomist Dr Gentry presents the theonomic postmillennial position that sees the gradual return to biblical norms of civil justice as a consequence of widespread gospel success through preaching, evangelism, missions, and Christian education p 19 emphasis authors As you can see this is a very optimistic position concerning the future of mankind It is theonomic in that it sees the return of the law of God, not the sacrificial law but the moral law It posits a period prior to the return of Christ, the Parousia, when their will be joy and prosperity under a mostly Christian like world It has a preterist interpretation of the book of Revelation and other judgment passages of the New Testament The preterist interpretation sees the end day prophecies as already being fulfilled, specifically around the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in A.D 70 And the postmillennial position holds a strong view of the sovereignty of God and through this seeing the vast majority of the world s population to convert to Christ as a consequence of the Spirit blessed proclamation of the gospel p.22.Postmillennialism views this age that we are in the millennium as God works through His chosen people to restore His creation back to its original purpose of bringing positive glory to Him p.23 A particular point of interest about this position is that they also see Christ being installed as King, ruling from God s right hand and being given all authority and when all things are brought under His feet, then the end will come Therefore postmillennialists see the millennium as being symbolic, not a literal thousand year period at the end of which is the Parousia the return of Christ.Dr Strimple presents the Amillennial position The name itself implies no millennium however it s a literal, earthly millennium their position is against Amillenialism sees the millennium as being spiritual, that the new heaven and new earth are with Christ and us here on earth and in heaven They posit that Christ is the true Israel and we, who are chosen by God, by being in Christ are the true Israel and therefore receive the blessings promised to Israel in the Old Testament We believers get in on the blessings promised to Israel only because by God s grace we are in him who is God s elect Israel, and by God s grace those blessings are extended to those who are united to Christ by faith p.89 They view the Kingdom as having come but in the dialectic of the now and not yet Life goes on here on earth We experience the blessings of God spiritually here on earth while physically still experiencing the consequences of the fall, looking forward to the parouisa.Amillenialism views the following events as being concurrent the second coming of Christ, the resurrection of believers and the change of living believers, 1 Cor 15 51 , the resurrection of the unjust, judgment for all, the end, the new heaven and new earth, and the inauguration of the final kingdom God, the blessed eternal state of the redeemed p.100 They see the end of Christ s mediatorial reign at the end, when Christ hands over the kingdom to the Father and death is destroyed and therefore the beginning of His reign at His resurrection and exaltation.Finally Dr Blaising presents his position on Premillennialism Dispensational Premillennialism to be exact which is what makes this part of the review difficult It s difficult because there are premillennialist who are not dispensational and who don t hold the same distinction between Israel and the Church that dispensationalist s do and even within dispensational Premillennialism we find various distinctions due to the spiritual vision model and the New Creation model of hermeneutics But to summarize Dr Blaising s Premillennialism they believe in a literal interpretation of Revelation 20 in that there will be a literal 1,000 year kingdom, on earth, initiated at the return of Christ the only positive features that unify premillennial views ancient and modern are those that dispensational Premillennialism affirms as well a millennial kingdom in which Satan is bound, instituted after the visible coming of Christ, and a partial resurrection of the dead but prior to the Final judgment p.187.Because of the distinction premillennialist make between the Church and Israel various complicated interpretations of prophecy lead to a dualist millennialism where there s a millennium in heaven for those who have passed on in Christ prior to the parouisa and a real millennium on earth for the Jews and others on the earth at the time of the parouisa classical dispensationalism maintains two different premillennialisms conjoined together The church looks forward to a spiritual millennial experience After the Millennium, the church would remain in haven for a final state, much as the spiritual vision model had traditionally predicted During the same millennial period, however, Israel and Gentile nations would be on the earth, experiencing an earthly, physical, and political millennial kingdom that correlates with a literal interpretation of Old Testament eschatology After the Millennium, these peoples would be brought into an eternal enjoyment of those blessings as the earth was being renewed p 183 184.To summarize the positions Dr Bock, as general editor, offers three good questions to keep in mind when examining each position 1 Is the end a gradual improvement where we will see the church usher in the victory with Christ so Postmillennialism 2 Does the end involve an apocalyptic act of Christ moving us directly into eternity so Amillennialism 3 Is the end a coming of victory on this earth through Christ in the completion of promises yet to be realized in the midst of catastrophic judgment and earthly rule so Premillennialism p 283 While reading this book you will note a couple of major disputes arise and focusing on in detail What is the nature and relationship of Israel and the Church The other being how should Revelation 20 be interpreted Romans 11 is the focus of debate between the distinction of Israel and the Church In Romans 9 Paul states, For they are not all Israel who are of Israel Romans 9 6 here using the word Israel twice but referring to two different meanings There are natural Jews who are of the Nation of Israel but who are not elect and therefore not of the Body of Christ, the Church, the true Israel Premillennialism s arguments I don t believe are cogent at this point where it argues that Paul, in this section of Romans, argues, Israel as a whole has fallen from favor because of a partial hardening has set in p 147 148 The distinction Paul is drawing out has a deeper significance than that, as already stated, and when all Israel will be saved is best interpreted as when all the elect Gentiles and Jews, who have been chosen by God, have entered into the body of Christ Revelation is a very symbolic book therefore I believe the obligation of Premillennialism to provide a cogent explanation of why Revelation 20 2 should be taken literally considering even the surrounding symbolic imagery presented in the chapter Is there a literal bottomless pit that Satan is cast into Does Satan look literally look like a dragon and serpent If it is a literal bottomless pit and he is literally released how does he get out Was he clinging to the sides of the pit Now you make think this are silly questions and I grant they are but the point is there is symbolism to the left and to the right of the reference to the 1,000 years why then should the 1,000 years be interpreted literally Premillennialism doesn t answer this question to my satisfaction and that is why I am not a premillennialist any longer Maybe you will disagree and that s okay because I can t be dogmatic about the millennium and it will all pan out in the end anyway I couldn t resist


  5. Josh Josh says:

    Helpful as books like this always are I do think it was a bit unfair that premillennialism was givenspace if the other authors agreed to this because of the brevity of their positions, I would have liked to know.The other views make a good point that drawing the details of the millennium from a single chapter Revelation 20 is shaky The stronger argument for premillennialism in general is that it s the only millennial view that allows for a literal fulfillment of the land promises to I Helpful as books like this always are I do think it was a bit unfair that premillennialism was givenspace if the other authors agreed to this because of the brevity of their positions, I would have liked to know.The other views make a good point that drawing the details of the millennium from a single chapter Revelation 20 is shaky The stronger argument for premillennialism in general is that it s the only millennial view that allows for a literal fulfillment of the land promises to Israel


  6. Brent Brent says:

    Poor back and forth arguments by men who seeminterested in scoring weak debate points than actually analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of their own conjectures It was a frustrating read.


  7. Jay Vellacott Jay Vellacott says:

    I have a hard time explaining why I dislike this book so much I wholeheartedly enjoy reading books on Theology, and eschatology is no exception I found all 3 authors immensely difficult to read, not because I didn t understand the words they were using but because of their awkward, unnatural sentence structures and the disjointed style they each had when unfolding their individual arguments.I would say that 80% of the given arguments were fairly weak and inconclusive They possibly would have I have a hard time explaining why I dislike this book so much I wholeheartedly enjoy reading books on Theology, and eschatology is no exception I found all 3 authors immensely difficult to read, not because I didn t understand the words they were using but because of their awkward, unnatural sentence structures and the disjointed style they each had when unfolding their individual arguments.I would say that 80% of the given arguments were fairly weak and inconclusive They possibly would have served as interesting pieces of additional supporting evidence, but they made up the main core of each side s arguments.Maybe it s just where I am now Maybe I m not smart enough now, although I do read a fair amount of dry scholarly books Maybe eschatology is a branch of Theology that I m not motivated enough to study right now Maybe I pick this book up again in 5 years and find it immensely insightful and educational But right now I have to say it s just plain frustrating


  8. Marc Plazola Marc Plazola says:

    This book presents the three millennial positions premillennialism, amillennialism, and postmillennialism with vivid detail and in comprehensible language This book is well recommended if millennial eschatology is of any interest to you to which I would think that, as a Bible believer, it should most definitely be of interest to you.


  9. Troy Solava Troy Solava says:

    Solid resource for understanding 3 of the primary views of the Millennium It is always helpful to read the critiques from the other authors at the end of each chapter However, I think this book would have beenhelpful with a chapter on dispensational premillennialism Though I do not hold to it, it would be helpful to contrast it to the others.


  10. Peter Krol Peter Krol says:

    Does not really answer any questions But I did find it quite helpful to read cogent thinkers defend a variety of perspectives Yet every one of the, had significant holes exposed by the critiques of the others.


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Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond [KINDLE] ❦ Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond ➚ Craig A. Blaising – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Are these the last days Could Jesus return at any time to establish his thousand year reign on earth What is the nature of Christ s millennial kingdom referred to in the book of Revelation What must h Are these on the MOBI ó the last days Could Jesus return at any time to establish his thousand year reign on earth What is the nature of Christ s millennial kingdom referred to in Three Views PDF/EPUB or the book of Revelation What must happen before Jesus returns, and what part does the church play Three predominant views held by evangelicals seek to answer these and related questions premillennial, postmillennial, Views on the PDF È and amillennial This book gives each view a forum for presentation, critique, and defense Besides each contributor s personal perspective, various interpretations of the different positions are discussed in the essays Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond lets you compare and contrast three important eschatological viewpoints to gain a better understanding of how Christianity s great hope, the return of Jesus, is understood by the church The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians Counterpoints books address two categories Church Life and Bible and Theology Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.

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