Postions on the millennium, the nature and time of Christ's one-thousand year reign, are as numerous as they are difficult to pronounce and understand. When you add in the myriad ways the doctrine is abused, it is perfectly understandable that Christians abandon or avoid studying it altogether.
Nonetheless, good, solid, and exegetically based resources exist for serious inquirers. One of the best available today and recently expanded is Kim Riddlebarger's A Case for Amillenialism provides definitions of key terms and a helpful overview--but not technical--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 question.
Regardless of their own stance, readers will be challenged but not overwhelmed by Riddlebarger's study and its evaluation of the main problems facing each of the major millennial positions. Moreover, Riddlebarger's insightful detailing of the implications and thus the consequences of each and cautions readers to be aware of the spiraling consequences of each view.
Amillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, historic premillennialism, postmillennialism, preterism. These are difficult words to pronounce and even harder concepts to understand. A Case for Amillennialism is an accessible look at the crucial theological question of the millennium in the context of contemporary evangelicalism.
Recognizing that eschatology--the study of future things--is a complicated and controversial subject, Kim 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 question.
Regardless of their stance, readers will find helpful insight as Riddlebarger evaluates the main problems facing each of the major millennial positions and cautions readers to be aware of the spiraling consequences of each view.
Kim Riddlebarger (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California, and has been a visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also a co-host of the White Horse Inn radio program, a contributor to Modern Reformation magazine, and the author of The Man of Sin.
For combining thorough exegesis, readability, and lucid argumentation on this important subject, this volume has no peers.
author of Christless Christianity
By careful examination of the key biblical passages, Dr. Riddlebarger will help and encourage Christians both to understand the real teaching of the Bible and to appropriate the blessing of this truth.
-W. Robert Godfrey,
president and professor of church history, Westminster Theological Seminary in California
Carefully argued, clearly and charitably written, this work brings needed balance and sense to the debate over the subject of the millennium.
-Cornelis P. Venema,
author of The Promise of the Future