Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative

I come from a very dispensational background, and attended a Bible college that is also very dispensational. However, while in college I started seeing things in the Scriptures that did not sit well with my dispensational education. I consequently dropped the dispensational distinctive of a rapture (a pre-tribulational, pre-millennial eschatology – pretrib-premil) before a 7 year tribulation on the earth and accepted a historical pre-millennial position (post-tribulational, pre-millennial eschatology – posttrib-premil), meaning that I believed that Jesus has only one second coming, and that is after the tribulation, before the millennium.

However, the longer I have studied Scripture, and reading books like Revelation, the more I realised that interpreting the Bible across the board with a wooden literalism, will lead to a misunderstanding of the Bible, especially those that deal with end-times prophecy. The fact is that the Bible was not written in only one genre, but several. If we interpret books like Revelation as if it is a simple history written before it happens, then we will see all kinds of weird things.

kingdomcomebookcoverSam Storms’ book, Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative, was released in 2013. I read it. And, it was good! Sam Storms was also a dispensationalist, but came out of that many years ago. In this book he deals with the claims of dispensationalism and debunks its eschatological theology while successfully laying down his beliefs of amillennialism.

Storms’ book is well written, easy to read and he deals with all the relevant passages to refute on the one hand dispensational doctrine, and to state on the other hand what he believes about these passages. Passages such as Mt 24; Dan 9; Rom 11, Rev 13, 17, 20; and 2 Thess 2.

After having read this book, I certainly feel that it may be the time to study amillennialism in more detail.  That detail is certainly provided in Storms’ book, and I may need to to read his book again, but this time more intently.

What I am writing here is not a book review as such, but more of a recommendation. For a quick and easy review, you can read this one at Amazon.

All I can say is that this book has triggered something in me to take amillennialism more seriously and that is what I am going to.

I give this book:


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