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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080106435X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801064357
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

What does the Bible really teach about the end times?
Will there be a rapture with some people left behind?
How has the church traditionally understood the millennial age?

In a clear and accessible manner, Kim Riddlebarger presents and defends amillennialism as the historic Protestant understanding of the millennial age. Amillennarians believe that the millennium is a present reality centered in Christ's heavenly reign, not a future hope of Christ's rule on earth after his return.

Recognizing that eschatology-the study of future things-is a complicated and controversial subject, Riddlebarger begins with definitions of key terminology and an overview of various viewpoints and related biblical themes. He then discusses key passages of Scripture that bear upon the millennial age, including Daniel 9, Matthew 24, Romans 11, and Revelation 20. Finally, he evaluates the main problems facing each of the major millennial positions (dispensational premillennialism, historic premillennialism, postmillennialism, and preterism) and cautions readers to be aware of the consequences of each view.

"For combining thorough exegesis, readability, and lucid argumentation on this important subject, this volume has no peers."
Michael Horton, author of A Better Way

"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, Riddlebarger brings needed balance and sense to the debate over the subject of the millennium."
Cornelis P. Venema, author of The Promise of the Future

About the Author

Dr. Kim Riddlebarger is pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California, and has been a visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is cohost of the popular White Horse Inn weekly radio program sponsored by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He has a Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary.

Customer Reviews

I went through several stages each time I read this book.
Jacob
He has a great handle on the issues and presents the material in a manner that is easy to follow, conclusive and clear.
Douglas VanderMeulen
Regarding this book by Riddlebarger, it provides a good explanation for the different views of eschatology.
K Steven Ham

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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By J. F Foster on June 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Kim Riddlebarger has become part of an ever increasing chorus of scholars who are challenging much of the pop eschatology that has come to define much of service level evangelicalism. This book, I believe, is possibly the best defense of amillennialism since Hoekema and as such, is a book that all dissenters of amillennialism will have to reckon with.
This book attempts to build a comprehensive defense of amillennialism from the ground up. It is very systematic in its presentation and I found this to be a highly attractive approach to eschatology. He spends a good amount of time in the first two sections of the book laying much needed groundwork for meaningful eschatology by getting into issues of terminology as well as biblical theology. Folks looking for a popular level of treatment here might get bogged down and even bored, but I found Riddlebarger's discussion to be very stimulating and intellectually rigorous.
Riddlebarger's treatment of the already/not yet tension of the kingdom of God is outstanding (including his linear comparison of the 'this age/the age to come' dynamic of eschatology). It is clear that Riddlebarger has been greatly influenced by the likes of Vos and Ridderbos in his presentation of inaugurated eschatology, and is therefore in good company. In the process, he advances a decidedly covenantal theology. Riddlebarger clearly understands that amillennialism relies a great deal on the groundwork he erects in the first 2 parts of the book. As he repeatedly notes, if the inaugurated eschatology that is based on a covenantal hermeneutic is biblically sound, those who dissent from amillennialism are going to be left scrambling.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2003
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Other reviewers have given a very accurate and complete picture of what you will find in this book, so I'll keep my review short. I agree that I would have liked further treatment of Progressive Dispensationalism. I also found Riddlebarger's view on Romans 11 and Israel to be interesting, though I disagree with him as he notes many amillennialists would. This book is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the various views of eschatology (specifically the amillennialist treatment of those views).
This book was well timed for me. I'm a former dispensationalist turned amillenialist for similar reasons that Riddlebarger gives. Now, I find myself as a seminary student back in a very dispensationally bent school. Needless to say, I was not getting a clear treatment of amillenialism nor was I able to find much contemporary treatment of the subject until this book was released. I hope this book finds it way into seminary classrooms everywhere. Thank you Dr. Riddlebarger.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "daa777" on January 2, 2004
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Having recently moved from the 'wishy-washy' theology of the faith/charismatic movement a correct, bible based eschatological view was important. Yes, of course up to reading this book I still held to 'Dispensationalism' although I was becoming aware that there were some large 'theological holes'.
What I really liked about Dr Riddlebarger's book was the comprehensive rebuttal of obvious and not so obvious objections that would come from the other positions.
As has been said before the issue of Satan being bound according to Amillennialism could seem problematic: however there is sufficient New Testament scripture to show that this 'binding' does not mean the cessation of all satanic activity - satan is unable to deceive the nations (Rev 20); he has also been made a public spectacle (Col 2v15)... for the Christian satan really is a toothless lion. Against the dispensational view of satan which suggests there is a 'dualistic' battle with satan being an enemy able to inflict losses on Christendom and by default inflict losses on Christ... the Amillennial view is the scriptural view.
I find more and more that our brothers and sisters who hold to 'faith/charismatic' theology and along with that 'Dispensational' theology tend not to be `thorough' or 'thoroughly honest' in terms of intellectually assessing theological positions. Mark Noll pointed out in his book 'The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind' that modern evangelicals are not known for their rigorous thinking, nor does popular evangelicalism tend to sustain the intellectual life. With hindsight I can see I was guilty of this attitude when first considering the Calvinist/Reformed position.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Noiseconsumption on March 22, 2003
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Dr. Riddlebarger does a masterful job of presenting the different millennial views held by most Christians. He is so thorough in his discussion of this topic that the Premil and Postmil reader will most assuredly reconsider their positions and the problems contained therein. The need for a book that clearly lays out the biblical support for the Amillennial position has been needed for sometime and I would have to say that this book fulfills that need. This is a book that every student of theology should read and carefully consider when dealing with the difficult subject of eschatology.
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