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Amillennialism and the Age to Come Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Waymeyer has written an outstanding defense of premillennialism. His work is fair, charitable, thorough, and most importantly, based on careful scriptural exegesis. Clearly there are excellent arguments on both sides of this issue, and the debate will almost certainly last until the second coming. In any case, premillennialists will be encouraged by this vigorous and scholarly defense of their reading, and amillennialists will need to interact with this impressive defense of premillennialism. --Thomas Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist eological Seminary
Waymeyer stays close to the text, argues biblically, and writes in an irenic way. He has shown great respect for the body of Christ where some have differed from the premillennial view he has taken, yet he has also courageously stated what needs to be said. --Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell eological Seminary
Imagine a passage-by-passage look at the debate between amillennialism and those who hold to an intermediate kingdom/millennium. Here is a work that lays out the debate in detail and with a tone such a discussion deserves. is is a solid analysis of amillennialism. --Darrell L. Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
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The layout of this 325 page book is outstanding:
1.) Part 1: The Intermediate Kingdom in the Old Testament.
2.) Part 2: The Two-Age Argument in the New Testament.
3.) Part 3: The Intermediate Kingdom in Revelation 20.
5.) Appendix: The Intermediate Kingdom in Intertestamental Judaism.
In each section Waymeyer takes the subjects of the chapters and compares them with each of the contextual works of the leading amillennialists — Beale, Venema, Hoekema, and Storms (just to name a few) — and presents each of their detailed cases with a detailed premillennial critique/response. One of the things I admired most about this book is how Waymeyer respectfully responds to his amillennial brothers. Eschatology tends to be a topic that gets messy between a lot of Christians, but this book shows that Christians can truly agree to disagree respectfully.
Another wonderful thing about this book is how Waymeyer does not include only dispensational or progressive dispensational premillennial responses, but includes just as many responses from leading historic premillennialists as well (such as Ladd, Moo, Schreiner, Grudem, and Blomberg).
Also, each section is full of footnotes galore! — something the serious student of theology will genuinely appreciate. Waymeyer, (very carefully in this manner), does not misrepresent his amillennial brothers, but goes above and beyond to make sure the reader knows exactly what the amillennialist believes about the topic he is critiquing. Most authors are very general on their footnotes and sources leading many times to confusion and misrepresentation. In this book, this is not the case. Every position and view is cited to the clearest and to the fullest.
In closing on this review, let me say that not every premillennialist — dispensational or historic — will agree with all that Waymeyer says in this book; but they will appreciate his case and be very well pleased (and some on the opposing field shocked) with how he shows exegetically the two-age model as being very much compatible with premillennialism. Whatever position you hold to — amillennialism, premillennialism, or even postmillennialism — this book I'm sure will do one of the three things: 1.) Strengthen you in your premillennialism (as it did me), 2.) Convince you via biblical exegesis of premillennialism, or 3.) It will send you away (maybe not convinced), but having a greater appreciation for the premillennial view and it's critique of the two-age model.
"The two-age argument for amillennialism will likely continue to be used as a polemic against premillennialism. But as this critique has demonstrated, even though the two ages provide a helpful framework for understanding biblical eschatology, they do not preclude the existence of an intermediate kingdom. The present age will continue until the Second Coming of Christ, which will usher in the age to come. In the initial phase of the coming age, the Lord Jesus will reign on earth until He has put all His enemies under His feet. And then, after the final enemy is abolished by Christ, He will hand the kingdom over to the Father and the eternal state will begin so that God may be all in all (1 Cor 15:23-28)."
Reformed Theology (generally) has the long-held tradition of the Amillenial view of eschatology while Dispensational Theology holds to the Premillenial view. This book is not an examination of those differing theological systems but is focused, specifically, upon the disagreement of the existence or non-existence of the temporal intermediate state between the second coming of Christ and the eternal state.
This is no shallow or superficial discussion avoiding the difficult issues. Author Matt Waymeyer presents the best arguments from the most respected theologians, who adhere to the Amillenial view, with a clear and fair treatment of their position. He thoroughly examines the Scriptural references utilized in the debate, carefully exegeting and harmonizing the passages. The reader will find, if they will to the best of their ability lay aside "tradition", that the evidence is compelling, indeed I believe insurmountable, that Christ will reign on earth from David's throne for 1000 literal years following His 2nd Advent prior to the New Heavens and New Earth.
Gives points and counter points. Well researched clear examination of the relevant biblical