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A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times Paperback – March 1, 2003
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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.
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Kim Riddlebarger does a wonderful job of providing a very thorough and easy to read argument for Amillennialism. I began studying prophecy and eschatology specifically late last year and within months was very confused. I was a dispensational in my eschatology but in study of the Word I dropped out and was confused as to where I stood. This book helped me land (at least for now).
I came into the book skeptical of Amillennialism. I used to mock the view and put it down for spiritualizing things. It took me half of the book before I tapped out to the view as what I believed. Dare to read this book if your a dispensationalist, please!
I would also add that Kim does a really good job at showing some weaknesses in the preterist interpretations also, though he mainly deals with the dispensational errors.
He then sets out the varying premillennial and postmillennial views for the last days, and makes the case for Amillennialism which Protestantism, Lutheran and Reformed have historically embraced along with the church catholic, or the church of all time and all places. He does so in a clear and concise manner.
This book is a treasure in that Kim who grew up a premillennialist and dabbled with postmillennialism is in a unique position to see the strengths and weaknesses of all the different views concerning eschatology, and or Chiliasm. He writes in a manner that is not only easy to follow but enjoyable. He takes no mean stabs, creates not straw men. He writes with a pastoral heart that is genuinely concerned about the tortures and frightened souls who have consumed today's rehashed Jewish myths, of which Paul warned Titus.
Lutheran's might chafe at the term "Amillennial." As in fact we do believe in a millennium. But Kim Riddlebarger disarms the rejoinder often heard from our Lutheran circles concerning this fact. He points out, and rightfully so, that Amillennialism does not actually deny that there is a millennium. In this Lutherans and Reformed Amillennialists are agreed. There is a millennium and we are in it now, it is now spanning into the third millennium.
Lutherans may find a few other things to chafe at in this book. So far though, I haven't found anything out there better. And let's face it, this is primarily an inter-reformed fight. It is from reformed circles (I use the Lutheran meaning of reformed here, meaning all you all who aren't Lutheran or Catholic) that our own laity are infected with these forms of confused chiliasm. Any pastor who has converts from evangelical and Baptist circles will understand the torture of soul that dispensational premillennialism inflicts upon Christ's sheep. They will find Kim Riddlebarger's book to be of immense value, as they try to understand the confused millennial maze themselves, and will also be able to buy and give this book to others with a clean conscience.
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