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Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative Hardcover – November 20, 2015
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"Sam Storms' book, Kingdom Come: the Amillennial Alternative, is a substantial work on the viability of the Amillennial perspective on eschatology, including that of the Book of Revelation.....Even those who may disagree with Storms' Amillennial approach will definitely benefit from his book." (G. K. Beale ~ Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
"Storms marshals exegetical and theological arguments in defense of his view in this wide-ranging work. Even those who remain unconvinced will need to reckon with the powerful case made for an amillennial reading. The author calls us afresh to be Bereans who are summoned to search the scriptures to see if these things are so." (Thomas R. Schreiner ~ James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky)
"There is something in here to challenge and to encourage all of us, no matter our persuasion. I pray this book will help others in the same way it has helped me." (Justin Taylor ~ Executive vice president, Crossway Books and blogger, "Between Two Worlds", Wheaton, Illinois)
Imminently readable, this is the book I would recommend on amillennialism from here on out. (Jared C. Wilson ~ Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Managing Editor of For The Church, Midwestern's site for gospel-centered resources.)
Sam Storms' Kingdom Come is a remarkably comprehensive and informative study of eschatology from a Reformed perspective. Not only does he persuasively argue the amillennial position but he provides a clear and charitable understanding of the alternatives. On topic after topic, I marveled at Storms' sound handling and lucid teaching of difficult material. Kingdom Come is extraordinarily helpful to the student of eschatology and no Reformed library will be complete without this book. (Richard D. Phillips ~ Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina)
"...the most helpful book on the various millennial views I have seen since W. J. Grier's The Momentous Event. His work is marked by careful exegesis of pertinent texts, and ranges widely and deeply in all of the relevant Scriptural passages dealing with the end of the age." (Douglas F. Kelly ~ Richard Jordan Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina)
"This is a remarkable book which will surely become the standard bearer for Amillennialism for years to come." (Kevin DeYoung ~ Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, North Carolina)
"Sam Storms' book, Kingdom Come: the Amillennial Alternative, is a substantial work on the viability of the Amillennial perspective on eschatology, including that of the Book of Revelation.....Even those who may disagree with Storms' Amillennial approach will definitely benefit from his book." ~ G. K. Beale (Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
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Storms helps us understand the Millennial Kingdom in light of what numerous other Scriptures teach in a much clearer way. His approach is to understand the highly symbolic and metaphorical book of Revelation in light of the clarity of Eschatology within the New Testament. This is a clear contrast to most dispensationalists who interpret Revelation with a "literal hermeneutic" and try to make the rest of Scripture conform to their preconceived understandings of the Millennial Reign of Christ.
Additionally, Storms clearly and persuasively addresses my greatest objection to Premillennialism in confronting the unbiblical doctrines of the supposed "clear distinction" between Israel and the church. Storms defends that God has always had one elect of God from the beginning of time, through Israel, and through the church age. He defends the idea that "not all Israel is Israel," as Paul writes in Romans. Clearly, there is an elect within Israel that constitutes the "one true people of God," This one true people of God, or true Israel, were the elect Jewish congregation that would become the foundation of the church. This true church, which includes the elect of Jews and Gentiles both, now constitutes the elect of God and the true Israel. Furthermore, Storms shows how Christ was the true Israel, God's true obedient Son, in whom all the elect of both Jews and Gentiles reside through the Spirit of God. Through our union with the true Israel, Christ, we are children of the promise.
The book itself is beautiful. It's also over 550 pages long. Storms does a wonderful job defending a position biblically and faithfully. It will open up a door of understanding and clarity of the treasures of God's Word as seen through the lens of His covenant promises to people who are unworthy to receive them. It will also illuminate Christ as the greatest treasure and King this world has ever seen. It will also shine the light back on the cross and resurrection, where God's glory is most clearly seen by all. There, after all, is where Jesus ascended His throne until the new heavens and new earth where we will reign with Christ forever. To take our eyes and focus off the cross and work of Christ on this earth to look for an earthly Kingdom is to miss the point. God's Kingdom has come in the death and resurrection of Christ. When He returns in glory, which could be at any time, He will consummate His Kingdom in the new heavens and new earth.
Thus the first chapter of the book begins with "the hermeneutics of eschatology," laying down five interpretive assumptions, the first being that "Jesus Christ and his Church are the focal and terminating point of all prophecy." This is central because in laying down his amillenial (or as he would more accurately term it, the "realized millennium") interpretation, Storms builds on the foundational truth that Jesus was the true temple of God, that "the Old Testament finds its consummate fulfillment in the person of Christ and his body, the Church" (16). As the book unfolds, we are prepared to contemplate in Chapter 14 the "millennium" that John describes in the Apocalypse as "concurrent with the church age in which we live and consists of the co-regency with Christ of those believers who have died" and entered into glory (423). All the major topics of eschatology are interpreted thoroughly and contextually.
Most helpfully, Storms gives us a clear picture of other eschatological positions as well, especially the seemingly dominant dispensationalist view. His fair-minded scholarship and Scripture-grounded exegesis, far from muddying the waters, seems to make a path through them. I found this to be the most helpful book on the Apocalypse I've read thus far.
While I don't personally hold to the partial-preterist interpretation of the Olivet Discourse, and while a few chapters contain what might be excessively detailed discussions of a handful of issues for some readers, "Kingdom Come" certainly takes its place among the elite books on the subject, elevating the debate to a new level. And, most importantly, it presents a very compelling case for amillennialism.
In view of its publication date (2013), I only wish Sam had more to say about John MacArthur's premillennial remarks and view (especially so since the book seems to engage most with classic dispensational premillennialism), and that it had more references to and greater interaction with a wider range of top-notch amillennial works (not only Hoekema, but also Riddlebarger, Venema, Strimple, et al). Nevertheless, Sam's book does a tremendous job of exegeting the key biblical passages, and will be of great value to any student of prophetic themes. So I heartily recommend it, and suggest that readers consider it alongside Kim Riddlebarger's recently expanded edition of "A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times."