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The Millennium Paperback – March 1, 1991
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"A volume of distinction that enters deeply one of the perplexing problems that has agitated the Christian Church through the centuries. The author writes convincingly and with distinction. He has made available in systematized and summarized form materials concerning the problems confronted in the study of the three systems." --Christian Herald
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Loraine Boettner (ThB and ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary; also received honorary degrees in DD and LittD) is best known as the author of The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, The Millennium, and Roman Catholicism.
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Boettner, who spent the latter years of his life in the little northwest Missouri town of Rockport, is unusual among writers (and even among Christian writers), in that he never wrote for money or fame, but was interested solely in presenting what he believed to be pure and unadulterated Christian doctrine. Whether one agrees with Boettner on all points or not, one must respect his commitment to the truth. This commitment is certainly on display in his defense of postmillennialism and why he considers this doctrine to be more in accord with Scripture than is premillennialism. I would highly recommend this book for people of all eschatological persuasions, not because I want to see them converted to postmillennial Christianity, but because one cannot read this book without coming to a greater appreciation of the position and of the author.
He states in the Introduction to this 1957 book, "The primary purpose of the present work is to make available in summarized form the information concerning those eschatological problems that has been wrought out through generations of careful study by the best scholars that the Church has produced, to separate truth from error, and to express that truth as clearly and convincingly as possible."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"Trying to pinpoint the date on which the Millennium begins is like trying to distinguish the day or year when Medieval history ended and Modern history began." (Pg. 58)
"We should point out, however, that in Revelation 20 the 'thousand years' of verses 1-3 and the 'thousand years' of verses 4-6 do not relate to the same thing. The Millennium of verses 1-3 relates to a period of the future ON EARTH, during which time the Devil is bound so that he can no longer deceive THE NATIONS. The Millennium of verses 4-6 ... relates to the INTERMEDIATE STATE, and for each individual soul it covers the period between death and resurrection." (Pg. 65-55)
"(T)rue Postmillennialism does not depend on Peace Conferences or Leagues of Nations or any other merely humanitarian forces to bring about a better world, but upon the effective proclamation of the gospel and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit to change individuals..." (Pg. 135)
"Yet not one single reference in Daniel or Ezekiel or Paul or the Book of Revelation which the Premillennialists allege refers to the Antichrist is connected in any way with the verses of the epistles of John that mention antichrist. All is based on inference." (Pg. 210)
"But there are no grounds either in reason or in Scripture for inserting a parenthesis of many centuries duration between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel's prophecy, a parenthesis which strangely has already extended nearly four times as the entire period of the 70 weeks themselves... Certainly the natural inference is that in this prophecy time runs concurrently as it does in any other prophecy." (Pg. 221)
"It may seem harsh to say, 'God is through with the Jews.' But the fact of the matter is that He is through with them as a unified national group having anything more to do with the evangelization of the world. That mission has been taken from them and given to the Christian Church (Matt. 21:43)." (Pg. 319)
"Premillennialists make a great deal of the fact that Premillennialism was found in the early Church, and that it continued in some degree up through the fourth century. But that in itself means practically nothing. The fact of the matter is that numerous errors crept into the early church almost from the days of the Apostles." (Pg. 363)
As a child I was taught the Dispensational view of the Second Coming, and was blissfully unaware that it was a very recent development, unknown to the Apostles and everyone else until the mid-Nineteenth Century. Reading Boettner's book was a helpful corrective, combined with reading Robert Clouse's "The Meaning of the Millennium."
It is worth reading Boettner to gain an understanding of Postmillennialism, which is the least-known of the various views held by evangelical Christians [though it is quite prominent in some Presbyterian and Reformed circles].
Boettner's books are easily found on the internet, where they are legally available, but it is worth having the hard copy. There is something about a book!