Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sam Storms on the End Times...

Those of you who are preparing for your theology oral exams should find the following three articles on eschatology by Sam Storms helpful. (Even if you are not these articles should be helpful for those thinking through eschatological issues)

1) Problems with Premillenialism
Why does the Amillennialist reject the Premillennial interpretation of Scripture? In my own case, further study of what the NT said would happen in conjunction with the second coming/advent of Christ led me to conclude that a post-Parousia millennial reign upon an earth still under the influence of sin, corruption, and death was impossible. I will now briefly examine those texts...(Click here to continue reading)
*Note: I tentatively hold to Historic Pre-millenialism, but I think that Storms does a good job of pointing out key texts that must be worked through and is somewhat convincing.

2) The Amillenial View of the Kingdom of God

Virtually all who espouse amillennialism embrace the principles articulated in our lesson on the Historic or Non-Dispensational view of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, what follows is built upon the understanding of the people of God and the kingdom as outlined in that study.

A. A Definition of Amillennialism

Amillennialism (hereafter cited as AM) has suffered greatly in the past because of its seeming negative character. In other words, definitions of AM have focused more upon what the view denies (namely, a personal, earthly reign of Christ) than on what it affirms. In order best to counter this negativism, the definition of AM presented here will concentrate on its fundamental affirmations concerning eschatological truth. They are as follows: (click here to continue reading)

3. Daniel's 70 Weeks

One might well argue that Daniel 9:24-27 is both the most complex and the most crucial text in either testament bearing on the subject of biblical prophecy. Its complexity is questioned only by those who have not studied it, or perhaps by those whose conclusions concerning its meaning were predetermined by unspoken theological commitments. That Daniel 9 is as crucial as I have suggested can hardly be denied. For example, dispensationalists have largely derived from Daniel 9 several of their more distinctive doctrinal and prophetic themes, among which are, (click here to continue reading)

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