The Amill Position in Brief
The Amillennial view believes that church is currently
experiencing the Millennial kingdom in which Jesus is ruling from heaven
in a spiritual kingdom. The "1000" years is not
a set time but represents that period of time from Christ ascension when he sat down at the right hand of God and satan authority was bound
until his return, or the "church age'. The Millennium ends with the
Second coming and resurrection of the saints then we enter into the
Great White Throne judgment, followed by the Nee Heaven and Earth.
The Problem with Both
1. In Revelation 20:1-e, they change the language of "imprisonment"
and not a "binding of authority. In the literal description satan is
locked up up, chained up, in a pit and is prevented
from roaming the earth. Both views "spiritualize" the imprisonment
instead of making it literal. Peter said that Satan was "roaming the
earth, seeking who he may devour," and that is always the power of
satan. Paul said we are to resist him, and he will flee. Christians
have authority (in Jesus name) over satan which means he has the
power to deceive and lead people astray through deception and lies.
2. In verse 4, John sees the dead people who were beheaded in
the Great Tribulation, standing before the throne, these men came to
life in the first Resurrection. The "first" resurrection is the
resurrection that takes place at his coming, and this is of the
"just" only, as I Thess 4 tells you the "dead in Christ rise", not
the ones who are "not in Christ". They believe the first
resurrection is the "born again experience" yet the grammar of the
verse denies this interpretation, but since they hold to a post mill
coming of Christ they can not have two separate resurrection being
separated by a 1000 years. Since in their view the millennium began
at his ascension, then no such resurrection took place, it forces
the resurrection to happen at the end. They use John 5:28 to prove
their point where Jesus said, "an hour is coming, when the dead will
hear his voice and come out of the tombs." - a resurrection of the
just and just is made to be in the same hour, Yet Revelation 20:5
states, "the rest of the dead are raised at the end of the 1000
years. This creates a real hermeneutical nightmare for both
(most Full Preterist deny satan exists as a real
"entity, or fallen angel, yet cant explain the reality of demons
Figurative interpretation of the Bible by the amillenarians was found to be the basic concept of their system and that which distinguished it from premillennialism.
While amillenarians reject the figurative method of interpreting the Bible as a general method, it is used extensively not only in the interpretation of prophecy but in other
areas of theology as well.
The dangers of this type of figurative interpretation should be apparent to anyone who respects the inspiration of Scripture. By it, any passage of the Bible can be construed to mean
something other than its plain, literal meaning. The danger is well recognized by the amillenarians themselves as is witnessed by their strenuous rejection of the allegorical method and
their earnest attempts to safeguard their method by various rules and guiding principles. It has already been shown how impossible it is to form any safe boundaries for the use of the spiritualizing method.
A comparison between amillennial and premillennial theologies will reveal an important difference, however, in their respective views of the meaning of the incarnation. While the amillennial
view confines itself to the limited perspective of fulfillment of the soteriological purposes of God, the premillenarian notes the frequent reminders in the Gospels that Christ came also to
fulfill the Davidic covenant, promising a king and a throne forever and the fulfillment of the strictly Jewish Messianic hope.
The important point of departure is the disagreement regarding the binding of Satan during the millennium. On this point amillenarians are at variance with themselves. Augustine held that Satan
was bound at the first coming of Christ. This, of course, is a flagrant spiritualization both of Revelation 20 and of all other passages dealing with the power of Satan in the world. It is characteristic
of modern amillenarians to have a low view of the present power and activity of Satan. - in recent centuries helped to spark the new type of
Amillenialism, which finds the millennium in heaven and limits
the binding of Satan to inactivity in heaven itself rather than on earth. Amillenarians to this day have no united testimony on the real meaning of the binding of Satan and usually ignore it, except when
Contrary to what the name (Amillenialism) implies, AMs do believe in a millennium. The millennium, however, is now: the present age of the church between the first and second comings of Christ in
its entirety is the millennium. Therefore, while the AM does deny the Premillennial belief in a personal, literal reign of Christ upon the earth for 1,000 years following His second coming, he affirms
that there is a millennium and that Christ rules. However, this messianic reign is not necessarily for a literal 1,000 years and it is wholly spiritual (non-earthly, non-visible) in nature.
“This millennial reign is not something to be looked for in the future;” writes Hoekema, “it is going on now, and will be until Christ returns. Hence the term realized millennialism is an apt description
of the view here defended--if it is remembered that the millennium in question is not an earthly but a heavenly reign,” (The Bible and the Future, p. 235).
As a direct corollary to ‘2’ above, AM maintains that there will, therefore, be no millennium in the sense of a semi-golden era of earthly prosperity for the kingdom before Christ returns. There will be
no visible earthly expression of Christ’s reign over the world as a whole; the church will not make disciples of all (i.e., the vast majority) nations, nor will it gain a dominant or widespread influence
throughout the world. Thus, it is here, and for all practical purposes only here, that AM differs from Postmillennialism.
Most AMs interpret the book of Revelation according to what is called progressive parallelism. “According to this view, the book of Revelation consists of seven sections which run parallel to each other,
each of which depicts the church and the world from the time of Christ’s first coming to the time of his second,” (Clouse, The Meaning of the Millennium, pp. 156-57). This has also been called the
Recapitulation view, meaning that the structure of Revelation does not relate consecutive events but frequently covers the same ground from different perspectives.
- John Walvoord,
Amillenialism as a System of Theology
Bibliotheca Sacra 1949, pg. 155
"He (Augustine) taught that the millennium is to be interpreted spiritually as fulfilled in the Christian Church. He held that the binding of Satan took place during the
earthly ministry of our Lord (Lk. x. 18), that the first resurrection is the new birth of the believer (Jn. v. 25), and that the millennium must correspond, therefore, to the inter-adventual
period or Church age. This involved the interpreting of Rev. xx. 1-6 as a 'recapitulation' of the preceding chapters instead of as describing a new age following chronologically on the events
set forth in chap. xix.
Whitby advanced the idea that Revelation 20 followed chronologically the events of Revelation 19, and that the millennium, while in the inter-advent period, was still future, possibly remotely future. This at
once provided a way of escape from the incompatibility of the events of history of his day with millennial prophecies and allowed a more literal interpretation of the glowing promises of a golden age of righteousness
peace on earth to be fulfilled in the future.
In general, therefore, the postmillennial concept of the millennium is a rule of the Spirit of God in the heart, beginning in the past and continuing in the future in ever increasing power. Christ is now on the
throne in heaven and will never have an earthly throne. The righteousness and peace of the kingdom refer to the kingdom of God, not the whole earth. The appeal is to the individual to let the Spirit reign in the
heart and achieve millennial spiritual blessings as a result.
The postmillenarian believes that the millennium will be brought on the earth by a long process of preaching of the Gospel with subsequent transformation of society. The kingdom of God reaches its consummation
principally by the work of the Holy Spirit, but it includes many other factors.
Modern Post Millennialism – Sam Storms
“We have defined Postmillennialism as that view of the last things which holds that the Kingdom of God is now being extended in the world through the preaching of the Gospel and the saving work
of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of individuals, that the world eventually is to be Christianized, and that the return of Christ is to occur at the close of a long period of righteousness and peace
commonly called the ‘Millennium.’ It should be added that on postmillennial principles the second coming of Christ will be followed immediately by the general resurrection, the general judgment, and the
introduction of heaven and hell in their fullness. The Millennium to which the Postmillennialist looks forward is thus a golden age of spiritual prosperity during this present dispensation, that is, during
the Church age, and is to be brought about through forces now active in the world. - evil in all its many forms eventually will be reduced to negligible proportions, that Christian principles will be the
rule, not the exception, and that Christ will return to a truly Christianized world,” (L. Boettner, The Millennium, p. 14;
“Postmillennialism expects the proclaiming of the Spirit-blessed gospel of Jesus Christ to win the vast majority of human beings to salvation in the present age. Increasing gospel success will gradually produce a
time in history [which they identify with the “millennium”] prior to Christ’s return in which faith, righteousness, peace, and prosperity will prevail in the affairs of people and of nations. After an extensive
era of such conditions the Lord will return visibly, bodily, and in great glory, ending history with the general resurrection and the great judgment of all humankind. Hence, our system is postmillennial in that
the Lord’s glorious return occurs after an era of ‘millennial’ conditions” (“Postmillennialism,” in Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond, 13-14). Ken Gentry
At what point, then, does the “millennium” begin? Postmillennialists differ some say the millennium covers the entire inter-advent age (i.e., the whole period of time between Christ’s first and second comings),
whereas others conceive of the present age as in some sense blending or merging into the millennium. In other words, some Post Mill’s see the millennial kingdom as present throughout the whole of the current age
whereas others reserve the word millennium for the latter day, publicly discernible, prosperity of the Christian Church.
"Will the church age (identical with or inclusive of the millennial kingdom) be a time of evident prosperity for the gospel on earth, with the church achieving worldwide growth and influence such that Christianity
becomes the general principle rather than the exception to the rule? This question separates amillinnialists (who answer no) from postmillennialists (who answer yes)."
The Post 'Mill position in Brief
Essentially they believe that Christ will return at the end of the Millennium kingdom, but they
believe the Millennial Kingdom leads to Christ ruling over every nation spiritually
on earth and it
ushers in a period of time of goodness where the church wins over the nations and God returns to
reward his servants who won over the world for Christ.