Simplicity – Amillennialism and the Two Ages



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“The Last Day”

John 6:38-40

38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

“This Age [Time]” and “the Age to Come”

Luke 18:28-30

28 Peter said, “Behold, we have left [h]our own homes and followed You.” 29 And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.”


Thoughts

I’m posting this because, though Amillennialism is probably new and strange to many Bible-believing Christians it deserves a hearing by those who love God’s Word. It has simplicity and clarity, and gives prominence to Jesus’ statements in the Gospel of John, the prominence that ought to be given. I pray this gives you something of value from God’s Word even if you disagree. 


A Present or Future Millennium?

[The link in the title is to the page “From the Archives of Modern Reformation.” There, you’ll find this title with an embedded link to a pdf file. Using Windows 10 the pdf doesn’t open on the web but asks to be saved to your computer.] 

By Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

Senior pastor, Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim, California 

Source: The Riddleblog | Devoted to Reformed Theology and Eschatology

“Without a doubt, most American evangelicals are firmly committed to premillennialism–the belief that an earthly millennial age of one thousand year’s duration will begin immediately after our Lord Jesus Christ’s Second Advent. Since premillennialism is so dominant in American church circles, many who encounter Reformed theology for the first time are quite surprised when they discover that all of the Protestant Reformers, as well as virtually the entire Reformed and Lutheran traditions (along with their confessions), with a few notable exceptions, are amillennial. Amillennialism is that understanding of eschatology which sees the millennium as the present course of history between the first and second Advents of our Lord (the age of the church militant), and not as a future golden age upon the earth as is taught in premillennialism and postmillennialism. In the case of both ‘pre’ and ‘post’ millennialism, the millennium is thought to be the age of the church triumphant, not the age of the church militant. . .”

“. . .Yet another problem encountered when discussing this subject is that there is often a great deal of heat without very much light. One prophecy pundit (Chuck Missler) once quipped that the people in heaven with the lowest IQ’s will be amillennial. Hal Lindsey goes so far as to label amillennialism as anti-Semitic, demonic and heretical. Jack Van Impe called A-millennialism (to use his characteristic emphasis upon the A) the greatest heresy in church history. When I was growing up, it was not uncommon to hear prophecy experts label amillennial Christians as theological liberals who were a bit embarrassed by the bold supernaturalism required to believe in a sudden and secret rapture. Furthermore, amillennial Christians are often accused of not taking the Bible literally and of teaching so-called ‘replacement theology.’

“The result of such rhetoric is that American Christians cannot help but be prejudiced by such unfortunate comments and many reject outright (without due consideration of the other side) the eschatology of the Reformers and classical Protestantism–an eschatology which is amazingly simple, Biblical, and Christ-centered. . .”

The article is a little over five pages single-spaced and very helpful in understanding the Bible’s teaching on the last things. 


 

47 thoughts on “Simplicity – Amillennialism and the Two Ages

  1. Revelation 20:1-6 King James Version (KJV)
    20 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
    2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that(the thousand years) he must be loosed a little season.
    4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

    Well, that is a literal one thousand years as per the Scriptures! But then some like to contort it and twist it to mean what it doesn’t. Let ALL MEN be liars and God be true. And this is where I part company with the Reformed Theology. They spiritualize literal meanings. Oh. Yeah. I forgot. Revelation is a book of symbolism…So, we can make it mean whatever we want it to mean! Even to the point of making God a liar in keeping His promises to Israel now that the Church has come along…JMHO based on God’s Holy Word.

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      • You mean, I should read man’s word to interpret for me what scripture clearly teaches? Not into allagorizing plain scripture text, thank you. Don’t like reading Riddleberger much as he is in error in his heretical amil beliefs. Its frustrating to read a false teacher when you think of scriptures that debunks them. So, why bother reading someone who plays gymnastics with God’s Word so as to bend my thinking? Jesus warned us to be careful what we hear. We are also warned to watch what foundation we build on.

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        • Sherry, is your sarcasm representative of a Christian in public media for all Christians and non-christians to see? The image we present is powerful, but can be so in a negative as well as a positive fashion. Come on, kids, place nice together and demonstrate to onlookers that we are united in salvation by the grace of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

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          • I’m not being sarcastic but if I was, did not Paul do the same with the Galatian church when they followed absurd error? I will be strong with my family in Christ when I know they are not in the truth. Have I become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

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      • Crissy,

        I’m going to post a verse here, not to contradict you, but to give more of God’s Word. This is said about Christians, Jew and Gentile:

        1 Peter 2:9 NASB — But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

        Also, what God has done in saving us, and in someday creating the new heavens and new earth and the New Jerusalem for believing Jews and Gentiles for eternity, is far better than a Millennium. These glorious things more than fulfill His promises to the Jewish people.

        Isaiah 55 (NASB)
        8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
        Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
        So are My ways higher than your ways
        And My thoughts than your thoughts.

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        • Great scripture but it does not negate that there is a physical nation of Israel who God has made promises to. You know, its that geographical nation who has yet, in its history, to receive all of the land God promised to Abraham.

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          • Maria, do you not see that the thousand year reign of Jesus, where He will be sitting on the throne of David as promised, is literal after reading Revelation 20:1-6? Holy Spirit! Open her eyes!

            After the Millennium comes the judgement of all nations for how they treated Israel and THEN comes the New Heavens and the New Earth. What God will show mankind during the Millennium is that man’s sin nature, the flesh, apart from satan’s influence is still against Him. That there is no redeeming of the unrepentant so they must be destroyed, along with everything that’s been stained by sin.

            Amillennialism was an Origen introduction. He was considered a heretic. Roman Catholicism embraces amillennialism.

            FTA: Justin Martyr was converted about the year 130 A.D. and was beheaded in 165 A.D. Here is a quote from his Dialogue with Trypho:

            “For if you have fallen in with some who are called Christians, but who do not admit this [truth], and venture to blaspheme the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; who say there is no resurrection of the dead, and that their souls, when they die, are taken to heaven; do not imagine that they are Christians, even as one, if he would rightly consider it, would not admit that the Sadducees, or similar sects of Genistae, Meristae, Galilaeans, Hellenists, Pharisees, Baptists, are Jews (do not hear me impatiently when I tell you what I think), but are [only] called Jews and children of Abraham, worshipping God with the lips, as God Himself declared, but the heart was far from Him. But I and others, who are right-minded Christians on all points, are assured that there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a thousand years in Jerusalem, which will then be built, adorned, and enlarged, [as] the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah and others declare.”

            And again he writes:

            “And further, there was a certain man with us, whose name was John, one of the apostles of Christ, who prophesied, by a revelation that was made to him, that those who believed in our Christ would dwell a thousand years in Jerusalem; and that thereafter the general, and, in short, the eternal resurrection and judgment of all men would likewise take place.”

            THIS IS the eschatology of primitive Christianity, and those who deny this are lying.
            http://www.apostasynow.com/topics/mill/amill.html

            Your “simplicity” is unbiblical confusion and heresy.

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            • Sherry,

              I’m going to address part of your comment only right now.

              Below is the complete passage from which you quoted. While it’s true that Justin Martyr affirmed his faith in a literal Millennium, please notice that in the same passage he stated that not all genuine Christians of his day did: “I admitted to you formerly,2258 that I and many others are of this opinion, and [believe] that such will take place, as you assuredly are aware;2259 but, on the other hand, I signified to you that many who belong to the pure and pious faith, and are true Christians, think otherwise.”

              Chapter LXXX.—The opinion of Justin with regard to the reign of a thousand years. Several Catholics reject it.

              And Trypho to this replied, “I remarked to you sir, that you are very anxious to be safe in all respects, since you cling to the Scriptures. But tell me, do you really admit that this place, Jerusalem, shall be rebuilt; and do you expect your people to be gathered together, and made joyful with Christ and the patriarchs, and the prophets, both the men of our nation, and other proselytes who joined them before your Christ came? or have you given way, and admitted this in order to have the appearance of worsting us in the controversies?”
              Then I answered, “I am not so miserable a fellow, Trypho, as to say one thing and think another. I admitted to you formerly,2258 that I and many others are of this opinion, and [believe] that such will take place, as you assuredly are aware;2259 but, on the other hand, I signified to you that many who belong to the pure and pious faith, and are true Christians, think otherwise. Moreover, I pointed out to you that some who are called Christians, but are godless, impious heretics, teach doctrines that are in every way blasphemous, atheistical, and foolish. But that you may know that I do not say this before you alone, I shall draw up a statement, so far as I can, of all the arguments which have passed between us; in which I shall record myself as admitting the very same things which I admit to you.2260 For I choose to follow not men or men’s doctrines, but God and the doctrines [delivered] by Him. For if you have fallen in with some who are called Christians, but who do not admit this [truth],2261 [2261 i.e., resurrection.] and venture to blaspheme the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; who say there is no resurrection of the dead, and that their souls, when they die, are taken to heaven; do not imagine that they are Christians, even as one, if he would rightly consider it, would not admit that the Sadducees, or similar sects of Genistæ, Meristæ,2262 Galilæans, Hellenists,2263 Pharisees, Baptists, are Jews (do not hear me impatiently when I tell you what I think), but are [only] called Jews and children of Abraham, worshipping God with the lips, as God Himself declared, but the heart was far from Him. But I and others, who are right-minded Christians on all points, are assured that there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a thousand years2264 in Jerusalem, which will then be built, adorned, and enlarged, [as] the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah and others declare.

              SOURCE: https://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.viii.iv.lxxx.html

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              • What does all of this non-resurrection stuff have to do with amillennialism? Evidently, amills want to deny the plain text of Revelation 20:1-6. So be it. But I’m not going to go there! It is heresy!

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              • Sherry, you quoted Justin Martyr to show that Millennialism was the belief in the early church. I showed the whole passage to demonstrate that Justin said that there were people of the pure Christian faith who did not believe in a literal Millennium. Those in the section you quoted whom he was disparaging were people who didn’t believe in the Resurrection. He wasn’t criticizing Christians who didn’t believe in a literal Millenniu. I was simply addressing what you said from the original source.

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            • Okay, I see what you are saying. concerning the resurrection(s).
              Spurgeon: “Now we believe and hold that Christ shall come a second time
              suddenly, to raise his saints at the first resurrection; this shall be the
              commencement of the grand judgment, and they shall reign with him
              afterwards.
              The rest of the dead live not till the thousand years are finished.
              Then they shall rise from their tombs and they shall receive the deeds
              which they have done in the body.”
              https://www.tms.edu/m/tmsj7g.pdf

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            • Sherry, about Origen, I couldn’t find that he originated Amillennialism, or was a heretic.

              Here is something from Theopedia on him. It’s really informative and shows that Origen can’t be labeled easily.

              https://www.theopedia.com/origen

              Origen (ca. 182 – ca. 251) was a Christian scholar and theologian and one of the most distinguished of the Fathers of the early Christian Church. He is thought to have been born at Alexandria, and died at Caesarea. His writings are important as the first serious intellectual attempt to describe Christianity.

              Biographical sketch
              Origenes Adamantius was born to a Christian family (most likely in Alexandria), the oldest of seven children. He was initially trained in both secular and religious literature by his father Leonides (who was exceedingly proud of his son’s learning). The burden of caring for the family fell upon Origen at the age of seventeen when his father was martyred, so he began to teach. His classes proved so popular that he had to divide them, leaving beginners to an assistant, reserving the more advanced for himself.

              Origen lived in extreme austerity. Eusebius related that in his rashness he castrated himself, but that account may not be accurate. He was bold in his admiration for martyrs, and many of his students suffered in the persecutions. Despite his lack of care for his own life, he was spared because many pagan philosophers and Christian heretics came to him for instruction. (The Neoplatonist Porphyry was an early acquaintance.)

              His range of learning was vast. In addition to his father’s instruction, Origen also studied under Ammonius Saccas and Clement of Alexandria. For the sake of biblical exegesis, he learned Hebrew. His knowledge of the philosophies of the day, especially Platonism, was profound. While still living in Alexandria, he began to write and compile books. One of the earliest and most significant was De principiis, one of the first efforts toward a systematic theology. Another work was his Hexapla, an enormous edition of the Bible arranged in six columns. It contained the Hebrew text, a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew, the Septuagint, and the Greek versions by Symmachus, Aquila, and Theodotion. The Hexapla was a great aid in the study of the Scriptures.

              So famous did he become that Mamaea, mother of Emperor Alexander Severus, summoned him to Antioch to instruct her. On his way to Greece, he was ordained as a priest by the bishop of Caesarea. That action was uncanonical and was protested by his own bishop of Alexandria. As a result, he never returned to Egypt but settled down in Caesarea, where he taught for the remainder of his life.

              Constantly called upon all his life to preach (even when he was a layman), he finally, after he had passed the age of sixty, allowed his homilies to be recorded by shorthand experts. Toward the end of his life (circa 250), he was seized by civil authorities and tortured in an effort to make him apostatize. The persecution, although very severe, failed in its purpose. But it may have contributed to his death not long after. Thus he died, not a martyr, but a confessor.

              Origen wrote an incredible number of books but the total body of his work has not been preserved. What has been preserved has come down only in part in Greek, the rest in Latin translation. His leading Western interpreter was Tyrannius Rufinus, a friend of Jerome. All of Origen’s work was, at least in theory, based on the literal text of Scripture, which he believed to be historical. Origen’s exegesis of the text was often allegorical and typological, a style following that adopted by Alexandrian commentators on the Homeric epics. To Origen, Christ was the center and all Scripture must be interpreted in his light. That meant, for Origen, speculation on the spiritual significance of the literal.

              Along with De principiis and Hexapla he also wrote commentaries on Genesis, the Psalms, Song of Songs, Lamentations, the prophets, Matthew, John, and the Pauline corpus. He is the one who made the well-known remark, “But who wrote the letter to the Hebrews, only God really knows.” His homilies treated Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Luke.

              The details of Origen’s life were recorded by his student Gregory Thaumaturgus in a panegyric, by Eusebius in his history, and by Jerome in several references. The first two were favorable. So was Jerome at first, but he later came to disapprove of Origen’s exegesis. Yet, Jerome called him the second teacher of the church after Paul. Some of Origen’s teachings were condemned by the Fifth Ecumenical Council. The West was more favorable to his writings, albeit usually not by name. But in quite modern times, his fame and his thought have been more or less rehabilitated, owing to the effort to distinguish his doctrines from those attributed to him by his later followers.

              References: Adapted from “Origen” J.D. Douglas, Who’s Who in Christian History, Tyndale House, 1992

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            • Sherry, I’m just responding to some of your questions and assertions.

              You wrote: “Maria, do you not see that the thousand year reign of Jesus, where He will be sitting on the throne of David as promised, is literal after reading Revelation 20:1-6? Holy Spirit! Open her eyes!”

              No, I don’t but I see the Lord Jesus reigning from Heaven, having been given all power and authority, until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet; reigning from there for an indeterminate period of time symbolized by a thousand years with those who die in Him – this is the first resurrection which is spiritual. He first raises His own from the dead spiritually.

              John 5:25 King James Version (KJV)
              25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

              You wrote: “After the Millennium comes the judgment of all nations for how they treated Israel . . .”

              Sherry, there is a problem with seeing the judgment of the sheep and goats as judgment for how they treated Jesus’ brethren after the flesh, the Jewish people. Look at how the Lord defines His brothers and sisters and mother in Matthew, Mark, and Luke:

              Matthew 12 (His disciples. . . whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother)
              46 While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. 47 Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” 48 But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

              Mark 3 (whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother)
              31 Then His mother and His brothers *arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him. 32 A crowd was sitting around Him, and they *said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.” 33 Answering them, He *said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?” 34 Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He *said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

              Luke 8 (My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it)
              19 And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.” 21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

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          • Sherry,
            I have spent some time in various churches, and have found a oversimplification in some peoples mind about how to approach scripture. While it is the Word of God and inerrant, it also has a dual authorship- it was written by both men and God. While they obviously were inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Bible was written by 40 different men from a different culture than ours, over 1500years or more. If it is the WORD OF GOD, then shoud we not expect it to hold up under the scrutiny of higher literary criticism? “let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God and washings, the laying on of hands…”(Hebrews 6:1,2) We are called to grow as Christians; this means we must not be too fundamental in our understanding and be open to new ways at looking at scripture. Our hermeneutic (science of interpretation) is important. We must apply rule when we interpret scripture and not be prone to over spiritualize the Scripture. While God does speak to us though his Word, we must rely on pastor who is trained in these rules of interpreting the Bible and the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. So, as it says in Hebrews 5, “for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” We all have room to learn with God’s help and others in the body of Christ.
            God bless you.

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            • God bless you. Thanks for the lesson. That’s the reason we must be teachable so when we learn of things we grow in the knowledge of them. And when we know God’s holy Word we are able to discern truth from error. Amillenialisnm is error. It mucks up plain Scriptures. Have a blessed day!

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              • Maria, amillennialism is a heresy. No thanks for your resources. I’ve went through all of this years ago and I can “SEE” in scriptures plainly written that amillennialism is a false doctrine. Yeesh! I find it grievious that amills want to call God a liar and an oath breaker! You have to contort scriptures to make amill believable and men with the alphabet behind their names are just the ones who can do it. This is where I accuse amills of interpreting Bible prophecies as if they are deciphering Nostradamus’ predictions! When the plain text makes the most sense you go with it. Whenever you see symbolism you will see an explanation of what it is. If no interpretation of what the symbolism is then take it literally. Reading Revelation we are put into the spiritual realm. What John sees is the creatures of the spiritual realm. Literally. I refuse to call God a liar and an oath breaker to Israel. NOT GOING THERE! I will continue to pray, Thy Kingdom come….both for Jesus’ Millennial reign and for His eternal reign in the new heavens and the new earth afterwards.

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              • Sherry, do you believe that sacrifice will be offered during the Millennium in a Millennial Temple? Isaiah plainly says that someday,

                Isaiah 11:9
                9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
                For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
                As the waters cover the sea.

                These things are difficult to put together, especially since the Lord died once for all and made sacrifice to cease – even sacrifices as memorials. And because we, believing Jews and Gentiles are His temple:

                2 Corinthians 6:16
                16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
                “I will dwell in them and walk among them;
                And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

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            • Scriptures was written by God, not men save they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Why are you and Teutonic Warrior trying to school me in things I already know? Do you think I am immature because I refuse to believe your heretical amillennialism? Do you think I don’t know how to study the Word and to rely on solid teachers to teach? Your teachers are too smart for me!

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              • Amen, Scripture is God-breathed! I have to ask the question back to you, why have you and Crissy tried to school me in things I know? And Sherry, I believe it’s wrong to use the words heresy and heretical about a view of the End Times that many other genuine believers consider within orthodoxy. Studying articles from TMS Journal is great. But the authors surely have letters after their names just like Sam Waldron from Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary.

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              • Your “schooling” is about how to read and study the Bible and its Hebrew and Greek meanings. Duh. We were trying to show you our beliefs using scriptures. Not “schooling” you on how to read/study your Bible.

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  2. Here is something helpful from Riddlebarger’s article:

    “In other words, these two ages, the present (‘this age’) and the future (the ‘age to come’) stand in diametrical opposition to one another. One age is temporal; the other is eternal. One age is characterized by unbelief and ends in judgement; the other is the age of the faithful and is home to the redeemed. It is this conception of biblical history that dominates the New Testament.

    “It is also imperative to see that the same contrasts which Jesus and Paul make between these two ages are in turn related to the one event that forever divides them, the return of Christ. This line of demarcation is expressly stated in Scripture. ‘The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. . . This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous’ (Mt. 13:39-49).”

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  3. Maria I read the article. The Nation of Israel is totally left out of it. The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob made promises to Israel . Some have been fulfilled, others are yet to be fulfilled. Israel is God’s chosen people. The Apple of His Eye,. Jesus, Yeshua was born a Jew.
    David Reagan explains it well:
    Is God finished with the Jews? — Amillennialists claim that “God washed His hands of the Jews” because of their unbelief, and He therefore has no purpose left for them.

    This is a pernicious doctrine that has led to much anti-Semitism. The fact of the matter is that the Jews are still the Chosen People of God, and the Lord intends to fulfill every promise He has ever made to them as a nation.

    The book of Romans makes all this very clear. In Romans 3:1-4 Paul asks a rhetorical question: “Has the unfaithfulness of the Jews nullified God’s faithfulness to them?” For almost 1,700 years the Church has said “Yes!” What does Paul say? His answer is, “May it never be!”

    Likewise, in Romans 11:1 Paul asks, “Has God rejected His people?” Again, for almost two thousand years the Church has answered, “Yes!” But what does Paul say in response to his question? He says, “May it never be!” And then he adds, “God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew” (Romans 11:2). He then proceeds to explain that a great remnant of the Jews will be saved in the end times (Romans 9:27; 11:25-32).

    The Jewish people have been set aside as a result of God’s discipline. But He has not forgotten them. In Isaiah 49:16 the Lord says He could never forget the Jewish people because He has them tattooed on the palms of His hands! In Jeremiah 31:35-37 the Lord asks, “When will the offspring of Israel cease to be a nation before Me?” His answer is that they will continue to be special in His eyes until the fixed order of the universe departs or until the day all the heavens and all the oceans have been fully explored. In Romans 11:29 Paul says that the “gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.” And in Romans 9:1-5 he speaks of promises to the Jews that God fully intends to fulfill.

    That’s the reason the Jews are being regathered from the four corners of the world right now. It is one of the greatest miracles of history. The Lord intends to provoke them to repentance by bringing all the nations of the world against them (Zechariah 12:1-3). When they become totally desperate, they will look to the Lord for their salvation. That is when they will repent. They will “look on Him whom they have pierced, and they will mourn” (Zechariah 12: 10). And on that glorious day, a fountain of salvation will be opened for the house of David (Zechariah 13:1).

    God will then establish these believing Jews as the prime nation of the world during the Millennium, and through them He will once again bless all the nations on earth (Isaiah 60-62).

    How could anyone truly believe God has no purpose left for the Jews? After 2,000 years of dispersion all over the world, they are being regathered to Israel in what Jeremiah calls a miracle greater than the deliverance from Egyptian captivity (Jeremiah 16:14-15).

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    • Crissy, Amillennialists like Dr. Riddlebarger address the question of Israel but probably not as you would like, and not in this particular article I quoted. In this article Riddlebarger was teaching about the aspect of eschatology that says there are two ages spoken of by the Lord Jesus and Paul. The passages in which Jesus and Paul teach about the distinction between “this age” and “the age to come” are very clear passages. There is an important principle, the analogy of faith, that says that we should go to clear passages first and use these to understand passages that are less clear, or as in the case of Revelation 20:1-6 seem to present a contradiction.

      Riddlebarger’s not speaking about Israel in this article doesn’t mean that he or other Amillennialists are Anti-Semitic. Before making an accusation of Anti-Semitism we would need to document this from primary sources. For example, Luther who was an Amillennialist wrote some Anti-Semitic things but I’ve never seen that this is the norm. Anti-Semitism is a hateful bias toward the Jewish people. The Church of Rome persecuted Jews (and Bible Christians) but this isn’t because it is holds to Amillennialism. Teaching that there isn’t a literal Millennium isn’t to be equated with Anti-Semitism. An example of Anti-Semitism would be something like “Jews can’t be saved because they’re responsible for Jesus’ death!” I hope that you are able to see this. It is fine to comment here that you disagree and why, but to make the charge that Amillennialism is responsible for Anti-Semitism down through the ages isnt fair. I offered this article to be helpful because of its simpler and what I believe is a more Biblical view of prophecy.

      The apple of God’s eye isn’t merely the Jewish nation but is all of His born again children, Jews and Gentiles, who under the New Covenant are now one new man. This means believing Israel and believing Gentiles who are grafted into her – we all together are the Israel of God, Paul said,

      Galatians 6:15-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
      15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new [a]creation. 16 And those who will [b]walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

      The Lord has remained faithful to the Jews, saving a remnant down through the ages, and He will save many more when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. There is much more to be said but I’m not competent to say it. You present strong and very Biblical arguments for the Lord’s plan to save the Jews at the End, but not for a literal Millennium. I agree with all the Scriptures you’ve quoted.

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  4. Maria,
    We can try as we may to convince, lead, point, direct, but in the end people are in the sovereign hands of Almighty God. That is the true peace that God gives us in a most humbling way. Even we ourselves do not choose Him, before He first chose us.

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