Amillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, historic premillennialism, postmillennialism, preterism. These are difficult words to pronounce and even harder. In a clear and accessible manner, Kim Riddlebarger presents and defends amillennialism—the belief that the millennium is a present reality. A Case for Amillennialism has ratings and 71 reviews. Brent said: An excellent and timely book, as the second edition/printing was just released last.
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A Case for Amillennialism
Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Smillennialism Page. A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times by Kim Riddlebarger.
A Case for Amillennialism presents an accessible look at the crucial theological question of the millennium in the context of contemporary evangelicalism.
Recognizing that the study of future things is a complicated and controversial subject, Riddlebarger provides definitions of key terms and a helpful overview of various viewpoints. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends w of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Case for Amillennialismplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about A Case for Amillennialism.
Lists with This Book. Riddlebarger makes a clear, compelling, and cogent case for the amillennial position utilizing sound exegesis. Emphasizing the continuity of the covenants, and two-age model present age and age to comethe kingdom of God which is a present reality inaugurated and will be fully made manifest in the age to come consummatedwe learn that Christ is amillennialim now with the elect saints from heaven.
Satan is bound even as we are to bind the Strong Man, as Christ made a spectacle of all the powers, crushing them under foot as the Gospel now goes forth.
The evil will grow thicker even as the Gospel is preached to the four corners, a necessary theological juxtaposition. All of the issues I have always had with dispensationalism and premillennialism but never found answers to were answered wonderfully in Riddlebarger’s treatment. Simply a must read. View all 5 comments. After growing up under dispensational teachings but finding them problematic as an adult, I dabbled in preterism for a bit.
But I found that it has almost as many problems as dispensationalism does. This work on ammillenialism has brought me around to something of a middle position. Amiloennialism think it makes the most sense of OT prophecy and Revelation. I was most interested to see how he explains Daniel’s 70 weeks. As a child, the weeks were made much of in my grandfather’s dispensational teachings. Ridd After growing up under dispensational teachings but finding them problematic as an adult, I dabbled in preterism for a bit.
Riddlebarger’s assertion that the verses about the covenant are referring to Christ and not the anti-Christ have given me a lot of food for thought. I want to research this more but in the meantime, I am having trouble seeing these verses in the old way anymore.
When stripped to the absolute bare bones amillennialidm expected events before Jesus’ return, I didn’t see much difference between amillennialism and post-tribulation dispensationalism.
For me, the importance lies in the differing understanding of what has been accomplished that results from each of the views. There will be no need to return to types and shadows and temples as is required by a dispensational interpretation. Basically, this is amillennilism excellent introduction to amillennialism. His hermeneutical approach is using scripture to interpret scripture. In the case of the year reign, it means assessing how Jesus and other New Testament authors viewed the prophetic portions of the Old Testament.
Although there are some assertions that are not supported in his text, such as amillennialism being the major view of church fathers, it discusses all major amillrnnialism of view respectfully, supports it’s own view with sound appraisal amillennialsm Scripture, and writes succinctly making it a work of good quality.
Jul 25, Christopher M. Like the author, I was raised a dispensational premillennialist. Like the author, I have always had major hangups with that viewpoint, but had never heard a compelling argument for the amillennarian perspective, partially because the perspective was generally poo-pooed by my teachers as not taking the biblical text seriously or literally.
This book demonstrates that assertion to be completely off-base. Indeed, Riddlebarger aimllennialism thoroughly convinced me that the amillennarian perspective makes the Like the author, I was raised a dispensational premillennialist. Indeed, Riddlebarger has thoroughly convinced me that the amillennarian perspective makes the best use of the biblical text, and fits much more easily into the entire redemptive narrative than premillennialism, postmillennialism or preterism.
I highly recommend this book as a starting point for anyone interested in hearing the overwhelming evidence for this, nowadays, oft-overlooked viewpoint on eschatology. Oct 27, James rated it liked it. A succinct and helpful introduction to what Riddlebarger argues is the ‘Historic Reformed Protestant’ understanding of the millennial reign of Christ in Revelation 20 Amillennialism.
One casd my professors found this amillennialiism be a good read, so I picked it up. I considered myself Amill before reading this book, but now I find myself to be very convinced. I cannot get over the problems that premillennialists must overcome in order z remain consistent with their own framework.
If you are premillennial A succinct and helpful introduction to what Riddlebarger argues is the ‘Historic Reformed Protestant’ understanding amillennialisk the millennial reign of Christ in Revelation 20 Amillennialism. If you are premillennial then you may find yourself on the defensive quite a bit as Riddlebarger’s style is quite polemical at many points.
I wish he could have nuanced the diversity of premillennial views such as the emerging progressive dispensational view more often, but the book would have been far too long for the average reader. Overall, quite pleased with this read. View all 3 comments. Sep 18, J. Vaden rated it it was ok Shelves: Riddlebarger’s strongest argument for amillennialism is redemptive-historical. I found this argument to be convincing despite his unconvincing exegesis of Revelation Riddlebarger along with other amil theologians seem pained to place the millennial reign of Christ in the intermediate state rather than here on earth.
He admits that the most natural interpretation of the “first resurrection” is the new birth; however, he still tries to make this mesh with an amillennial reign that is restrict Riddlebarger’s strongest argument for amillennialism is redemptive-historical.
He admits that the most natural interpretation of the “first resurrection” is the new birth; however, he still tries to make this mesh with an amillennial reign that is restricted to the intermediate state Except for a few minor details, I agree with Riddlebarger’s conclusions and recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to understand the amillennial position.
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Let me first say that I’m writing this from the perspective of a former Dispensationalist that was bible college-trained in that theology. Kim Riddlebarger makes a really good case for Amillennialism while not mis-characterising other positions, so it’s nice to read a work that doesn’t construct straw men.
Rather, reading Riddlebarger’s explanations of Amillennialism and critiques of other positions, I appreciate the fact that he recognizes that Dispensationalists are serious about interpretati Let me first say that I’m writing this from the perspective of a former Dispensationalist that was bible college-trained in that theology.
Rather, reading Riddlebarger’s explanations of Amillennialism and critiques of other positions, I appreciate the fact that he recognizes that Dispensationalists are serious about interpretation, but just don’t recognized the genre of apocalyptic which leads them to some strange places in the name of “literal interpretation.
Apr 20, Casey rated it really liked it. Not for the faint of heart or those with little time. Apr 02, Troy Solava rated it it was amazing.
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I was leaning towards amillennialism prior to reading but now I am confident in it. Kim’s work guides the reader through understanding basic features of eschatology, both Old and New Testament passages, and then extensive commentary on the chief passages i. I would recommend this book to others for it is persuasive and not difficult to read.
He also does a good job of summarizing opposing views and what their hypothetical rebuttals would This work by Dr.
He also does a good job of summarizing opposing views and what their hypothetical rebuttals would be. Oct 03, Jerry rated it liked it Shelves: This is an excellent book for the way it handles dispensationalism and premillennialism. Riddlebarger wants to be an optimistic amillennialist “as regards the kingdom”, yet still holds the Amillennjalism Testament anticipates “Christ’s direct intervention to a wicked and unbelieving world like in the days of Noah Matt.
As much as I appreciate the effort, it makes no sense to be optimistic about God’s kingdom and simultaneously believe the kingdoms of this world will surround and beat it This is an excellent book for the way it handles dispensationalism amillennia,ism premillennialism.
As much as I appreciate the effort, amillennilaism makes no sense to be optimistic about God’s kingdom and simultaneously believe the kingdoms of this world will surround and beat it back. Thankfully the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord anyone heading to Handel’s Messiah this Christmas? Riddlebarger interprets many passages in the NT which I amiplennialism pertain to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD as about the end of the world.
Postmil theology declares the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church. How is martyrdom consistent with kingdom growth? The way it is in Acts. Riddlebarger admits he considered postmillennialism in college but could not reconcile it with all the evil he sees on every side in the modern world. This seems to me profoundly backwards. Of course the world is full of cwse. But if there was not an amiloennialism of eschatalogical doctrine in the Bible impossible, I know, but ifthen what we conclude about the growth of the gospel since the resurrection of Jesus?
Two billion Christians and counting, unparalleled advance in technology, medicine, etc. This is not an exegetical argument, but it should give push back against the common line that optimistic Americans can be prone to postmillennialism. I think the doctrine, like all, should be settled first in Scripture. Don’t do your theology in the newspaper. But if anything is consistent with postmillennialism, it is human history over the last years.
The earth isn’t near as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea, but anyone who czse seen the kingdom grow–recently in the southern hemisphere even as it declines in the north and west–isn’t paying attention.
Although Ami,lennialism mostly listened to the book, and selectively read some portions, I kinda knew what I would be getting.