On one of my many asundry blogs I once wrote a description of amillennialism and its strengths. Apparently that “Reformed” haven-of-rest, Monergism.com, thought that it was good enough to serve as a description for one of its many pages and categories on eschatology. They have had this posted for quite some time, so I thought I would share it here with you:
The Amillennialist affirms that the people of Israel have not been cast off or replaced, but rather, that the Gentiles have now been included among the Jews in God’s Covenantal promises. In other words, not replacement but expansion. God’s redemptive plan, as first promised to Abraham, was that “all nations” would be blessed through him. Israel is, and always has been, saved the same as any other nation: by the promises to the seed, Christ. Amillennialists, do not believe in a literal 1000 year reign of Christ on earth after His second coming. Rather, they affirm that when Christ returns, the resurrection of both the righteous and wicked will take place simultaneously (see John 5), followed by judgment and the eternal state where heaven and earth merge and Christ reigns forever.
Strong points of Amillennialism
• It is highly Christocentric: it makes Christ the center of all the biblical covenants (even the “Land” covenant or Siniatic)
• It notes the universal scope of the Abrahamic Covenant (as key) to interpreting the rest of the biblical covenants
• It sees salvation history oriented to a person (Christ), instead of a people (the nation of Israel)
• It emphasizes continuity between the “people of God” (Israel and the Church are one in Christ Eph. 2:11ff)
• It provides an ethic that is rooted in creation, and “re-creation” (continuity between God’s redemptive work now, carried over into the eternal state then)
• It emphasizes a trinitarian view of God as it elevates the “person”, Christ Jesus, the second person of the trinity as the point and mediator of all history
• It flows from a hermeneutic that takes seriously the literary character of the Scriptures (esp. the book of Revelation) [see the quote here]
What do you think, am I being to charitable? Do you think this is a fair synopsis of the amillennial perspective? Apparently Monergism.com does 😉 . The irony is, is that I’m probably not even amil (although there’s always a chance 🙂 ) ; but I am honored that “Monergism.com” would want to use this on their site, it makes me think that I have a handle on what amillers actually believe — maybe you’re an amiller, maybe you don’t think this is an adquate summation of what you believe, let me know . . . I’m ready for any and all takers 🙂 !