Postmillennialism

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Postmillennialism...sound biblical interpretation...or a theory of man?

I write these notes here for you to think through and gain insight and understanding concerning the Millennium.

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Definition

I summarize it as Christ Comes After the Millennium, but I'll let Wayne Grudem give us a fuller definition...

“According to this view, the progress of the gospel and the growth of the church will gradually increase so that a larger and larger proportion of the world’s population will be Christians.  As a result, there will be significant Christian influences on society, society will more and more function according to God’s standards, and gradually a ‘millennial age’ of peace and righteousness will occur on the earth.  This ‘millennium’ will last for a long period of time (not necessarily a literal one thousand years), and finally, at the end of this period, Christ will return to earth, believers and unbelievers will be raised, the final judgment will occur, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth.  We will then enter into the eternal state.” Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith p. 441

This basically says that the church is going to do such a great job of teaching, preaching, and evangelizing that the world will become so full of Christians that it will be totally at peace and without war; and people will, for the most part, be morally good, because of the great influence of the Christian populace.


Origin

During the Middle Ages (approx. 1000-1500 A.D.) the church basically held Augustine’s amillennial view, until Christ didn’t come back when Augustine said He would in 1000 A.D.

“With the cessation of persecution the conviction that the Gospel could probably win the world found a place in the church.  Hence, the millenarians of this period were of the post-millennial type.” (Raymond Ludwigson A Survey of Bible Prophecy, 129)


Difficulties


#1

This view was popular until WWI, then it had a little resurgence until WWII and the Korean War, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and now the war on terror; and these are only the ones the United States was involved in.

Does this view line up with Scripture?  Is this the picture the rest of Scripture portrays...that things will get better and better on the earth to such a great extent that the church ushers in the Millennial reign of Christ?

Read a portion of the Olivet Discourse - Matthew 24:3 (the question)-31.  Does this passage of Scripture describe the church leading the world to such a peaceful and blissful state that Christ can then come and reign supreme?

The church does not do this, Christ Himself comes and conquers (Armageddon) and then He reigns supreme.  He does not come in peace as a gentle lamb, rather He comes as The Lion and The Warrior to conquer and establish His kingdom.


#2 Other Scriptural Problems:

II Timothy 3:1-5,12,13

"1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these...

12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived."

II Timothy 4:3,4

"3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. [This is why I have the myth busters on this site and more in my book]"

Does these sound as if things will improve to the point where Postmillennialism can be accurate?

Matthew 7:14

"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."

Few go through the narrow gate…this doesn’t sound like Christians are as numerous as post-millennialists would like to think.


#3

The whole issue with twisting the one thousand years is raised here, as in "difficulties with Amillennialism" #3.


#4

Post-millennialists do not think Christ is reigning on earth in the Millennium, but many Scriptures refute this point.  You can view the Scriptures at the bottom of the millennial hub page for this point.

There are other issues with Postmillennialism, but I think this is sufficient for now.


Conclusion

When you let God's Word speak for itself It demolishes the unbiblical opinions and theories of man.  Always make the Scriptures your primary source.  Then weigh Postmillennialism against Its teaching.

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