Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Amillennialism, Part One

I have mentioned serveral times in the past that a two kingdoms paradigm for understanding the relationship of cult and culture is the result of amillennial eschatology, while "transformationism" is de facto postmillennial. Time to flesh this out....

I'll start by defining the amillennial viewpoint. In a nutshell, amillennialism teaches that redemptive history can be broken down into two ages: "this present age," which is temporal (Gal. 1:4; I Tim. 6:17; Tit. 2:12), and "the age to come," which is eternal (Matt. 12:32; Eph. 1:21; Heb. 6:5). The event that will bring about the transition from this age to the next is the return of Jesus Christ, which could happen at any moment.

Conspicuous by its absense is -- you guessed it -- the "millennium," or "thousand-year reign of Christ."

The reason the millennium is absent from this schema is simple: The Bible doesn't teach it.

Go ahead, prove me wrong....