In describing postmillennialism, it should first be noted that there is a great area of agreement between classic premillennialists, amillennialists, and postmillennialists.
All Christians should agree that the church, called “the Bride” and “the New Jerusalem” in Revelation 20, exists both in heaven and on earth prior to the Second Coming. We should agree that Revelation 20 describes the final attack of Satan’s forces against Christ and the church at the very end of history. All Christians should agree that Christ will return in bodily form at the end of history to judge the living and the dead.
We should agree that the events that are to precede the Second Coming of Jesus are as follows:
- The universal diffusion of the Gospel will occur in history resulting in the salvation of many souls – or, as our Lord expresses it, “the ingathering of His elect” (Mt. 24:31). This is the primary calling and purpose of the Church – to “make disciples of all the nations” (Mt. 28:18,19).
- With the expansion of the Gospel and the influence of sanctified men and women of God in the society, long periods of peace and economic blessing in Christian nations will result in the further propagation of the Gospel in the unconverted areas of the earth. It should be noted that this is the one point where postmillennists differ with their amillennial and premillennial brethren – the view of the kingdom of God as ever expansive and the Church the great engine for increasing blessings, peace and prosperity in the nations of the earth.
- The conversion of ethnic Jews is to be national. As their casting away was national, although a remnant was saved; so their conversion will be national, although some may remain hardened (Romans 11:25,26; Acts 28:25-29).
- After the Great Commission is fulfilled, there will be a general apostasy or a falling away, which will occur for a brief time prior to the Second Coming of the Lord (Rev. 20:7-9).
We should also agree that the following events at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will occur more or less simultaneously at the end of history:
- The resurrection of the dead, of the just and of the unjust.
- The final judgment.
- The end of the world.
- The consummation of Christ’s kingdom.
What I’ve just outlined here is called the “common church doctrine” because it has been the prevalent idea among all Christians for about 2000 years. In fact, for the first few hundred years of church history, the common doctrine did not even have a name. There was no elaborate differentiation of millennial theories such as is found among today’s Bible teachers. It was simply the broad statement of faith of the Apostle’s Creed the Nicene Creed and the teachings of the church fathers – that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead and when there will be a final resurrection of all souls who have ever lived on the planet earth.
But to avoid further digression, I will return to a full exposition of what is meant by the “thousand year reign of Christ” of Revelation chapter 20 from a postmillennial perspective in a later article.
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“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
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Is there a connection between pagan religion and the abortion industry?
This powerful presentation traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then delves into the social, political and cultural fall-out that this sin against God and crime against humanity has produced in our beleaguered society.
Conceived as a sequel and update to the 1988 classic, The Massacre of Innocence, the new title, The Abortion Matrix, is entirely fitting. It not only references abortion’s specific target – the sacred matrix where human beings are formed in the womb in the very image of God, but it also implies the existence of a conspiracy, a matrix of seemingly disparate forces that are driving this holocaust.
The occult activity surrounding the abortion industry is exposed with numerous examples. But are these just aberrations, bizarre yet anomalous examples of abortionists who just happen to have ties to modern day witchcraft? Or is this representative of something deeper, more sinister and even endemic to the entire abortion movement?
As the allusion to the film of over a decade ago suggests, the viewer may learn that things are not always as they appear to be. The Abortion Matrix reveals the reality of child-killing and strikes the proper moral chord to move hearts to fulfill the biblical responsibility to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 24:11,12; 31:8,9).
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Just what is Calvinism?
Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?
This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.
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“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
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