clinevol98 wrote:I dunno if the dispensationals will be quiet after this year. There's a youtube video of Jack Van Impe making a case for 2012 for being the year of Jesus' return because the Mayan calendar ends that year.
I guess when they run out of seemingly valid dates from the Bible, they have nowhere to go except the Mayan calendar. Of course, you can always crunch the numbers in the Bible to come up with any year you want. William Miller did that to come up with 1843 -- and then when he was wrong 1844.
There will be some who will always do this. But I am saying that after next year it is going to become more apparent that this is an unorthodox viewpoint.
clinevol98 wrote:Overall, I think most Christians like the dispensational system because it is exciting.
Exactly! "You mean, Jesus isn't coming back soon?! Aww! ... Nooo!" That was my reaction too. It is a let down. But then when you realize the implications of the postmillennial system it is even more exciting. Here's a couple of reasons why:
1. Fulfilled prophecy is an amazing evidence of the supernatural quality of scripture.
In reading Ken Gentry, David Chilton and a number of 19th century authors on the book of Revelation, I was amazed at how accurate John's prophecy is in describing the persecutions under Nero and the destruction of the Temple. There are many Old Testament prophecies about the history of Israel and the coming of Christ that were fulfilled. But when we look at Mat. 24 (and the other Mount Olivet passages) and the book of Daniel, we have a most amazing evidence that scripture was supernaturally inspired of God.
2. There are some prophecies that are being fulfilled in our day.
Namely, the conversion of the Gentile nations. Even 100 hundred years ago, many Christians would have been shocked to find almost 50 percent of Africa naming Jesus as their Savior. Some Latin American countries are almost 30 percent evangelical. Most former communist countries are open to the Gospel. Even Muslim nations are beginning to see a huge number of converts. God willing I'll be teaching a Bible class in the schools of Ukraine later this year.
3. Neither postmillennialism, amillennialism or historic premillennialism deny that Jesus MIGHT return in our lifetime.
It is very possible that the Great Commission could be fulfilled in our lieftimes. I personally think that, because of the language of Mat. 28, this involves more than just evangelism, but the whole reformation of societies and so I probably won't see the end of it all -- but I could be wrong. The orthodox view is to reject date setting and the view of the Kingdom of God as coming with the physical return of Jesus ONLY as heretical. The kingdom of God came on earth in about 30 A.D. and it has been conquering and converting God's enemies ever since. Only when the glory of God fills the whole earth will the last enemy -- death -- be defeated and then Jesus will return.