By Robert G. Clouse (Editor)
Christ is coming back. because the first century, Christians have agreed that Christ will go back. yet seeing that that point there have additionally been many disagreements. How will Christ go back? whilst will he go back? what kind of nation will he identify? what's the which means of the millennium? those questions persist this present day. 4 significant perspectives at the millennium have had either an extended heritage and a bunch of Christian adherents. during this e-book Robert G. Clouse brings jointly proponents of every view: George Eldon Ladd on historical premillenniallism, Herman A. Hoyt on dispensational premillennialism, Loraine Boettner on post-millennialism and Anthony A. Hoekema on amillennialism. After each one view is gifted, proponents of the 3 competing perspectives reply from their very own views. the following you will stumble upon a full of life and effective debate between revered Christian students to help you achieve clearer and deeper knowing of different methods the church methods the that means of the millennium.
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No element of that system could be ignored. Since the Messiah has come and has fully performed his work of atonement, this special role assigned to the Jews has been fulfilled. Hence there remains no reason whatever for reviving or reestablishing any one or more of the elements of the old system. All of those elements belonged to the kindergarten stage of redemption, and on completion of that atonement at Calvary, all of those things passed away as a unit. What Paul termed the "dividing wall of hostility" between Jew and Gentile has been broken down, and it is never to be raised up again.
Here, according to the NIV, John saw "the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained" (note the similarity of language to 20:4, "the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God" [NIV]). These souls of deceased martyrs are apparently conscious and capable of being addressed; they are given white robes and are told to be at rest. The white robes and the resting suggest that they are enjoying a provisional kind of blessedness which looks forward to the final eschaton.
Retribution for wrong doing will be swift, unerring and inescapable (Is. 11:3-4; Mal. 3:1-5). In this kingdom there will be a restoration of perfect social relations. War will be completely eliminated as a method of solving international disputes (Is. 2:4). Even the arts and industries devoted to war will be removed from the economy. The material, money and time previously used for warmaking will be turned to constructive enterprises. Every positive effort will be used to make the fruits of the soil and the genius of mankind available for everyone (Is.