A Case for Amillennialism, Expanded Edition: Understanding the End Times

Baker, 2013
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Overview

In a clear and accessible manner, Kim Riddlebarger presents and defends amillennialism—the belief that the millennium is a present reality centered in Christ’s heavenly reign, not a future hope of Christ’s rule on earth after his return—as the historic Protestant understanding of the millennial age. Recognizing that eschatology—the study of future things—is a complicated and controversial subject, Riddlebarger begins with definitions of key terminology and an overview of various viewpoints and related biblical themes. He then discusses key passages of Scripture that bear upon the millennial age, including Daniel 9, Matthew 24, Romans 11, and Revelation 20. Finally, he evaluates the main problems facing each of the major millennial positions and cautions us to be aware of the consequences of each view.

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Key Features

  • Defines and discusses key terms to provide a strong foundation for discussion
  • Explores key passages that are relevant to the millennial age
  • Offers thorough exegesis, and brings biblical balance to the discussion of the millennial age

Contents

  • Part I: First Things First
    • Defining Our Terms
    • A Survey of Eschatological Views
    • How Do We Interpret Bible Prophecy?
  • Part II: Biblical and Theological Concerns
    • The Covenantal Context of Old Testament Eschatology
    • These Things Were Foretold
    • According to the Prophets
    • Christ and the Fulfillment of Prophecy
    • The Nature of New Testament Eschatology
    • The Kingdom of God
    • The New Creation, the Israel of God, and the Suffering Church
    • The Antichrist
    • The Blessed Hope
  • Part III: Exposition of the Critical Texts
    • Daniel’s Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks
    • The Olivet Discourse
    • Romans 11
    • Revelation 20:1–10
  • Part IV: Awaiting the Blessed Hope
    • Signs of the End
    • Evaluating Millennial Options

Praise for the Print Edition

For combining thorough exegesis, readability, and lucid argumentation on this important subject, this volume has no peers.

Michael Horton, professor of systematic theology, Westminster Seminary, CA

By careful examination of the key biblical passages, Dr. Riddlebarger will help and encourage Christians both to understand the real teaching of the Bible and to appropriate the blessing of this truth.

W. Robert Godfrey, president and professor of church history, Westminster Theological Seminary, CA

Carefully argued, clearly and charitably written, this work brings needed balance and sense to the debate over the subject of the millennium.

Cornelis P. Venema, author, The Promise of the Future

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About Kim Riddlebarger

Kim Riddlebarger earned his PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California, and has been a visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary, California. He is also a cohost of the White Horse Inn radio program and a contributor to Modern Reformation magazine.

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