Last week to introduce this post, I started writing about the importance of eschatology, which ended up getting quite long and so became a post of its own. Now, in this post, we can turn to what I had originally planned: an introduction and examination of three kinds of Premillennialism by way of interviews with a proponent of each one.
The millennium gets its name from Revelation 20’s description of one thousand years where Satan is bound. Debates swirl over the literalness of the ‘thousand years’, which Old and New Testament passages are considered part of this period, what this period actually entails, and particularly, when the millennium is supposed to happen. Each millennial view gets its name from the relationship of Christ’s second coming to the millennium. For example, Postmillennialists see Christ as return post/after the millennium. The flip side of this is that the millennium will happen before Christ returns, and many implications spawn from this.
Premillennialism is basically the idea that Christ will return before the millennial period. This is apparently the most popular viewpoint in the USA, though perhaps not in certain places like here (UK), and definitely was not the leading view during certain periods of church history.
There are at least three distinct flavours of Premillennialism: Dispensationalism, Progressive Dispensationalism and Historic Premillennialism. I managed to get hold of one proponent of each view, and asked them a few questions about their viewpoint in order to help articulate some of the differences.
- Dispensationalism: Dr. Paul Henebury (Telos Biblical Institute).
- Progressive Dispensationalism: Dr. Darrell Bock (Dallas Theological Seminary).
- Historic Premillennialism: Dr. James Hamilton (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary).
In the next few weeks I will be posting the interviews. Check back soon (or subscribe)! I have greatly enjoyed each interview and cannot wait for these to get posted.