Welcome to PostmillennialismToday.com! I have established this blog site to explain, defend, promote, and apply the glory of the postmillennial hope. In this blog I will be providing articles on postmillennialism and its implications for the Christian worldview. And occasionally I will also offer Reformed devotionals (mostly by friend and co-elder, Don Strickland).
As a committed postmillennialist I hope that in my lifetime the church will begin to take seriously the full-orbed, hope-filled character of the Great Commission in which Jesus commands us: “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt 28:19–20a)
The hope of biblical postmillennialism
Postmillennialism is a hope-filled eschatology expecting the victory of the gospel over all men and nations before Christ’s return. Postmillennialists believe in the gradual, progressive victory of the gospel in the historical long-run. In fact, of the three other leading evangelical eschatologies (amillennialism, premillennialism, and dispensationalism), postmillennialism is the only one that is optimistic about the progress of the gospel in the world prior to Christ’s return in glory.
The meaning of contemporary postmillennialism
The modern view of postmillennialism which I will be presenting differs somewhat from its older Puritan expression. The older view of postmillennialism saw the “millennium” as the final stage of the progress of the gospel in history. It held that the millennium would be sparked rather suddenly by a massive conversion of the Jews that would then open the door to worldwide gospel victory rather quickly.
The more recent form of postmillennialism (arising in the early 1900s) understands the victory of the gospel as coming gradually throughout Christian history. It sees gospel success unfolding incrementally and sporadically through history while experiencing advances and setbacks that will eventually lead to the worldwide dominance of the gospel and the Christian worldview.
In addition, many contemporary postmillennialists are preterists (whereas earlier postmillennialists were often historicists). That is, we see certain New Testament prophecies as already having been fulfilled, though many evangelicals hold that these still remain in our future. For instance, much of the Olivet Discourse and almost all of Revelation focus on the AD 70 judgment of God on Israel and her temple.
The correction of misconceptions of postmillennialism
Unfortunately, postmillennialism is the easiest eschatological option to misconstrue. Modern Christianity is so affected by naïve dispensationalism on the right and nefarious liberalism on the left, that it is hard to get an accurate portrayal of postmillennialism that lies between them. It will be a major purpose of this blog to present an accurate understanding of postmillennialism and respond discount the many mischaracterizations of it.
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May God bless you as you study and apply his word to all of life.