What does the Bible actually tell us about the end times, and how has the church traditionally understood it?
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.
This expanded edition includes a new foreword from Michael Horton, a new chapter on the antichrist, a new chapter on signs of the end, and several helpful charts and indexes.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: First Things First
1. Defining Our Terms
2. A Survey of Eschatological Views
3. How Do We Interpret Bible Prophecy?
Part 2: Biblical and Theological Concerns
4. The Covenantal Context of Old Testament Eschatology
5. These Things Were Foretold
6. According to the Prophets
7. Christ and the Fulfillment of Prophecy
8. The Nature of New Testament Eschatology
9. The Kingdom of God
10. The New Creation, the Israel of God, and the Suffering Church
11. The Antichrist
12. The Blessed Hope
Part 3: Exposition of the Critical Texts
13. Daniel’s Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks
14. The Olivet Discourse
15. Romans 11
16. Revelation 20:1-10
Part 4: Awaiting the Blessed Hope
17. Signs of the End
18. Evaluating Millennial Options
"For combining thorough exegesis, readability, and lucid argumentation on this important subject, this volume has no peers." - Michael Horton, author of Christless Christianity
"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 in California
"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 of The Promise of the Future
Kim Riddlebarger (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California, and visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also a co-host of the White Horse Inn radio program, a contributor to Modern Reformation magazine, and the author of The Man of Sin.