A logical breakdown on why all forms of amillennialism are a variety of pessi-millennialism.
“God will win at the end of history, in the sweet by-and-by.
But in the real world, in time and on earth, Jesus’ Kingdom will not triumph but be defeated. His word will be generally ignored and without public authority. The Not-King, without an enforced Law-word, without Authority over most men, until the end of time.
So in the real world, most of the time and in most situations, Satan wins, and Jesus loses.”
The amillennialists are wrong.
Jesus is right.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Not “will be given to me.”
But “has been given to me.”
Amillennialists often complain that postmillennialists wrongly categorize them as “pessimistic.” They generally reject this evaluation for two reasons: (1) It is negative sounding in itself. And (2) it overlooks the fact that they believe that ultimately Christ and his people win the victory at the end of history. Still other amillennialists deny this designation because they call themselves “optimistic amillennialists.”
What do postmillennialists mean by categorizing amillennialism as “pessimistic”? Is the charge legitimate. I believe it is.
Obviously all evangelical eschatological perspectives are ultimately optimistic — even dispensationalists who make a very nice living from books on cultural decline, despair, and doom. After all, Christ does lead his people to victory in saving them from their sins in history, resurrecting them from the dead at the end of history, and establishing them in righteousness in eternity.
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