October 29, 2023

Frameworks and the Future: Postmillennialism

  • An overview of the system:
    1. There are many variations within postmillennialism which make it difficult to engage with it as a system (e.g., historic/preterist/future millennium/present millennium/Golden Age, etc.). The following are definitions from relatively recent and prominent proponents:
      1. “Postmillenialism is the belief that Christ, with His coming, His atonement, and His continuing regenerative power in those whom He calls, creates in His redeemed people a force for the reconquest of all things. The dominion that Adam first received and then lost by his fall will be restored to redeemed man. God's people will then have a long reign over the entire earth, after which, when all enemies have been put under Christ's feet, the end shall come, and the last enemy, death, will be destroyed” (Rushdoony).
      2. “The Kingdom of God is now being extended in the world through the preaching of the Gospel and the saving work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of individuals, that the world eventually is to be Christianized, and that the return of Christ is to occur at the close of a long period of righteousness and peace commonly called the ‘Millennium.’” Boettner.
      3. The Golden Age is “a time in history prior to Christ’s return in which faith righteousness, peace, and prosperity will prevail in the affairs of people and of nations” (Gentry). 
      4. “The overwhelming majority of men and nations will be Christianized, righteousness will abound, wars will cease, and prosperity and safety will flourish. ‘It will be marked by the universal reception of the true religion, and unlimited subjection to the sceptre of Christ’…It shall be a time of universal peace…It will be characterised by great temporal prosperity” (Gentry with David Brown).

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