It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.
A few years back my Sunday school class was going to study the end times. I found out a few days in advance as we had not been warned but I did my best to study up on the subject.
We were regaled with tales of unicorns, butterflies, and rainbows. It was a very poor showing and I knew next to nothing on the subject at the time. I was told that Christians would not suffer during a tribulation because God doesn’t want His people to suffer. This leads to the obvious question – then why do I suffer now.
I had printed out a document for the class showing the three major positions – premillennialism, postmillennialism, and amillennialism. I thought it would be helpful but it was not used. And rightly so with the topic that was presented. This actually began a nice study for me as I sought to understand the three positions. I grasped the first two but the third (amillennialism) was outside my reach.
A few months went by and I heard a teaching on the topic and became an amillennialist. It was clearly the most logical understanding of scripture and end times I could see. Again my knowledge is limited as I have only done minor research on the topic but I still believe this.
Fast forward to earlier this week when my sister suggested a book – Raptureless. [She has not read the book so how she came to recommend it is a different story.] I picked it up since I had just completed a book. I was concerned as I started the book (the preface) but once the book began, the author started quick and I was soon convinced he was an amillennialist too. Now as I pass the halfway point, I still believe this is his position even though he has not discussed it yet.
So many memories and scriptures have fallen into place as he walks through history (AD 30 to AD 70). Very interesting book and I have since become a stronger amillennialist. Not everyone can be a panmillennialist.