The second coming of Christ has always been grounds for sharp disagreement for Christians-even Christians within the same tradition.
Many hold to premillennialism: that Christ's return will be followed by 1,000 years before the final judgment, a belief popularized in the bestselling Left Behind novels. However, premillennialism is not the only option-or even the best option-for Christians.
In Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative, Sam Storms provides a biblical rationale for amillennialism; the belief that the 1,000 years in Revelation 20 is symbolic of the reign of Christ and his people throughout the present church age. To this end, Storms evaluates competing views, examines the foundational hermeneutical issues in play, and then thoroughly and exegetically expounds the amillennial view drawing on the entire biblical corpus.
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Sam Storm is an amillennial, Calvinistic, charismatic, credo-baptistic, complementarian, Christian Hedonist who loves his wife and daughters. So it seems only natural that he should be the author of a brand new book Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative.
I'll be honest, I didn't really delve into apocalyptic literature in seminary. Everyone thinks their pastor has super-secrets about the end-times, but the truth is, everything I learned about the end times I learned from the Left Behind series. Granted, I knew when I was reading it that I probably needed more research on the subject, but the end of days has never really fascinated me.
But to do a little "Left Behind for Dummies" the authors of said series and many main stream pastors preach what is called "Dispensationalism" in short it's a very literal approach to the end times and because it's the loudest voice, it tends to be the only voice.
Sam Storm would like to argue for another approach. In his new book, Mr. Storm argues for the Amillennial interpretation. Whereas the Left Behind fans argue for a much more attractive battle and fanatical story - Amillennials (which is Latin for a rejection of the Millennial interpretation) believe that the thousand year reign in Revelation 20 is merely symbolic and that the millennium has already begun.
Dispensationalists interpret two "returns to Earth" from Jesus - and the Amillennials only one.
This is a great book and a great resource, Mr. Storms has done his homework and the book is a great tool. The back of the book has an extended scripture and topical index. That said, don't expect Mr. Storms to spoon feed you the information and hold your hand through the whole thing. This book reads very academically and is certainly for those who are die-hard about this information.
This book is seriously for everyone who has been waiting for another position to be spoken and defended. This is an amazing resource that deserves to be on every serious theologian's shelf.
Thank you to Mentor publishing for this review copy for a fair and honest review.
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Review 2 for Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative
Great presentation of Amillennialism.
Date:July 15, 2013
The book, "Kingdom Come", provides an excellent presentation of the Amillennialist view of the second coming of Christ It is the most accurate description and makes more sense when you examine all of the various millennial views. Premillennialism, the most popular view, is such a convoluted interpretation of end time events and makes absolutely no sense to me. I believe the Church has been duped by the premillennialists. While I don't agree with every minute detail of his eschatology, overall, if you are looking for a clear understanding of end time events, this book is an excellent resource.