Systematic Eschatology

Kingdom Come: The Amillenial Alternative   Sam Storms is currently Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. He has authored 22 books and founded Enjoying God Ministries. He’s a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M) and The University of Texas (Ph.D.). This is one of the best books available on the topic of eschatology. Prior to becoming an amillennarian, Dr. Storms embraced Dispensationalism and Historical Premillennialism. For this reason, he has a wealth of knowledge about these schools of eschatology. What makes this book so appealing is that it was written by both a theologian and a pastor. The writing style is understandable and useful to just about anyone.

The High King of Heaven: Discovering the Master Keys to the Great End Time Debate  This book is a true gem in that it lays out the amillennial position systematically and comprehensively. Davis demonstrates that the key to resolving the Great End Time Debate is understanding what the Bible says about three fundamental themes: The Kingdom, the Millennium, and the Consummation. And he insists that the only place to find such understanding is at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ and his holy apostles and prophets. Weighing in at about 750 pages, this is no cake walk. But if you’re really interested in digging deep, it’s the book for you!

The Case for Amillennialism  In this mid-sized and readable volume, Kim Riddlebarger has given us what is perhaps the single best modern exposition and defense of Amillennial eschatology. Trust us when we say he leaves no (major) stone unturned!  The four final chapters are especially helpful, in which Dr. Riddlebarger exegetes Daniel 9, the Olivet Discourse, Romans 11, and Revelation 20. A must-have book for your amillennial library.

The Man of Sin  Kim Riddlebarger’s second book on eschatology focuses on the Antichrist. Lamenting and eschewing the wild speculations to which many are prone, Riddlebarger hugs closely to both the biblical data and Church History in an effort to clarify the true nature and career of the Antichrist.

The Bible and the Future  This is a true eschatological classic! Exploring both personal and cosmic eschatology, Hoekema’s in-depth study masterfully surveys such crucial doctrines as the Kingdom of God, the Signs of the End, and the several elements of the Consummation. Also, Hoekema gives us a compelling critique of Dispensational theology, as well as a rich essay on the Christian philosophy of history. Highly recommended! (Online Version)

The Pauline Eschatology  Geerhardus Vos was professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. His book The Pauline Eschatology is the single most thorough treatment of its subject. He deals with such topics as the two ages, the Millennium, and the ethical importance of eschatology. There is also an appendix on the eschatology of the Psalms.  This book will take time to read, but its teaching could change your eschatology for a lifetime!

The Promise of the Future  Much like The Bible and the Future, Cornelius Venema’s The Promise of the Future looks at the full range of eschatological topics. Venema demonstrates how the Amillennial position is not a pessimistic eschatology of defeat, but an optimistic eschatology of victory. This book, now popular in Reformed seminaries, is also highly recommended!

Biblical Eschatology provides what is not found in any other single volume on eschatology: it analyzes all the major eschatological passages (including the Olivet Discourse and the book of Revelation), issues (including the second coming of Christ, the millennium, the rapture, and Antichrist), and positions (including all the major views of the millennium) in a clear, but not superficial, way. The book concludes with a chapter showing how eschatology is relevant for our lives.

Biblical Eschatology makes understanding eschatology easier by including chapters on how to interpret prophecy and apocalyptic literature, by showing the history of eschatological thought, and by placing eschatology in the context of the Bible’s overall story line and structure. Clarity and understanding are enhanced by the use of comparative tables and appendices. Subject and Scripture indexes are included. The book interacts with the best of Evangelical and Reformed scholarship, and the extensive bibliography (which includes the Web addresses of many resources that are online) provides an excellent source for the reader’s further study. This is a perfect resource for intelligent Christians, including pastors, students, and teachers, who desire to understand eschatology and to see how it fits together with the rest of the Bible.

The Momentous Event William Grier’s little classic The Momentous Event is a great introduction to Amillennialism. What it lacks in length (128 pages) it makes up for in depth. Among other things, Grier gives us a remarkable survey of the eschatology of the sub-apostolic Church. Be prepared for a surprise!

The End Times Made Simple & More of the End Times Made Simple  Sam Waldron’s two volumes could well be entitled Eschatology 101. Here is a simplified version of Hoekema’s and Venema’s more scholarly works. A great starting point for your journey to eschatological understanding.

The Coming of the Kingdom  Herman Ridderbos’ lengthy classic deals with the single greatest crux of biblical eschatology: the idea of the Kingdom of God. Thoroughly grounded in NT theology, and thoroughly Amillennial, this in-depth work is loaded with helpful exegesis of crucial biblical texts. A must for the scholar’s library.

Prophecy and the Church This is an early Amillennial classic. Here, Princeton Theologian O. T. Allis (1880-1973) offered one of the first in-depth critiques of Dispensationalism, even as he explained and defended the traditional Reformed eschatology. Though not very well organized, this book contains brilliant insights and lots of interesting facts about the history and teachings of the early Dispensationalists.

The Future of the Kingdom in Prophecy and Fulfillment – A short seminal study that uses NT texts to guide us into a proper understanding of OT prophecies of the Kingdom. Though not especially readable, Martin Wyngaarden’s classic is still quite valuable for confronting premillennial interpretations of the OT prophets, and showing the superiority of the classic Amillennial approach.

The Last Things – This slim volume gives us the eschatological portions of Herman Bavinck’s Systematic Theology. A readable and scholarly introduction to both personal and cosmic eschatology.

3 thoughts on “Systematic Eschatology

  1. Chris Wright June 27, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones “Great Doctrines of the Bible” is an amillennial systematic theology.

  2. Jonathan August 16, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Which one would you recommend as a start off point? I was raised dispensational, came to Reformed Theology and have been wrestling between Hist Premil and Amil.

  3. Warren Hinds February 14, 2019 / 6:42 pm

    Any serious comparison of AMil vs PostMil should consider starting with Psalm 110:1. One question that ought to arise is this: What is Jesus doing at the right hand of YHWH while “His enemies” are being made (a gradual process) into footstools?

    With authority over all things, I suggest Jesus will be (is) judging the work of the Holy Spirit (described in John 16:8 as “convicting the kosmos of sin, righteousness, and judgement”). As Judge and King, Jesus would be choosing blessing for those people and nations led to God’s way (as appropriate for either a person or a nation). I suggest Jesus will be choosing “otherwise” for people or nations led or let go against God’s way.

    Either judgement by Jesus will over the long haul of history (we are still in the middle somewhere) lead to the growth (a gradual process) of the kingdom of God. This, I suggest, is how the “stone cut without hands” will grow to fill the Earth, “crushing” all other kingdoms. The metaphor here is augmented by Daniel’s observation that the “chaff” will be “blown away,” a double-edged reference to “wind” and “spirit,” pointing simultaneously to wind-blown dust and to kingdoms “blown away” by the Holy Spirit.

    The result in history would seem to be an Earth gradually filling up with the kingdom-stone, the kingdom of God, with Jesus actually reigning and judging from heaven. This in a nutshell sounds like the way PostMil expectations ought to be understood. wth.

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