PMW 2023-013 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
In my last article I presented a brief summary of postmillennialism from the Old Testament. In this one, I will present a brief summary from the New Testament.
Immediately upon entering the New Testament record, we learn of the Messiah’s coming into history. He is “the Son of David, the Son of Abraham” (Matt 1:1) around whose birth we hear echoes of Old Testament victory theme, showing that his first coming begins the fruition of the promises to the fathers (Luke 1:46–55, 68–79).
Upon his entering into his public ministry, Christ immediately begins declaring that his kingdom is near. And he preaches thus because the prophesied “time is fulfilled” for it to come (Mark 1:14–15; Matt 3:2). During his ministry which is to crush Satan, we read of his power over demons presented as evidence that his kingdom has actually come (Matt 12:28). It does not lay off in the distant future, it does not await his second advent (Luke 17:20–21). After all, he claims to be king while on earth in the first century (John 12:12–15; 18:36–37).
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The Lord’s resurrection from the dead actually becomes the starting point for his formal kingly rule (Matt 28:18–20; Acts 2:30–31; Rom 1:3–4). And he explains that his kingdom is essentially spiritual in nature (John 18:36–37; Rom 14:17) and operates from within the heart (Luke 17: 20–21). We enter his kingdom through salvation (Col 1:12, 13; John 3:3). He rules his kingdom by his spiritual presence from heaven (John 18:36; Eph 4:8–14) and through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (John 7:39; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 3:16).
The New Testament promises that Christ will bring the world as a system to salvation (John 1:29; 3:17; 1 John 2:2) as the vast majority of the world’s population converts to him (John 12:31; 1 Tim 2:6). The stumbling of the Jews in rejecting Christ appears to be a disappointing reversal of God’s redemptive program. But their rejecting him opens up the prospect of mass conversions from among the Gentiles (Rom 11:12). Eventually the vast majority of Jews and Gentiles alike will convert, leading to the “reconciliation of the world” (Rom 11:15, 25; cp. 2 Cor 5:19).
Paul’s great eschatological chapter presents Christ as currently ruling and reigning from heaven (1 Cor 15:25a). He notes that the Lord will not return in his second advent until “the end” of history (1 Cor 15:24). At that time he ends his mediatorial reign and turns the kingdom over to the Father (1 Cor 15:28). Most significantly for the postmillennial hope, Paul states that Christ’s second advent will not occur until after he conquers his earthly enemies (1 Cor 15:24). He will conquer his last enemy, death, at his return when we arise from the dead (1 Cor 15:26).
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Hi Ken, I am new to post millennialism and I have some questions. How is Christ and the 144,000 working from Heaven to bring men around to becoming Christians? I mean, what are they actually doing? How is he accomplishing this in the face of evil in men, and the evil all around us? Why is he allowing generation after generation to suffer to achieve just one generation that is obedient to God?
Check this out. https://postmillennialworldview.com/2019/10/04/the-140000-in-revelation/
The immediate challenge this poses today is how the Kingdom of God is to progress in the world when/if professing christians and leaders deny the relevance and application of God’s law to all of life. If obedience is an indicator then there is surely a lot of work to do especially in nations that once knew the gospel and followed the Lord.
Hebrews 10:12 but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 from that time waiting until his enemies are made the footstool of his feet.
He’s not returning “until his enemies are made a footstool of his feet”! Amen!