Welcome to my re-named and expanded website!
In 2013 I established PostmillennialismToday.com as a blog site to explain, defend, and promote the glory of the postmillennial hope. In that blog I provided articles on postmillennialism and other eschatological issues twice a week: on Tuesday and Friday.
Now in 2017 I am re-naming the blog site and expanding its vision. I will still provide articles promoting postmillennialism, but since the postmillennial hope impacts all areas of life, I will be offering articles on a broad range of cultural and theological themes. Accordingly, the new name of the site is: PostmillennialWorldview.com.
As a committed postmillennialist it is my prayer that in my lifetime the church will begin to take seriously the full-orbed, hope-filled character of the Great Commission. In that truly great commission Jesus commands us: “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt 28:19–20a). In it we find the posmillennial hope (to “make disciples of all the nations”) and its worldview implications (“teaching them to observe all that I commanded you”).
The hope of biblical postmillennialism
Postmillennialism is a hope-filled eschatology confidently expecting the gospel’s victory over all men and nations before Christian history ends with Christ’s visible return in power and great glory. Postmillennialists believe in the gradual, progressive victory of the gospel in the historical long-run. In fact, over against the three other leading evangelical eschatologies (amillennialism, premillennialism, and dispensationalism), postmillennialism is the only one that is optimistic about the continuing progress and worldwide dominion of the gospel prior to Christ’s return in glory.
The meaning of contemporary postmillennialism
The modern view of postmillennialism that I hold differs in important respects from its older Puritan expression. The older view of postmillennialism saw the “millennium” as the final stage of the progress of the gospel in history. It held that the millennium would be sparked rather suddenly by a massive conversion of the Jews that would then open the door to worldwide gospel victory erupting in power and influence rather quickly.
The more recent postmillennialism (arising in the early 1900s) understands the victory of the gospel as coming gradually throughout Christian history. It sees gospel success unfolding incrementally and sporadically through history while experiencing advances and setbacks. Nevertheless, this progress will eventually lead to the worldwide dominance of the gospel and the influence of the Christian worldview for a long period of time.
In addition, many contemporary postmillennialists are preterists. That is, we see certain significant New Testament prophecies as already having been fulfilled, which many evangelicals believe still remain in our future. For instance, a large portion of the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24:1–36) and almost all of Revelation (except for Rev. 20:7–15) focus on the AD 70 judgment of God on Israel and her temple as the new covenant is finally, fully, and formally established.
The correction of misconceptions of postmillennialism
Unfortunately, postmillennialism is the easiest eschatological option to misconstrue. Modern Christianity is so short-sighted and influenced by contemporary events (through a “newspaper exegesis”), that it is hard to get an accurate portrayal of the postmillennial hope. It will continue to be a major purpose of this blog to present a proper understanding of postmillennialism and respond to the many mischaracterizations of it.
The worldview implications of postmillennialism
Too many Christians separate eschatology from the whole system of biblical theology. By doing so they tend not to see the wide-ranging implications of postmillennialism in theology and culture. In this renewed vision of my blog site, I hope to deal with these issues as a postmillennialist. Not all of them will touch on postmillennialism directly. But all of them need to be understood from a postmillennial perspective.
Thank you for visiting my site! I welcome your questions and interaction.
May God bless you as you study and apply his word to all of life.