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A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times

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A Case for Amillennialism presents an accessible look at the crucial theological question of the millennium in the context of contemporary evangelicalism. Recognizing that the study of future things is a complicated and controversial subject, Riddlebarger provides definitions of key terms and a helpful overview of various viewpoints.
Paperback, 271 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Baker Books
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Brent McCulley
Jul 20, 2015 Brent McCulley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent and timely book, as the second edition/printing was just released last year. Riddlebarger makes a clear, compelling, and cogent case for the amillennial position utilizing sound exegesis. Emphasizing the continuity of the covenants, and two-age model (present age and age to come), the kingdom of God which is a present reality (inaugurated) and will be fully made manifest in the age to come (consummated), we learn that Christ is reigning now with the elect saints from heaven. A ...more
Christopher M.
Jul 25, 2011 Christopher M. rated it really liked it
Like the author, I was raised a dispensational premillennialist. Like the author, I have always had major hangups with that viewpoint, but had never heard a compelling argument for the amillennarian perspective, partially because the perspective was generally poo-pooed by my teachers as not taking the biblical text seriously or literally. This book demonstrates that assertion to be completely off-base. Indeed, Riddlebarger has thoroughly convinced me that the amillennarian perspective makes the ...more
James
Jan 01, 2013 James rated it liked it
A succinct and helpful introduction to what Riddlebarger argues is the 'Historic Reformed Protestant' understanding of the millennial reign of Christ in Revelation 20 (Amillennialism). One of my professors found this to be a good read, so I picked it up. I considered myself Amill before reading this book, but now I find myself to be very convinced. I cannot get over the problems that premillennialists must overcome in order to remain consistent with their own framework. If you are premillennial ...more
Jonathan Cavett
Sep 07, 2014 Jonathan Cavett rated it it was ok
Shelves: theology
Riddlebarger's strongest argument for amillennialism is redemptive-historical. I found this argument to be convincing despite his unconvincing exegesis of Revelation 20. Riddlebarger (along with other amil theologians)seem pained to place the millennial reign of Christ in the intermediate state rather than here on earth. He admits that the most natural interpretation of the "first resurrection" is the new birth; however, he still tries to make this mesh with an amillennial reign that is ...more
Jerry
Oct 03, 2012 Jerry rated it liked it
Shelves: theology, eschatology
This is an excellent book for the way it handles dispensationalism and premillennialism. Riddlebarger wants to be an optimistic amillennialist "as regards the kingdom", yet still holds the New Testament anticipates "Christ's direct intervention to a wicked and unbelieving world like in the days of Noah (Matt. 24:37-38)" (p237). As much as I appreciate the effort, it makes no sense to be optimistic about God's kingdom and simultaneously believe the kingdoms of this world will surround and beat it ...more
Simon Wartanian
Feb 10, 2015 Simon Wartanian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I mostly listened to the book, and selectively read some portions, I kinda knew what I would be getting. I listened to certain chapters more than once. Good stuff.
This from the fact that when I first got interested in studying eschatology I was influenced by
Voddie Baucham's series on Revelation and then tried to find more series explaining the Amillennial outlook
on things. I came across Kim Riddlebarger's Amillennialism 101 teaching series which helped me a lot.

This is a solid work with
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Stephen
Let me first say that I'm writing this from the perspective of a former Dispensationalist that was bible college-trained in that theology.
Kim Riddlebarger makes a really good case for Amillennialism while not mis-characterising other positions, so it's nice to read a work that doesn't construct straw men. Rather, reading Riddlebarger's explanations of Amillennialism and critiques of other positions, I appreciate the fact that he recognizes that Dispensationalists are serious about interpretati
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Dan Wilkinson
Jun 26, 2011 Dan Wilkinson rated it liked it
A thorough exposition of the amillennial position, though a more accurate title would have been "A Case Against Premillenialism: Arguments Against Walvoord, Ladd, and Pentecost as Presented by Hoekema and Kline."
Chris Whisonant
Sometimes you come across a book that you wish you had read 10 years ago. This is one of them for me. Go pick up a copy or borrow mine. :)
Alex Houston
Aug 09, 2012 Alex Houston rated it really liked it
A good introduction to amilleniallism, especially for someone from a dispensational background.
Casey
Apr 20, 2009 Casey rated it really liked it
Not for the faint of heart or those with little time.
Elmarie
Nov 21, 2012 Elmarie rated it it was amazing
Very helpful in understanding escahtology.
Dan
May 17, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
"Amillennialism" doesn't deny the millennial reign of Christ. It merely holds that it refers to a spiritual kingdom. This inaccurate name for the doctrine is the main reason why I (and probably most other Christians) have dismissed it.
Riddlebarger does a great job at the beginning of arguing for covenant theology as opposed to dispensationalism. This is probably the best part of the book. He moves on to explain how amillennialism is compatible with covenant theology and defends its principles
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Frank
Sep 22, 2013 Frank rated it it was ok
I'm going to have to write about the last few chapters of Revelation. Here's another classic example of a stupid interpretation of the first resurrection in the first century as clearly described in chapter 20: "A clue as to how Paul understood this two-fold resurrection for believers is seen in 2 Corinthians 4:16: “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” Likely, Paul was speaking of the fact that believers are inwardly renewed because they have been ...more
J.M. Robinson
Jan 13, 2015 J.M. Robinson rated it liked it
I rated this book three stars because it has some good content in it regarding hermeneutics and covenant theology. However, as a Postmillennialist I didn't find Riddlebarger's arguments for Amillennialism to be in the least bit convincing. I agree with him on several things, but I feel he severely eisegetes the Olivet Discourse (pg.160-179), which serves as a base for his view that the church age is characterized by tribulation. I believe that he ignores the immediate context, as well as the ...more
Mark
Aug 13, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
I don't often write reviews but I thought this book worthy of a few comments. I have grown up believing in an end times view called "premillennialism". This view holds to a secret rapture, and a literal 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth. This is the view that is popularized in the popular "Left Behind" series. There are many other Christians who hold different views regarding the end times, but honestly I never really took their case seriously. I was always concerned that these other views ...more
Eric Chappell
Dec 04, 2012 Eric Chappell rated it liked it
Eschatology doesn't get me out of bed in the morning. Maybe it should. That said, I think Riddlebarger has done a great service to Amillennialism in this book. He's a lucid and simple writer. And this is (often) a confusing subject. The book is divided into 4 parts. Part 1 deals with defining terms and surveying different views. This is probably the best, most concise explanation of things I probably will never understand (i.e. dispensationalism, premillenialism, etc.) There's a great chapter ...more
Jeromy Peacock
I have never really had an understanding of other eschatological beliefs other than premillenialism so I decided to challenge my own beliefs and picked this up. I am really glad that I did.

Riddlebarger put into words some of the things that always confused me with premillenialism. For instance, Why is there evil during Christ's millennial reign? Or why the back and forth of Christ's return (with the rapture) then another return?

While I am sure amillenialism has some holes in its own eschatolog
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Pete Foley
Apr 10, 2013 Pete Foley rated it really liked it
Excellent book that covers the major tenets and scriptural basis for an amillennial viewpoint. The book does an excellent job of describing not only the writer's position, but in providing the arguments against pre- and post-millennialism. It is a fairly technical book - too technical for someone looking for a simple overview of the main tenets of each position - but not so technical that you have to have a degree in theology or Greek/Hebrew to understand it. In addition to the three main ...more
James
Jun 26, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
Walk into any bookstore looking for a book about end times biblical teachings, and you will invariably find only books proclaiming pretribulational Premillennialism. This interpretation is only one viewpoint and may not even be the one most widely held among biblical scholars. It is, however, the most popular with "Christian" authors wanting to sell books and multiply their followers because it is so much more exciting than the other interpretations. "A Case for Amillennialism" is among the best ...more
Kristy
Mar 25, 2015 Kristy rated it it was amazing
This book was a really challenging read as far as how difficult it was to follow at times. Instead of the author simply presenting the amillenial view, he changes voices a lot when he is discussing the other views such as pre and post-trib, which made it hard to really focus on simply what the right view is. That aside, I do believe this is the biblical view of the end times even though I was raised in a dispensational church. This book is a wonderful read if you are looking for a scriptural ...more
Derek
Jan 04, 2012 Derek rated it liked it
Shelves: theology, eschatology
I'd say this is a good introductory book to understanding the Amillenial view of Eschatology. I suggest investigating all eschatological views and to take no one's word for it. Riddlebarger makes a comment that the Preterist view has serious problems in Matthew 24 concerning the gospel being preached to all the world, when actually, by letting Scripture define it's own terms, is one of the strongest cases for the Preterist view of Matthew 24. That only proves that he hasn't taken the chance to ...more
Joanna
Jan 21, 2009 Joanna rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
The material covered in the book was excellent, and I mostly agreed with the theological conclusions drawn in the book. However, my main problem with the author's approach was that he wrote it in a style much like the Dutch reformers--great if you're used to reading them, but for most people, a very difficult format, especially for comparing several views on a topic. This being the case, it seemed like his target audience were those who may have a dispensational view, or had questions about the ...more
Tami Parks
Jan 22, 2015 Tami Parks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raised as a Baptist pre-trib, pre-millennial, dispensationalist, I have never been satisfied with the interpretation of Revelation that I have been taught. So, I am always eager to read anything I can on the subject, especially when it is scholarly and Biblical. This book is that. I appreciate the author's Christ-centric approach.

The chapter on Israel was difficult; probably the idea I struggled with the most. But, much food for thought here and his arguments make more sense than many I have he
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Thaddeus Maharaj
Feb 25, 2016 Thaddeus Maharaj rated it it was amazing
Great read. Thorough treatment of the topic interacting with the various other views: Dispensational/Historic Premil, Post-mil, Preterism, etc... Riddlebarger uses clear exposition of the texts to show the strength of his position and makes a compelling case. Also has some nice sections towards the end dealing with specific problems to the various interpretations of the Millennium - including a self-critique of the Amil position which was helpful. Along with Hoekma's "The Bible and the Future" - ...more
Paul Kurtz
Sep 09, 2016 Paul Kurtz rated it it was amazing
Dr. Riddlebarger does an excellent job of presenting different eschatological perspectives and the corresponding hermeneutics used by those who those perspectives. He also made a great case for the amillennial position he holds. I was personally raised in churches that held to a dispensational premillennial position and I had come to question several tenets of dispensationalism. Dr. Riddlebarger addressed many of not all of my questions and gave what I considered to be convincing arguments for ...more
Mark
Jan 30, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone interested in eschatology, at all. Especially, for those of us that have grown up in the unfortunate age of highly problematic dispensationalism, that would rather figure out a headline than a biblical view on redemptive history and future. Non-combative, insightful, informative, in context, and in the end, the last couple paragraphs of final thoughts put it all into persective.
Coyle
Jul 17, 2008 Coyle rated it liked it
A decent enough book- Riddlebarger's strength is definitely pointing out problems with premillenialism, postmillenialism, and preterism. He's not so good at making a solid "case for amillenialism." Or if he is good at it, he doesn't do a whole lot of it in the book. But, it's still useful as an overview of the topics and texts in question, and it does point out the problems with the major eschatological interpretations (pre- and post-millenialism).
Eric Molicki
Mar 28, 2012 Eric Molicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Outstanding treatment of eschatological questions surrounding the major views. More dense than say Hokema, but more thoroughly and fairly argued. Appreciate that I walked a similar theological path to the author: from dispensationalism premillennialism to Amillenialism as his understanding of Scripture grew.
Brendan Murphy
Jun 29, 2016 Brendan Murphy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, eschatology
This is a thorough and well written defense of the Amillennial position. It's not the easiest read, but well worth the effort, and heavily footnoted. I'm going to have to go through it a second time and really study all the references. I'd recommend this for anyone whose looking for a better understanding of eschatology.
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Dr. Riddlebarger is a minister in the United Reformed Churches of North America and currently pastors Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, CA. He is also visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California and a frequent contributor to Tabletalk and Modern Reformation. He has written two books on the end times: A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times, and The ...more
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