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Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published November 20th 2015 by Mentor (first published March 1st 2013)
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Cliff Kvidahl
Recently, the kind folks at Christian Focus Publications sent over a review copy of Sam Storms new book on amillennialism, Kingdom Come. While mainstream evangelical eschatology would likely be some form of premillennialism—be it dispensational, progressive dispensational, or possibly classical/historical premillennialism—Sam stands relatively alone among popular pastors/preachers with his belief in amillennialism. I remember watching a panel discussion hosted by John Piper, which included three ...more
Calvin Coulter
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I reserve 5 stars for a book I've enjoyed as much any other book I've read. that said, I did think I might give this one the top rating, and if it was for the number of 'light bulb' moments, it would win prizes. This is a great read and one that will be revisited again in the future. I have yet to meet someone who has their eschatology completely watertight from all challenges, and after reading this book I don't either. I am however more convinced that amillenialism best makes sense of the text ...more
Mathew
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
I have a smeared history with eschatology. I grew up in dispensational churches and honestly the topic of ends times never gave me much hope. I never had a longing for the end. I lived in fear and doubt. I was afraid of being left behind (ironically, that turn of phrase has made some authors a lot of money). After studying Scripture and finding myself reformed I knew I wasn’t dispensational anymore but I was so turned off the topic of eschatology it was until recently, I gave any attention to re ...more
Andy Huette
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Storms offers a helpful machete to hack through the jungle of Revelation with this commentary. He drank the premillennialism dispensationalist Kool-Aid in seminary but eventually found it to be an insufficient framework for interpreting Revelation. In a charitable manner, Storms explains exegetically why he now interprets Revelation from an amillennial point of view. This book was very helpful to me in understanding what I believe and don’t believe about Revelation. Very thoughtful scholarship t ...more
Craig Hurst
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eschatology
One of the topics I have always enjoyed is systematic theology but for many years I avoided eschatology (end times). I avoided it because I was confused. I didn’t, like many other Christians, think eschatology did not matter, I was just scared of it. In seminary I realized I had turn my attention to the subject and began to study it seriously. It is wrongheaded for a Christian to think that eschatology does not matter and just claim the mantra, “In the end Christ comes back and wins and that’s a ...more
Drake
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Storms's book is an eschatological tour de force. The amount of topics of and passages examined (in great detail) is incredible, yet all of the discussions are surprisingly accessible, requiring little to no scholarly background to follow them. While I did not find all of his exegesis convincing (e.g. some of his interpretations of Daniel, Revelation and the Olivet Discourse), I found myself agreeing with most of what he argues for (he's even caused me to rethink my view of Romans 11), and he pr ...more
Rev Reads
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Storms presents a thorough and logical defense of the Amillennial view of Eschatology. I always appreciate Sam's writing, his even-handed opinions, and Christocentric view of the Scriptures. This book is a quality work like those of his that I have read before. As someone who leans Dispensational, I have a greater understanding and appreciation of the Amillennial view although I still believe in a future coming Millennial Kingdom before the New Heavens and New Earth and reject that Rev 20 sp ...more
Dan
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Sam Storms' background, magnanimity, and attention to detail combine to produce a very winsome Amillennial text. I was blessed by the read, and feel like I see Jesus better because of it. ...more
Davey Ermold
May 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Storms presents one of the most comprehensive treatments of amillennialism that I’ve ever encountered, and he explains dispensationalism fairly along the way - which is incredible in and of itself.

There are still some puzzle pieces that don’t fit well within an amillennial framework and it ends up feeling like eisegesis. In other words, “We know this to be true, so we’re just going to make this other passage malleable enough to fit into what we know to be true.”

Nevertheless, I gave it five stars
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Mark Lickliter
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like most books on eschatology, there is way too much critique and rehashing of dispensationalist beliefs. However, Storms made many good points and this book was certainly thorough. I still see myself as an Amillennialist because I believe it makes the most sense out of Revelation 20 (the only passage that explicitly mentions a millennium!), and the rest of scripture. Postmillennialism is wrong because it expects the church to accomplish in a sinful world what will only be realized in the new h ...more
Aaron
Mar 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
Defining Big Words
One thing you'll realize when you approach this topic is that there are a plethora of theories, teachings, and views on these subjects. In case you're unfamiliar with these big fancy eschatological terms (eschatology means the study of the "end times"), there are 3 basic eschatological views regarding the question of when the 1000 year reign of Christ will take place - also called the "Millennial Kingdom" as depicted in Revelation. These are premillennialism, amillennialism, an
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Bill
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Very readable for a book largely made up of exegetical argument, generous in tone, thorough, convincing.
Jeremy Martinez
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is a very well written book and worth the read. He is very clear and gracious towards other systems of eschatology. This book very clearly defines and refutes dispensational premillennialism and historical premillennialism. He makes a very compelling case for amillennialism, and for a while that is what I considered myself. After working through this book, I would say that I am, now, actually convinced of postmillennialism. With that said, he does interact with postmil., but it is not his pri ...more
Kirk E. Miller
Jul 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Good content. But could have used a better editor to tighten it up, make it more concise, less verbose.

(I read about 70% of the book, skipping some chapters that touch on topics with which I'm already rather familiar. But maybe I'll return and read the rest of these at some later point.)
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LaRosa Jr.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
After reading Kim Riddlebarger's book A Case of Amillennialism, I learned of Sam Storms' book Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative, which dealt with the same subject. The majority of the reviews I had read were positive, and since I was still in the midst of learning more about amillennial eschatology, I decided to put this book on my must read list. I picked up the book from my church's bookstore and let it sit on my shelf for a few months. I finally decided to pick it up this month and gi ...more
Jacob
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
The first question on my mind when someone mentions they’ve read a book like Sam Storms’ "Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative" is “Did it convince you to become an amillennialist?” In this case, the answer is no, it didn’t convert me to amillennialism. But that shouldn’t be held too strongly against the book, as it is still an important and helpful read regardless of whether it convinces you in regard to amillennialism. In "Kingdom Come" Storms not only does an excellent job of articulatin ...more
Nathan Brewer
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. So much to be said.

First off, there are only a few books that handle their given topics as thoroughly as Kingdom Come handles its given topic- the Amillenial Approach to the end times. It handles well its subject as well as the subject of the competing perspectives.

I am grateful that Sam Storms serves as my pastor in this season, and this next point is something that not only paints the pages of his book but radiates from the pulpit from which he preaches. He consistently admits to the fr
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Matthew
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have thoroughly enjoyed some of Sam Storms other books, and this was no different. He presents a biblically-focused case for the amillennial eschatological position, showing why it is a very plausible alternative to premillennialism. Although not convinced, I appreciated his commitment to faithfulness to Scripture and his tone throughout most of the book.

I can do no better than Tom Schreiner's comment on this book: "Even those who remain unconvinced will need to reckon with the powerful case
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William Dicks
Clear understandable teaching

This is my 2nd time to read Kingdom Come by Sam Storms. The first time was in 2013. I actually enjoyed the book now more than then. Storms has a clear way of explaining eschatological concepts through Scripture. Anybody who really wants to learn about amillennialism should read this book. In fact, anyone who is interested in eschatology, teaching of the end-times, should read this book!
Tim
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and the spirit in which this controversial topic was handled. The author not only presents the Amillennial view but contrasts it with the other views as well. He does so fairly. The author is not making a "slam dunk" case for Amillenialism, rather he presents it as the one most consistent with the clear teachings of Scripture. ...more
Nathan Leopard
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful tour de force that cogently argues for the validity of the Amil position. I was particularly thankful for the humility of Dr. Storms when it comes to particular passages that he still struggles to fully understand (namely 2 Thess. ).
Ryan Reed
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an exhaustive dive into biblical eschatology. Storms offers probably the best polemic look at premillennialism and the amillennial alternative. This book will be the standard for years to come.

It’s not a book to be........left behind.... (I’ll see myself out)
Reuben Rhodes
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Easily the most comprehensive book on the end times I’ve ever worked with. He presents not only the main passages in question, but directly handles the whole dispensational structure, including their handling of Israel. This is much more a scholarly work.
Nate Weis
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a lot of stuff on eschatology, and this might just be my favorite on the subject.
Mathew Reames
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best introductions to Amillenial Eschatology. It is a thick book, but easy to follow and understand.
Lebenator
Nov 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
0.5 on weight. 0.5 on logic. 1 on style. 2 on research. 0 on affections. 4 out of 10 or 2 stars. This book has several problems.
1. It is badly organized. Before dealing with any of his proof texts or argument of Amillennialism, he gives a history of and attempts refutation of Dispensationalism. He goes like this for the first five chapters, before finally dealing with Covenant Theology in chapter 6. (I think if someone could give solid reasoning for Covenant Theology, it would go a long way to
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Amanda Tranmer
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have spent pretty much my whole life under dispensational premillennial teaching. All the little holes have been there for me for quite some time. I've stuck my fingers in them here and there. This book tears them open.

Let me first say how important I think it is that the body of Christ not lay down and die on this hill. Our God writes good stories and this one isn't yet finished from where we stand. There is a reason that we can't all agree on what it going to happen. "No eye has seen no ear
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Josh Davis
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thorough. That is the word that first comes to mind when I think of this book. Storms has provided a wealth of information on the Bible's portrayal of the end times. He does a fantastic job of engaging all of the evidence and viewpoints. The book covers every significant Bible passage (and some less significant ones) that addresses the end times, including Old Testament prophecies from Daniel, Jesus' Olivet Discourse, Paul's writings on the salvation of Israel and the man of lawlessness, John's ...more
Dylan Brady
May 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
“We must not allow a singular apocalyptic tail to wag the entire epistolary dog.”

Took me 7 (literal not symbolic) months to finally get round to finishing this! It's hard work due to its length, depth and its meticulousness.

However, having reached the end, it has most definitely been worth it.

Sam Storms writes in a way which is equally winsome, thorough, scholarly, humble, honest. You trust him as he makes his points because he always clearly explains his reasoning. Always referring back to th
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John Eldreth
Oct 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Argument for KISS Eschatology

I highly recommend this book as an antidote to the complex and convoluted logic of premillennialism especially the dispensational variety. Dr Storms refutes seemingly every conceivable objection to the amillennial position. I found it refreshing to have the plain teaching of the majority of the New Testament regarding the One return of JesusChrist establishing the eternal state confirmed. This is in contrast to the hopelessly complex premillennial position derive
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Sam has spent 39 years in ministry as a pastor, professor and author. He was visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College from 2000-2004, and 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 (
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“On this view, then, Paul envisions an eschatological, end-of-time Antichrist, a man characterized by sin and destruction who will assume a place of influence and authority within the professing Church from which he will persecute God’s people and foment a spiritual apostasy (cf. Matt. 7:21-23; 2 Tim. 1:15; Rev. 3:1; 11:7-13; 20:7-10), all of which must come to pass before the Lord Jesus can return in fullness.” 0 likes
“But we must never read such promises, or anything in the Old Testament, as if Jesus had not come and the New Testament had not been written.” 0 likes
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