It is hard to get rid of old ideas that have been ingrained into your mind. Some of the ideas that you might have about, well, anything could have been established a long time ago from your parents or church or whatever. At this moment I feel like God is using people of a differing opinion to change my outlook on our present day and the future.
I hold to an Amillennial position of eschatology. Most of you know that the “A” that goes before the word millennial refers to “no” millennium. This is not really the case for this position nor is it fair to say they do not believe in some sort of millennial age. Amils believe that we are in the millennial age at this moment, so it would be more accurate to say a “realized” millennium. However, there is a position that would agree on many things with these Amil folks. The position I am thinking about is called Postmillennialism.
What is fascinating about the contrast between the two positions is the idea of pessimism and optimism. The Amil position tends to be known as the pessimistic view while the Postmil position is radically more optimistic. You could suggest that it’s an “eschatology of hope”. They see the Gospel being proclaimed and the enemies of Christ being subdued over time.
This not only intrigues my intellect but hits me at the heart. I want to see Christ proclaimed to the nations and all confess Him as their savior. Yet, I am still wondering how some things might fall into place. How does this fit into the ideas portrayed in Matthew 24 or Revelation where many will persecute Christians? This will involve study, prayer, and true intellectual consideration.
However, I do know this: Christ rules now! Christ is King now!
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2)