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WHAT IS AMILLENIALISM?

NOV 15

Revelation 20:1-6
Memorise Psalm 119:18

“…received the word with all readiness of mind, and received the Scriptures daily…”

WHAT IS AMILLENIALISM?

One of the main ideas of Amillennialism is the belief that the ‘thousand years’ as described in Revelation 20 is a symbolic description of the present Church Age. According to this interpretation, we are presently in the midst of this period. This is different from those who hold to the Premillenial belief that the 1,000 years reign of Christ has not begun and will only happen after the 2nd Coming of Christ. The Amillennial position is held by most Lutheran, Anglican and Methodists churches, as well as the Roman Catholic Church. One may ask that if the Amillennialists believe that the 1,000 year kingdom began from the Ascension of Christ which occurred more than 2,000 years ago, then shouldn’t this period be over already? Why then do the Amillennialists believe that the Millennial kingdom will only end at the 2nd Coming of Christ? This is due to the interpretation method that Amillennialists use to understand the Bible, known as the allegorical method. Here, Scripture is often made out to be very symbolic. Amillennialists believe that the 1,000 years should not be taken literally, but that it symbolically denotes a long period of time! The Allegorical Method is dangerous because it puts extra meaning to God’s Word beyond what is plainly said in Scripture. It is very easy to end in error with this method. This is also the method used by the Roman Catholics to interpret Scripture, and we all know how far gone the RC church has become in their wrong understanding of God’s Word. The Allegorical method is wrong and we reject it.

In order to rightly interpret Scripture, we must come from a position that simply takes God at His Word. When the simple and clear meaning makes good sense, then we should seek no other sense. When there are portions of Scripture that we find difficult to interpret or understand, we must seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to open our eyes that we may behold the wondrous things out of the law (Psalm 119:18). The Bible clearly speaks of a thousand year period in the future, and is mentioned no less than 6 times in Revelation 20:1-7. This is a wonderful promise that God has given to both us and the Jews, that we can all look forward to. Dear teen, are you looking forward to the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Thought: Have you ever tried interpreting Scripture on your own?
Prayer: Father, how love I Thy law. Please help me to understand it correctly.