Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative

Kingdom Come The Amillennial Alternative The second coming of Christ is a matter of sharp disagreement amongst Christians Many hold to premillennialism that Christ s return will be followed by years before the final judgement a belief

  • Title: Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative
  • Author: Sam Storms
  • ISBN: 9781781911327
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The second coming of Christ is a matter of sharp disagreement amongst Christians Many hold to premillennialism that Christ s return will be followed by 1,000 years before the final judgement, a belief popularised in the popular Left Behind novels However, premillennialism is not the only option for Christians In this important new book, Sam Storms provides a biblical rThe second coming of Christ is a matter of sharp disagreement amongst Christians Many hold to premillennialism that Christ s return will be followed by 1,000 years before the final judgement, a belief popularised in the popular Left Behind novels However, premillennialism is not the only option for Christians In this important new book, Sam Storms provides a biblical rationale for amillennialism the belief that 1,000 years mentioned in the book of Revelation is symbolic with the emphasis being the King and his Kingdom.

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    1. 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 t [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. First, I attribute Storm's repetition to his recapitulation view of the tribulation. Because of this I am able to turn a blind eye to his consistent use of the exact same sentence up to three times on a single page and his constant "as I said earlier" comments to call the reader to remembrance of a statement made just a few pages prior.Second, his chapter on dispensationalism is a terrible straw man. Storms simply proves Left Behind dispensationalism to have many problems, he addresses progressi [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. I have a feeling that for quite some time this will become the standard book for Amillenialism. Not only does Storms cover it well and in detail, but he also spends a great deal of time on premillenialism, his former belief, and why he made the move. If you're trying to understand the position better (for whatever reason), this book is a great start!

    11. One of the best introductions to Amillenial Eschatology. It is a thick book, but easy to follow and understand.

    12. Read my whole review here: spoiledmilks.wordpress/20Amillennialism (referred to here as “Amill-“) has been around since the early stages of Christianity, but is becoming more popular due to the works of guys like G.K. Beale, Johnson, Kim Riddlebarger, and Sam Storms (to name a few). So what’s in this book? What is “The Amillennial Alternative”?There are 17 chapters total, but various topics covered are a definition of Dispensationalism, the Disp- view of Daniel 9, Problems with Premill [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. Wow, I thought that Sam did a great job laying the biblical basis for Amillennialism. Definitely learned a lot of things from brother Sam and I will need to revisit few things.Eschatology for a long time wasn't something I was interested in mainly because of the sense of people (prophecy geeks?) trying to tie current events with biblical prophecy and end times, so for a long time I stayed away from it. Until some 2 months ago when I came across a video on YouTube titled "Amillennialism: the king [...]

    15. A cumulative case for the Amillenial view. I was persuaded most by the hermeneutics of the view. Highly academic, but completely thorough.

    16. Storms' transparency and honesty regarding his own struggles with prophetic interpretation increase the value of this book. At several points, for example, he admits his attraction to other eschatological views, especially postmillennialism and preterism. I would not at all be surprised if he changes positions and embraces a more optimistic view of the kingdom of God in history. He says, for example: "As an amillennialist, I must admit that the textual support cited in defense of postmillenniali [...]

    17. I would describe this book more as a critique of pre-millennialism and dispensationalism, and a good one too. In fact, it is because of this, that I would describe amillennialism as being a negative eschatology. Not negative in an emotional sense (although that could be said too), but rather negative in the sense that amillennialism appears to be that which the other positions are not. The other two main positions (pre-millennialism and post-millennialism) are positive in their assertions as to [...]

    18. This is a 600 page book presenting the various facets of the Amillennial position of eschatology. Sam Storms does a fine job presenting a case for Amillennialism. This book reminded me of how often people wrongly caricature those they theologically disagree with. I had always heard that Amillennialists only build their case on an allegorization of Scripture. But Storms helped me to understand that the strongest arguments in favor of Amillennialism are from literal readings of passages like Rom. [...]

    19. Pre-millellennialism, especially the Dispensational sort is really all that is discussed today. So, it is my opinion that this book is a much needed resource. And I believe that Sam Storms has done a very good job of stating why this is actually a very biblical way of viewing the Millennium.Storms discusses the many problems with the Dispensational view of Scripture. Interestingly, he is a graduate from one of the most well known Dispensational Seminaries. So, his education, in part came from th [...]

    20. Storms is one of the most persuasive theologians I've read. Being intrigued by the question of the millennium, I explored this work with an open mind. I left being solidly moved to Storms' position. He is readable and accessible, while still present an argument of substance. The first chapter alone is worth the purchase, in which Storms goes through what a good eschatological hermeneutic looks like. To me, it is a set of principles any millenialist can agree on, though he uses it to argue his po [...]

    21. Okay, so I did not read every one of the 559 pages of this tome, but I did read most of them and went back over some more than once. The best part of this book for me was the two chapters on the Olivet discourse of Jesus (Matthew 24). His insistence on trying to discern what Jesus original audience would have understood by his words rather than coming at it with pre-existing dispensational categories had a way of clearing the air. The author has done a masterful job in exploring every nook and c [...]

    22. Pretty comprehensive case for amillennialism. In particular, Storms refutes dispensational premillennialism. This is helpful since it is the most popular eschatological view and represents Storms' own climb out of that theology. His opening chapters are excellent in how we read scripture. The middle got rather slow for me. His handling is Revelation was excellent. I wish he would have spent more time and thought saying how some interpretations refute postmillennialism as well or at least interac [...]

    23. Excellent amil defence (probably the best) on many fronts. The author used to be from a dispensationalist background (Dallas Seminary) so he knows how to bring the subject to the general evangelical audience (which is mostly dispensationalist without even realizing it).The author exegesis is solid and convincing, particularly on Romans 11. This book is highly readable, solid in its construction, has many footnotes.If I may add a suggestion for a revision of this book, I would suggest that the au [...]

    24. Extremely well researched and very carefully thought out. Storms failed to convince me to embrace Amillennialism, but this book was an excellent "iron sharpens iron" read.

    25. A very careful and structured introduction to and argumentation for Amillennialism. Storms by no means represents every Amillennialist, and some will be surprised with his exegesis, but he lays out his view well so that even disagreement can be informed disagreement. He is a little repetitive and redundant at times, though perhaps this is because Storms is aware that his views may be so surprising they are missed on first reading. Lastly, I felt his portrayal of Dispensationalism (his main sparr [...]

    26. This is not an easy read but it is worth the time and effort! Storms challenges the popular "Christian" view of the end times (Think Left Behind Series) and demonstrates how it cannot fit the teaching of Scripture. He also presents his own beliefs as an alternative. This book this thoroughly researched and well written. While I don't agree with everything in the book, it has certainly challenged my thinking and forced me to see things in a new way. I highly recommend it, even if you don't agree [...]

    27. Books on end times studies are numerous, but one thing that makes Storms’ effort stand out is his upbringing and education as a premillennialist. Through further reading and subsequent study, Storms became convinced of the amillennial viewpoint. This book is a thorough and cohesive explanation of what amillenialism is and how, in Storms’ estimation, Scripture testifies to it. Though his tone borders on condescending at times, his argument is strong and worthy of careful, deliberate considera [...]

    28. Really glad I read this book. For me, it's a piece of a greater conversation that requires response now. This book is accessible for the average reader interested in eschatology, and what I particularly enjoyed was his clarity in explaining the amillenial perspective. As one who does not hold to the amillenial reading of Scripture I was eager to read this book to get an understanding from a leading evangelical scholar on the issue at hand and am thankful I did. I have more study and research to [...]

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