An Evening of Eschatology

John Piper hosted a very exciting roundtable discussion with three of his friends looking at some issues of eschatology.  Those friends are Doug Wilson, Sam Storms, and Jim Hamilton, and each one represents one of three escatalogical viewpoints: Postmillenialism, Amillenialism and Premillenialism respectively.

This discussion will stretch your mind, if you are not familiar with the variety of millenial views.   Far from being a discouraging discussion, this is a very helpful and encouraging discussion, and shed light on the views that I personally do not hold.  We should be willing to delve into these deep waters rather than to avoid them due to the confusion that surrounds them.

An Evening of Eschatology >>>

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Eschatology: Wayne Grudems Systematic Theology Lectures

As Wayne wraps up his 5 year long series of lectures going through his excellent Systematic Theology, he looks at the varying views of the millennium, final judgment, hell, and the new heavens and new earth.

Wayne spends  little time on the Post-millennial view because it’s based on very few and very weak proof-texts.  Amillennalism takes more time since this is a very popular view in many reformed circles.  There is also a helpful discussion on Preterism and Dispensationalism. Wayne spends on entire message looking at premillennialism, which is the view he holds.

Final judgement and eternal punishment take up another lecture, followed by a look at the New Heavens and the New Earth.

Christian Essentials >>>

Why Every Calvinist should be a Premillenialist: Revisited

Without a doubt, one of the most talked about, blogged about messages in the past two years was given by John MacArthur at the 2007 Shepherd’s Conference. Maybe you remember it.

When I wrote a post about this message I fielded numerous comments that attempted to begin a heated debate within my comment section. No other post has generated such a strong interest in debate. None of these comments were published because FBH is not designed to be a forum for debate.

Two years later, that original post continues to be the second most trafficked post on this site to this day, and as I listen to many interviews and discussions, others continue to reference MacArthur’s message, both for good and for ill.

My intent in bringing attention to this message again is not to stir up controversy, or to assert my posture for or against. In the foment following the Shepherd’s conference there were an abundance of scathing attacks against MacArthur by people who did not hear the message and would not pay the $3 to download it.

The Shepherd Conference message is still available for a fee. However, now that the MacArthur vaults at Grace to You are open for free, you can download MacArthur’s 3 Sunday sermons by a less-than-insinuating title that developed into the Shepherd’s Conference message. So if you missed the Shepherd’s conference message, you can now listen to a much longer examination of the same subject.

Why Every Calvinist Should be a Premillinialist:

Part 1 >>>

Part 2 >>>

Part 3 >>>

S. Lewis Johnson Eschatology studies

John MacArthur’s recent Shepherd’s conference message has spawned a great deal of controversy in reformed circles. His message ‘Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist’ has easily been the most discussed conference session this year. On this blog it is the most visited and commented post, though I don’t post debates on this site. In light of the interest in this subject, here are a series of sermons I think may be helpful for those wrestling with the premillennial position.

S. Lewis Johnson provides an intelligent and thorough series on premillennial eschatology in 37 messages. He begins the series with 5 messages examining the amillennial, postmillennial and premillennial perspectives. The next 14 messages examine the Biblical covenants in great expositional detail. The remaining 16 messages detail the Second Coming, the Tribulation, the Kingdom age, and the Final Judgment. S. Lewis Johnson is well known for his careful exegetical handling of the Word of God.

S. Lewis Johnson’s series on Eschatology at Believers’ Chapel>>>

S. Lewis Johnson on the Millennium

In his series on Eschatology, S. Lewis Johnson analysizes and explains the variety of perspectives on the Millennium.  If you’ve never had a clear understanding of the differences between premillennial, amillennial and post millennial views, these sermons will help you gain clarity.

Systems of Eschatology: The Post millennial System
Systems of Eschatology: The Amillennial System I
Systems of Eschatology: The Amillennial System II
The Biblical Analysis of Amillennialism
The Premillennial System
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

MacArthur: Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Premillennialist

John MacArthur’s first message at the Shepherds’ Conference set off shock waves throughout the reformed evangelical church by upholding Premillennialism as being the only consistent position for any person who holds to the doctrine of sovereign electing grace. He even went so far as to say that the Amillennial position is more consistent with Arminianism than it is with Calvinism. Before you criticize him, or allow some blogs to sway your opinion, listen to his message before leveling or expressing judgment. There are a great deal of important issues raised for the Amill camp to consider, and they are very relevant in spite of what many bloggers are saying.

In the spirit of MacArthur’s intent, to cause the church to re-examine it’s eschatology, I will be posting links to audio messages that may be of help to the Berean believer who desires to exam these things to see if they are so.

First, listen to MacArthur’s message for yourself. MacArthur also answers questions at the very beginning of the Q&A (General Session #5). So purchase General Sessions #1 and #5.

2007 Shepherds Conference>>>

Pulpit Magazine is currently doing a series answering key objections in End Times Q&A here>>>

MacArthur also delved significantly into this topic at the 2005 Shepherd’s Conference Q&A session, General Session 10.

I have also made 2 previous posts in light of MacArthur’s message:

Arnold Fruchtenbaum on Prophecy as it Relates to Israel, the Second Coming and the Arab States

Dwight Pentecost on Premillenial Prophecy

Arnold Fruchtenbaum on Prophecy as it relates of Israel, the Second Coming, and the Arab States

Arnold Fruchtenbaum is a Jewish Christian who has written many theological books from an informed Jewish perspective, particularly focusing on prophecy.  He has written the meaty books ‘Israelology: The Missing Link in Systematic Theology’ , ‘ The Footsteps of the Messiah: A Study in the Sequence of Prophetic Events,’ and ‘Messianic Christology’.  In case you haven’t figured it out from the book titles, Fruchtenbaum is premil.

These audio messages were delivered by Fruchtenbaum in English, but translated into German in tandem, which gets old quick. But the material is worth the attention you must give to it.

The Modern State of Israel in Bible Prophecy
The Basis of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The Arab States in Prophecy 01
The Arab States in Prophecy 02
Remaining 8 messages of ‘The Arab States in Prophecy ‘ can be found here>>>