Top Reasons for (and Against) Premillennialism

Yesterday during the sermon, I shared why I am still convinced premillennialism is the best understanding of our Christian hope.

Here are what I consider the most persuasive arguments both for and against premillennialism. What would you add to the list? Which of these do you find most or least convincing?

Arguments for Premillennialism:

*The irrevocable nature of the Abrahamic & Davidic Covenants (Gen. 12; 2 Sam. 7)
*Timeline of Daniel’s 70 weeks (Daniel 9:24-27 )
*Consistent Judgment/Restoration Theme of Israel in OT prophets
*Grammatical-Historical Hermeneutics – authorial intent
*Romans 9-11 – Partial hardening of Israel until the fullness of Gentiles come in
*The Church as a “Mystery” previously unrevealed in Scripture (Eph. 3:9-11)
*Kingdom Motif in Scripture – Messiah to reign over this earth in peace and righteousness
*Satan as present ruler of this world – will not be bound until millennium
*Book of Revelation – makes good sense when taken at face value
*Christians spared from God’s wrath – this includes escape from the Great Tribulation (Rom. 8:1; Rev. 3:10)
*The two-phase advent of Christ shows it is possible to have a two-phase parousia (appearance and second coming of Christ)
*Harmonizing all NT passages on kingdom, resurrection, judgment, Christ’s return points to a two-phase return and multiple judgments.
*Bible foresees a period when Messiah and resurrected saints will rule in a world where sin/death still exist (preceding the eternal state) (Isaiah 11)

Arguments against Premillennialism :

(Obviously, I disagree with these points and can offer rebuttals to each. But I’ve have heard many of these arguments and find them at least worth considering.)

*The appeal of a simple eschatological system – one return, one resurrection, one judgment
*All remaining kingdom promises could be fulfilled in the new heavens and new earth
*NT Use of OT – spiritual/typological/Christological fulfillment of OT promises
*”My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36)
*”The Kingdom of God is at hand, in your midst” (Mark 1:15)
*Curse of fig tree represents judgment on Israel (Mark 11:12-14)
*No clear evidence for a rapture
*Church is equated with “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16)
*The Millennium is only mentioned one chapter in the Bible (this one really irks me!)
*Two different “brides” of God/Christ? (Eph. 6)
*Return to Judaism would be a huge step backward
*Dispensationalism is a recent development/aberration in church history