Here's how to derive the amillennial end-time viewpoint.
End Time Prophecy Leads to Rome | The Kingdom of Israel
Many amillennial systems are based on an allegoricalmethod of interpretation. But my system (which I call "the Kingdom of Israel") is not allegorical at all. A brief overview of the two approaches:
(1) Allegorical — The key words in a passage are given a rather arbitrary symbolic meaning, and this process is often justified by referring to an overarching principle such as, "all Old Testament prophecies speak of Christ and the church."
(2) The Kingdom of Israel — I follow a two-step process (read more):
- First, develop an end-time scenario (a framework) from clear New Testament passages, then
- Fit into this framework (1) the Old Testament passages, and (2) other New Testament passages.
The assumptions I use are:
- In considering the New Testament interpretations of Old Testament passages, we discover that in the new covenant, the Church = Israel.
- In the Old Testament, we note that the promises to Israel were already fulfilled so we don't have to look for a future fulfillment.
- For Old Testament passages, we first determine what the original readers understood the passage to mean, and then apply that meaning to this end-time framework. For example:
- In Old Testament prophecies about Christ, they were looking for a savior,which, in the New Testament, is Christ.
- The blessed future Israel was seeking is either now fulfilled in the blessings to the church or will be fulfilled in the new heavens and new earth.
I'm not addressing:
- Dispensationalism (which I think is just plain wrong)
- Covenant Theology (which has some interesting perspectives but forces an interpretation on the Bible)
- Replacement Theology
Description of Amillennialism
Does Bible Teach Amillennialism?
Literal vs. Allegorical
Promises to Israel
1,000 Years Symbolic?
The Most Obvious Interpretation
Chronicle of the Quest
Teaching Without Distraction