The don't really mean it

Premillennialists are not consistently literal as they claim to be. Shame on them!

After reading this article, Premillennialists will adapt their views in one of 3 ways...

  1. They will stop claiming their view is literal when it is clearly not, or
  2. They will accept my view, a strictly literalmodified form of Amillennialism,or
  3. They will accept standard Amillennialism is based on an allegoricalmethodology of interpretation.

Revelation 20:1-7

Isaiah 65

Ezekiel 39



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Revelation 20:1-7

Revelation 20:1-7 is packed with images. Even though premillennialists claim to interpret the Bible literally, their literalness is very selective; some words and phrases are interpreted literally and others figuratively. This is nowhere more apparent than this passage.

Here is a breakdown of the key phrases and words in this passage and whether premillennialists interpret them figuratively or literally...

Only this one image is interpreted literally...

All the other images are interpreted figuratively (but since premillennialists claim to use literal interpretation, these should be interpreted literally)...

This image is interpreted figuratively by premillennialists, and the text explicitly interprets it this way...

What justification can there be for interpreting the phrase 1,000 yearsliterally when just about everything else in this passage is figurative — and this according to premillennialists themselves?

Isaiah 65

Interpreted figuratively by premillennialists

Interpreting the following lines from Isaiah 65 literally leads to contradictions:

A more consistent interpretation would be that this passage is figurative. It lists things considered to be curse in this world and negates them, and mentions things we would wish for in this world and affirms them.

Ezekiel 39

Premillennialists don't apply the literal method of interpretation to the following passage. It is usually interpreted figuratively with the weapons listed as modern weapons of war.

Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up — the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. (Ezekiel 39:9)


The following passage from Isaiah 9:7 is usually interpreted figuratively by premillennialists:

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. (Isaiah 9:7)

The word forever is usually interpreted to mean until the second coming. But this is not a literal interpretation. In fact, this phrase can't be interpreted literally because:

(1) The phrase "David's throne" is assumed to be a literal, earthy, political throne, and since the world will end some day, the throne (and its power and authority) will also end.

(2) Even the phrase David's throne is figurative since the throne of David ended a long time ago.

(3) Even if we assume that Christ as David's descendant will someday rule, it will not be from David's throne.

(4) And using the word throne to refer to a kingdom very different in character from the kingdom that David ruled is figurative, not literal.


The premillennial viewpoint is not based on a consistently literal method of interpretation, but rather is selectively literal and selectively figurative. But how are we to decide which words and phrases should be interpreted literally and which ones figuratively? There needs to be an overarching principle to provide this answer but there is none.

The standard amillennial viewpoint is consistent in its approach by emphasizing the New Testament writers' interpretations of the Old Testamentand basing other interpretations on these.

My view of modified Amillennialism is strictly literal.