Saturday, October 10, 2009

Eschatology Forum part 1

Boyce College on September 23rd had a panel discussion on the Tribulation and the Millennium. Dr. Tom Schreiner, Dr. Chad Brand, and Dr. Bruce Ware were the panelists. The one person that may have been the focal point was Dr. Schreiner. It was Dr. Schreiner that went from a person who leaned in the direction of Amillennialism to leaning in the direction of Premillennialism. You may go to the website and listen here. (kuddos to Pastor Paul Veal for supplying the resource)

As one who has gone in the other direction of Dr. Schreiner, I'd like to interact with some of the points and arguments in favor of Pre-Millennialism raised during this panel discussion.

If you take the time to listen to the audio, you will find Dr. Bruce Ware is asked to give a brief overview of the differing positions. His definitions are very helpful except that he falls short. He gives the three positions of Post-Millennialism, A-Millennialism and Pre-Millennialism. However, unless I missed it, he failed to distinguished between the Dispensational Pre-Millennialism and Historic Pre-Millennialism.

This get-together among Pre-Millennialists assumed some kind of Dispensationalism that I think caused some problems for Dr. Schreiner when he tried to explain that he isn't in their camp just because he leans to the Pre-Mill side of things. Which I also think caused some of this conversation to end up being men who talked past each other while using the same language.

Nevertheless, each of these men made some very interesting points about the nature of prophecy that reflect how we approach the text is absolutely key.

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