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If you would like to ask a question about Reformed amillennialism, ask it here.

If the question is relevant to readers of the Riddleblog, or has not already been answered, I'll get to it when I can.  I try to answer one of these a week, so, obviously, I cannot get to all of them.

Please be sure to read through previously answered questions first.  I may have already tackled it!

Questions and answers are archived in the "Answers to Questions About Eschatology" section.

Thank you very much for your ministry and help. I was interested in knowing your response to this different opinion on the meaning of Daniel 9:24-27 from CH Leupold (you can read it here I know you are pretty busy but I would appreciate you let me know when you find the time. Thank you.
September 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan
Dr. Riddlebarger,
My question may sound crazy, cooky, or a perhaps odd. But I was wondering if the following could be a possibility. Satan was bound at the Cross of Christ, and his binding specifically refers to his deception of the nations. DP's see the millennium as a literal 1000 years. Could it possibly be that Satan was bound a literal 1000 years? Or that he has been released already? I ask this because there seems to be so much deception. For example, I look at the rise of Islam. Or all the strange (false) teachings that came out in the 1800's (humanism, marxism, darwinism, etc.), and I see a lot of deception going on, and it seems to be growing. So could Satan now, currently, be unbound and once again deceiving the nations? Thank you for any answer/clarity you can give.
March 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKen
Hello Kim - I have listened to all of your amillenial tapes and they are excellent. Quick question - where is the Kingdom once Christ returns, resurrects, judges and establishes the new heavens and the new earth? I am not clear on your position. The whole cosmos is made qualitatively new, but where are we located (in Heaven or on earth) when we serve God in eternity? Thank you!

February 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
Kim, I'd really like to know your thoughts on Jonathan Leeman's article which pits Two Kingdoms theory against Two Ages. Not after a complete analysis, but a sentence or two. Thanks & God bless!
August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTerry
Dr. Riddlebarger,

Molinism came up in an discussion. I can see its implications within eschatology. Do you have any resources discussing Molinism in relation to the Reformed position? I have searched but haven't found any reputable resources. Thanks!

June 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJared
Hello Rev. Kim,
have you ever considered specifically refuting the Local Church (of Witness Lee and Watchman Nee) eschatology?
They believe in Partial Rapture and Millennial/Kingdom Exclusion. This last one affirms that carnal Christians will be cast into outer darkness for a literal 1000 years do be chastised (disciplined) by God. They also believe the Bema seat of Christ will be punitive.

With my limited knowledge in eschatology, I wrote a refutation to a few elements of the Local Church eschatology. You may read it here:

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNathan
Hi Dr. Riddlebarger,

At the 6th trumpet blast, Rev 9:20 states "The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent...". How does this statement apply to Christians since they are present during this time?

Thanks for your time,

Peter Tobgui.
February 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Tobgui
Dr. Riddlebarger,

I have been drifting towards amillenialism for the last couple of years from a dispensational premillenial background. I love the clarity that it brings to prophecy, but I am having a hard time understanding Zechariah 14 from an amillenial perspective. The chapter fits so nicely into the premil scheme! Any thoughts you could offer on this would be appreciated, or if it's too much time to explain, maybe a commentary suggestion?

Thank you.
September 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I'm listening to a series you did that was published on Monergism. The series is 28 audio sessions on the topic of Amillennialism. At the end of session #7, "The Basic Eschatology of the NT" a woman asked you what do we do now that dispensationalism is not correct? You basically answered that we should long for the Lord's return and get back to proclaiming "maranatha" and yearn for Him to return. I've been focused for somes years on a couple portions of the Scriptures. One from Habakkuk and the other from 2 Peter 3. In Habakkuk 2 we are encouraged to wait for the "vision". Hab 2:3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

Notice the word "hastens"?

In 2 Peter 3:12 we see the word "hastening".

2Pe 3:12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!

My point in dropping a line to you is to make clear what I believe the True Church should be doing these days while we "wait" "waiting" for and HASTENING or speeding up, quickening or hurrying up the RETURN OF THE LORD.

When you look at Revelation 8 you see the introduction of the 8th Angel. What's his job? His job is to mix the prayers of the Saints with the fire of the altar then things on earth change because after the mixing the prayers of the Saints with the fire of the altar the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepare to blow::::>

Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne,
Rev 8:4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
Rev 8:5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
Rev 8:6 Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

Wouldn't it be wise then therefore when a lady asks "what should we do sighing and yearning the Lord's return", maranatha, to encourage us to pray earnestly for the Lord to attack our enemies and cast them down to the earth to be trampled under foot of the Church?:::>

Joh 12:28 Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
Joh 12:29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
Joh 12:30 Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not mine.
Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.
Joh 12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."


Rom 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Just some thoughts that came to me after listening to your answer to the woman's question, what shall we do now?
June 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermichael
What do the 1290 days and 1335 days in Daniel 12:11-12 signify?
May 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJan
Dr. Riddlebarger, do you have any decisive or otherwise binding evidence pertaining to the truth of Reformed Calvinism, because my pastor just doesent understand it? I know that God, according to his divine free will and good pleasure will reveal all things in due time as he so chooses, but I and several others have discussed it with him and he doesent understand. I have argued Gods sovereignty as a case for double predestination (French Confession of Faith: 1559, art. 12), and also the fact that God reveals to man as he so chooses. He doesent reveal theology and doctrine to all men at the same time and rate. He does as he pleases. With Covenant Theology I have shown how Israel did not keep the law and were thereby cursed. Yet when Christ shows up he does what Adam and Israel could not do. He cast the snake out of the heavenly garden. The entire book of Galations is about Christs superiority over the law. We are justified because we are not under the law (Rom. 8:1-3). Christ does what we cannot do. He keeps the law for us and lives a perfect life, which he imparts to us. And he takes our life and our filthy righteousness and bears it on the cross and we are now justified by his death (Rom. 8:33). Satan is bound by the power of the gospel and now those decided nations believe (Acts 1:8). He quoted 2 Peter 3:9, but who is Peter writing to? The elect! Context is essential to understanding.

Perhaps we can only trust that spiritual things are spiritually discerned (2 Cor. 2:14, Gal. 1:12, John 14:26), knowing that God will reveal in due time and as he pleases.
April 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
Dr. Riddlebarger,

I've listened to part of your Amillennialism 101 course, which I have thoroughly enjoyed and gained a tremendous amount of insight from.

While I probably have quite a few questions, I'll simply ask one. In the amillennial view, the binding of Satan, which I know you have said is the big problem of the view, occurred at the first advent. So, in essence, the Kingdom of God and the proclamation of the gospel restrain Satan until the end. I think many of the texts you use to reinforce that position do the job rather well. My question is, if Satan is bound now and has been for roughly the past 2,000 years, what did the havoc of Satan's "freedom" look like prior to the inauguration of the Kingdom when Jesus stepped onto the scene.

I hope my question makes sense and that it isn't one that you've already answered elsewhere. I've looked around your blog a little bit, and figured I'd simply ask.

Thanks for your ministry as well, brother.
March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames A
I recently came across John MacArthur saying a person who takes the Mark of the Beast can still be redeemed. I will appreciate Dr. Riddlebarger's comments about this. Here are the links.

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJan Holland
Hi - I am trying to explain the Amill view to my sister in law (we live in the UK), and being a new Christian myself, find it difficult, but I know it certainly makes sense to me! Can you tell me please if there are any video clips of Dr Riddlebarger explaining the end times, as she keeps asking about them, she is a new Christian too, and has been watching some TV programmes which are mainly of the pre mill view, and they aren't sound programmes either, so we are trying to discourage her from watching them.
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClare

If Christ Jesus is reigning on Earth, why pray the Lord's prayer, "Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven?"
October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterM. Carisma
Dear Sir,
I wonder could you recommend any material refuting the dispensational view that a 3rd Temple will be built in Jerusalem at a future date? Thank you
October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMP
Hello, My name is Adam. I am a young Pastor of a small Pentecostal Church in Kokomo, IN. I rejected the idea of a pre-trib rapture long ago and have held to a post-trib, historic pre-millennial view. I have read some of the views on amillennialism and am very impressed and challenged by the material. My question is, while I do believe there is an over emphasis on Israel "the Nation" by some of the dispensationalist, I do see the regathering of Jewish people to the land as significant. It seems as though amillennialists kinda dabble into replacement theology??? Do you have believe in replacement theology?? And if not, what role do you see the jewish people playing in the Last Days?? Just looking for a better understanding of the subject, thank you for your time!
October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam
Dear Pastor Riddlebarger,
I am in posession of a fine book, just recently expanded and published by BakerBooks.
To clarify my understanding , the spirit of antichrist is where an individual or organization take on the prerogatives of God and enforce their view using their power and authority. This has happened from the days of Babalon, through the roman period, through the Pope (as stated in WCF) and right down to today, such as the case of the photographer case in New Mexico. Eventually the climax will be the appearance of the individual Antichrist. and then the final judgement.

have I got it right?

many thanks
September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Hi Dr. Riddlebarger
I have a strange question dealing with how we are to view the two kingdoms in view of eschatology. I have many postmil friends who act like I cant have a view to the gospel transforming a society because I am not postmil and any attempt at me doing this is inconsistent. I do believe that the gospel in some ways transforms a society in that when people are born again they turn from sin, have the Spirit living in them and walk in a different way. When that happens to a majority of people in a society in part that society changes, even if only for a while (Nineveh comes to mind who became wicked again, i think 100 years or so after Jonah?) However, as Christ doesn't return to a saved world this age will never become perfect utopia. We don't strive to change society in any other way but by the gospel of Jesus Christ in the hopes it will regenerate men and restrain sin. Is this view one that you would say IS inconstant with a reformed view of amillennialism

If not, do you have any comments that would help me in dealing with my postmil friends?

If so, can you point to me where I go wrong in the view of two kingdom theology and reformed amillennialism? (im thinking the way Calvin so masterfully described it). They would say that two kingdom theology is part of the reason we are in such a mess (where I would say its the heart of man who unregenerate hates Gods laws and forms laws in opposition to God such as abortion)

Thank you.
August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBurton
If the thousand years is the church age then why does the church age end and satan released for a little while?
Does this mean that people cannot be saved for the brief time when satan is released since it is the end of the church age?
Also revelation states that satan used to Deceive the nations. If the church has been in Existence from the beginning of time why has satan not been bound forever and not just in the interadvental period?
One stated that believers rule with Christ till he returns but this cannot be since the thousand years ends for a brief time.
Are the ruling saints just limited to the martyred?
These questions were brought to me by a premillennialism friend
April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

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