I would rather be pelted by hard-boiled eggs in an ice storm than argue about eschatology (okay, that might be a stretch). Still, arguing end times is frustrating. Yet, I realize that developing a biblical and theologically informed view of the end times is good, healthy, and fruitful for me personally and the church at large. As I have said before, I hold to an Amillennial viewpoint. I have written a paper about my views, and you can read them here.
Bobby Grow (of the Evangelical Calvinist blog) summarizes Amillennialism and I heartily commend these considerations to you. It is probably a coincidence that he lists seven strengths, though perhaps this fact will win over some of my Dispensational brothers and sisters!
- It is highly Christocentric: it makes Christ the center of all the biblical covenants (even the “Land” covenant or Siniatic).
- It notes the universal scope of the Abrahamic Covenant (as key) to interpreting the rest of the biblical covenants.
- It sees salvation history oriented to a person (Christ), instead of a people (the nation of Israel).
- It emphasizes continuity between the “people of God” (Israel and the Church are one in Christ Eph. 2:11ff).
- It provides an ethic that is rooted in creation, and “re-creation” (continuity between God’s redemptive work now, carried over into the eternal state then).
- It emphasizes a Trinitarian view of God as it elevates the “person”, Christ Jesus, the second person of the trinity as the point and mediator of all history.
- It flows from a hermeneutic that takes seriously the literary character of the Scriptures (esp. the book of Revelation).