Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternativeby Sam Storms
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The second coming of Christ is a matter of sharp disagreement amongst Christians. Many hold to premillennialism: that Christ's return will be followed by 1,000 years before the final judgement, a belief popularised in the popular Left Behind novels. However, premillennialism is not the only option for Christians. In this important new book, Sam Storms provides a biblical rationale for amillennialism; the belief that 1,000 years mentioned in the book of Revelation is symbolic with the emphasis being the King and his Kingdom.
Summary: I would not put this on the “must read” list for pastors. However, this is not to downgrade the work. It is extremely valuable especially for those still wrestling with their eschatology or who want to understand the Amillenial perspective.
Storms does a superb job on outlining the amillenial, postmillenial, and premillenial perspectives. The book can be difficult to read at times simply for the fact that most pastors are probably not as up on their eschatology as Storms (I know I’m not!). I would also say that it’s not ok to be a “Panmillenial”, you know it will all “pan out” in the end.
The bible teaches us eschatology so we need to know what we believe even if we are continuing to grow in this area. Kingdom Come is a great place to begin, and a great work to read even if you are already settled in a particular “camp”.
Inspiration/Conviction Power: 6.5
Practical Usefulness: 7.25
Best Trait: Thorough!
Worst Trait: It’s like drinking from a fire hydrant at times.
I gave the “Inspiration/Conviction” section only a 6.5 but this is because the book isn’t written to “convict” you so to speak but it is written to challenge your thinking. Storms also shows why holding to a certain eschatological position affects your stance on the here and now. What we believe about the “end times” matters. However, he also shows us that while eschatology is important, it’s not the gospel. We can be fellow church members but disagree on our eschatology.
Ultimately, I whole heartily agree with G.K. Beale’s assessment: “Even those who may disagree with Storms’ amillenial approach will definitely benefit from his book.”
A final warning: This book is 559 pages. It ain’t your vacation reader. It takes some thought to read, but it’s worth it. You’ll be glad you picked this one up.