The second view of the Book of Revelation is known as Postmillennialism and those that adhere to this end-time perspective are known as Postmillennialists. Postmillennialists believe that “Jesus will return to Earth after (post) a millennium when the overwhelming majority of people throughout the world embrace the Gospel” (Jones, 2010). Furthermore, Postmillennialists believe that although the millennium will affect the Earth, Jesus will not be physically ruling and reigning on the planet during the millennial kingdom. Rather, He will rule “from the heavens through the proclamation and acceptance of the Gospel” (Jones, 2010). The implications, similar to the Amillennialism perception, advocate a spiritual reign over an undefined time period in a world that increasingly gets better and is empowered primarily by the Word of God.
Again, Postmillennialists (as do Amillennialists) reject a literal interpretation of Scripture which details end-time events, illustrated in the Book of Revelation, as becoming progressively horrific. Indeed, Paul Enns, in the Moody Handbook of Theology, states that the world will be a dreadful place in the future described in Revelation Chapters 6-18 during the Tribulation and that in “2 Timothy 3:1-7, the Apostle Paul describes the last days as terrible times” (Houdmann, 2013). Thus, Postmillennialism dismisses unfulfilled prophecy by denying hundreds of prophecies that have already been literally fulfilled and are presently being fulfilled plainly throughout the Bible. Since these divine predictions cannot be refuted, Enns continues by declaring that “Postmillennialism fails in that it interprets Bible Prophecy subjectively and holds that the Millennial Kingdom will be established by the Church and not by Jesus Christ Himself [as Scripture teaches]” (Houdmann, 2013)! Read more of Paul Enns fascinating exposition at http://www.gotquestions.org/postmillennialism.html
As I have said before and will continue to say and write that, for these reasons and more, we must take God at His Word (literally) and all the more as we patiently wait for Jesus Christ’s Second Coming (more on this in my next article on Dispensational Premillennialism)! Friend, when is the last time you actually took God at His Word…Literally? I pray that you will do so today as you turn your life over to Him. In the meantime, stay tuned as the next stop on our journey through the four views of the Book of Revelation will be Dispensational Premillennialism…See you then!!