15 January 2016

Review: Making Sense of the Millennium - Douglas Wilkinson

Making Sense of the Millennium Making Sense of the Millennium by Douglas Wilkinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was unfamiliar with this author when I began, but little by little started thoroughly enjoying his writing style and pace. The book deals with a LOT more than just the Millennium, so the title can be a bit deceptive. I thought it was going to be millennial heavy, but it was not, it was a concise look at eschatology as a whole, focusing particularly on historic beliefs by Amillenialist and Premillennialists, comparing their views, and weeding out many of their illogical issues.

I love the way he slowly builds and builds upon topics relating to and leading up to the ideas of the millennium, as it lays a very well-laid foundation before he turns to dealing with the logical millennial conclusion in the latter section.

A good amount of time is spent on grasping a proper understanding of the "day of the Lord" and what it means in Scripture. This is such a key point that is so often misunderstood these days, so this is an excellent section for sure. He then deals with the issue of resurrection, but never really crossing over into the in-depth arguments that scholars have on the topic; he sticks more with the issue of its time in the flow of events in general.

He then moves on to comparing Daniel 7 and Revelation 20, to show their parallelisms. I love these types of comparisons, and this section was a delight to read as he unfolds things before moving into the next chapter where he actually deals with the millennium. He pulls from a wealth of information from the scattered theories and thoughts presented throughout church history and into modern day scholarship to bring about some coherency.

Following that he moves right into an examination of the "new heavens and new Earth" - another often misunderstood concept to Bible Readers. He does a parallel comparison of the three mentions of this term in the Scriptures (Isaiah, 2 Peter and Revelation) to show how they align and speak of the same thing - which is NOT what most pulpits profess it to mean these days. This was another favorite section because of the comparison of the texts as well as the commentary provided on sections of Isaiah.

The book closes by returning to a look at the Amillennial and Premillenial issues in light of the conclusions presented throughout the book. Overall a very good, easy-to-understand walk through the Bible that leads one to a better understanding of a fulfilled understanding on this topic.

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