The first question on my mind when someone mentions they’ve read a book like Sam Storms’ Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative is “Did it convince you to become an amillennialist?” In this case, the answer is no, it didn’t convert me to amillennialism. But that shouldn’t be held too strongly against the book, as it is still an important and helpful read regardless of whether it convinces you in regard to amillennialism. In Kingdom Come Storms not only does an excellent job of articulating the amillennial position, he deftly speaks to a range of different topics including Bible interpretation and various eschatological issues.
Kingdom Come is a huge book that touches on many topics including hermeneutics, prophecy in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, premillennialism, the Antichrist, and others. But it circles (sometimes in large circles) around 2 main emphases: dismantling dispensationalism and building up amillennialism. Broadly speaking, popular dispensationalism is a way of understanding scripture, distinguishing itself on two big points: literal Biblical interpretation and the view that God has distinct and different plans for Israel and the Church. Storms spends much of the book explaining, dissecting, and refuting the different aspects of dispensationalism. Storms’ treatment of dispensationalism alone makes Kingdom Come worth reading. It is so thorough and well-presented that I think Storms would be well-served to pull out this material, brush it up, and publish it as a standalone refutation of dispensationalism.
Storms’ other major focus is promoting Amillennialism. Premillennialism holds that the millennium–mentioned explicitly only in Revelation 20–is a literal 1000 year reign of Christ on earth which occurs after His second coming. Amillennialism sees the millennium as “the present age of the Church between the first and second comings of Christ” and, therefore, not a literal 1000 years. Storms’ presentation of amillennialism and the argument for it is deep, wide, and thorough. I find it difficult to imagine another book giving a more full and well-rounded explanation and defense of amillennialism than Kingdom Come does. Unfortunately, while I am completely on board with Storms when it comes to laying aside popular dispensationalism, I just can’t quite follow him all the way into amillennialism. I understand how Storms brings together the eschatological puzzle pieces the way he does, but I still find the premillennial case slightly more compelling.
Regardless of your position on Biblical hermeneutics and eschatology, Kingdom Come is a great read which is likely to challenge your viewpoint and expand your understanding in several important areas.
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