Book Review: “Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative” by Sam Storms

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.

Available from the publisher here.

Available from Amazon here.

Visit Sam Storms online here.

Watch This: Why Are You Where You Are in Your End Times Beliefs? by Dr. Michael Heiser


The end times are a hot topic in terms of both its popularity in Christianity and the friction it can cause between believers who hold different viewpoints. If you’re like me and have been around Christianity for long you’ve likely had just the experience Dr. Michael Heiser describes when he says “You can go buy a book [on the end times], someone will present it canned to you. It’ll look beautiful. It’ll answer every question you have. Until you pick up the next one.”

In the series Why Are You Where You Are in Your End Times Beliefs? Dr. Michael Heiser aims to help Christians understand not just what the various end times positions are–pre-tribulation, post-tribulation, pre-millenial, amillennial, etc–but also get underneath those viewpoints to the different Biblical texts, assumptions, presuppositions, and “guesses” that lead to them.  “[People] just think that they flip open their Bibles and–pop–out comes their eschatology.” But, Heiser says, “That is just not the case. You only think that because you’ve read a book or you’ve read a novel. And you just think that it’s that self evident. It’s not, there is a lot you are not being told.”

Heiser’s goal in this series is to pull the curtain back on those bits that are not so self evident and help us understand both our own and others end times views better. “You have to make choices [in Biblical interpretation], and that’s the point of my prophecy sessions. Just showing people, I don’t really care what position you take, but showing you why you take those positions. You know, what goes into them. ”

If you’re interested in a better understanding the roots of your own (and others) views of the end times I recommend you watch this series.

Session 1 – The Kingdom of God

The first session gives a general overview of the various end times position then gets into issues that influence one’s understanding of the Kingdom of God and the Millennium. He looks at many questions including:

  • Is there a present or future Kingdom on Earth?
  • Does the 2nd coming of Christ result in an earthly reign of Jesus for 1000 years?
  • Did Israel ever possess all of the promised land? Is there yet a future promise for the land?
  • Will a literal temple be rebuilt in the future?

Session 2 – Split or Join?

In session two Dr. Heiser addresses how those who come to different conclusions about the timing of Christ’s return tend to either join or harmonize all the verses addressing the second coming (resulting in a single return) or split those verses (resulting in a rapture then a later second coming). The final third of the class is discussing three different views of imminence in regard to the return of Christ: Jesus could return any moment, Jesus will return soon, Jesus will return unexpectedly.

Session 3 – The 70 Weeks of Daniel

The third session addresses the 70 weeks of Daniel from Daniel 9. Questions covered include:

  • How should the 70 weeks be interpreted as periods of time?
  • Is Daniel 9:24 about Jesus’ death or the end of the exile?
  • Does the 70th week equal the 7 year tribulation?

Session 4 – Rapture Timing, Q&A

In the fourth class Dr. Heiser brings the material from the previous sessions together and recaps the various major end times positions and their presuppositions. He addresses several questions including:

  • Is the church removed prior to God’s wrath?
  • Is the church absent in Revelation 4-18?
  • Is the book of Revelation linear?

Though he has, for the most part, avoided giving his personal positions, Dr. Heiser closes out the series sharing his list of strong suspicions, points of uncertainty, and “no prayer of being right” about eschatology.

Is an implanted microchip the mark of the Beast?

Mark-of-the-BeastI’ve been seeing a lot of fear mongering lately on social media in regard to microchip implants as the Biblical mark of the Beast. I agree with Hank Hanegraff that a microchip under your skin is in and of itself nothing to worry about:

Finally, the mark of the Beast is not something that can be taken inadvertently. It is the intentional denial in thought, word, and deed of the lordship of Jesus Christ. Thus, rather than fearfully avoiding microchip technology, we should with fear and trembling resist the temptation to be conformed to the evil systems of this world. Instead, we must boldly accept the mark of the Lamb by offering our bodies as living sacrifices and by being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12).

While I’m sure there are privacy and health implications, just having an implant under your skin has no effect on your status before God. As long as whoever is implanting the chip doesn’t require you to swear allegiance to someone other than Jesus, if the benefits of having an implant seem good to you then I say go for it.

Lifeway End Times Beliefs Survey

Yesterday Christianity Today shared the results of Lifeway’s survey of 1000 Protestant senior pastors in regard to their end times beliefs.  They say:

A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured—or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus—as the end times begin. About half think a false messiah known as the Antichrist will appear sometime in the future. A surprising number think the Antichrist has already been here, or isn’t on his way at all.

They sum up the various views on the rapture:

End Times Survey

And views on the Antichrist:


I’m curious how this compares with the views of senior pastors 20-30 years ago. Has there been a significant shift in end times views?

Many more details found in the full article: Sorry, ‘Left Behind’: Only One-Third of Pastors Share Your End Times Theology

Randy Alcorn on Heaven and the New Earth

In my opinion you’d be better off spending an hour with this video from Randy Acorn on Heaven/the New Earth than many hours with the “I died and came back from Heaven” books/movies. He examines many questions from a Biblical perspective including:

  • Should we call the New Earth Heaven?
  • What & Where is Heaven?
  • Is there time in Heaven?
  • Do we forget this life after we die?
  • Will we have a physical body after the resurrection?