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Mar 6 08 8:21 AM
Loraine Boettner, in "The Millennium," (pp. 109-112) gives
Berkhof's assessment as:
Some premillennialists have spoken of Amillennialism as a new view and as one of the most recent novelties, but this is certainly not in accord with the
testimony of history. The name is new indeed, but the view to which it is applied is as old as Christianity. It had at least as many advocates as Chiliasm
among the Church Fathers of the second and third centuries, supposed to be the hey day of Chiliasm. It has ever since been the view most widely accepted, is
the only view that is either expressed or implied in the great historical Confessions of the Church, and has always been the prevalent view od Reformed
circles" (Systematic Theology, p. 708).
John Walvoord, a Premillennialist and editor of the magazine Bibliotheca Sacra, acknowledges that,
"Reformed eschatology has been predominately amillennial. Most if not all of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation were amillennial in their
eschatology, following the teachings of Augustine" (Issue of Jan.-March, 1951).
Boettner goes forth and states that in Augustine there are evidences of Post and Amil …
and later gets into the Dutch view saying, "Amillenialism has been most fully developed by the Dutch theologians Drs. Abraham Kuyper, Hermann Bavinck, and
others. On the continent of Europe even to this present day it can justly be called the "Standard Reformed and Lutheran theology." … "At the
present time Amillennialism is the official view of the conservative Missouri Synod Lutheran church …" and "It is also the view of the equally
conservative Christian Reformed Church … and by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church."
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