Thursday, 14 April 2016
An Eschatology of Victory, by J. Marcellus Kik
This is a reprint of three works advocating Postmillennialism by Reformed theologian and pastor, J. Marcellus Kik. The first is an history of the Reformed Postmillennial position, arguing that it has been as historically dominant among Calvinists as Amillennialism, if not more so. The second is an exposition of Matthew 24, arguing that our Lord's prophecies in that text were all fulfilled in AD 70. The third work provides exegesis of Revelation chapter 20, arguing that this passage is fulfilled in the Church Age, with the reign of the Gospel and the saints conquering the world.
This is a classic exposition of the Postmillennial view. I think I disagree with the author (and most Postmillennialists) in seeing the reign of the martyrs in Revelation 20 as a reign of living saints on Earth. It seems far more natural to read this as the reign of martyred saints in heaven. It is here that I think a Catholic form of Postmillennialism, should it emerge, would make a distinctive contribution in seeing the intercession of the saints as instrumental to the triumph of God's Kingdom rule.