neopanmillenniallistic eschatology

Big words huh? I kinda made the first one up, or at least modified real words for my own purpose (at least I’m honest). It comes from a conversation I had with a few guys a couple of weeks ago and then a post on Don Miller’s blog the other day… in the post I’m thinking about, he wondered how personality impacts one’s theology, it is an intriguing thought.
The post made me think about the most recent rise in emphasis on pre-trib, pre-mill theology and the sometimes accompanying emphasis on the importance of the state of Israel. (I say most recent rise because it really is nothing new in church history to see a rise in this type of thinking. It has been particularly busy in the last couple of hundred years with the rise of Zionism and the founding of the modern state of Israel)
Anyway, several of us were talking about this stuff and I said I was a panmillenialist and one of the group responded and we were laughing and one of our group asked, “what is panmillennialism?” So I told him, and we all had a great laugh. See, a pan-millennialist is one who listens to all the other views (they being: a-, pre-, post and the all the subcategories) and says “well, I just believe it will all pan out in the end.” Get it? Pan out… In the END… Oh well, it is humorous sometimes.
So, that conversation has come up a couple of times in conversations and I’ve thought about it a bit and realized that I really am a neopanmillennialist. The neo has to do with the fact that I have so often seen this branch of theology create such division in the church that I decided a long time ago that my own (supposedly ancient) pre-trib views needed to take a back seat to unity in the Kingdom.
Its not that I don’t have a view (like I said, I’m pre-trib, which is a pre-mill view), its just that I’m okay with not making a big deal about it, and even the realization that I may learn from God that I didn’t have my eschatology quite right. And that now, the main thing really is about the Kingdom and extending it in unity with those who may not agree with my view.
But, I am convinced that it will indeed pan out in the end!

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