I’m in a state of going back and forth on whether things get better or worse for the Church here on Earth before “the end” (assuming full preterism is not correct and we’re not already past the end, which is a whole different issue).
Post-millennialism sees the future as the golden age of the Church, with the whole world eventually converting to Christianity. I like the optimistic hope that post-millennialism offers, but the whole thing sometimes feels like man’s efforts drive the timing of events, especially those post-millennial reconstructionists who advocate a political/economic/social theonomy as the realization of the Kingdom.
I know that the preferred interpretation is that the expansion of the Church/Kingdom is led by the Holy Spirit not men, but then again, Jesus *did* tell Peter that whatever the church did would also happen in heaven, right?
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19, HCSB)
Amillennialism is the more pessimistic outlook that, despite Christ’s current reign in heaven, the church is headed for general apostasy before Christ returns. Was Jesus correct in saying “will I find any faith on earth when I return?”
Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay [to help] them? I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?” (Luke 18:6-8, HCSB, emphasis mine)
Is the church destined to be a remnant of the elect or the dominant kingdom on Earth? Are we as Christians to be kin to Lot, saved from Sodom by the grace of God, or Abraham, father of the stars in the sky?