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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2010, p. 226. The Postmillennial Interpretation of Revelation 20 (cont.) The Loosing of Satan Just as Satan has been bound by the exalted Jesus Christ at the beginning of the millennium, so he will be loosed by Christ at the end of the millennium. The loosing of Satan is taught in verse seven of Revelation 20: “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.” In harmony with the truth that the binding of Satan refers to Christ’s preventing Satan from deceiving the nations during the period of the thousand...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor emeritus of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: February 1, 2010, p. 198. The Postmillennial Interpretation of Revelation 20 The interpretation of Revelation 20, the one passage in Holy Scripture that mentions the millennium, or thousand-year period, is basic to the right understanding of the millennium and, indeed, of the truth of the last things generally. The explanation of the passage by Reformed amillennialism appeared earlier in this treatment of the biblical doctrine of the last things.¹ Here I sketch the interpretation of the passage by the leading...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2009, p. 136. Postmillennialism in the Reformed Tradition (cont.) Contemporary advocates of postmillennialism in Reformed and Presbyterian churches, particularly the disciples of the Puritans and the Christian Reconstructionists, can appeal to a prominent, powerful strand of the Reformed tradition in support of their doctrine of the last things. Unlike premillennial dispensationalism, the other important challenge to Reformed amillennialism, postmillennialism must be taken seriously by the Reformed church in the twenty-first century. Edwards and the Puritans In the preceding installment in this series on the doctrine of the last things, I quoted Jonathan Edwards’...

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