Inspiration/Conviction Power: 6.5
Practical Usefulness: 7.25
Best Trait: Thorough!
Worst Trait: It’s like drinking from a fire hydrant at times.
Summary: I would not put this on the “must read” list for pastors. However, this is not to downgrade the work. It is extremely valuable especially for those still wrestling with their eschatology or who want to understand the Amillenial perspective. Storms does a superb job on outlining the amillenial, postmillenial, and premillenial perspectives. The book can be difficult to read at times simply for the fact that most pastors are probably not as up on their eschatology as Storms (I know I’m not!). I would also say that it’s not ok to be a “Panmillenial”, you know it will all “pan out” in the end. The bible teaches us eschatology so we need to know what we believe even if we are continuing to grow in this area. Kingdom Come is a great place to begin, and a great work to read even if you are already settled in a particular “camp”.
I gave the “Inspiration/Conviction” section only a 6.5 but this is because the book isn’t written to “convict” you so to speak but it is written to challenge your thinking. Storms also shows why holding to a certain eschatological position affects your stance on the here and now. What we believe about the “end times” matters. However, he also shows us that while eschatology is important, it’s not the gospel. We can be fellow church members but disagree on our eschatology.
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With the Nicholas Cage version of “Left Behind” coming out this year, this book may be a helpful addition to your library so that you can at least refute some of the errors that are sure to laden the film.
Ultimately, I whole heartily agree with G.K. Beale’s assessment: “Even those who may disagree with Storms’ amillenial approach will definitely benefit from his book.”
A final warning: This book is 559 pages. It ain’t your vacation reader. It takes some thought to read, but it’s worth it. You’ll be glad you picked this one up.
Allen S. Nelson IV is Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Perryville, AR. He has been married to his wife Stephanie for 11 years, and is the father of 5 children (newest addition hadn’t made it for the last family photo!) He’s committed to preaching & teaching the inerrant, infallible Word of God and making disciples. He believes sinners are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. He enjoys time with his wife, children, and church family, as well as reading, writing, studying, and sports. He has the opportunity to speak in other churches or conferences and loves connecting with other like-minded brothers and sisters for the glory of God and the advancement of the Kingdom. Blog. Twitter.