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Since my previous two questions on Premillennialism were nicely answered, it's time for the next one:

Postmillennialism is a view of the end times that basically says that things will get better and better, more and more (to eventually almost if not all) are converted, and the church expands. This period (which we are in now) is the millennium, and after it is over (i.e, after the world is almost completely awesomeified), Christ will return. (postmils: correct me if I err in my description).

What is the biblical basis for this belief? Also, what logical deductions that support this belief can you make from biblical passages?

It seems the strongest arguments are in favor of Premillennialism, as there are several passages about the tribulations that will happen to Christians, and I'm not aware of any "Fear not, the world's gonna get awesome!" verses, so what's the reasoning behind Postmillennialism?

If tradition can be a convincing argument, feel free to use it.

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"awesomeified" Now that's added to my list of words to use! –  Phonics The Hedgehog Apr 10 '12 at 3:26
As a side note, my brother once purchased "Three Views on the Millenium and Beyond" for me for my birthday. It has three people, all proponents of one viewpoint, outlining their Biblical understanding of the three points. –  David Morton Apr 10 '12 at 12:23
@David Nice. What is your point of view? –  Phonics The Hedgehog Apr 10 '12 at 18:46
@SonicTheHedgehog I tend towards amillenial, though I grew up in (and currently attend) a pre-millenial church, and my father is a post-mil. –  David Morton Apr 10 '12 at 19:50

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Enjoying God Ministries (which I don't know anything about other than the page I will link to) has this summary: The Postmillennial View of the Kingdom of God. They list a number of Biblical quotes which, for completeness, I will add here:

Old Testament: Num. 14:21; Psalms 2:6-9; 22:27-28; 47; 72:8-11; 110:1-2; 138:4-5 (cf. 102:15); Isa. 2:2-4; 9:6-7; 11:6-10; 45:22-25; 65; 66; Jer. 31:31-34; Daniel 2:31-35; Zech. 9:9f.; 13:1; 14:9.

New Testament: Matt. 13:31-33; 28:18-20; John 12:31-32; 16:33; 1 John 2:13-14; 3:8; 4:4,14; 5:4-5; Acts 2:32-36,41; Rom. 11:25-32; 1 Cor. 15:20-26, 57-58; Hebrews 1:8-9,13; 2:5-9; Rev. 2:25-27; 3:7-9; 7:9-10; 11:15; 19:11-21.

One of the more interesting quotes (repeated on monergism (again, I have no other knowledge of the site)) is Psalm 22:27-28:

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.

Personal notes:

The verses I've checked so far, like Psalm 22:27-28, could also be pre-millennialism. I don't see any post-millennialism specific verses. The closest I could find is Matthew 28:19:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

And the second closest is probably John 12:31-32:

Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.

To put it more simply: I was a pre-millennialist before I started this study. Now I'm a definite pre-millennialist!

(Another, Psalm 47 appears to be more about military conquest and though it has verses that could be interpreted as millennial, they could just as easily be pre-millennial.)

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+1 for a useful set of references, but I honestly don't think this should be the accepted answer to this question. All four millennium views appeal to the same sacred text. What is different isn't the proof texts so much as the hermeneutic principals and presuppositions used to interpret them. Obviously with your own view as a framework, you will interpret all these verses as supporting your view. What would really be useful here is an analysis of the way interpretation is done that supports a 'post' reading. –  Caleb Apr 19 '12 at 6:44

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