Strengths: Certain Bible passages (at least) seem to be most easily understood in accordance with the premillennial position. Dr. Tom Schreiner [in a sermon found HERE] has argued that Revelation 20 teaches the premillennial view in the following ways:
- The "binding and loosing" language in regards to Satan does not fit well with the idea that the millennium is happening now (as in the amillennial view), particularly in light of Revelation 12, which depicts Satan as thrown to the earth and currently making war against God's people;
- The coming to life and resurrection in Rev 20:4-6 appears to be physical, especially when the language in this passage is seen as a contrast to Revelation 6, in which the martyrs are not raised, but are told to "wait"– "resurrection" in the NT is not used of regeneration or 'spiritual resurrection,' but always of bodily resurrection, unless this is the lone exception;
- Rev 20:10 seems to indicate that the beast and false prophet are already in the lake of fire when the Devil is thrown there as well (placing the timing of Satan's defeat after the time when the beast and false prophet are defeated).
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