C.S. Lewis | The Postmillennialist?
My views on Eschatology are postmillennial. What that means in short is that I believe the book of Revelation was written before Jerusalem fell in 70 A.D. and is mainly a prophetic book about the fall of Jerusalem. Further, I believe that the age we are currently inhabiting is what Revelation 20 describes as "the Millennium". Jesus' second coming will be after this age, "the millennium" (i.e. - postmillennial). One of the main reasons I believe this is because I believe that the historic Gospel of Jesus' life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension has ushered in a new era of history, namely the "New Heavens and the New Earth". When Jesus rose from the grave and ascended to rule at his Father's right hand he was demonstrating that he is the first fruits of this new creation. Crazily enough this seems to be exactly what C.S. Lewis gets at in his book Miracles. Here's what he says.
He is the 'first fruits', 'the pioneer of life'. He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the king of death. Everything is different because he has done so. He is the beginning of the new creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has opened. (pg. 431)
Now, I'm sure Lewis would never place himself in to any definite categories when it came to eschatology. However, the sentiment he relays in this quote is one that many postmillennials want to relay in their eschatology. One of the main reasons I love postmillennial eschatology is because it focuses everything on what Jesus accomplished and how he is applying it to his Church in history. Too much of modern eschatology is platonic. There is no physical/historical understanding of much of anything.
Anyway thought I would stimulate your thought on these matters with a little something from a favorite, C.S. Lewis!
If postmillennial eschatology intrigues you I commend to you this small book on the topic!
Food for thought.