I think the first step for a lot of Christians who just haven't studied eschatology very much is to look at for themselves. The catch phrases about Premillenialism being a "recent fad" just aren't true. From what I've read Premillenialism and a literal interpretation of Scripture were "orthodoxy" until the rise of the hierarchical structure and then church-state model. It's not surprising that as the church-state model devolved the growth of Evangelical Premillenial Christians would happen.
The reality is amillenialism and allegorical interpretation are the "new kids on the block".
It is one thing to misunderstand Scripture, and, with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, search the Bible and come to a clear understanding of what God has told us about various topics, and to be presented with the Scripture, which is inerrant and absolutely true, and deny it outright in favor of a doctrine which has no support in Scripture whatsoever.
Amillenialism and allegorical interpretation originated with men who acted on their own "wisdom", with no authority from God and no validation of their beliefs from Scripture, and those false doctrines have stubbornly hung around, even after fulfilled prophecies down through the centuries have proven beyond any shadow of doubt that ammillenalism and allegorical interpretation are in direct conflict and contradiction with the Word of God.
I hope that some take the time to actually read the articles and think it through for themselves. Most of these articles quote Scripture and have footnoted the comments about the history of the times.
I think the first step for a lot of Christians who just haven't studied eschatology very much is to look at for themselves.
Looking into it for myself is how I moved from "yeah, whatever" to rejecting the dispensational model.
he catch phrases about Premillenialism being a "recent fad" just aren't true.
Dispensationalism is new. Dr. Vlach himself, whom you've quoted extensively in prior threads, admits that. Dispensationalism is not the only flavor of premil-ism.
From what I've read Premillenialism and a literal interpretation of Scripture were "orthodoxy" until the rise of the hierarchical structure and then church-state model.
The story is that the esteemed Catholic Origen invented the allegorical practice of reducing the meaning and understanding of scripture to mere babble...
Nothing means what it says or even says what it says, except for those parts of scripture and parts of sentences that the Catholic religion claims it has the authority to decipher and translate...
Oddly, Origen was kicked out of their religion...
Prior to Origen and the left hand turn of some of the religious of the day to pagan Rome, the scriptures were taken literally as can be seen by the writings of the earliest church fathers and no doubt those who refused to follow the apostates to Rome...