#1. Jesus said he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. #2. Jesus commissioned us to baptize the nations. #3. Jesus said that the ACTUAL Kingdom of God (he did not say some twisted version of it) would start small like a mustard seed and grow to be the largest of all Kingdoms on earth. #4. There are more Christians on the earth and in more countries on the earth today than ever before- certainly more than there were a thousand years ago; and CERTAINLY more than there were two thousand years ago. #5. Nothing could be clearer than the fact that Jesus prophecies about returning and hardly finding faith on the earth and finding the world in chaos were about his returning in judgment upon Jerusalem in 70 AD. He even set the context of such prophecies as when "no stone of the temple will be left upon another." #6. Life is better today for a larger percentage of the world's population than it was when dissidents were fed alive to lions by the most civilized of all the nations on earth two thousand years ago. #7. We are not there yet. Yes, there is tremendous suffering in the world today- but not on the global scale it was two thousand years ago. We are getting there, and we will get there. It may be another thousand years, but eventually "the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters of the sea" and gates of hell will be beat back by the Gospel until the earth is a practical utopia. That is what the Bible clearly teaches. #8. That ought to be part of the impetus behind your efforts in evangelism. #9. The postmil hope moved the likes of William Carey (the father of the modern missions movement), Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, David Brainerd, the Puritans, John Wesley and even Charles Finney to take large chunks of the world for Christ in their day. WE COULD USE A GREAT DEAL OF WHAT THEY HAD IN OUR CULTURE TODAY.