I love this discussion. No one doubts that the early church was premillenial. Amill theology was invented by a fella named Origen. Origen denied the bodily resurrection of Christ. He is sort of like the first Jehovah Witness if you need a present day theology. He sought to find the 'spiritual' meaning behind the text. Why? Because he believed that the earth was carnal and therefore NOT spiritual. I guess you could say he was quite the gnostic as well. Anyway, with this new hermeneutic, he was able to become the first pimp of the allegorical method of interpretation. Along comes Augustine. He interpreted prophecy by reading a newspaper. He viewed his present day situation and concluded that he was not living in Christ's kingdom (the way Scripture presents it). He instead figured that the kingdom must be exclusively spiritual. When you combine that idea with Origen's madness, voila, Amill theology. Now, Origen had already been known as a heretic. Augustine however, helped to introduce ideas that made it so only the church could have the authoritative view of Scripture. You see, when Scripture becomes allegory, its interpretations are as various as the interpreters. The beauty of Augustine is that he had lived during a time when the 'church' and Rome were about to wed. Therefore, his ideas were embraced because it gave the 'church' that much more authority over its people. Soon, we have the dark ages. That is when the 'church' took God's word from the common man altogether. This lasted for about 1000 years. This is when Amill reigned. Premillers can laugh when the amillers attempt to apeal to 'church history' as it is really the dark ages they are appealing to. Anyway, as soon as the reformation began, and people were about to actually read the Scripture, an explosion of ideas came to light again. Note the connection here: dark ages produced the catholic church which kept people ignorant. The reformation put the Bible back into peoples' hands where truth was loudly proclaimed again. After such issues as the five solas were settled, other issues such as ecclesiology, eschatology, etc., could be taken on. Some preferred the same eschatology of the dark ages. Others actually read the Bible and returned to the truth of premillenialism. It is no coincidence that America, with its history of strong knowledge of God's word, became the center of premillenial theology. America was never dominated by the catholics, like Europe was. You see, if a doctrine like Justification could NEARLY drop off the face of the earth, why is it so hard to believe that eschatology could be obscured? It isn't. I want to see just one text that even hints at amill. I know I will be waiting a very long time.