I am still processing the Millennial views and have not made up my mind on this issue. However I have found 2 Samuel 19 interesting to think about in relation to the issue.
In 2 Samuel 19 David has just won his war against Absalom and he stops at the Jordan river to collect his people. Then in the whole chapter a big deal is made about “who will bring the king back” – who will meet the king at the Jordan and then return with him to a semi-devastated Jerusalem. The over tenor of the passage is as though this is a big event – this going back.
So you get one set of people coming with David – his army – who are are already with him. And you also get another set of people who come out to meet with him at the Jordan and then return with him.
It is almost rapture-like. Just before David returns is a world – Jerusalem – where there are still plenty of people who are loyal to him, and yet still there are plenty of disloyal people. In addition, the powers in charge of the social and governmental structures consists of Absalom & his ilk.
Like so with Positive Amil. Jesus will return to a world devasted by evil and where the unholy trinity of Politics, Media and Academia will be ruling center-stage. Yet still the Gospel will be going forward and those loyal to him will be in good number.
*Note: This is just speculation – I could be wrong. Take what I say with a Berean grain of salt.
To Think About Later – A Note Concerning Matthew 21 – Jesus’ Return to Jerusalem riding on a donkey and a colt
A Note taken from the Matthew Commentary at Soniclight.com. Thanks to Dr. Constable for providing these.
“This is the only record of Jesus riding an animal. He was
preparing to recreate the return of King David to Jerusalem in peace and
humility (2 Sam. 19—20), and the entrance of Solomon into Jerusalem for
his enthronement (1 Kings 1:38-40; cf. Gen. 49:10-11). On each of these
occasions, a king rode either a donkey or a mule.” ~ pg 304
“Rulers rode donkeys in Israel during times of peace (Judg. 5:10; 1 Kings
1:33). This was a sign of their humble service of the people. Warriors rode
horses. Jesus was preparing to declare His messiahship by fulfilling this
messianic prophecy. By coming in peace, He was extending grace rather
than judgment to the city. He was coming as a servant now. He would
return as a conquering King riding on a war horse later (cf. Rev. 19:11).”