Like many who post on the Puritan Board, I cut my theological teeth on dispensation premillennialism after coming to Christ, with my "dispensational years" being from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. The "liberals" had spiritualized the Bible into meaningless, and the "conservatives" whom I knew took a literal approach to almost everything in the Bible. Growing up in a liberal Methodist church where I never heard the gospel preached, I easily swung to a fundamentalist literal position. The longer is tried to understand eschatology through literalistic lens, however, the more complicated and seemingly contradictory things appeared. Introduced to historic premillennialism, I discovered what seemed a less complicated and less contradictory approach to eschatology. For me, however, historic premillennialism served as a halfway house to amillennialism, the position to which I've come over the past decade-plus and where I am quite settled. Pastoring a tangentially (nominally?) Southern Baptist Church, however, keeps me among a smattering of dispensational premillennialists and a growing number of historic premillennialists, the latter, I think, sliding into that position because of the problems with dispensationalism and yet being able to continue holding onto a future millennial. Having said that, the one thing that I cannot put my finger on is the purpose of the millennium in the historic premillennial context. Is it like a "do-over," giving humanity another shot at serving its Creator? Is it an attempt to have a more literal fulfillment of OT prophecy in a more spiritual setting than the dispensational view? It really seems like a repeat of the church age and a final "final" battle over Satan and evil. Can somebody provide some help? Thank much.