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Premillennialism

 

I. Premillennialism is intent upon conquering the religious world.  It has been around a long time, even since the days of the apostles, and is still rearing its head within the realm of religion.  It is not peculiar to any one religious segment of church history, but freely crosses all lines and welcomes any who will embrace its materialistic concepts and help it rebuild abolished Judaism.

 

A. What does the term premillennialism mean?  The prefix “pre” means “before.”  The term “millennial” refers to what its believers like to envision as a thousand year reign of Christ on this earth in a physical way.  It teaches that Christ will vacate His throne in heaven, come to earth, as per Dan. 10:23; 16:28; Matthew 24; Mark 9:1, Luke 19:11-15; 2l:20-32, and Daniel 7, as well as Dan. 2:44; and sit on David’s literal throne, and reign in the literal city of Jerusalem for a thousand years.  This, they say, will be a materialistic reign upon a physical throne.

B. Further, the proponents of this doctrine say that the above is the answer to prophecy in Ezek. 43:7 where the Lord speaks to Ezekiel of the Messianic period of the church and its assemblies, where He, the Lord, would have His throne on earth (spiritual) not physical, and where He would dwell among His people forever.  The doctrine also states that Joel 3:17-21 and Zech. 2:10-11 also refer to a physical reign on David’s throne.

C. Premillennialism suggests that Christ did not usher in His reign in the first century as promised; that God became angry with the Jews because of their rebellion against Christ, changed His mind about the Kingdom, and gave the church as a temporary system until the Jews change their mind.  Then, the Lord will come back, establish His reign as King, and dwell on the literal earth in a physical way for one thousand years.

D. Premillennialism suggests that there has been no resurrection of departed spirits.  They further suggest that those passages which point to the first century resurrection were not fulfilled because God changed His mind about the kingdom, and thus, all were postponed until the nation of Jews accepted Christ.  They also maintain that Satan still holds the departed spirits, whether righteous or wicked, in the place called “Hades,” that he still maintains all the power he ever had, and that Hosea 6:1-3, Dan. 12:2, Matt. 27:51-53, Eph. 4:8-10 and 1 Cor. 15:12-23 have all been postponed until some time in the future.

E. Premillennialism further suggests that all peoples will receive God’s judgment in the future.  Rom. 8:1-2, 2 Pet. 2:9, and l John 1:7 teach that they can have no power to do anything until Christ has received His reign upon David’s physical throne.

 

II. How must we identify premillennialism?

A. When religious people take positions that logically demand the failure of Old Testament prophecies in regard to Christ’s own mission on earth, one can place the premillennial mark upon such teachers.

B. When they make a clear distinction between the reign of Christ, that the prophets saw, and the church established on Pentecost, it is millennialism.  The English language of the Bible speaks in terms of kingdom.  Both Greek and Hebrew text refers to it as the reign of Christ.  They would do well to study the original text.

C. When men speak about the Church age followed by a millennial reign of Christ on David’s throne, there can be no doubt about their premillennial bearing.

D. When men separate the resurrection of the just and unjust by the interval of a thousand years, and teach a bodily resurrection, that doctrine is in defiance of 2 Cor. 5:1 They can be marked.

E. When modern crusaders with international fame and worldwide acclaim talk glibly of a golden utopia upon this earth, when wars will vanish, sin will cease, vice will vacate earthly premises, violence will disappear from human hearts, and when they acclaim that Isaiah Chapter II demands a future fulfillment, during the golden utopia, they may be marked as proponents of premillennialism.

F. When men teach that Acts 2:16-2l refers to the Day of Pentecost, then turn and say that we today are living in the “last days,” you may know their teaching is tainted with millennialism.  You see the same Peter that said, on the Day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of men and women alike would be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and men would have visions.  All this would occur during the period of “last days.”  If the “last days” continue to this generation, so do prophecy, visions, and the power of the Holy Spirit for speaking in tongues.

G. When men teach that Matt. 10:23 and 16:28 refer to a future coming of Christ to usher in his physical reign upon the throne of David, their teaching is mixed with millennialism, to say the least.  Notice the passages:  Matt. 10:23–the Lord is to come before the apostles finish teaching over the land of Israel; 16:28– the Lord promised that some of those He spoke to would still be living when He came back in His reign.  There is a time limitation to both passages.  Did Christ mislead the people?  Also, at that time, grace was to come, 1 Pet. 1:13.  Salvation itself, not just the promise, was to come (Heb. 9:28) when He came in the kingdom (reign).

H. When men teach that Luke 19:11-I5 refers to a future coming of the Lord in His kingdom to usher in the golden utopia, that teacher has been tainted by premillennialism.  This passage is very clear.  Christ, the nobleman, was to go away to receive a kingdom (Dan 7:13-14) and return.  Return He did.  Having returned, he called the ten slaves to Him, the same ten that he gave money to before He went away, that He might see what business they had done.  He returned during their lifetime, or He told the apostles a lie.  Did He lie?  Some have said that we have the kingdom, but Christ has not come yet!  How then did the kingdom (or reign) of Christ get here?

I. When men teach that all must go before the judgment seat to be judged, both righteous and wicked, you may know that such doctrine absolutely opposes the God given gospel.  It is millennial.  The gospel in John 3:18, says there is no judgment for the believer.  So says John 5:24, 29.  Romans 8:21 says there is no judgment for those who remain in the body of Christ, and who walk after the Spirit. 2 Pet. 2:9 God knows how to deliver the righteous out of judgment.  1 John 1:7, blood of Christ continues to cleanse us from all sin.  Matt. 25:32-40. (the judgment scene) same as 2 Cor. 5:10).  But the righteous inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and a spiritual body (2 Cor. 5:1) while the wicked are judged and condemned.  Did God mislead the saints?

 

III. The consequences of premillennialism

A. Premillennialism makes some 80 witnesses of the New Testament into outright teachers of error.  Premillennialists say the kingdom spoken of in Isaiah 2:1-3, Daniel 2:44, and Daniel 7, has not yet been fulfilled or established.  But what does the New Testament say about this?  Scores of NT texts teach the nearness of the established kingdom (reign).  “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 3:2)  The 12 were sent out to teach the kingdom was at hand (Matt. 10:7).  Jesus sent the 70 out saying the “Kingdom of God is come nigh to you.” (Luke 10:9).  Did they lie?  Luke 21:20–Jerusalem was to be destroyed.  Luke 21:24–the Gentiles (Rome) were to trod under foot the Jewish nation.  Luke 21:27–the Son of Man would come on the clouds.  Luke 21:31–when you see these things know that the kingdom is at hand.  Luke 21:32–that generation would not pass away until all those things were fulfilled.  Now notice Luke 21:22.  Did Jesus mislead the people?

B. Any system that would resort toward making these New Testament witnesses into false teachers must be one of the most wicked schemes devised by mankind.  Is there any reader at this point who would say this doctrine is harmless?

C. It would be difficult indeed to conceive of any outright error alive today which casts as much doubt upon the infinite wisdom of God as does this system of sin.  It is anti-Biblical and anti-Christian.  It is outright opposed to the gospel and completely contradicts Christianity.  It is a set back to the beggarly elements.  There is nothing in it conducive to spirituality.  It is against the character of Christianity.

D. When men fail to see Peter as he taught on that memorable day in Acts Chapter 2, that Christ was already coronated as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, these preachers are looking the wrong way for the coronation.  It has already occurred.  They are almost 2,000 years late.  Such a massive miscalculation of time as this is totally inexcusable for any preacher.

E. When men deny that Christ is now on the Spiritual throne of David, they can be accurately marked as premillennialist.  When men talk about Jehovah postponing plans for the established Messianic Kingdom, and as an after thought established the church instead, until the obstinate Jews change their mind, when they speak of the land promise which was given to Abraham and say its fulfillment is yet future they are premillennialist, and they show little regard for Joshua 21:43-45.

F. When men deny the rights and autonomy of another, but demand their rights and autonomy be respected, you may know this mind is tainted with millennialism.  God never taught any such doctrine.

 

IV. Conclusion

A. Premillennialism is a rejection of New Testament teaching relative to the kingdom (reign) of Christ.  Jesus said some alive in Mark 9:1 would live to see the kingdom come with power.  Premillennialists teach that the kingdom is not yet here, that Christ has not come to usher it in.  Did Jesus mislead the people?

B. This writer has for years shown the danger of believing such doctrine.  It is not my intention to be different, only truthful in teaching God’s Word.


 

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