FOUNDATIONS

Lessons designed to promote the integrity of scripture and church!

I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

 

THE BODY OF CHRIST

ADDITIONAL DESIGNATIONS FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST – ESTABLISHED KINGDOM vs. PREMILLENNIALISM – LESSON ONE.

In our last lesson, we looked into the brief history of the doctrine of premillennialism; in this lesson, we will look at the universal premise of this doctrine.

Since virtually everyone you speak to today and every soul that obeys the Gospel has had some instruction in this prevalent false doctrine, it is vital to have some idea of the founding suppositions of the teaching.

It is also true, in preparation, that we note that there are many variations of this doctrine; each carrying its own specifics (again, one of the keys that establish that this doctrine is not from the God of order). So, what we intend to do is share the general understanding of premillennialism.

Since it is the intent of this lesson to simply show the general platform of this doctrine; it will be in the remaining lessons that we will scripturally show why this doctrine challenges the integrity of God, His Son, the Apostles of Christ, and everything that we are established in, “knowing whom we have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day” 2 Timothy 1:12.

Overall Presumptions of Premillennialism –

1. As God brought the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage and established them as a nation in the Promised Land; He allowed them a king after time, in order to prepare them for the time when the Christ would come and be the universal King over all nations.

2. As Jesus came into the world, as promised, He intended to set up an earthly kingdom at that time, just as it was in the days of Solomon; however, the Jews thwarted Him and their rejection forced Him to change the plan (since we know that man is more powerful than God? Were these not the same Jews that could not kill him until He was ready to fulfill His purpose on earth? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!). 

“This kingdom was at hand, that is, it came nigh, when Jesus, the King, came. So much so, that the three favored disciples witnessed a foretaste of its glory and power on the Mount of Transfiguration. But the Jews rejected it and slew their king. They were not willing to have this man reign over them, and therefore the kingdom did not immediately appear.” W. E. Blackstone, in his book, Jesus is Coming, p.83 

“The kingdom which Christ faithfully offered while on earth was the very same earthly, Messianic, Davidic kingdom which the Jews expected from the Old Testament prophecies. But it is a matter of history that such a kingdom was not ushered in at the first advent of Christ.” Charles Ryrie, from his book, The Basis of the Premillennial Faith, p.93  

“It can be said at once that His dying was not God’s own plan. It was conceived somewhere else and yielded to by God. God had a plan of atonement by which men who were willing could be saved from sin and its effect. That plan is given in the Old Hebrew code. To the tabernacle or temple, under prescribed regulations, a man could bring some animal he owned. The man brought that which was his own, it represented him.” S. D. Gordon, in his book, Quiet Talks About Jesus, p114

As can be clearly seen, Jesus’ failure to establish the kingdom, being thwarted by the Jews is paramount to their doctrine.

3. Since the Jews rejected Jesus as their King, He did not establish the kingdom, but instead postponed it, and established the church as a provisional institution.

Since the church only exists because of the failure to establish the kingdom, it has secondary importance to the premillennialist. So, to the premillennialist, the church, its proper name, doctrinal work, etc… have hardly any importance at all, since it is only interim until the kingdom.

4. When Jesus comes the second time, He will come with the intent of preparing for the establishment of the kingdom He wanted to establish the first time. These preparations will take several stages in order to be ready.

First, the righteous individuals will be resurrected and along with living saints, they will be raptured into the sky with Christ for seven years. All those who remain on earth, as unbelievers, will not know anything about this event, other than these individuals who have been raptured are no longer here.

Second, since there will not be any true believers in the world, evil will run rampant in a period of tribulation for the seven year period the saints are with the Lord (which makes me wonder what is stopping evil from running rampant right now? Nothing! Since saints are silent in the face of evil!).

Third, at the end of the seven years, Jesus will return with His heavenly army and overthrow wickedness on the earth, and at that time He will resurrect the tribulation saints – those who became believers during the seven years of tribulation (which somehow will happen without any saints here to teach???).

5. In this stage, we have the establishment of the thousand year kingdom, where Jesus will reign as Christ in Jerusalem on the throne of David and from his tabernacle.  

6. At the close of the thousand year reign, Satan will be loosed for a season and a great revolt will ensue. At the conclusion of this insurrection the final resurrection of the wicked will occur and the final judgment. The righteous will then find their permanent heavenly home, while the wicked will be cast off into eternal darkness.


As I mentioned in the introduction remarks, this s a very basic understanding concerning the foundation of this doctrine. Much detail has been offered over the years by teaching, out of context, Old Testament prophecy as referring to modern events; helicopters, nuclear weapons, Middle Eastern armies, etc… (forgetting hat prophets of God spoke to the people of God using illustrations that they were familiar with in their everyday lives, and or peoples they were familiar with in their everyday lives, thousands of years ago).

It is the teaching of the kingdom being established in Jerusalem, that have many of the premillennialists demanding that Israel today, be protected, and that the Jews are still God’s people (ignoring that there is only one name given among men by which we must be saved, Jew or Gentile – Acts 4:12). 

So, some of the doctrines include a great deal of detail concerning the reconstruction of the temple, the restoration of the Jews, etc… in which, they even argue and fight among themselves concerning these details.

Many argue as to where exactly the kingdom will be established, the majority state in Jerusalem; however, some declare it to be in Independence, Missouri?

There is even great debate over whether the righteous will spend eternity in heaven or remain here in a utopian earth, post the thousand year reign.

These have been general points of this doctrine that we need to be familiar with. This is what a significant portion of the religious world believes, and these are the people that we will come into contact with. Remember, that since much of this doctrine is established in the minds and writings of men, they will not be familiar with what God’s word will really has to say concerning these issues. When you share the truth with them, it may be the first time they have actually heard the words of God concerning this false doctrine. Many are completely immersed in the fantasy of the end of time theories promoted by the various premillennialist doctrines and believe them to be absolutely scriptural; they will be hard to work with in sharing the contextual teaching of our Lord through His chosen by the Spirit. Remember these words from Paul:

2 Timothy 2:24-26And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

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