PREMILLENNIALISM We are studying a very complicated doctrine – Second Coming – Rapture – Anti-Christ – Great Tribulation – Number of Judgments – Number of Resurrections – Earthly Kingdom
PREMILLENNIALISM We are studying a very complicated doctrine – Many obscure passages are used in an attempt to support this doctrine – The 1,000 years from Revelation 20 – The 70 weeks in Daniel 9 – The “kingdom” prophecies in Isaiah and Daniel
PREMILLENNIALISM Under all of these confusing teachings is a “major premise.” The premise is – Christ came to be king on David’s throne. The Jews rejected Him and His plans had to be POSTPONED. Let me give you some quotations from those who teach and believe this doctrine.
PREMILLENNIALISM John R. Rice – John the Baptist came preaching, “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2). Jesus began to preach from the same text in His early ministry (Matt. 4:17). But the statement, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” was dropped and not repeated any more, though the kingdom is mentioned dozens of times.
PREMILLENNIALISM John R. Rice – The reason is that the Jews rejected Christ their King, and the kingdom was postponed (Luke 13:34-35).” Christ’s Literal Reign on Earth, John R. Rice, page 12 R. H. Boll – These parables are really an announcement of the new and unexpected aspect the kingdom would assume during the anticipated age of the king’s rejection and absence from the world.” Prophecy and Premillennialism, page 166
PREMILLENNIALISM John R. Rice – We know that the earthly kingdom has been postponed because the King was rejected of the Jews.” 12 Tremendous Themes, page 99 Loraine Boettner – Thus the key point of the disensational system may be said to be the mystery-parenthesis doctrine of the Church, which is that the Christian Church is a stop- gap between two phases of an earthly Jewish kingdom. The Millennium, page 229-230
PREMILLENNIALISM Richard M. DeHann – On his radio program, Radio Bible Class, said, “But God in HIS foreknowledge knew that Israel would reject the King when he came, and therefore the Kingdom would be POSTPONED, and not set up until His second coming. They rejected the King and now instead of the kingdom comes the cross, the resurrection, the setting aside of Israel, the calling out of the church, and THEN AFTER that will come the Kingdom. Prophecy Foretold – Prophecy Fulfilled, page 99
PREMILLENNIALISM Did you hear that? “Instead of the kingdom comes the Cross.” Here is the major flaw in the entire doctrine of premillennialism. DID JESUS COME 2,000 YEARS AGO TO SET UP AN EARTHLY KINGDOM ON DAVID’S THRONE AND REIGN FOREVER – OR – DID JESUS COME TO LIVE, DIE, BE RESURRECTED, AND ASCEND TO THE FATHER IN HEAVEN?
THE ANSWER If Jesus came to set up an earthly kingdom and reign forever, THEN, He did not come to die for our sins. Here is simple – Biblical – proof that the entire theory of premillennialism is false.
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – BIRTH – Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. FULLFILLED – Matthew 1:22-23 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – DEATH – Isaiah 53:8-9 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked-- But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – DEATH – Isaiah 53:8-9 FULLFILLED – Acts 8:28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – BURIAL – Isaiah 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked-- But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. FULLFILLED – Acts 2:29-30 29 "Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – RESURRECTION – Psalm 16:10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. FULLFILLED – Acts 2:31-32 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – ASCENSION – Psalm 24:7-10 7 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The L ORD strong and mighty, The L ORD mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The L ORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – ASCENSION – Psalm 24:7-10 FULLFILLED – Acts 2:33-35 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: 'The L ORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, 35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." '
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – CORONATION – Daniel 7:13-14 13 "I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – CORONATION – Daniel 7:13-14 FULLFILLED – Acts 2:33-36 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: 'The L ORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, 35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." ' 36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – KINGDOM– Isaiah 2:2-3 2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the L ORD ' S house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. 3 Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the L ORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the L ORD from Jerusalem.
THE ANSWER PROPHECY – KINGDOM– Isaiah 2:2-3 FULLFILLED – Revelation 1:9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. – Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
THE ANSWER SECOND QUESTION – WHAT IF JESUS HAD NOT BEEN REJECTED? WHAT IF HE HAD SET UP AN EARTHLY KINGDOM AND REIGNED FOREVER? ANSWER: – We have no hope of resurrection – We are still offering animal sacrifices – We still have the priesthood of Aaron – We still do not have forgiveness of sins