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Part 1
Amillennialism:
the most pervasive heresy in history

DEFINITIONS:

  • PRE-MILLENNIALISM: the 2nd Coming of Christ is followed by 1000 years of earthly paradise on this present earth, at the end of which the heavens and the earth are destroyed and recreated.
  • POST-MILLENNIALISM: The Church converts most of the world and establishes it's own "Millennium " of some indeterminate length BEFORE the 2nd Coming of Christ.
  • A-MILLENNIALISM: there is no future Kingdom of God upon this present earth, and this present age (The Church Age) ends in the complete destruction of the world as we knew it, followed by the creation of the new heavens and earth. Amillennialists assert that we are already in the only and best "earthly kingdom" of Christ that we shall ever know.
  • (there is another emerging view called "Hyper-Preterism": in which even the 2nd Coming of Christ is said to be past already - we shall not address this doctrine here - inquire for information on this heresy)

Introduction:

Not long ago a man gave me a book to read which purports to disprove Premillennialism and defend Amillennialism. I had long considered Amillennialism to be indefensible, but this man pressed me to read his little book thinking that I would be convinced to renounce my Premillennial "errors."

I read the book. I'm not going to tell you the title because I cannot recommend it to anyone. However,for me it was not a waste of time - this book provoked me to answer to and refute this age-old heresy, and I have nothing but CORRECTION for everyone that teaches it: and there are many. Amillennialism has been the predominant eschatology in Christendom since the fourth century A.D., but I simply cannot understand how anyone can profess to believe the Bible and buy in on this dismal and misanthropic scheme. Unfortunately, there are many Premillennialists that pay lip-service to the fact of the future millennial reign of Christ, but deny that the resurrected saints have any material part in it: thus, making their brand of Pre-Millennialism into defacto Amillennialism for the resurrected saints. They teach that we shall indeed be ruling and reigning with Christ at that time, but not as active participants and recipients of the benefits of this paradise: we shall be like angels, they say, neither marrying nor having children, nor finding any form of material fulfillment in the renewed earth. [It will be proven in part three of this document that Mat 22:30 refers ONLY to the last and final resurrection.]

In this article I will first prove from the Scriptures by plain reason and in agreement with historical orthodoxy, that the Bible promises and predicts a future earthly millennium populated mainly by saints resurrected into corporeal and incorruptible bodies.

Next I will show with ample proofs that the doctrine of Amillennialism, which began formally with the heretic Origen, has no Scriptural foundation. Amillennialism contradicts the plain language of prophetic Scripture in so many places that it can hardly be conceived how anyone who adheres to this heresy could ever be called a "Bible believer".

The Importance of Eschatology

First of all, it must be understood that your eschatology is the CONCLUSION of your religion! Eschatology is the doctrine of the last things - what you believe about how this age ends and what you believe about YOUR end. There is no doctrine that reveals more about your religion and your "god" more than your doctrine about what happens to you after you die or your view what happens at the end of this age. Many say that eschatology is a peripheral doctrine that ought not to be allowed to cause division. Those who say this are not taking their religion or themselves seriously.

The preachers of Christendom are quick to tell you what you need to be saved FROM, but few there are who say anything about what you are saved TO. What IS the promise of salvation? Is it only that you get to escape hell and go to heaven? And what, pray tell, is heaven? Does it make sense to you that God would create the heavens and the earth for us only so that we could be prepared to spend eternity in some incorporeal reality that is completely unrelated to anything we have ever known, ever experienced or ever desired? The Bible says,

(1 Cor 2:9-10 KJV)But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. {10} But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Thus, no man has ever known, nor could we ever have known the glorious plan that God has in mind for them that love Him, had He not revealed it. But, He HAS revealed it in the Bible, for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Pet 1:21 KJV).

It DOES matter what you believe about how things end, for WHAT you believe about how things END determines ALL of the practical aspects of your religion and life NOW! You cannot divorce your eschatology from the rest of your theology nor from the existential realities of your life.

The reality of the matter is this: your eschatology is the summary and conclusion of your theology - this is NOT some isolated subject that is unrelated to the rest of your religion and life! I say it again: your eschatology is the SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION of your religion. If you suspect (as many do) that your God has no real interest in your earthly happiness and fulfillment, you will probably agree with the Amillennialist, whose eschatology implies that for your ultimate reward, you get to lose all of those things which you are presently laboring to gain and protect -- and you get to lose them FOREVER!

The Millenium defined

Premillennialism asserts in agreement with the plain grammatical language of the Bible that the second coming of Christ formally inaugurates the kingdom of God upon this present earth. Christ shall reign, and His saints with Him for 1000 years: the curse shall be lifted from the ground; predatory animals and insects will no longer be a threat; and persecution by wicked men will be over.

This millennium will be the time when the meek shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5) and the time when the saints will be rewarded for their obedience and sacrifice in this age for Christ's sake and the Gospel's.

(Psa 37:9-11 KJV)For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. {10} For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. {11} But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

During that age the devil will be bound and prevented from deceiving the nations: it will be Jesus Christ our Lord that rules the nations with a rod of iron. He will be the blessed despot who will right ALL wrongs and reverse ALL that is a curse in the earth: no more flu, no more crippled babies, no more starving masses, no more ethnic cleansing pogroms, no more pollution, no more sunburn, no more "politics as usual". Instead of famine there will be abundant harvests everywhere: rains will come right on time and instead of a yard full of weeds, it will be fruit and vegetables growing wild. It will finally be the time when the saints shall fully realize their creativity and enjoy the works of their hands. They will enjoy their homes and families, without ever again knowing the ceaseless battle against sin: it will be the reign of unbridled righteousness over all the earth.

The prophet Isaiah gives us this prophetic "snapshot:"

(Isa 11:4-10 KJV)But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. {5} And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. {6} The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. {7} And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. {8} And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. {9} They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. {10} And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse (Jesus Christ our Lord), which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

And again:

(Isa 65:20-25 KJV) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. {21} And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. {22} They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. {23} They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. {24} And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. {25} The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

Please take note of the specific language of these prophecies. Most eschatologies agree that there shall eventually be a NEW heavens and a NEW earth, but it is easy to see that this is NOT what is being described here. During the millenium, there may be wicked men and sinners, but the sinner shall NOT be allowed to live out their days and the righteous will no longer be subject to the rule of wicked men. As for the righteous (both resurrected saints and natural born), they will no longer live in fear of wild beasts: their children will be safe, even from the asp, scorpion, or bear. Furthermore, let it be noted that those whom God calls "my people, and mine elect," shall enjoy the works of their hands and bring forth children, "for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them."

The Old Testament has many references to and descriptions of this restored Paradise, but nothing about WHEN this will happen or how long this will last. The book of Revelation fills in those details:

(Rev 20:6 KJV) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

(Rev 5:9-10 KJV) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; {10} And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Here it is clearly asserted that the Redeemed shall reign "on the earth," and NOT in some heavenly sphere! And the word "shall" clearly indicates a future fulfillment, because "they" are not yet reigning "on the earth". You who would "spiritualize " these scriptures to mean some sort of hypothetical reigning must answer to how these, who are already deceased, could be said to be reigning on the earth! Where are these already deceased saints from Revelation 5:10, that are supposedly reigning on the earth? Have you met any of these?

Now, I am certain that the very first time any honest person reads the Bible from cover to cover, that they plainly see the promise of a renewed earth wherein the righteous receive ALL of the good things that they lost or forfeited in this age. And WHO is it that would object to this wonderful scenario in which the vindication of righteousness is finally realized in the lives of those who gave up "all" for Christ's sake? The meek shall finally inherit the earth! And after 1000 years of this, and only THEN, will there be a new heavens and a new earth that has NEVER been tainted by sin and never shall be.

For the first 150 years of Christianity, Premillennialism was plainly and indisputably the common eschatology of our Faith. During this time there was great persecution and many were thrown to the lions or executed for their faith by some other terrible device. The fact that there were so many who willingly embraced martyrdom for Christ's sake was fueled by the Words of Christ Himself, who promised that he that loses his life for my sake and the Gospel's, the same shall save it. It was during this period also that many young men and women embraced celibacy for Christ's sake - and why? Because they lived with the same lively hope that there was nothing that they could give up for Christ's sake, but that they would receive it again IN ALL IT'S PROMISE in the next age!

What motivates those who teach that there is no "next age" wherein men are rewarded in kind for their heroic obedience and sacrifices in THIS age? Amilllenialism is not conducive to patience, restraint and sacrifice because it tells a man that his end is to become a sexless angelic caricature with nothing to look forward to but a state that he is presently avoiding with all of his might! The Amillennialists would have it that what we have to anticipate is very much akin to "Hindu heaven", by suggesting that once we have been completely purged of any and all desire for material things and sensual pleasures; and when we no longer care whether or not we attain any earthly fulfillment or success; and after we have renounced all interest in the comforts of wife and family, that we shall be in the thrall of the glory of God, crying, "holy, holy, holy" for the rest of eternity! If this is really what the Amillennialists are joyfully looking forward to, why then aren't they renouncing all of their earthly possessions and comforts right now?

Amillennialism is necessarily cynical about the entire human race, for it proposes that the end of man is to no longer be a man! Amillennialism is fueled by envy born of unfulfillment; it is the unbelieving supposition that God is NOT pleased with the world as He originally created it to be - despite the fact that after He had created all things, He declared that they were GOOD.

What is Amillenialism?

In the first 3 centuries of the Christian era there were a number of heresies that grew up - mostly having to do with the person and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. These heresies so took up the time and energy of the early church fathers and apologists that it was hardly noticed that yet another heresy had taken root in Christendom, and this heresy is called Amillennialism.

Amillennialism is that eschatological doctrine which denies that there will be a future earthly kingdom in which the Raptured and resurrected saints will rule and reign with Christ for a thousand years while living in a renewed paradise on this present earth. Amillennialists deny that there are two general resurrections spoken of in the Bible, separated by this 1000 year period of earthly paradise. In fact, they deny that we shall be resurrected into corporeal though incorruptible bodies wherein we shall enjoy the benefits of this paradise: which benefits they necessarily IMPLY are taken away permanently from all of us by Adam's sin. The eschatological end of the redeemed, they say, is a heavenly state. Amillennialists concede that in the final end of things that there will be a new heavens and a new earth, but they apparently don't see that the resurrected saints will have any practical place or purpose in THAT either - since, as they assert - we shall be like angels, living like spirits that have neither need nor use for anything material. Of course they would remind me, and YOU, that we shall be busy ruling and reigning with Christ forever. This does however, and without much thought, raise a question!

In the new heavens and new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, in which there are no wicked persons, over whom shall we be reigning? Shall we be reigning over each other?

Amillennialists claim to have a full arsenal of so-called "biblical" objections against what they say is a "carnal" conception of the hereafter. They say that to hope for an earthly paradise to come is to pursue "carnal" (bad, unholy) things. As you shall see, their objections are neither valid nor honest.

Amillennialists LIE when they say that the early Church was NOT Pre-Millennial

If the doctrines held by the Church during the first three centuries are worthy evidence to be presented, it should be noted that there is no record of Amillennialist propositions before the third century. The first writer of note to present this scheme was Origen. Many of the same Denominations of Christendom that denounce him as an heretic, nonetheless embrace his eschatology.

On the other hand we have such renowned men as Justin Martyr, who is praised and quoted by many as a fine example of early Christian Orthodoxy. Justin Martyr was converted about the year 130 A.D. and was beheaded in 165 A.D. Here is a quote from his Dialogue with Trypho:

"For if you have fallen in with some who are called Christians, but who do not admit this [truth], and venture to blaspheme the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; who say there is no resurrection of the dead, and that their souls, when they die, are taken to heaven; do not imagine that they are Christians, even as one, if he would rightly consider it, would not admit that the Sadducees, or similar sects of Genistae, Meristae, Galilaeans, Hellenists, Pharisees, Baptists, are Jews (do not hear me impatiently when I tell you what I think), but are [only] called Jews and children of Abraham, worshipping God with the lips, as God Himself declared, but the heart was far from Him. But I and others, who are right-minded Christians on all points, are assured that there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a thousand years in Jerusalem, which will then be built, adorned, and enlarged, [as] the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah and others declare."

And again he writes:

"And further, there was a certain man with us, whose name was John, one of the apostles of Christ, who prophesied, by a revelation that was made to him, that those who believed in our Christ would dwell a thousand years in Jerusalem; and that thereafter the general, and, in short, the eternal resurrection and judgment of all men would likewise take place."

THIS IS the eschatology of primitive Christianity, and those who deny this are lying. These assertions by Justin Martyr represent classic Premillennialism. But let everything by two or three witnesses be established.

The earliest post-canonical eschatological discourse on record is found in the Epistle of Barnabas, who was not only contemporary with Paul, but his friend and co-worker.

GENERAL EPISTLE OF BARNABUS

...from the editor's and translators preface: "It has been cited by Clemens, Alexandrinus, Origen, Eusebius, Jerome, and many ancient Fathers. Cotelerius affirms that Origen and Jerome esteemed it genuine and canonical........ "

"Lost Books of the Bible" World Bible Publishing, copyright 1926 by Alpha House Pages 160-161

Barnabas 13:3-6, 9

(3) And in the beginning of the creation he makes mention of the sabbath. And God made in six days the works of his hands; and he finished them on the seventh day, and rested the seventh say, and sanctified it.

(4) Consider, my children, what that signifies, he finished them in six days. The meaning of it is this; that in six thousand years the Lord God will bring all things to an end.

(5) For with him one day is as a thousand years; as himself testifieth, saying, Behold this day shall be as a thousand years. Therefore children, in six days, that is, in six thousand years, that all things shall be accomplished.

(6) And what is that he saith, And he rested the seventh day: he meaneth this; that when his Son shall come, and abolish the season of the Wicked One, and judge the ungodly; and shall change the sun and the moon and the stars; and he shall gloriously rest in that seventh day.

-snip-

(9) Lastly he saith unto them; Your new moons and your sabbaths I cannot bear them. Consider what he means by it; the sabbaths, says he, which ye now keep are not acceptable unto me, but those which I have made; when resting from all things I shall begin the eighth day, that is, the beginning of the other world.

The mention of an "eighth day" requires that there be a "seventh day" that has it's own beginning and ending - and this "seventh day" that Barnabas refers to could be nothing other than the 1000 year Millennium. Barnabas saw a future 1000 year Millennium in his Bible. Furthermore, Barnabas' reference to "the other world" cannot be taken to infer anything but "the new heavens and earth" and THEREFORE, the new heavens and earth are not made until AFTER the completion of the "seventh day".

And then, there is this testimony of Iraneus (born 120 A.D.):

"But when this Antichrist shall have devastated all things in this world, he will reign for three years and six months, and sit in the temple at Jerusalem; and then the Lord will come from heaven in the clouds, in the glory of the Father, sending this man and those who follow him into the lake of fire; but bringing in for the righteous the times of the kingdom, that is, the rest, the hallowed seventh day; and restoring to Abraham the promised inheritance, in which kingdom the Lord declared, that "many coming from the east and from the west should sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

Iraneus even testifies to an understanding of a Pre-tribulation rapture of the saints:

"And therefore, when in the end the Church shall be suddenly caught up from this, it is said, "There shall be tribulation such as has not been since the beginning, neither shall be." For this is the last contest of the righteous, in which, when they overcome they are crowned with incorruption."

And lest there be any doubt about whether or not Iraneus believed in a future earthy millennium, he wrote this:

"Inasmuch, therefore, as the opinions of certain are derived from heretical discourses, they are both ignorant of God's dispensations, and of the mystery of the resurrection of the just, and of the [earthly] kingdom which is the commencement of incorruption, by means of which kingdom those who shall be worthy are accustomed gradually to partake of the divine nature; and it is necessary to tell them respecting those things, that it behooves the righteous first to receive the promise of the inheritance which God promised to the fathers, and to reign in it, when they rise again to behold God in this creation which is renovated, and that the judgment should take place afterwards. For it is just that in that very creation in which they toiled or were afflicted, being proved in every way by suffering, they should receive the reward of their suffering; and that in the creation in which they were slain because of their love to God, in that they should be revived again; and that in the creation in which they endured servitude, in that they should reign. For God is rich in all things, and all things are His. It is fitting, therefore, that the creation itself, being restored to its primeval condition, should without restraint be under the dominion of the righteous; and the apostle has made this plain in the Epistle to the Romans, when he thus speaks: 'For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.'"

Let it be understood that those who say that the idea of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture followed by an earthly millennium was the late invention of 19th century heretics are either speaking out of ignorance, or else they are "just liars" and enemies of Our Faith.

Amillennialists say that the 1000 years of Revelation Chapter 20 does not mean 1000 years!

(Rev 20:6 KJV) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

THEY say that the 1000 years represents the indefinite period of this present "millennial" age. They insist that the devil is ALREADY bound and prevented from deceiving the nations; they say Christ is ALREADY ruling the nations with a rod of iron; they say the meek have ALREADY inherited the earth - even if you don't own an inch of it. They "spiritualize" (allegorize) the Old Testament descriptions of the millennium, saying that all of these marvelous promises are ALREADY fulfilled in Christ and His Church. In doing so, they must regard the details of prophecy as superfluous and misleading. They DO NOT receive the prophetic testimony at face value. They DO NOT believe that we have a perspicuous Bible that is faithful in detail.

The Greek word for thousand in Revelation 20 is "chilioi", and although the Amillennialist wants to insist that this word is purely symbolic and not literal, their willful error is manifest by the fact that this same word is translated to thousand in the same book of the Bible; where to make it mean an indefinite period of time is ridiculous.

(Rev 11:3 KJV) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand (chilioi) two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

To make a thousand (chilioi) in this verse (and in Rev. 12:6) mean an indefinite period, is to make these prophecies ludicrous. If it was an indefinite period, what is the point of adding another "two hundred and threescore days" to it?

The fact is that this period of 1000 years is reiterated 6 times in chapter 20 of Revelation, and to make this into some vague period lasting over 2000 years does violence to the Scriptures in a way that cannot be ignored or tolerated.

Amillennialists say that the Devil is bound NOW!

This, of course, is a necessary assertion if this period that we are living in is the blessed Millennial reign of Christ: If we are in the Millennium, the Devil must be bound! But Peter says:

(1 Pet 5:8 KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about (not bound), seeking whom he may devour:

Paul asserts:

(Eph 2:2 KJV) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

And:

(Eph 6:12 KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

And again:

(2 Cor 11:14-15 KJV) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. {15} Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

The idea that Satan is bound NOW, is preposterous! Amillennialists say that the proof that the devil is already bound is seen in the continued growth in size and influence of Christendom in the world. That is not evidence of anything except this: "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4 KJV). It should also be noted that there are several regions in the ancient world that were thoroughly Christianized by the end of the fourth century which have long since rejected the gospel AGAIN, for instance: Turkey and North Africa. How did these nations become deceived again if Satan is bound?

Furthermore, Jesus explained exactly what kind of success that the gospel would have in the world:

(Mark 4:30-32 KJV) And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? {31} It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: {32} But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

The "fowls of the air" were clearly identified in Christ's previous parable of the sower and the seed, as Satan:

(Mark 4:4 KJV) And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. (Mark 4:15 KJV) And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan (the fowls of the air from verse 4) cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

How is it that Satan is STILL so active an opponent to the gospel if he is already bound and cast into the bottomless pit? It is simply NOT TRUE!

Amillennialists insist that Christ is reigning over the earth NOW!

It is indicting that many of the Denominations that teach this are also formalists that make the repetition of the Lord's Prayer into a regular feature of their liturgy, a part of which says this:

(Mat 6:10 KJV) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Why, pray tell, would we be instructed to pray, "Thy kingdom come," if the kingdom is already here and fulfilled? And why would we be instructed to pray, "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven," if His will is ALREADY being done on earth as it is in heaven? Of course God is ultimately sovereign over the affairs of this world, but He has called this age, MAN'S DAY (1 Cor 4:3). Hence, except for the sake of the saints, he does not generally openly interfere: He is presently allowing man to have his day - "that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God" (Rom 3:19).

And then, there is this parable of our Lord:

(Luke 19:11-14 KJV) And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. {12} He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. {13} And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

I don't know how much clearer our Lord could be. He spoke this parable "because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear." The conclusion being that the kingdom of God was NOT going to IMMEDIATELY appear, hence the admonition to "occupy till I come ". The Kingdom of God will not APPEAR until after He has received the kingdom and returned to establish it.

Many Amillennialists say that the Great Tribulation is NOW!

(Mat 24:21 KJV) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

The word "then" (Grk. tote) denotes a sequence and refers to the prior event or condition spoken of in verse 15: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:).

When - then, is a grammatical construction familiar to everyone: When you see THIS happen, it is a signal that THAT will happen. Similarly in verse 14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Note that "all the world" cannot be referring to just the contiguous Roman world of that time because that then would NOT fulfill the requirement of, "a witness unto all nations. ")

Even without knowing how the actual fulfillment of the "abomination of desolation" will appear - and there is much speculation about this - the sequence of events is plain for any honest mind to see. First, the end will not come until the gospel is preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations (to all appearances this is now being fulfilled). Secondly, we are informed that the abomination of desolation will be the event signaling the beginning of the Great Tribulation, "such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." The language of Christ in this prophecy presumes that some people WILL recognize this "abomination of desolation" when it appears.

At least SOME Amillennialists insist that this Abomination and Tribulation are already past, having been fulfilled by the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. To say such a thing is to ignore the GREATER terrors and destruction of THIS century. Jesus said that this Great Tribulation would be more terrible than anything ever experienced in this world, a time such as has NEVER BEEN and that shall NEVER BE AGAIN. Now who, I ask you, is going to assert that the trouble surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was worse than the destruction of World War I, the holocaust of World War II, or even the French Revolution, for that matter? And please take note that 90% of the world never even KNEW about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. How could this be called a worldwide "great tribulation"? As terrible as the destruction of Jerusalem was, it simply does NOT answer to the language of this prophecy.

It should be clear by now that Amillennialism can not stand upon a sober regard for the language of the Bible, and neither can it make appeal to the beginnings of Christendom: details must be ignored; plain statements must be "spiritualized" so that they no longer mean what they say, and the authors of the Bible must be "forgiven" for their ignorance of the "spiritual Millennium of Christ". Furthermore, those who despise the Millennium as described in the Bible have scorned God's creation as little more and nothing less than a temptation to sin: they do NOT believe that what God originally created was GOOD.! As a matter of fact, it is an old Amillennial conception that the serpent in the garden of Eden was really Adam's penis, and the eating of the tree of knowledge was just symbolic language for sex. This is the kind of misanthropic perverseness upon which Amillennialism is founded.

Almost without exception, Protestant Amillennialists claim Martin Luther as one of their first honored spokesmen. I guess they forgot that Martin Luther wrote this:

"I here once more repeat, what I have so often insisted on, that the Christian should direct his efforts toward understanding the so-called literal sense of the Scripture, which alone is the substance of faith and of Christian theology, which alone will sustain him in the hour of trouble and temptation, and which will triumph over sin, death, and the gates of hell, to the praise and glory of God." (bold and underline added by me)

Only by rejecting the literal-grammatical principle of Scripture interpretation, can the Amillennialists hope to foist their faithless pretensions upon the unwary.

Many Amillennialists say the First Resurrection is synonymous with being Born Again

This proposition hardly deserves an answer. This lie completely robs Resurrection from all of it's meaning, which has ALWAYS referred to the reconstitution of the physical body. This is just another example of the contortions that these Amillennialists must go through to defend their LIE. Christ is our example of Resurrection when He came back to life on the earth, with a substantial body - and don't forget that He also ate food, which fact alone proves that He was FULLY FUNCTIONING AND SENSUAL. Paul furthermore states that Christ was the firstfruits of the resurrection: He was NOT born again, He was raised from the dead into a glorified body!

(1 Cor 15:22-23 KJV) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. {23} But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

I will not prolong this diatribe into a book by answering to the many bogus straw-man arguments put forth by the Amillennialists: like their assertion that the doctrine of a future 1000 year reign of Christ upon this earth is either dependant on or necessarily connected to some particular scheme of Dispensationalism. Do not allow anyone to insist that the doctrine of a future, 1000 year Millennial kingdom on the earth FOR CHRISTIANS has to be tied to any particular opinion about the Jews. Neither does the doctrine of a future earthly Millennial kingdom have ANY necessary connection to any particular view of the timing of the Rapture. Neither is the doctrine of a FUTURE EARTHLY 1000 year Millennial kingdom in any way dependant on whether there is or is not any future Great Tribulation. The most common device of Amillennialists is their attempt to "Dress truth in a fools coat" - they wish to blur the issues by connecting Pre-Millennialism to other notions and doctrines. This is a dishonest device that only reveals either their perfidy or their ignorance of the real issues IN EVERY CASE.

The fact that there are also errors and heresies among avowed Premillennialists does NOT negate the plain language of the Bible on these matters. We have already shown with enough evidence to satisfy any honest mind that there is a Biblical doctrine of a 1000 year earthly Millennium to follow the Second Coming of Christ. Those who deny this do NOT do so upon evidence or reason, but only upon their prejudice: they have a cynical and sour view of God AND man. We therefore reject this heresy, and the fact that this heresy is so popular and has had so long a history is only more evidence that Christ knew for all time what He meant when He called His own, a "little flock".

Many Amillennialists will complain that we have unfairly characterized their doctrine. They sum up the future of the righteous by describing our state as resurrected into glorified bodies who live in a recreated, new heavens and new earth, while they also object to the idea that we shall be occupied in any kind of earthly life: eating, sleeping, working, playing, having a wife and family, etc. When we ask them what it is that we SHALL be doing, they have no answer, except to say that it will not be anything like the restoration to the Edenic paradise that was described by the prophets. We ask Amillenialists, once again, to tell us EXACTLY WHAT that they are sending us to? If you take away everything that the Amillenialist says that we shall NOT be doing, there is nothing left but to imagine yourself frozen in stunned awe of the glory of God for all eternity. Understandable? Yes, but not at all what the Bible describes.

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