The Rapture will take place 7 years before the Second Coming. Here's what I want all of you to see, and even those out in television, that the Rapture will take place just before the Tribulation. All the way back here, we've had the out-calling of the Gentiles into the Body of Christ, which is the Church. It will end with the Rapture. These two processes, the times of the Gentiles, during which Jerusalem is under Gentile control, is going to end at the Second Coming.
The fulness of the Gentiles will end at the Rapture. I Corinthians , and we're using that text as a jumping off place, because we previously asked , "Who are Christ's at His coming that will be resurrected in the largest part of the resurrection harvest? Then we have the main harvest, which is the Church resurrection and includes the Rapture. Then we have the gleanings and the corners, and if we have time we'll go back to Daniel Chapter 12 and we'll see this is the resurrection of the Old Testament saints shortly after the Kingdom here on earth is established.
So I teach the resurrection of the Just the believers of all the ages will be in three distinct separate stages. That's not a reference to His Second Coming but since Paul is writing about this he's talking about Christ's coming for the Body of Christ, "The Rapture of the Church," two completely different events that are separated by 7 years.
Remember, all the Old Testament promises and programs never considered the out-calling of the Church. It was never in there because God had kept it secret. So all the Old Testament prophecies spoke of the coming of Christ to be their King, and they would have to go through the Tribulation and then they could have the King and the Kingdom.
They all speak of this kind of a Biblical timeline.
However, Israel rejected the King back at the Cross and the Tribulation did not come in, they did not get the Kingdom. So instead, after having crucified their Messiah, and Peter does not succeed in turning Israel into repentance Acts God then brings forth the Apostle Paul and this is what we have been looking at for the past three lessons , and it's the calling out the Body of Christ primarily from the Gentiles.
And since it has nothing to do with the Old Testament program or Tribulation, which is also tied to the Old Testament and primarily for the Jew, then we maintain that the Body of Christ is insulated from God's dealings with Israel either before or after the Cross, and so consequently this is why I teach the Rapture. The Body of Christ has to be off the scene before God can pick up dealing with Israel again.
Always remember, if we could just take the Church out, which is in parentheses, then we can place the Tribulation back with the Old Testament economy of the Second Coming of the Messiah, the Tribulation, the King, and the Kingdom. However, when Israel rejected it, God went to Paul and the calling out of the Body of Christ, and it has to be raptured and then He will yet bring in the Tribulation to Israel. Now let's go back to Romans again.
Turn to Chapter 11 verse 25 that I always I maintain will be the triggering mechanism for Christ coming for the Church. Now we know there is no time element, we can never say that in five years He's coming. I certainly like to think He is, but we can't say that. We don't know if He's coming in a hundred years, but we do know that He's coming, and we do know that He's coming the moment that the Body of Christ is complete. When the last person is saved, and the Body is complete then Christ will come for the Church. Every believer should be aware of these things, and that's why I teach.
I don't have to teach the preachers and the seminarians, but rather I want to teach the common people out here in the everyday walk of life. Because God wants every one of us to drop our ignorance, and pick up on the wisdom of His Word. Someone who is ignorant isn't someone who is incapacitated to a degree, but rather ignorance is simply a lack of being taught. I consider myself ignorant regarding electricity. I know the ramifications of it, but to get right into the details of three-phase electricity, I'm lost, Why?
Because I've never been taught about it. I'm sure I could learn it if I had to, and it's the same way with Scripture, most people are ignorant of the Scriptures not because they don't have the capacity but because no one has taught them. So this is what Paul is constantly advocating; learn, learn, gain knowledge, get wisdom from The Book.
Well, what's Paul talking about? When Israel rejected the Messiah, why did they reject Him? They didn't know Who He was. I've been telling my classes for 25 years, over and over, Israel should have known Who Jesus was. Israel could have known Who Jesus was because it was in the Old Testament. Why didn't they? They didn't bother to study. The priests knew it, and they knew the stuff on the surface, but they didn't get right down into the nitty-gritty of the Old Testament prophecies.
When the wise men came to Herod and asked about the King of Israel, Herod calls up the big-wigs of Judaism, and they had to go search the Scriptures to see where He was to be born. Did they find it? Sure they did. They said "He was to be born in Bethlehem," so they could have known, but they didn't.
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And do you know America is no better right now today? Every last person in these 50 states should know that we are in the end times, that we are approaching the very coming of Christ, and the Tribulation, the appearance of the Anti-christ and world government, but do they? Most of them don't even know what you're talking about.
Because they chose to remain ignorant. They don't have to be, but they are. Paul is admonishing the believers at Rome, " Don't be ignorant of this fact that God has literally dropped a spiritual blindness on the Nation of Israel. Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; What were they seeking?
The King and the earthly Kingdom! How did they miss it? They were ignorant. How ignorant? Well, they were looking for a King Who would come in with pomp and power and circumstance, at least symbolically riding on a great white Arabian steed. Instead their King came riding in on a lowly donkey. And they missed it. They are still blind to Who Jesus really was. Now coming back to verse 25, Paul says, "That we Gentiles are to understand that this spiritual blindness has fallen on the Nation of Israel, and it will remain on their spiritual eyes".
Well, what's the fulness of the Gentiles? The Body of Christ, the Church. So when the Body of Christ is full then God will take us out of the way and He will start dealing again with the Nation of Israel. Now when I say that the Tribulation is primarily Jewish, here's where I have to go back with you to Jeremiah Chapter 30, and of course this is just one verse.
There are many, many others. However this one is so plain that I think anybody can comprehend it. Let's turn to 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2. Now, just for a little recap from the last lesson. I hope I didn't leave any questions unanswered. The first resurrection of believers of all ages is really broken down into the three categories as indicated by Israel's harvest of grain. That is, first there were the 'first fruits,' which was of course epitomized by Christ, and those that came out of the graves in Matthew We have the Main harvest that came from the Church Age and the great resurrection day at the Rapture, or the trumpet sound when Christ shall leave Heaven and meet us in the air.
The Old Testament believers as well as the Tribulation Believers who will have been martyred and died, seemingly are represented by the gleanings and the corners that were left in the Jewish harvest, and they will be resurrected shortly after the kingdom has begun.
Then, I hardly had time to explain at the end of the lesson, but you see this is why we have that picture in the parables, and in the Old Testament, that the Jewish believers will be the guests at the wedding feast. We won't take time to look at that, but if you want to, you can pick that up in Psalms Chapter 45, I think.
It's also alluded to in the Song of Solomon. Now on our Time Line we're coming to that next event. The Church Age will have ended with the Rapture, and then we know that the Tribulation will be ushered in next. It will be that seven years not associated with the Church - because the Church Age has ended - it's gone. Instead, we'll be coming back to God's dealing with the Jew once again. I'll never forget a little lady in one of my classes, all of a sudden she just happened to see it.
Then she exclaimed, "In other words God's going to pick up with the Jews where he left off. Now, he has taken this Old Testament program, as we saw back in Psalms Chapter 2. God's time table stopped when He turned to the Gentiles with the Gospel of Grace.
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When that period has ended you will find Grace and Law cannot mix. Israel is going to have the Temple, she's going to go back under the Law. If ever I have any argument that we will not go into the Tribulation, it's that one purpose right there. You can not mix Law and Grace. Therefore, Grace cannot go into the Jewish economy, as it will pick up again in that seven-year Tribulation period. It has to be removed, so they cannot be mixed. Paul, here in 2 Thessalonians, is coming as close to prophecy, if you want to call it that, as he does in any portion of his writings.
He is introducing us to this seven-year period of time which Jesus in Matthew 24 calls the time of Tribulation.
Now in 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 verse 1 Paul writes to the Thessalonians believers who, believe it or not, had gotten to the place with all the persecution that they were under, and all the pressure, they were afraid that the Rapture had taken place, and they had missed it. So, Paul had to quickly come back with 2 Thessalonians and reassure them that they hadn't missed the Rapture, that, yes, things were going to get tough, but it wasn't their situation.
Do you see how that little bunch of words sets that completely apart from the second Coming. See, at the second Coming Christ won't be gathering people unto Himself. He's coming! But here Paul is referring to an act of Christ where He's going to gather His own unto himself, and that's the Rapture. Verse 2: "That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled. And he's going to give them points to look for so that they'll know that they haven't missed it.
The Day of Christ is referring to that out-calling of the Church, the Rapture. That's all referred to as the Day of The Lord, etc. But, the day of Christ is that time when Christ will call the Body of Christ unto himself. Let's look at what he says. Now, I'm afraid too many Christians, churchgoers and members, do not know what apostasy is. I can remember when I was young, I thought it had something to do with the Apostles, but I wouldn't doubt that a lot of other people think the same thing, because it is so close in pronunciation.
But apostasy is that turning away from the revealed truth of the Word of God. Isn't that exactly where we are today? The churches, for the most part, have apostatized. They have turned their backs on the basic truths of Scripture. And this is why all the false teachings are having such a free run in so many of our main-line denominations. And this is why so many theologians and pastors and preachers are denying the Virgin birth. They are denying the literal, physical, visible Resurrection of Christ as just so much methodology.
They have turned their backs on the revealed truth of the Word of God. We're in it, so now then, what does that tell you and me? We could be expecting the Day of Christ at any time because the apostasy has now come about. Let's look further. There's also a second definition of apostasy. We see it here and other places in our New Testament. It is actually translated, "departure," as a person departing from one place to another. So, you might say that within verse three, you not only have the apostecia of Christendom turning it's back upon the truth of the Word of God, but also the departure of the Christian himself; we're going to be taken out.
And then, as soon as the apostasy has come on the scene, there shall be the revealing of whom? That 'man of sin,' who will be revealed, the son of perdition. Who is that? The Anti-christ. We try to get folks to understand what the Bible really says. A lot of the time we have an idea that it says something that it doesn't say. Which is just as important as missing what it does say. In our last lesson we were talking about the , that will be administering the Gospel of the Kingdom during the Tribulation.
Let's back up to the opening of the Tribulation in Revelation Here is yet another introduction of the man Anti-christ. We talk a lot about the Anti-christ as he is the central figure in these seven years. He is the very emissary of Satan, and will try at the end of the seven years to make war against the coming Christ. So we should have a complete understanding of who and what He is, and what we are seeing tonight that indicates that the time is not too far off for his appearance.
So now let's read what John sees here:. Be careful. I'm sure you've all seen posters and books with all of these different looking animals that people have portrayed as the Anti-christ. But we are not talking about a beast per se; we are talking about a government. Remember, Daniel, Ezekiel, and John here in Revelation write in symbolic language. You have to search the Scriptures to reduce these symbolisms to a literal thing. It's going to be a government headed up by the one man, Anti-christ.
The beast here in Chapter 13 is first and foremost the revival of the old ancient Roman Empire. And the reason it is referred to as a beast here, as well as in Daniel, is that the government will be so bestial in its operation, there will be no concerns about individual or human rights. And then the seven heads and ten horns and ten crowns - this again is a twofold picture I think, as Satan is often referred to as the seven heads and so forth, referring I think to his power and his authority. But usually we think of the seven heads and ten horns as the revived Roman Empire.
It will be a consortium of ten nations coming out of the Old Roman Empire territory. And I think we are seeing it coming on the scene even tonight as the Common Market, or European Community. At the present time, I think there are twelve nations that make up the EC it may go a little higher , but when the peace treaty is signed between the Anti-christ and the Nation of Israel there will be only And we will be showing that as we come through our study of Revelation. Back in verse 1 of Chapter 13, John " stood upon the sand of the sea.
The world is getting "global. So out of this mass of humanity will come this empire that has been dead since about AD and will be headed up by this man of sin, the Anti-christ. Now verse Go back again to Daniel 7. When we studied Daniel several lessons ago I stressed then that when we studied Daniel we would have to study Revelation and Matthew 24 and They just all fit together so nicely.
You can't study one without the other two. Now that mandates a lot of repetition. But as I have learned over the years, repetition is one of the best tools of learning. Here, Daniel is describing a vision that he has had. Which, of course, is looking forward down through history, and he uses practically the same language. And out of that sea of humanity the following happened:.
And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear that was the Medes and Persians empire After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard that was the Greek empire under Alexander the Great After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast or empire , dreadful and terrible this was the Roman empire The Roman empire was noble in some aspects, but it was bestial in many others. It had no concern for the lower classes of people.
They threw people to the lions and thought nothing of it. They also became grossly immoral, wicked and evil. And, consequently, the empire finally fell in on itself. If you compare this passage with Revelation 13, you will see that John doesn't list the Roman empire. He begins with the Greek, the leopard, because he is speaking at a time when the Roman empire is still on the scene. So he doesn't have to list that one.
But out of this Roman Empire you are going to see the residue of the previous three great world empires. But here John lists the empires in reverse order. These four empires are the ones the Bible concerns itself with as the times of the Gentiles. We read about the Roman empire that faded off the scene, but now is coming back on the scene in verse Now back to Revelation Let's take this slowly so that we don't lose the overall picture. Daniel sees all the residue of those empires coming back together in the revival of that fourth Roman empire that was dreadful and terrible:.
Let's bring it right up to the present time. Western Europe is coming together more and more as the United States of Europe. Tonight, I think they are at the number twelve, and like I said, they may go to thirteen or more. But whatever transpires, we know they will drop back to ten.
This is a revival of that empire that existed what - almost years ago? It was dead, and yet here it is coming back full force. And the world is amazed. How can this be. Just fifty years ago most of the great cities of Europe were in heaps of rubble, ravished by war. Their industries had been destroyed. Yet where are they tonight. They are almost looking down on us. I've said for years, that it almost seems that there was a conspiracy to destroy our United States of America. I still think there is. Right after World War II, when we had utterly demolished our enemies, the Marshall Plan came on the scene and we just literally rebuilt Europe with American dollars.
Since then we have seen our industries leaving. We have all the oil resources we will ever need, but where do we get our oil? Foreign suppliers. Our steel business is almost gone. So you can see it seems there is a conspiracy to just bleed our beloved America dry. And all of it to enhance this revival of the ancient Roman Empire, or what we call the 10 nations of the European Community. But nevertheless, this is all in the end-time picture, and in this EC there will come this leader, this man, this human, who is the other aspect of the beast.
So you almost use the term synonymously. Now here comes the prophecy , and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; That means that the prince that shall come, the Anti-christ, would come out of the empire that destroyed the Temple and city of Jerusalem in 70 AD and we know that was Rome. And that is why the Bible has been looking forward to the end-time when the Revived Roman Empire would once again come to power, and we see that even tonight with the E. They already have currency printed for the E.
Isn't it amazing how an ungodly world, and Europe certainly is is falling right into the very format of the Book of Revelation. I just read a couple of interesting things about the European situation. A gentlemen sent me an article from the news magazine call "Europe" which is strictly a magazine to report the events in Europe, and out of that I picked up something that I had totally missed, and if I missed it I feel a lot of other people also missed it.
So when I taught end time events of prophecy in this Through the Bible study a few years back I naturally referred to the "Ten" then as what I thought was the revived Roman Empire. It fits so beautifully with Daniel and Revelation that I was very comfortable with that, and then all of a sudden the "Ten" expanded to eleven and twelve, thirteen, and fourteen. Well now I learn from this magazine "Europe" that there are two separate organizations in western Europe. One of them is the original "Ten. So they have already set a time table to have a real Czar, a real chairman of the board who by sometime in the year will be in total control of their military, their security, and they hope to have as strong a military force as we now have with the United States involved as well.
That will be Western Europe, China, and Africa. I feel that Russia and the United States will somehow meet their demise and will no longer be a factor in the events of the Tribulation period. How long? So how far does this verse bring us? To the mid-point of the Tribulation. I'm going to stop there in this portion concerning the Anti-christ. Now let's drop down to verse A couple of lessons ago I mentioned the fact that during the Tribulation there would be an unholy trinity.
A counterfeit trinity, with Satan as the counterfeit of God the Father, with the Anti-christ as the counterfeit God the Son, and with the False Prophet, the religious leader as we will see here in verse 11, the counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. Not so much in his make-up, but in his operations. Not a government but a religious system coming up out of the earth; Stop a minute.
The Anti-christ is described as coming up out of the sea, and since the Book of Revelation is dealing almost exclusively, or primarily with the Nation of Israel, it's God dealing with His Covenant people once again, in preparation for His return. Naturally all the Gentile nations are going to be affected by it, but it's Israel's seven-year treaty that concerns itself with the time factor and everything that is taking place here. Israel will be so quick to accept the Anti-christ and his treaty, his offers of protection, and the Temple worship. I don't say it to look down on the Jew in the least bit, but I feel that this man, Anti-christ, will be a Jew.
An Apostate Jew to be sure. Otherwise I can't see Israel so readily accepting his offers that he will make to them. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; Or "I am the Messiah. Are we already seeing that? Sure we are. But to no extent that it will after that seven years has begun. And remember that just as soon as the Anti-christ signs that seven-year treaty with the nation of Israel, this seven-year Tribulation period is going to tick off, month by month, and day by day.
And it will end exactly at the end of the seven years. Now someone asked the question at break, "Well, what will the Anti-christ offer the nation of Israel, that they will sign the seven-year treaty? They want peace with their neighbors. They want to be accepted into the family of nations of the world. And they have to maintain their defense structure. They have to keep their people taxed to death just to keep their enemies at bay. So if this man comes in, and I think he'll come out of the European Community with the power of N. And I think he'll come in and offer the nation of Israel absolute protection and a sovereignty that no one can approach.
He'll say, "I guarantee your borders. You can dismantle you armed forces. I'll protect you. And on top of that, he's going to give them permission to have their Temple worship. And he's going to guarantee them freedom in that. And so they're going to have no qualms about signing this seven-year treaty. Because like I said a few lessons ago, they'll almost think he's the Christ, if they don't indeed. But as we see Jesus unfold the events of the Tribulation, remember this: even though we are seeing the beginnings of it; we are seeing the great increase in earthquakes; we're already seeing the potential of famine; and we are seeing famine in some places.
Yet it's nothing compared to what it will be when these seven years begin to unfold. They wanted to know when His Kingdom would be set up , and of the end of the world? Jesus now begins to lay out the events of the seven years. It begins from the appearance of the white horse in Revelation 6 - the Man of Sin, the counterfeit christ, the Anti-christ.
Do you see that? That's the white horse. He's will come on the scene and practically convince the world that he is Christ. He's what the world is looking for. And we are already seeing people like that. Sigma Moon from Korea, about 15 years ago, tried to tell the world that he was the Christ. And we've had others, and we will have still more. But it's going to be culminated by the real counterfeiter, the real Anti-christ, and he's going to convince the world that he is the Christ and he shall deceive many.
Going back to Revelation, stop at I John, Chapter 2 for a moment. This is the same writer who wrote the Book of Revelation. And here again, as I have stressed before, is the one place where this Man of Sin is actually called the Anti-christ. They thought it would be coming in a relatively short time : and as ye have heard that antichrist here John is speaking of the real Anti-christ shall come, even now are there many antichrists; Of course there are.
But they can't hold a candle to the one that is coming. Now let's go back to Revelation Chapter 6. So we see this Man of Sin comes on the scene and he begins to conquer and overtake nations. He is setting up his power base. We are still at the mid-point here and Satan indwells the man Anti-christ. Think back a moment, when did Satan indwell Judas? From that moment on Judas became an instrument of Satan. As a result, Judas was able to betray Christ in the garden. But when Judas tried to resist the power of Satan and throw the silver at the feet of the priests there at the Temple, what happened?
The language is kind of confusing. In one Scripture it says Judas hung himself, and in another it says that Judas fell head-long and his bowels burst forth. In reality both are correct. There are no contradictions in Scripture. When he tried to rebel against Satan, Judas's body almost exploded with the power of Satan. As he was catapulted, Judas' body burst asunder, and at the same time he hanged himself on a pole as the result of the catapulting.
We will try to cover that before we go into the Book of Acts. So Satan is going to indwell the man Anti-christ, and from that point on everything the Anti-christ says and does will be a word and act of Satan himself. Verse Remember in verse 7 this religious system is riding on the back of the beast but now shall hate the whore or religious system , and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
That again is symbolic language. What is the Anti-christ going to do with the religious system? He's going to destroy it. We can also go all the way back to the Book of Daniel. He's going to set himself up as God and won't let the world religion have anything to do with him anymore. He's going to take absolute control himself. And since he is going to sit in the temple of God, we know that Israel will rebuild her temple and it will be in Jerusalem. In Daniel Chapter 9 we find out what this fellow will do at the mid-point of the Tribulation.
We find he's going to move into the temple in Jerusalem. He then will defile it. Verse 27, where the prince that shall come in verse 26 shall:. In order for temple worship to cease, it has to be going. So it stands to reason that if the Anti-christ is going to go into the temple in the middle of the Tribulation, then the temple must be operating. So that tells us the Nation of Israel will get her temple rebuilt, and we know she is ready for it, even as I speak. So at the mid-point of the Tribulation the Anti-christ will go into the temple and suddenly turn on the Jew.
And he will set himself up as God and force the Jew to worship him rather than the God of the Old Testament which they think that they worship. Just because Israel gets her temple back at the beginning of the Tribulation doesn't mean that God will be working in their lives. It will be much the same kind of religion as Judaism was during Christ's earthly ministry. They had the temple, the priest, the sacrifices. Was God in it?
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They were still practicing a religion. Because they are still denying the Christ that died for them. Now back to Revelation Chapter Then verse Personally, I think by this time it will be Jerusalem. That is where we are tonight. The nations think they are in control, but we know they're not. The world is falling apart completely, and I see no hope of the world returning to a stable condition. I'm not a pessimist, but rather an optimist; but on the other hand I see things that are going on in our beloved nation that we are no longer able to turn around.
We are past that point of no return. So that tells me we are that much closer to the end and the calling out of the Body of Christ at the Rapture. I have a Jewish gentleman that lives in Hollywood, California, that watches the program, and we share with each other quite often. He's not a Christian Jew. He's an Orthodox Judaistic Jew. Anyway, he called so excited the other morning, and reported that He had just returned from a seminar of rabbis. He said the rabbis are all excited because they are convinced that we are right at the coming of the Messiah.
He said they realized that they had some tough times ahead during the Tribulation. Matthew And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. Matthew All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matthew And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Matthew And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. The natural implication of this teaching is that virtually all of National Israel will follow God due to the great signs presented to them. This becomes the heart of premillennial teaching. The following is a synopsis of premillennial teaching. It teaches that Jesus Christ will return to earth to establish a literal year reign after a period of great tribulation is completed.
Hence the name of this doctrine is given premillennial since Christ returns prior to the millennium. This earthly kingdom will suppress all threats to National Israel in order that the Gospel will be easily revealed to Israel. In the main, premillennialists believe that God will lead the nation of Israel back to the saving knowledge of God. Postmillennialism also shares with the premillennial view in its belief that the millennium will be a time of great peace on the earth.
On notable difference arises however. While the premillennial view holds that there will be great tribulation in the world and that the world will be on the brink of disaster except it be for the return of Christ , postmillennialism holds an opposite belief. They believe that the world will be at great peace through the success of the spread of the Gospel. It is taught that the great tribulation will not occur just prior to the return of Christ.
They hold that the world will be so Christianized and evangelized that the world will be essentially a unity in Christian love. It is when this goal is achieved, that Christ will then return to set up the eternal kingdom. This long time of peace prior to the return of Christ is what they know as the millennium. It is a time that comes so gradually that it will not be very evident as to when the millennium begins. The millennium, however, is characteristic of great peace and blessings of which arise from a time where Christianity is prevalent.
Christ returns after this millennium and hence this view gets its name postmillennialism. The years is symbolic for the period of time known as the church age. That is, it is the time between which Satan was bound when Christ was victorious on the cross and the time when Satan is loosed for a short while i. Right after the Great Tribulation, Christ literally and physically returns and coincidentally raptures the church, destroys the earth and heavens, resurrects all people who ever existed for judgment and sets up the kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth.
At the end of the millennium there is an intensified time of trouble that is the great tribulation. It differs with the premillennial view in that premillennialism emphasizes the literal earthly trouble that is characteristic of the tribulation, while the amillennial view emphasizes the spiritual trouble of the darkness of spiritual conditions in the end times.
Just before the return of Christ at the end of the millennium, there is an unbinding of Satan in which there is great apostasy in the church and great spiritual deception. Satan is primarily unbound in that deception on the earth runs rampant. The return of Christ ushers in eternity in which there is a new heavens and a new earth. Amillennialsim shares with postmillennialism and is very different from premillennialsim in their understanding of Biblical interpretation. The overall characteristics of amillennialism are:.
Study of the three main views concerning the millennium results in our recognizing 3 prime factors in each one. That is, there are three main events that give each view its distinction from the others. By ordering these three events in different orders, we see the views of the millennium emerge.
Additionally, for the premillennial view in its characteristic complicated fashion repeat one of these events several times. By ordering these three events in different orders, we arrive at the essential differences between the three views of the millennium. Consider the following:. With this model, we can perhaps more easily understand the differences between the views of the millennium. In premillennialism, we see that the first R stands for the resurrection that happens at the rapture. Prior to the tribulation of Mat 24 et al, the church will be raptured.
Those who died as Christians or are Christians at the time of the rapture will be resurrected and be with Christ for 7 years during the tribulation period. The second R stands for the resurrection of those who became Christians during the tribulation and are resurrected at the second coming of Christ.
The M after the second R stands for the millennium.
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At this time there will be great peace and a focus on Israel as they suppose , which was promised in the Old Testament. Finally, the last R stands for the resurrection of the wicked dead at the Great White Throne Judgment. Looking at the doctrine of premillennialism in this light, we see a multiplicity of resurrections.
This very fact is acknowledged by J. Pentecost Things to Come, :. The first four stages would all be included in the first resurrection or resurrection to life, inasmuch as all receive eternal life and the last would be the second resurrection, or the resurrection unto damnation, inasmuch as all receive eternal judgment at that time. When we come to postmillennialism and amillennialism, we find much more simple views of the end times. Each of these positions notably believes in a general resurrection. That is, when Christ returns, all people are resurrected.
This is parallel to the familiar passage concerning the separation of the sheep and the goats Mat In fact, there are many, many places in the Bible where the resurrection is said to include both the saved and the damned and that this event occurs at the same time in history. Therefore, the issue of the general resurrection becomes a significant decision point in what one believes about the end times.
Concerning the differences between amillennialism and postmillennialism, we only find one major difference. From the above diagram, we see that amillennialism holds to a M-T-R view of the end times while postmillennialism holds to a T-M-R view. In other words they both believe in a general resurrection of all people i. However, while the amillennialist believes that the tribulation will occur just before the resurrection, the postmillennialist believes that the early church suffered tribulation but the general resurrection at the second coming of Christ will be preceded by a millennial period of the success of the Gospel and peace on earth.
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