Premillennialism...sound biblical truth...or a theory of man?
I write these notes here for you to think through and gain insight and understanding concerning the Millennium.
Let's begin with the...
I summarize it as Christ comes after the Tribulation and before the Millennium: Post-Tribulation/Pre-Wrath, but here is a fuller definition...
My view is similar to the "Classic or Historic" premillennial view, but I’ve changed it significantly.
Here is how I would define Biblical Premillennialism. The present church age will continue until, as it nears the end, a time of Tribulation and Great Tribulation comes on the earth. After the Tribulation and Great Tribulation at the end of the church age, Christ will gather His people to Himself in midheaven, (This is the Rapture...He does not come to earth here...here Christ comes for His followers - Revelation 14:14-16.) and Christ and His followers will partake of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in midheaven while the Bowls of Wrath are being poured out upon the earth. When these events are concluded Christ comes with His followers, wins the battle of Armageddon, and sets up His earthly, millennial kingdom...this is the Parousia. At the Rapture, believers who have died will be raised from the dead, their bodies will be reunited with their spirits, and these believers (along with the believers who were alive and raptured) will reign with Christ on earth for one thousand years. During the Millennium, Christ will be physically present on the earth in his resurrected body and will reign as King over the entire earth...there will be peace throughout the earth. During this time, Satan will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit, so that, he will have no influence on the earth during the Millennium.
The main difference between Biblical Pre-Millennialism and Classic Pre-millennialism is that the Rapture and the Parousia are not events that follow one another immediately...we go up, turn around and come back down. For some reason pre-millennialists have been locked into this idea.
Other passages make this clear. Christians are caught up to Christ in midheaven in Revelation 14.
Then in chapters 15 and 16 the bowls of wrath are poured out.
Chapters 17 and 18 are an interlude, which chronologically goes back to 14:8. And before we return to the earth with Christ we have The Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Revelation 19:7-9. Then we come back to the earth with Him at His Second Coming.
Do you see how clear that is? God’s Word speaks for itself.
Revelation 20 et. al.
There are difficulties with other’s opinions, but I don’t know of any difficulties with other Scriptures when the natural and plainest interpretation is taken.
This millennial reign of Christ will be personal (Christ will be physically present) and it will be an earthly reign (as opposed to only a heavenly reign).
This key passage of Revelation 20:4-6 shows no valid reason not to be interpreted literally and consistently. Therefore, one sees clearly a one thousand year reign of Christ with His followers.
It is not necessarily the End Times passages that make it difficult but how we understand the whole Bible. If we don’t understand Revelation 20 naturally within its context then that causes all kinds of other problems as well.
This isn’t the case with the whole book of Revelation, but here chapter 19 occurs before chapter 20 and chapters 21 and 22 occur after the Millennium of chapter 20.
Chapter 19 is the climax of the book of Revelation with the return of Jesus Christ as the King of kings and the Lord of lords – the Parousia. Chapters 20-22 describe the events to take place after Christ’s return and the millennial reign of Christ and the saints.
Click here to view these four clear millennial passages and my comments on them...
The pre-millennial view stands strong on the basic, simplest and plainest interpretation of the Scriptures, and as one can see, it begins and hinges upon Revelation 20. To deny the plain truths in this passage, one must perform some linguistic, grammatical, or spiritual gymnastics with this text and others.
Besides Revelation 20, numerous other passages support the pre-millennial view of the End Time events. A group of passages that put the Parousia of Christ in a pre-millennial stance commonsensically is Matthew 24:42, 25:13; Mark 13:33,35,37; et. al.
The Second Coming will come first because the church is told in these passages to watch for it. If the Millennium were to come first, the church would have been told to watch for that.
When you let God's Word speak for itself It demolishes the unbiblical opinions and theories of man. Always make the Scriptures your primary source. Then weigh Biblical Premillennialism against Its teaching...you will find it is sourced in these passages.