The 1000 year Reign of Christ

Loutzenhiser's picture

A study on the Reign of Christ after his return to earth. This study will cover all aspects of that reign to include it's beginning and ending.

Note: This is not a study on the entire book of Revelations.

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The millenium

Tom and Mike,
Thank you for you presentation of the support you find for "historic Pre-millennialism." The subject is a part of the whole question of prophecy in the New Testament. In the passage you quoted from Acts 1:6-8, verse 7 says: "it is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by his own authority ..." he then goes on in verse 8 to say: "but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and even to the remotest parts of the earth."

From this, I believe we are to infer that Jesus did not want his followers speculating on when and how the kingdom was to be restored to Israel. The closest Paul comes to that is to say he believes it will be accomplished (Romans 11 but especially verses 25-32). Their task was to be his witnesses in the world and, by so doing (if we understand Paul correctly) the kingdom will eventually be restored to Israel.

Having said this, I believe there was one event - when the New Testament was written - of which prophecy was quite specifically being given. Jesus warned of the event to come in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 - the destruction of the temple and the scattering of the Jewish nation (which took place AD 70 approx). Prophecy was given so that the Christians might survive that destruction and the historical record shows that, so warned, most did survive it by fleeing to the hills etc.

Assuming Revelation was written prior to this event it is possible its prophetic passages refer to that destruction. Then why include what is (on this interpretation) essentially a symbolic picture in the midst of prophecy of real events? Perhaps because it deals with the one thing we are not permitted to know about (as in Acts 1:7) the events leading to the restoration of the kingdom to Israel.

The stance I have described here can lead to all three possible interpretations of the millennium (pre- post- and a-). But, what is of more importance is, it also goes a long way to explain why there is only one book of prophecy in the New Testament. In passing I notice you dismissed the preterist or post-millennial interpretation altogether (in spite of a fairly strong representation in post Reformation eschatological study).

Perhaps it might be useful, in order to further our understanding of eschatology, to review the Lord Jesus' teachings on the "kingdom of God" since Revelation 20 does speak of reigning with him and Matthew 19 does as well.

K
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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognise other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith

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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognize other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith




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