The Doctrine of Premillennialism

Like ice cream, the doctrine of premillennialism comes in a variety of flavors. Fundamentally, it is the idea that Christ has not yet established His kingdom, that upon His return, He will establish an earthly kingdom and reign for 1,000 years; this period standing between the second coming of Christ and the final judgment. However if such a theory is true, then how does one explain the following?

1. Upon the Lord’s return, the earth will be destroyed, leaving no place to establish an earthly kingdom, 2 Pet. 3:10-12.

2. Judgment will take place at the second coming, not 1,000 years after, Matt. 25:31-46.

3. Judgment awaits men after death, not a 1,000 year reign of Christ upon the earth, Heb. 9:27.

4. Jesus said that some who were alive in the first century would not see death until the kingdom had come, Mark 9:1.

5. When Christ returns, it will not be to establish a kingdom, but to deliver the existing one to God the Father, 1 Cor. 15:24-26.

6. Zechariah tells us that Christ would function as both king and priest simultaneously, Zech. 6:13. The Hebrew writer tells us that Christ is now our great High Priest, Heb. 4:14. Therefore, to admit that Jesus is now functioning as priest is to admit that He is now functioning as King. And He cannot be functioning as King if He has not yet established His kingdom.

7. Jesus established His kingdom, and first century Christians enjoyed citizenship in it, Col. 1:12-13; Rev. 1:9.

8. The nature of the kingdom is spiritual, not physical, John 18:36; Rom. 14:17.

9. The weaponry used to advance and preserve the kingdom of Christ is spiritual, not carnal, 2 Cor. 10:4-5.

10. The kingdom and the church are synonymous, and when one is added to the church, he is added to the kingdom, Matt. 16:18-19; Acts 2:41, 47.

11. Jesus never said that He would come back to this earth. About every religious group teaches that Jesus will come back to this earth and set up an earthly kingdom, and reign in it as king. Jesus never said anything about coming back to earth. We can read where we will be caught up in the air when He comes, (1 Thess. 4:13-18).

12. Jesus never said when He would return. There have been time-setters for a long time in regards to the second coming of Christ. Jesus never said when He will come. He did say, But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father (Mark 13:32)

“...Let God be true and every man a liar” is what the apostle Paul said to the Christians at Rome (Rom. 3:4). I believe that I will follow that advice, and accept what the above passages teach about the kingdom of Christ. However, to do so means that I will have to regard the theory of premillennialism as false, and those who teach such as false teachers. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but TEST the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

In Daniel’s prophecy of the time of the establishment of the kingdom of God, he spoke of four kingdoms: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. He prophesied that, in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44). He also stated that this prophecy would come to pass in the latter days (v. 28). When Jesus came it was during the time of the Roman Empire, and he announced that, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Mark 1:15). Christ came to establish His kingdom during the days of the fourth kingdom as Daniel prophesied. But Daniel also prophesied that this would be in the latter days (2:28). Thus, the latter days and the fourth kingdom (Rome) were concurrent. It is therefore conclusive that the Roman period, during which time Jesus came to establish his kingdom, was in the latter days of Daniel’s prophecy. Further evidence is seen in the fact that Jesus said that some would not taste of death until they see the kingdom of God come with power (Mark 9:1). No millennialist can project this prophecy into the future and possibly agree with the time element fixed by Daniel and claimed by Christ to be fulfilled .

Premillennialists make varied attempts to overcome their contradiction of this Biblical time period, but seldom, if ever, do they mention Mark 1:15 or 9:1. Their doctrine has the prophets foretelling the time of the establishment of the kingdom to be at Christ’s second coming. This is the result of interpreting certain prophecies literally. That means the following things must literally occur in the future:

The temple of Ezekiel 40:1-46 must be built.

		The mount of Olives must be split (Zech. 14:4) and living waters must go out of Jerusalem (v. 8). <br />
		After the temple is rebuilt, the Roman empire must be re-established (Dan. 2:44). <br />
		David must be king over Israel (Ezek. 37:24) and the Israelites must return to the land of Canaan and repossess it (37:21-25).</p>

Premillennialists tell us that the present church age was not predicted by Old Testament prophets, and the events of the kingdom which were predicted have not yet been fulfilled. They claim that Jesus sincerely offered the kingdom to Israel, but they turned it down. They claim further that He intended and expected Israel to take His offer, hence He said, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.

Also, as a basis for their doctrine, Premillennialists teach that the Abrahamic covenant has not been fulfilled. This was the promise God made to Abraham that we would be the father of a great nation and a great land among a few other promises. Moses makes clear in the writings of the Pentateuch (first several books of the Old Testament) that all these promises were fulfilled as the Israelites entered the land of Canaan during the exodus from Egypt. By postponing the establishment of the kingdom of God to a future time, premillennialists create a double dilemma. Since Jesus said, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, this means that Jesus offered the kingdom at the wrong time, and said it was the right time when it was not! They have Jesus wrong on two counts: wrong as to the time of fulfillment (Mark 1:15; 9:1), and wrong in his own timing since He offered it before it was prophesied. Furthermore, premillennialism makes the church of the Lord, which He purchased with His own blood, to be an after thought. It makes God unable to fulfill His prophecy and makes Christ a failure.