Oct.20, 2002


Volume 12 - Number 42     

Premillennialism - A Reflection on the Integrity of God

Quite often the theories of men do not look so bad until we stop to consider where they lead. Sometimes the theories of men result in conclusions which are unbelievable. The theory of Premillennialism is one such theory.

The entire theory itself is composed of many different parts. One facet of it has to do with the kingdom of God. Premillennialists teach that the kingdom of God, which was prophesied in the Old Testament (Daniel 2:44), has not yet been established. A few years ago, W.E. Blackstone wrote a book entitled, "JESUS IS COMING." In his book, he wrote,

"The kingdom was at hand, that is, it came nigh...when Jesus, the King, came. So much so, that the three favored disciples witnessed a foretaste of its glory and power on the mount of Transfiguration. But the Jews rejected it and slew their king. They were not willing to have this man reign over them, and therefore the kingdom did not immediately appear" (pp. 83,84).

Blackstone further stated,

"The kingdom did come (nigh) when Christ came, and had they received him, it would have been manifested, but now it is in abeyance, or waiting until he comes again" (p.88).

What Mr. Blackstone said should raise our spiritual eyebrows! He believes that Jesus tried to establish his kingdom during his earthly ministry, but failed. Furthermore, when he comes a second time, he will accomplish what he failed to do the first time. Of course one may wonder how it can be believed that Jesus will accomplish the second time what he failed to accomplish the first time!

Essentially, then, the premillennial theory is a future-kingdom theory. Those who hold to it teach that Jesus, during his earthly ministry, came to establish his kingdom among the Jews, but the Jews rejected him as their king, thus postponing the kingdom.

One of the tragic consequences of this theory is that it questions, even denies, the very integrity of God. When Jesus began his ministry, he came "preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God" (Mark 1:14). Furthermore, as he preached, he began laying down some of the fundamental terms on which the kingdom was being offered to the Jews. His message was, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17). He proclaimed that the time for the establishment of the kingdom was drawing near. Than he proclaimed that those who would enter the kingdom must "repent." In other words, God offered them the kingdom on the condition that they first repent. Thousands of them repented (Acts 2:37-41) -- but we are told by premillennialists that Jesus deferred the establishment of the kingdom because not all of the Jews repented. But what about those who did repent? What about those who met the requirements? God made a promise to them based upon a condition (i.e. repentance); they met the condition, but God refused to give them what he promised!

R.L. Whiteside stated,

"It does not help...to say that the nation rejected him. What about his promise to those who accepted him? It will not do to say God dealt falsely with some because others dealt falsely with him. We are told that the offer of the kingdom was made in good faith. Some accepted the offer in good faith, but we are told that they did not get what God had promised them. There is a serious defect in a man's faith who can thus reflect on the integrity of Jehovah" (The Kingdom Of Promise And Prophecy, p.101).

The fact is, God kept his promise to the Jews. The kingdom was established in the first century. How do we know this? Because Jesus, during his ministry, made another promise, "That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power" (Mark 9:1). Some in Jesus' audience on that day would witness the establishment of the kingdom before they died. Paul said that God had "delivered" the Colossians from "the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son" (Colossians 1:13-14). The author of Hebrews reported that the Hebrew Christians had received "a kingdom which cannot be moved" (Hebrews 12:28). This sounds like the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy that "the God of heaven … shall … set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed" (Daniel 2:44). Yes, the kingdom of God has been established, and all men can enter the kingdom by being born of the water and of the Spirit (John 3:5).

When one accepts and/or advocates the theory of Premillennialism, he/she ignores what the Bible clearly and plainly teaches about the kingdom. One of the greatest, and surely most far-reaching, consequences of this theory is that it basically states that God is a liar! It is sad that men and women, though sincere, can hold to such a destructive theory. May they be encouraged to give up this false theory and accept the Word of God in its simplicity!

- Brian K. Giselbach-


"The great danger in education today is the fact that we have failed to see the difference between knowledge and wisdom.

We train the head and let the heart run wild.

We allow culture and character to walk miles apart, stuffing the head with mathematics and languages - leaving manners and morals out of the picture."

Theodore H. Palmquist


 

 


AM SERMON:
"Premillennialism, #1 "
Matthew 24:1-3
PM SERMON:
"Premillennialism, #2 "
Matthew 24:1-3

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