- 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"
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"
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
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
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
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."