Premillennialism 05-armageddon


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Premillennialism teaches that Jesus failed to establish His Kingdom when He came in the first century. The idea is that He could not establish His Kingdom by persuasion, but will do so by force. This is odd since Jesus said He could do so by force the first time (Matt. 26:53; cf. 2 Kgs. 19:23).

The Bible teaches the Kingdom was established long ago (Col. 1:13). Christ is King of kings (1 Tim. 6:15). Christians are citizens of the Kingdom (1 Pet. 2:9). The Kingdom will stand until the Judgment (1 Cor. 15:23, 24). We can enter it now through the New Birth (Jn. 3:3-5).

This lesson will show Premillennialism to be false regarding Armageddon and the Reign of Christ.

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Premillennialism 05-armageddon

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  2. 2. Wicked raised Christ returns Wicked – hell Righteous - heaven Paradise Tribulation 1,000 years of peace Church est. Battle of Armageddon instead RAPTURE Resurrection of trib. SaintsChrist to est. kingdom Judgment of saintsRejected by Jews Kingdom est. in Jerusalem Jews converted Satan bound
  3. 3. Premillennialism: Jesus failed to establishHis kingdom in the 1st century ✶ Could not by persuasion, but will by force ✶ Jesus said He could the 1st time, but did not ▴ More than 12 legions of angels, Mt. 26:53 ▴ One angel killed 185,000, 2 Kgs. 19:35
  4. 4. Bible: Kingdom established 1st century,Col. 1:13 ✶ Christ is King of kings, 1 Tim. 6:15 ✶ We are citizens of the Kingdom, 1 Pt. 2:9 ✶ Kingdom will stand until the judgment, 1 Cor. 15:23, 24 ✶ We enter it in the new birth, Jn. 3:3-5
  5. 5. Premillennialism teaches… ✶ “The ‘kings of the earth and of the whole world’ are to be gathered together through the activity of the trinity from hell to what is called ‘the battle of that great day of God Almighty’ (Rev. 16:14). ” - J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come
  6. 6. Premillennialism teaches… ✶ “This confluence of the nations of the earth is in a place called Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). There God deals in judgment with the nations because of their persecution of Israel... because of their sinfulness ...and because of their godlessness... ” - J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come
  7. 7. The Bible teaches… ✶ Mentioned in one chapter, Rev. 16:12-16 ✶ If literal: ▴ River Euphrates will dry up ▴ Frogs for generals
  8. 8. The Bible teaches… ✶ Symbolic language, Rev. 1:1; 5:6, 7 ▴ Armageddon symbolic of a battle with a decisive victory, Judges 5:19
  9. 9. The Lord’s kingdom is not of this world,Jn. 18:33-36 ✶ Weapons are not carnal, 2 Cor. 10:3-5 ✶ Spiritual battle, 1 Tim. 6:12; Acts 26:18
  10. 10. Premillennialism teaches… ✶ “It is evident that there can and will be no earthly theocratic kingdom apart from the personal manifested presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. This whole age depends upon His return to the earth as promised. All that exists in the millennium has its origin in the King who is revealed” - J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come
  11. 11. The Bible teaches… ✶ Revelation 20:1-6 ▴ If a literal 1,000-year reign, then… ∙ Actual bottomless pit ∙ Satan is a dragon ∙ Satan can be bound with a chain
  12. 12. The Bible teaches… ✶ Revelation 20:1-6 ▴ Meaning of the passage ∙ Satan is limited in his power, Jas. 4:7; 1 Cor. 10:13 ∙ Satan is a diabolical being ∙ 1,000 years: a complete time
  13. 13. The Bible teaches… ✶ Christ reigns now ▴ On the throne of David, Acts 2:25-36 ▴ Began after resurrection, Heb. 10:10-13 ▴ Continues until last day, 1 Cor. 15:20-28
  14. 14. The Bible teaches… ✶ Why Christ will not sit on a earthly throne ▴ No descendent of Coniah to sit on the throne of David, Jer. 22:28-30; Mt. 1:11 ▴ Christ refused it already, Jn. 6;15
  15. 15. The Bible teaches… ✶ If Christ is not now on the throne of David, then… ▴ The apostles have no authority, Mt. 16:18, 19
  16. 16. The Bible teaches… ✶ If Christ is not now on the throne of David, then… ▴ There is no communing in the Lord’s blood, Mt. 26:26-29
  17. 17. The Bible teaches… ✶ If Christ is not now on the throne of David, then… ▴ There is no need for the new birth, Jn. 3:3-5