Premillennialism 04-last-days-rapture-tribulation

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Premillennialism is a theory that dishonors God and undermines faith in Him. At its heart is the idea that God was unable to do what He intended to do at the first coming of Christ. It tosses the minds of men about and breeds anxiety and uncertainty.

The Bible presents a different picture about God’s plan. Jesus sacrificed Himself for the church as part of God’s eternal purpose (Eph. 5:25; 3:9-11). He will come back in Judgment (2 Pet. 3:9-13). Hence, we must live faithfully (2 Pet. 3:14-18).

This lesson will expose three falsehoods promoted by Premillennialists: the Last Days, the Rapture, and the Tribulation.

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Premillennialism 04-last-days-rapture-tribulation

  1. 1. www.HebronChurchOfChrist.com
  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. Christ sacrificed For the Church Eph. 5:25 Live faithfully 2 Pet. 3:14-18 Christ returnsChurch built Dead raisedaccording to JudgmentGod’s eternal purpose EternityEph. 3:9-11 2 Pet. 3:9-13
  4. 4. Premillennialism states the Last Daysare yet in our future ✶ Filled with tribulation ✶ Preceded by signs ▴ War ▴ Earthquake ▴ Tsunami
  5. 5. Scriptural doctrine of the Last Days-Started about 2,000 years ago ✶ Joel & Peter, Acts 2:16-21 ✶ Paul & John, 1 Tim. 4:1, 2; 1 Jn. 4:1-6 ✶ Hebrews 1:1, 2 ▴ War ▴ Earthquake ▴ Tsunami
  6. 6. Scriptural doctrine of the Last Days-Started about 2,000 years ago Patriarch Days Mosaic Days Gospel Days Beginning Middle End Time Time Time 1st 2nd Last
  7. 7. Translation of the church ✶ “The present age, in respect to the church, terminates with the translation of the church into the Lord’s presence” - J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come
  8. 8. Translation of the church ✶ “The doctrine of translation of the church is one of the major considerations of the Eschatology of the New Testament (…1 Thess. 4:13-18…)” - J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come
  9. 9. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ✶ Some asleep in Jesus ✶ Jesus to return with them ✶ Living will not hinder the dead ✶ Dead in Christ rise first ✶ Living join them in the clouds
  10. 10. Wicked raised Christ returns Wicked – hell Righteous - heaven Paradise Tribulation 1,000 years of peace 7 YEARS Church est. Battle of Armageddon instead RAPTURE Resurrection of trib. SaintsChristQuiet & unknown VS. Shout, voice, trumpet – 1 of saints to est. kingdom Judgment Thes. 4:16Rejected by Jews Kingdom est. in Jerusalem Jews converted Satan bound
  11. 11. Wicked raised Christ returns Wicked – hell Righteous - heaven Paradise Tribulation 1,000 years of peace 7 YEARS Church est. Battle of Armageddon instead RAPTURE Resurrection of trib. Saints Judgment of saintsChrist to est.comings VS. that “day” 1 Thes. 5:1-4; 2 Thes. 1:6-10 kingdom Separate Kingdom est. in JerusalemRejected by Jews Jews converted Satan bound
  12. 12. Wicked raised Christ returns Wicked – hell Righteous - heaven Paradise Tribulation 1,000 years of peace 7 YEARS Church est. Battle of Armageddon instead RAPTURE Resurrection of trib. SaintsChrist to est. kingdom years apart VS. same hour, Jn. saints29 Resurrections 1,007 Judgment ofRejected by Jews Kingdom est. 5:28, in Jerusalem Jews converted Satan bound
  13. 13. Wicked raised Christ returns Wicked – hell Righteous - heaven Paradise Tribulation 1,000 years of peace 7 YEARS Church est. Battle of Armageddon instead RAPTURE Resurrection of trib. SaintsChrist to est. kingdom VS. with the Lord Judgment of saints 7 years in “rapture”Rejected by Jews Kingdom1 Thes. Jerusalem forever, est. in 4:17 Jews converted Satan bound
  14. 14. Silence of Epistles on the tribulation ✶ “Not only is there no syllable of Scripture which affirms that the church will enter the great tribulation, but *the Lord+ nor the epistles… so much as mention the great tribulation” - J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come
  15. 15. Tribulation for whom? Mt. 24:21 ✶ Matthew 24 for the disciples ▴ Tribulation facing saints, Mt. 24:1, 3, 9 ▴ Localized in Judea, Mt. 24:16 ▴ Faithful to flee, Mt. 24:16
  16. 16. What does Matthew 24 teach? ✶ Three questions, Mt. 24:1-3 ▴ When will these things be? ▴ What will be the sign of Your coming? ▴ What will be the sign… of the end of the age?
  17. 17. What does Matthew 24 teach? ✶ First two answered in 24:4-35 ▴ Judgment against Jews ▴ Rome to destroy Jerusalem, Lk. 21:20-24 ▴ Temple destroyed ▴ That generation to see it, Mt. 24:33-35
  18. 18. What does Matthew 24 teach? ✶ Last question answered in 24:36-51 ▴ No sign given, 24:37-39 ▴ One taken, another left, 24:40, 41 See 1 Thes. 4:16, 17 Faithful & Unfaithful Separated Faithful taken to heaven Unfaithful banished to hell

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