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Amillennialism Part II

By Pastor G. Reckart

Amillennialism is a belief that the Kingdom is eternal and began when the Church age ended in 70AD.  The Church lasted from 30AD until 70AD and then ended with the coming of Jesus in judgment and the resurrection of the dead in Christ.  Amillennialist believe after the Church ended the Kingdom began which they claim is the 1,000 year millennial.  But, they spiritualize the millennial to be an unknown length of time, certainly not 1,000 years, and ends at the end of the world and the final judgment.  There is a new breed of amillennialist who believe in Kingdom or millennial began on the day of Pentecost and that there is no future millennial after the first resurrection. Beware of these different amillennial perversions.  Anyone who teaches there is no future millennial of 1,000 years is teaching a falsehood.  Do not attend their churches or support them.

"For amillenarians admittedly do not believe in any such millennium [Cox p 2]."

"What do millenarians believe? ...they believe there will be no millennium [Cox p.3]."

Amillenarians are the greatest magicians of spiritualizing Scripture found anywhere in any sect except among Jewish Cabalist. They admit that they use two methods of interpretation: 1.) Spiritualizing, known among the occults as mysticism. Those who believe this method think they have the keys to de-code hidden or secret interpretations and; 2.) They use literal interpretation, when it suits their purpose to avoid what would otherwise expose their methods as error. They will use either spiritualizing or literal interpretation to their own purpose, which ever seems to approve or give credence to their Augustine Egyptian theories and ideas. This is typical in Catholic handling of Scripture. Here is an example of using slippery rhetoric to lead astray those who are not founded in the true Apostolic teachings of the millennial:

"Amillenarians take Revelation 20:1-6 as a symbolic picture of the interadvent period" [author, the Church age].

They believe the expression *a thousand years* denotes a complete period of time, the length of which is known only to God [Cox p 4].

What is being claimed here is that since the Book of Revelation is filled with symbols that the 1,000 years should also be viewed only as a symbol.  What these fail to include is that there is a large body of the Revelation that is not in symbols.  Therefore to rightly divide the Word of God one must divide the symbols from the litteral and interpret them accordingly.  To symbolize the litteral just to deny a truth is not rightly dividing the Word of God.  What the almillennialist are also claiming, is that the "Amillennial or 1,000 years" is actually fulfilled spiritually in the Church age running either parallel or concurrently within it and lasting from Calvary till Jesus comes again. This means that the 1,000 years represents 2,000 years until Messiah returns, or if his return is later, a length of time "known only to God."  Again, the problem with this is that it places the mark of the beast and the martyrs BEFORE the Church age if the Church age is the 1,000 years and starts AFTER the deaths of the martyrs!

The question for those who want to know and believe the Truth is, did God know the length of time of the post-Church age would be 1,000 years EXACTLY, and did he give the information to John to tell the Church the complete period of time they would be resurrected prior to the great white throne of judgement? The almillennialist object that we can not trust the word of God to be accurate about the 1,000 years.  They suppose this limits the time that God can be God or that Jesus reigns upon the earth.  So they say: cannot Jesus reign 1001 years?  Well he could if that was his divine plan but it was not given as such.  They reply does God own only the cattle on a 1,000 hills or does he own them on also 1001 hills?  Here they try to insinuate 1,000 is a figure of speech for all the hills of the world.  I say that God had a specific 1,000 hills in mind and he could limit his count if that was his point.  It is interesting that this verse in Psalms 50:10 says *For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.*  Then he says in verse 11 *I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beast of the field are mine.*  Sons and Daughters of God, our LORD claims all beasts of the hills through out the world as his but in the context of this to Israel he narrowed his focus even to the cattle in Israel upon a thousand specific hills.  Read the text of the chapter.  Likewise, God is God of all time it is his, but if he wants to mark out 1,000 years for a special purpose as he did with the cattle, then that is his perogative.  The use of 1,000 hills and saying this was symbolic of all the hills in the world as if to say the figure 1,000 years is symbolic of all the time of the Church, is just not honestly dividing the Word of God for the 1,000 years would symbolize all the time as in all the cattle and not just 2,000 years of the Church.

Now, we will confess that the Revelation contains symbolic material, but we also confess that it contains literal material. It is a gross error to spiritualize what is literal. There is a difference between interpretation of symbolism and the spiritualization of symbols. In true interpretation of symbolism there is a bringing out of Truth. In spiritualization of the symbols there is an attempt to replace the Truth with a theory. Example, the Lord's Supper. Those who spiritualize the symbols of the Bread and wine, turn the bread from a symbol of the Body of Christ into the preaching of the Word of God; they turn the wine in the cup from a symbol of his blood, to that of the baptism of the Spirit. The symbols of the bread and wine are the body and blood of our Lord, but the spiritualizers reinterpret the bread and the wine into preaching and Spirit baptism. This same method is used against the Millennial of Rev. 20:1-6. The amillennialist take Revelation 20:1-6 to be symbolic and this then gives them a launching pad to propose their new theories that there will be no millennial, and if one does exist, that it began at Calvary and concludes spiritually just before the second coming of Christ.  Millennialist do not believe the 1,000 years is symbolic and therefore there is no need to spiritualize what is not a symbolic. This makes the amillennialist upset. To insist that the 1,000 years is literal destroys the entire doctrine of Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Knox, et al.

In getting at the kernel of truth concerning the millennial, it would be wise to examine the conditions prior to that period of time, to see if it is literal or symbolic. The conditions leading to the 1,000 years gives the indication that the Church age had come to its conclusion and the 1,000 years and the events then to occur were literal. As to the time, will we find it begins with Calvary or at the end of the Church age?

REV 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

REV 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

REV 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

The amillennialist believe that this text is symbolic of Christ defeating the devil at the end of the Old Testament era, and binding him beginning at Calvary: "Satan was bound at the first advent [Cox p 59]." The first advent in general, and the death, burial, and resurrection in particular, bound satan [Cox p 61]." "The binding of satan is definitely tied to the cross of Christ [ibid]."

This should suffice to give an accurate representation of the amillennial doctrine. The Scripture text of Rev. 20:1 reports that an "ANGEL" does the binding of satan. Was Jesus Christ an angel? Is the word *angel* symbolic or literal?  Is the devil symbolic or literal? Jesus was not an angel and is not the angel of Rev. 20:1.  What saith the Scriptures here?

"HEB 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (KJV)"

The obvious fact here is, that Christ was not an angelic being. He therefore can not be the "angel" that binds satan for 1,000 years. Now if satan was bound at Calvary, we should expect the Scriptures to verify that the devil was immobilized beginning with Calvary. Is this found in the New Testament? No! In fact, we find the Apostles warning the Saints and Churches about the devil's continued work throughout the world:

EPH 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

How could they give place to the devil if he had no place on earth, being bound in a bottomless pit, and imobilized beginning at Calvary and this lasting until just before Jesus returns?

EPH 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Why would these Christians need any armor if the devil was bound in the bottomless pit and immobilized beginning at Calvary until the time just prior to the end of the world?

2TI 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

How could anyone be taken captive by the devil after Calvary, if at Calvary he was bound and immobilized in the bottomless pit, just before the second coming?

JAM 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

How would there be any need to resist the devil, if he was no where upon the earth to deceive, entice, or cause to be damned, the Saints and unbelievers?

1PE 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

If the devil was put into the bottomless pit at Calvary and he is imobilized until Christ returns, why would the Apostle Peter try and scare the Saints with a known lie, that the devil was still out there waiting to devour those Saints, if Peter knew he was bound and would not be released until the end of the Church age?

1JO 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

The works of the devil, are sins that bring a person into condemnation before God which can be pardoned through Calvary's blood. To bind and immobilize the devil so he can not DECEIVE a person to sin is the purpose of his being bound. At the Cross, the work [power of sin], of the devil was destroyed, but he was not bound and imobilized:

REV 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should DECEIVE the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

In destroying the "works" of the devil, Christ is not immobilizing him by way of the bottomless pit, but giving sinners and Saints a way of escape through the plan of salvation.

REV 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

How can the devil be active in the world to bring suffering and persecution upon the Saints, if he was bound at Calvary and thrown down into the bottomless pit? How could the devil who was bound at Calvary by an alleged "strong angel" [not Christ], still be out in the world causing some to be cast into prison many years after the Crucifixion? The Church began on the day of Pentecost, after Calvary, therefore if satan was bound at Calvary, how could he be out of the bottomless pit fighting the Saints? I will now show you how they do this. According to amillennialist, the bottomless pit is not a prison as the Scripture reports, but according to a lot of amillennialist, is actually the hearts of sinners.

William Cox reports that the devil is out of the bottomless pit on a suspended sentence: "As he is now under a suspended sentence. He goes about like a roaring lion because he knows that his time is short [Cox p. 61]."

This means, he was cast down at Calvary into the bottomless pit and let back out by the day of Pentecost on a suspended sentence so he could torment the Saints until the second coming of Christ. The little season of Revelation 20:3, is nearly 2,000 years long now, and according to the amillennialist, runs concurrently with the spiritualized 1,000 years in which the devil was supposed to be bound, ...contradictions of contradictions!

The conclusion here from these texts prove that the devil as to Revelation 20:1-2 was not bound and immobilized at Calvary, and that this event happens at a time subsequent to the passing of the current phase of the Church age. The proof of the time of his being bound lies within the text itself:

REV 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

This text gives us a picture of the events that PRECEDE the 1,000 year time period. 1.) The thrones; 2.) They that sat upon them; 3.) Judgement given unto them; 4.) Souls beheaded for the witness of Jesus; 5.) Souls beheaded for the Word of God; 6.) Souls which had not worshipped the beast; 7.) Souls which had not worshipped his image; 8.) Souls which and not taken the mark of the beast upon their foreheads on in their hands. IT WAS THESE who lived again during the time interval of the 1,000 years. Now, it would stand to reason, that if the amillennialist are correct in their belief that the 1,000 years or millennial is spiritual and represents the time from Calvary until Jesus returns, that all EIGHT events mentioned above, WOULD HAVE BEEN PRE-CALVARY and does not apply to he Church age at all. This is mandatory because the 1,000 years would follow these EIGHT events in order for those in the EIGHT EVENTS to share in the 1,000 years which they make the Church age. And, these raised from the dead are to live throughout the entire 1,000 year time interval. Are there tens of thousands of resurrected Saints out there among us waiting upon the second coming of Christ? Such would be the conclusion if their amillennial doctrine was true.

The sequence is that there will be a resurrection and then the devil will be bound.

If the amillennialist are correct, there was a resurrection before Calvary, if the devil was bound at Calvary. In addition, the prophecy in John of a future antichrist, beast, man if sin; together with the mark of the beast and the rearing up of an image of worship, and being put to death for the Word of God [the New Testament], would ALL have of necessity taken place before Calvary! This is a theological absurdity.


CONCLUDING ELUCIDATION

Some have tried to say that since the 1,000 years is only mentioned in the Revelation and not revealed any where else in the Scriptures that it must be false and must be interpreted spiritually.  Would something mentioned once in the Bible and only in the Revelation make it false?  Would this be a valid reason to start spiritualizing?  I did a small search of the Revelation to find other things mentioned only once and only in the Revelation and wonder if we are to conclude these are also all false and need spiritual interpretation?

The two Prophets
The mark of the beast
Mystery Babylon
The great whore
The seven Spirits of God
Armageddon
The bottomless pit
The 144,000
Silence in heaven for half an hour
The Everlasting Gospel
The four beast
The 24 Elders
The Seals
The Trumpets
The Vials
The devil cast out of heaven
The great winepress of God Almighty

I could look for more but I believe the point is made.  Shall we say all of these are symbolic and must be interpreted because they are false as written?

Will there be a millennial of a 1,000 years of personal earthly reign of Christ upon the earth?

The amillennial doctrine starts out denying the above texts by trying to spiritually interpret them. Then they deny the 1,000 years millennial along with other texts and doctrines to support their theory.

The doctrines denied or reinterpreted are:

They say the first resurrection of the dead of Revelation 20:4 are not those physically dead, but those baptized and regenerated from being *dead in trespasses and sins* raised from death to life.

They teach that to have "part" in the first resurrection of the physically dead in Revelation 20:4, is changed to have "part" in the spiritual resurrection in water baptism [Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-14].

All prophecy in the Old and New Testaments, including the entire book of Revelation were totally fulfilled by the end of the year in 70 AD.

Many teach that the seven seals, trumpets, and vials were spiritual and fulfilled prior to 70 AD.

They teach that the two beasts of Revelation 13 are spiritual and have already come and gone.

Part say the antichrist or man of sin, has already come and gone.

They claim the two witnesses have come and gone (some say these are the Old and New Testaments).

The Great whore is come and gone.

Some say the devil bound in the bottomless pit is really said to be bound in the hearts, souls, and lives of those who are lost, and this is the interpretation of the bottomless pit.

The mark of the beast has come and gone (some say this is sin in everyone's life).

The woman and her remnant are already fulfilled (some say this is the Church in the dark ages).

The 3 and 1/2 years of tribulation was from mid 66 AD to 70 AD is made the great tribulation (some say there will be no future tribulation).

Some say the millennial reign is enjoyed by those who die in a special invisible dimension upon earth.

Most say the millennial reign is a figment or allegory, representing the entire Church age.

Amillenialist claim that all that remains is the eminent (rapture any minute) coming of Christ and the great white throne of judgement.

Are all of the above true?  If they are not, return to the historic doctrine of the Apostolic Faith: That there will be a millennial after the Lord Jesus returns from glory with all his holy angels to sit upon the throne of his earthly glory.

While there are different kinds of amillennialist and they certainly are not all of the same beliefs on all points, they all never-the-less deny there is a coming time on earth when Jesus will sit upon the Throne of his Glory and reign a thousand years.

Our prayer is that those who do not believe in a Millennial and those considering taking up that false doctrine, give it careful throught.  Don't just swallow hook, line, and sinker, a papacy doctrine, just because some adept spiritualizer is good at his gnostic work of rendering a believable work of Augustine and Rome.

There is one more study to conclude this important issue (Click Part Three Below).

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