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September 4, 2020 2:00 am
What's the reason for Jesus' future thousand-year reign on earth? In the message "Heaven on Earth, Part 1," Skip talks about this extra step between Jesus' second coming and the eternal state of the new heaven and the new earth.
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We believe are that you believe in the personal bodily glorious return of Jesus to the earth where he will set up his throne and rule from Jerusalem over the throne of David for a thousand years and over the whole world know if you were to just read the Bible without any other box estimated simply plainly literally straightforward, you would have a premillennial view. Even people who oppose this view will admit that a plane rendering will give you that interpretation and this was once the dominant view of the early church back. It's hard to find any other viewpoint until A.D. 190 the apostles believe this, the post-apostolic fathers believe this wrote about it. It is the dominant viewpoint of the early church around A.D. 190 this group of theologians scholars down in Alexandria, Egypt, and a theological school decided we can't take the Bible literally. It has to be all figurative all symbolic and they sought to find shades of meaning below the surface of the literal text.
By the way when they did this.
Most of the rest of the church said that is heresy Bible is to be taken at face value and many just a sampling. Many of the early church writers, Yes, the writer of the epistle of Barnabas is called pseudo-Barnabas I was reading this yesterday morning that little book fascinating Justin Martyr I Renée Esther truly and unhappily. This all believed in a premillennial viewpoint that is Jesus will come back to the earth bodily physically, gloriously, and set up a kingdom is a quote from Pappy aceto-who on earth is happiest, happiest tradition says was meant toward by John the apostle who wrote the book of Revelation is one of the students. Pappy is wrote, there will be a millennium following the resurrection of the dead, when the kingdom of Christ is to be established on the earth. Justin Martyr, who I mentioned also said quote the city of Jerusalem will be enlarged and rebuilt just as the prophet Ezekiel and Isaiah have declared, he said, virtually all authorities believe that except those Gnostic heretics that was the dominant viewpoint. The premillennial viewpoint. Not everybody holds to that there is something called post-millennialism the terms dominant failure is pretty easy to figure out post after the millennium. They believe that Jesus Christ will come back after a period of time where we God's people on the earth Christianized the world and present the world to Jesus Christ present the kingdom. When he comes back after a period of time. Not necessarily exactly a thousand.
It's the idea that were gonna spread the gospel Christianized the world and the world to get better in patter and so good that everyone's a Christian, and we will then bring the kingdom and give it to Jesus as the viewpoint that was popular in the 19th century and early 20th century, the Industrial Revolution scientific advancements had given people the idea that hey we are bringing in utopia were really doing this now.
It's not very popular today that the whole idea fell often and so the fair question is whatever happened the post-millennialism his answer. World War I happened to the Great Depression happened to World War II happened to the Nazi Holocaust happened to it. There was enough catastrophic catastrophic events because people to go. Oh, I guess the world is getting better and better, but rather worse and worse now. It's not completely gone away. It has resurfaced. There are some, and it's been repackaged in what's called Dominion theology if you've heard the term Dominion theology or kingdom theology or kingdom our constructionism or Fianna me all the same thing and it's the idea that working at take dominion over the earth and working to establish the kingdom of God working to control institutions control the White House and the Congress and the Senate. We need to be the rulers we need to bring in the kingdom of Christ to the body politic, and when we do that we will present the kingdom of Christ as if he needed our help. That's the idea. There is 1/3 viewpoint and it's a popular viewpoint called millennialism millennialism that is there is no millennium that is literally it's like you.
You can't take this literally not really going to happen as a thousand years. It's all figurative. It's all spiritual fact. Listen to this.
They say the kingdom is now you're in here in the millennium now all of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah's kingdom are being fulfilled in the church now Jesus is ruling and raining spiritually over his church. This is the kingdom. Also, this viewpoint says all yeah all his promises in the Old Testament Israel about literally having the kingdom and ruling for Mount Zion, etc. those are out now they only apply spiritually allegorically to us.
The church there is no throne of David.
There is no literal Jerusalem that will be rebuilt so that viewpoint says this is as good as it will ever get. Not trying to say if this is the kingdom age.
I'm terribly terribly disappointed if this is the millennium that we have a case where the book is a whole lot better than the movie and I mean. The book is wow that's cool. This is the movie it's not a very good rendition of an question I would have is why did God spend the whole book of Revelation just to tell us what is really not going to happen. By now you've probably figured out that I'm a pretty staunch premillennialist and I take a literal approach to the Bible. Why is that number one because of the chronology of Revelation. It's a pretty straightforward book.
Honestly, the outline is given. The first part of it tells you how it's going to unfold. It tells you the structure and the timeline then it goes right through a chronology chapter 6 through 19 is all the tribulation. The worst. On earth. You can read true that no man that there's never been anything like that on the earth. That's the worst, just like Jesus said would happen. In chapter 19 Jesus comes back to the earth with his people to put it into a huge battle that takes place over in the Middle East and all of that chapter 6 to 19 is premillennialist before the millennium. If you look at chapter 21, we discover that the earth as we know it.
The created order is all destroyed.
It's been tainted by sin. The earth is taken away. Removing God creates a new heaven and new earth and new Jerusalem.
That's the eternal state so sandwiched in between all of Revelation 6 to 19 in chapter 21 the eternal state happens to be a thousand year reign of Christ on the earth. If you read plainly and chronologically.
It fits no problem. Second reason is because the early church. As I mentioned, believed in the earthly historical reign of Christ on the earth, initiated by his coming was until those Alexandrian dudes down in Egypt decided let's allegorizing the whole thing. People like Clement in origin and then eventually as church history when not of you heard the name Augustine. He sorta crystallized this millennial viewpoint and puts artists sealed. That is the dominant theology of the Roman Catholic Church of the Protestant Reformation. Men like Lutheran Calvin etc. bought into that.
Unfortunately, here's the most compelling reason to take it literally ready as it happens to be the best way to interpret the Bible and nominal explain, but I love advance have never once said.
He said it's always easier to understand what the Bible actually says then to understand what somebody else thinks it meant to say read some ago. I know it really says that is pretty obvious what is. But it didn't mean that means this needle to get that seapower we can say well we don't interpret the Bible prophecy literally but we interpret the rest of the Bible literally, on what basis, what gives you the basis to do that. What right do any of us have to have an approach to interpretation a hermeneutic in the department that's important question given example how the angel came to Joseph and the angel said to Joseph to call his name Jesus and he's gonna save his people from their sins is at this figurative now a literal baby was born and they named him Jesus and he went on to say people from their sense the same angel came to Mary and said he will call his name Jesus and he will be great, and called the son of the highest present just figurative that's literal. Listen to the rest and he will rule over the house of Jacob. That's Israel forever, and his kingdom there will be no end.
Is that literal or figurative just as literal. And yet, the millennialist will say well the first parts literal and second parts is allegorical. You can't split your interpretation so when we go to the Bible this my approach is been a grammatical historical contextual literal hermeneutic or interpretation and millennialism will depart from that there's another question. We in the Old Testament almost promises God offers blessings and curses Israel is looking for. What if you really mess up. I'm picking out a lamp. The mean that literally or figuratively and literally, because they got kicked out of the land and God said you to be there for seven years and goblins that just figurative not happen to be literally 70 years and then it came back. So if all of the judgments to Israel have happen literally. Who are we to say yet all the blessings are only figurative and spiritually apply only the church you get messed up if a thousand doesn't mean a thousand was a what does it mean if you notice to the book of Revelation outnumber consciousness as exact numbers given.
For instance, the seven churches there seven leaders of seven churches. There's 12 tribes. There's 12 apostles all literal.
So far there's one third of mankind.
There's another fourth of mankind. There are two witnesses. 42 months, 1260 days. There's 144,000.
There's 12,000 furlongs. What you do with all those numbers if 12 is a mean 12 was 12 mean and if a thousand doesn't mean a thousand.
A. What is a thousand mean if you just read this at face value, then there's a real kingdom for Israel in Jerusalem from the throne of David by a Messiah who is from the lineage of David. And it will last a thousand years. Just at face value. And that's how the early church took okay enough to set on that my last point will be much briefer to which some of you are going. Thank you Lord talk about the extent of it in the explanation of what about the essentiality of what's the big deal.
Why do we needed something interesting in verse three, he cast him. That is the devil into the bottomless pit, and shut him up and set a seal on him so that he should deceive the nations no more, is the word he/she said he should not deceive the nations or better put in order so that he would not.
This is a necessity to get rid of the devil for a thousand years until the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. I know what you think it will flock and what you got them in jail. Why on earth would you let them out right. I'll answer the next week I want to talk about the need, the necessity for a thousand year reign, why would God hassle with the thousand years on the earth. Why not just go directly to the eternal state why the extra step of the earth was all that about like a Monopoly game. You get the card that says go directly to jail do not pass go, do not collect $200 got sick.
Go directly to the eternal state of the millennium did why not what's the hassle of the earth. I give you few reasons.
Number one to redeem creation from judgment. I think you notice there's a curse on this earth. It started back in Genesis chapter 3 with the fall of mankind. The earth has been cursed ever since we are experiencing that even today.
Beyond that curse of sin.
The book of Revelation indicates that there is a tremendous catastrophic cataclysmic judgment that falls upon the earth during the tribulation.
If you think we've ruined the earth when you see what God does with decimates and he trashes it during the tribulation.
Utterly so that the millennium will be the answer to the 2000-year-old prayer that his church is been praying. Listen to it in the context of this morning.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. That will be fully answered and is never totally been answered yet but will be fully answered during the millennium earth to be fixed is a great story from the early days of the automobile. When a man was out in his car model T Ford.
It's about the only thing on the road and have a lot of problems with the early models so he broke down the side of the road and he was out there trying to crank it.
There's cars were handcrank posing as a member that anybody here would say tries to crank it won't start.
He advances the spark of one started change the plugs won't start you can get the thing to run. Suddenly a limousine pulled up and out of the limousine and nicely dressed man walks over and says, could I help the guy thinks yeah right, but this nicely dressed, dapper gentleman tinkers with a few things and since. Try it now starts up immediately and then the man proceeds introduce himself. My name is Henry Ford. I designed and built this car so I know what to do when something goes wrong, there's only one person who can fix the earth is not any politician that any party is only the one who made it in the one who made it in the one who will judge it is the one who will read make it and will live in it for a thousand years. By the way, I just added PS to that matter what you're going through today no matter what your life, what you're dealing with God and God alone can reconstruct and heal you.
He can fix that which is broken 20 does is a Redeemer is all about. So to redeem creation from the per second.
All of the promises that God made to the nation of Israel have yet to be fulfilled. If you're a reader of the Bible and I take it most of you read through the Bible you know that in the Old Testament there are countless promises that Israel will enjoy a period of unparalleled peace, prosperity with Messiah raining from Jerusalem and it will go over the whole earth that has never happened yet, God promised the Jews, a physical and a spiritual kingdom. I think of second Samuel seven the covenant to David Psalm 89. He confirmed it with an oath, the millennial kingdom is phase 1 of fulfilling that promise. This is the earthly reign of Christ from Jerusalem on the earth. By the way, there's probably more Scripture written about the kingdom age than almost any others topic in the Bible. Some even think the main theme of the Bible is the kingdom because of the amount of tax that is written about so when the millennium is on the earth.
When that's done that's done then the created order as we know it. It's over that point, God will destroy this earth tainted by sin is completely removed in a way with the Bible says that a number of places, then God will week will create a new heaven and a new earth. New Jerusalem and asked the eternal state: another face is getting cooler.
The more we study about finally and quickly millennium is essential because it will reveal man's rebellious nature. During the millennial kingdom. How to cite briefly today will get into in detail later rebellion that will still be in the hearts of people will not be allowed to flourish will be kept in check. Those who will rule and reign do so. The Bible says, with a rod of iron. You only need a room with a rod of iron. If there is the possibility of an upset justice will be enacted swiftly. Sin will be dealt with immediately will be a reign of Christ upon the earth. Now you and I will be in our resurrected glorified bodies, but people who were in the tribulation. To survive it and are allowed to go on the kingdom age there in their normal physical mortal bodies are you going man that's weird I can think that's how was at work. It should not be where do you you have read about it in the Bible, Jesus Christ rose from the dead in a resurrected glorified body and ate meals and took blocks with disciples and their mortal bodies. It was a perfect co-mingling of entities you write about it, so will be in resurrected glorified bodies people on the earth, though the longevity of the earth will be extended and people live a lot longer. There will still be death. There will still be the possibility of rebellion still be the possibility of sin, though, kept in check and after the millennium is all done when Satan is released and has his way back on this earth for a period of time that will be a rebellion.
This can approve something all this nonsense up well if we just had a perfect environment we be perfect. I am the way I am because my environment is not really my fault as everybody else in the world's fault. Now all of us have a sin nature and the perfect environment of the millennium that will still eventuate in a rebellion will prove once and for all you can you can take man out of the slums you can take the slums that a man and only one person can change the heart of a person and that is Jesus Christ. And some will follow him during that time, and some will rebel against him, even after period of perfection, so people have long before Utopia poets have written about it. Songwriters have sung about of politicians have campaigned on that promise it will never happen until Jesus comes. And can you hear the rain is that rain and that beautiful mansion out it'll be in the millennium clinic close with this CS Lewis wrote perfect background noise for this. If I find myself having a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world you're wondering why am not satisfied and had so many relationships with people. I tried so many different things and experiences and I'm still not satisfied. You were made for this world friend God for eternity in your hearts rep subscription message from the series from the edge of eternity escaped to tell you how you can help keep these teachings coming your way to help others, to the good news of Jesus as we wait for Jesus to return our prayer is your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven know one day that prayer will be answered in full. In the meantime, God chooses to work through his people to further his gospel in the world. You can partner in network today through your gift expanding the reach of this radio ministry and the teachings you love to more and more listeners here so you can give a gift right now. Call 800-922-1888 to give.
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