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December 25, 2019 4:50 pm
On today's broadcast, I'm going to explain how our eschatology or end time views can affect our attitude today start for the line of fire with your host activist and author, international speaker and theologian Dr. Michael Brown your voice of moral cultural and spiritual revolution Michael Brown is the director of the coalition of conscience and president of fire school of ministry getting to the line of fire Delphi going 866-34-TRUTH that's 866-34-TRUTH here again is Dr. Michael Brown friends and welcome to the broadcast. This is Michael Brown for the lightest. With thanks for spending this time with it with your slide on radio or laid on a podcast. Another online with your watching on Facebook or YouTube way to her viewers. There great to have you with us today on the line of fire. I will be taking calls but working to be getting into the word and having some in-depth discussion about a really important subject. The end times is important enough in and of itself.
What happens at the end of the eighth what happens with return of Jesus. What happens to the human race happens to the church. What happens to Israel. What happens to the nations. It is a big questions but an even bigger question is how does this affect the way I live today. I was this affect my attitude, my walk with God. My effective ministry to those around me today. That's what we want to focus on and regardless of your own particular end time view and will look at a number of different ones today, regardless of that I believe you'll find today's broadcast very very helpful. Now many of you know that March 19 is when the new book I'm holding an advance copy in my hands. Not afraid of the antichrist.
Why we don't believe in a pre-tribulation rapture co-authored with my esteemed colleague Prof. Craig Keener. Our book will be out on March 19. We got our advance copies on the same day and we both posted them on our Facebook pages, saying hey we got our advance copies and Craig being a funny guy he so here's a pre-copy but it's about a post-civil can I posted about a post-tribulation subject anyway so reposted that same day it jumped on Amazon to the number one new release and Christian prophecy.
I'd just wanted to see who else had books coming out, you know that David Jeremiah had a book coming out some others that were obviously serious heavy hitters. That's all. There's obviously an interest. The moment we posted this there's an interest, but our book is not a divisive book. We have clear views. We have strong views. We do not believe in a pre-tribulation rapture and we explain why in the book but with the steam and honor for our colleagues who differ with us so regardless of your position today I believe you will find today's broadcast very helpful as well as the book very helpful course you can preorder it now.
It's due out on March 19 out before I I give you a breakdown of major end time views and what I see his strengths and weaknesses within each one.
Regardless of your scriptural view among look at each one and see strengths and weaknesses. I will give an example of how a misreading of Scripture or a misapplication of Scripture can affect our mindset and our ministry today. Let's take a look at second Timothy chapter 3 beginning verse one. This was one of the first verses that I heard, quoted regarding the end times as a new believer, I heard this quoted second Timothy 31. But understand this, but in the last days or times will come famously in the King James perilous times will come for people be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant blasphemer, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, and holy hardhearted unforgiving backbiting about self-control, brutal, 80 what is good, treacherous, reckless seated, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God holding to an outward form of godliness but denying its power to stop right there in the middle of that person. I can read the end of verse five for Reese and then come back to it but I could really write out for Reese so how was that verse quoted well. I heard it quoted as approved that we were in the end times and look at this description that Paul Gibbs of the end times the number one look at how accurate the Bible is in describing the day in which we live those first then the second thing was the understanding the tacit understanding that things will only get worse. Now I didn't hear that preached necessarily intermediate conjunction with this verse and don't try to do anything to bring about change in the society is only get worse. But I've heard that on-and-off and was regularities for the last 47 years for the better part of it, things going and get worse. But the bad things are going to get worse so so just picture pictures go to the doctor right and that the doctor tells you yeah you got the serious condition it's it's very concerning and in your mind you been told once the doctor has bad news for you.
It's all downhill from there. There's nothing you can do to change doesn't affect your health. I have bothered with this medication at a bothered lifestyle change that I go bother with exercise therapy any of that surgery and that's all you get worse. Now if that is our attitude.
Based on this verse look perilous times encompassing the wicked and terrible. Why try to bring about moral reform. Why try to turn the tide with abortion in America.
Why try to turn the tide was sexuality in America what why try to turn the tide with social injustice in America or any other kind.
What why bother why combat human trafficking things will only get worse. That's reality that I use as an example to say that so we can read Scripture have an end time reflection based on it, and then come to wrong conclusions that affect our minds so what are some of the problems with that interpretation. Let's go back. Second Timothy chapter 3 verse one and let's notice that Paul says to Timothy, take note of this. Take careful note of this. Understand this mark Mark my words, Timothy. So the first question is why is Timothy being warned about something that's and be relevant for 2000 years now. Member told you I didn't read the rest of verse five, but finish speaking of the same worldly sensual people holding to an outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people. Timothy avoid people like this.
Okay so you get the point Paul is talking to Timothy about something practical in his own day something relevant to Timothy in his own day.
In fact, that description that Paul gives worked well in Timothy's day worked well in Moses day worked well in the 18th century in the 15th century work while a thousand years ago. In fact, you could read the Scriptures from the ancient world, decrying the wicked days in which they live. And that's what the state of humanity today. In other words that's a description of fallen human beings civil why in the world with all tell Timothy about book. Perhaps there was a mentality that now the Messiah come to the world and died and risen from the dead, that everything would just change. Perhaps there is a mentality that with the gospel being so powerful that things were just change around us and get a lot easier. All right it. Paul also warns Timothy just a few words down a few verses down that all who live godly lives in Messiah Jesus will suffer persecution notice. This is relevant stuff, you know, savable, but it's talking about the end times. Yes, clearly in the New Testament the end times describes the period from the death and resurrection of Jesus until his return. In other words, we have been in the last days we have been in the end times for the last 2000 years what is what is Peter saying acts 217 when he begins quoting from the prophet Joel about the outpouring of the Spirit at any says in the last days, God says I'll pour my spirit in Joel 228 it doesn't say in the last days.
It says after this, in Hebrew. In the Septuagint, the Greek translation doesn't read in the last days but Peter said it to say eight these days in which we are living now these are the last days the days spoken of by the prophets and we see elsewhere is restricting its 10 Paul speaks of of living at the consummation of the ages and set computer longer. First you want talks about that the gospel increase in these last times in which we live.
In Hebrews 1 speaks of God speaking to us in these last times and James Jacob.
The fifth chapter speaks of these last days in which we live in. First John two speaks of us living in the last hour. This this is all in New Testament times.
So we have been in the spirit of the last days the end times. This is the. The final season of the working of God on planet Earth before Jesus returns and establishes his kingdom. Hence the last days the end times. The culmination. It was about the last quarter of a football game. What this quarter to quarter to substantial period of time, but it's it is the last segment segment section of that football game. So I just use this as an illustration to say that we can draw the wrong conclusion that everything's going to get worse.
Therefore, there's no reason to try to bring about change based on a misreading of second Timothy three not only so, what if every generation read second Timothy three and civil. This is a prophecy about the last generation and were living in the last generation. Therefore, what therefore there is no reason to try to change anything.
The reason to eradicate slavery. The recent fight of the social injustices no reason to ever seek to bring about social change in any generation ever because everyone reading and say that's us were the last generation is happening to us is all coming down you see how dangerous that can be yes yes what Paul sings very relevant. Don't don't expect this to be like taken some beautiful cruise into the horizon the tough times in these last days.
People going wicked and the SEND and yes in many ways human beings will go from wickedness to wickedness and get worse. But in many other ways speaks of the gospel going in power the entire earth, and God saving the multitude that no one could number, and I find that significant because in Revelation 7 it speaks of a multitude from every tribe and tongue and language and in group ethnicity around the world right. It speaks of those people gathered around the throne worshiping multitude.
No one could number, and yet elsewhere in the book of Revelation there is reference to the Army of 200 million so if 200 million could be number and that's that's given a number there. How many will number the save be the end of the age. How many hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions. How many billions to know the exact number.
Only God knows, but my point is, yes, this can be wickedness, right up until Jesus returns. Yes these last days will be marked with all types of moral compromise and spiritual compromise and deception, but that's the way it's always been at what God says don't be discouraged by that avoid the wrong kind of people but also know that the gospel go forward in power and triumph over the entire world. Meaning nothing.
Everyone will get saved but that there will be a harvest from the nation fullness say several of the legal and again I want to talk primarily about how as a college and time view of facts in our attic today. I hear on the line of fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown.
Your voice is more cultural and spiritual revolution. Here again is Dr. Michael Brown what is best, for the study of the and time so theology right Diaz God obligee were used theology either study of God. So the eschaton, the, the and in Greek, what is that eschatology the study of the end. The study of the and times so there there are several different viewpoints that have been held to at different times in church history summer to fringe to extreme to modern even to be mentioned but I will look at the main ones that have been held to over the years letter become very dominant over the years so the operative word millennium millennium referring to a thousand year.
And there is a reference in Revelation the 20th chapter 2 Jesus raining for a thousand years of your and from the best we can tell, the earliest witnesses that we have different church leaders who are the disciples of the apostles and the leaders in the second and third generation it seemed that they widely held to a pre-millennial coming of Jesus that Jesus will return to earth before the millennium that will be a time of great wickedness difficult. The tribulation at the end which God's people will stand victorious but specifically that Jesus will return and establish his kingdom on the earth for a thousand year. So it is pre-millennial becomes before the millennial kingdom. Some people think that's a more modern view. Actually, from what we can tell that was the view held to by the earliest believers. But then again, even though there are many verses in the Old Testament that speak of the Messiah ruling and reigning on the earth and the wolf lying down with the lamb in a time of of of unity and harmony.
No more war is really for centuries the nations come to Jerusalem to learn about God as God's people to church. We were ready been glorified with the niece of the nations that remain so as as as much is there many verses in the Old Testament speak about that and that can be reinforced by verses in the New Testament is only that one solitary reference to a thousand year. And by the way, in our book. Not afraid of the antichrist.
Craig Keener and myself and get the camera there and it is because of art or art screen in our our lights and some of it. This little psychedelic covered any anywhere in our book.
Not afraid antichrist moment we would pre-tribulation rapture we take some time to sketch out these different views and where they come historically.
Prof. Craig Keener and yours truly consult the premillennial view seems to be the earliest view over period of time getting down to third, fourth century there was more review of a spiritual kingdom, and especially with the Christianizing of the Roman Empire and it looked like the triumph of the kingdom of God that now Jesus was ruling spiritually over the world that his kingdom was a spiritual kingdom and it was manifest on the earth, but it wouldn't be a specific thousand year reign of some thought there would be thousand years and that would be the end of the world and obviously that didn't work out like that.
So there's not literally a millennium on the earth. The thousand year reign and that position is known as millennialist. The millennial position that that there when you see a at the beginning of ordinal and often means negating so an ACS someone he doesn't believe in God or agnostic someone says we can't be sure about certain things. So someone was millennial, or a millennial. They do not believe there will be a literal thousand year kingdom of Jesus on the earth. So at the end of the age. Jesus does return, and any millennialist you hold to a time of apostasy and affection and falling away before the end of the then of you that that comes up later this of you called post millennialist and that view was held to, for example by Charles Finney in 1800's or Jonathan Edwards in the 1700s, and they really felt that through revival and conversion and the spreading of the gospel in the earth that we could literally usher in the millennial kingdom that the church through the preaching of the gospel would usher in the millennial kingdom that the gospel would would be like a little seed that they grew and grew and grew it until it was massive encompass the whole earth or like the woman who put Levin in different loaves and then it rose until reached fullness of something Levin always means wickedness the bottles would speak with Melissa wickedness Alyssa, no, no it's it's a parable of the gospel. The gospel spreads Matthew 28 reduces the great commission in and says that we are to go make disciples of the nations that's taken to mean not disciples from the nations but literally disciple the nations that the nations themselves will get saved and then after the millennial kingdom after the thousand year reign so this will be a spiritual reign of Jesus on the earth through the gospel. After this thousand year.
Then Jesus returns and then we just going to eternity. So that's called post millennial and in that view was very, very popular in America in different parts of the world.
As I mentioned, 1700s 1800s World War I and World War II crushed a lot of that position. It is regain some popularity in our day, but not a fraction of what used to have and what happened will world evil human even you could no longer hold this idea that the rules get better and better and better and better and better because of the tragic evil of the 20th century. So the premillennial position that Jesus will return before the millennium and rate rule and reign for thousand years on the earth.
The millennial position that there will be no literal reign on the earth that Jesus is raining spiritually. Scanning and that he returns and we step into eternity. The post millennial position that through the preaching of the gospel.
1000 Year Reign Will Take Pl. on the earth. Jesus raining in heaven as his church is the way on the earth for thousand years is the whole earth turns to the Lord at the end of which post millennial Jesus