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Millennium as Dispensational Problem

Millennium as Dispensational Problem

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Published by A.J. MacDonald, Jr.
Dispensationalists are prone to boast that Revelation 20 presents their system in clear and certain terms. They often declare that they can go to one text of Scripture and find their system. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This text actually presents them with serious problems. Consider the following...
Dispensationalists are prone to boast that Revelation 20 presents their system in clear and certain terms. They often declare that they can go to one text of Scripture and find their system. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This text actually presents them with serious problems. Consider the following...

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Millennium as Dispensational Problem
(GTS 13:020)Dispensationalists are prone to boast that Revelation 20 presents their system in clearand certain terms. They often declare that they can go to one text of Scripture and findtheir system. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This text actually presents them withserious problems. Consider the following.First, the concluding period of earth history, which experiences the glorious victory ofChrist, is a thousand years long, but its length appears in only one chapter of the entireBible.Second, Christ
ʼ
s thousand year rule not only appears in only one chapter in Scripture,but that chapter is in the Bible
ʼ
s most symbolic book. This book has a seven-headedbeast, a woman standing on the moon, fire-breathing prophets, and more.
 
Third, consistency requires that dispensationalists literally interpret the "key" to theabyss as a physical object (Rev 20:1). Yet the same book presents Christ as holding a"key" to death (Rev 1:18). Surely death does not have a literal key.Fourth, if we interpret Revelation 20 literally then only those Christians who live duringthe beast
ʼ
s time will enter the premillennialist
ʼ
s millennium. This is because the text onlystates that those who are martyred under him and effectively resist him will rule (Rev20:4). Even if dispensationalists place the beast toward the end of history, just prior tothe Rapture, the problem remains: The text only speaks of those who are martyredunder him.Fifth, if Revelation 20 presents only two resurrections, a problem arises. For accordingto their system the first resurrection is of all the saints. Then the second resurrection isat the end of the millennium and involves only the lost. Consequently, there is noresurrection for converts who die during both the tribulation and in the millennium.Sixth, their view of a millennium in which Christ personally rules the nations is terriblyproblematic. For it results in his second humiliation, wherein his kingdom turns againsthim and surrounds him in Jerusalem (Rev 20:8–9). And this despite his own personallyruling them with a rod of iron.Seventh, the premillennial view presents an absurd situation. On this view mortals whoare aware that immortal, resurrected saints have been ruling them for a thousand yearswill nevertheless revolt against those immortals in trying to defeat them. This does notmake sense.Helpful studies"Theological Debates Today" (CDs) by Ken Gentryhttp://www.kennethgentry.com/products/Theological-Debates-Today-%285-CDs%29.htmlFive lectures by Ken Gentry on interesting topics of debate. Carefully focuses on keyaspects of the following theological controversies in the Reformed world: (1) The GreatTribulation; (2) The Book of Revelation; (3) Hyperpreterism; (4) Paedocommunion; and(5) God's Law. Very helpful introduction to these issues. Suitable for personal or smallgroup Bible study.Nourishment from the Word by Ken Gentryhttp://www.kennethgentry.com/products/Nourishment-from-the-Word-%28book%29.html In these studies I touch on eight themes that are significant for the Reformed Christian'sunderstanding of his doctrinal heritage which is strongly rooted in Biblical truth. I haveorganized these in two sections: The first section on "Church Issues" relates toimportant matters framing some distinctives of the Reformed church itself. The second

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See previous note. It's "Spivey," not "Spiveu."
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let me suggest my book "The Revelation Problem" from WestBow press. John T. Spiveu
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