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Millennium as Dispensational Problem (GTS 13:020) 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. First, the concluding period of earth history, which experiences the glorious victory of Christ, is a thousand years long, but its length appears in only one chapter of the entire Bible. Second, Christʼs thousand year rule not only appears in only one chapter in Scripture, but that chapter is in the Bibleʼs most symbolic book. This book has a seven-headed beast, a woman standing on the moon, fire-breathing prophets, and more.

Third, consistency requires that dispensationalists literally interpret the "key" to the abyss 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 during the beastʼs time will enter the premillennialistʼs millennium. This is because the text only states that those who are martyred under him and effectively resist him will rule (Rev 20:4). Even if dispensationalists place the beast toward the end of history, just prior to the Rapture, the problem remains: The text only speaks of those who are martyred under him. Fifth, if Revelation 20 presents only two resurrections, a problem arises. For according to their system the first resurrection is of all the saints. Then the second resurrection is at the end of the millennium and involves only the lost. Consequently, there is no resurrection 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 terribly problematic. For it results in his second humiliation, wherein his kingdom turns against him and surrounds him in Jerusalem (Rev 20:8–9). And this despite his own personally ruling them with a rod of iron. Seventh, the premillennial view presents an absurd situation. On this view mortals who are aware that immortal, resurrected saints have been ruling them for a thousand years will nevertheless revolt against those immortals in trying to defeat them. This does not make sense. Helpful studies "Theological Debates Today" (CDs) by Ken Gentry http://www.kennethgentry.com/products/Theological-Debates-Today-%285-CDs %29.html Five lectures by Ken Gentry on interesting topics of debate. Carefully focuses on key aspects of the following theological controversies in the Reformed world: (1) The Great Tribulation; (2) The Book of Revelation; (3) Hyperpreterism; (4) Paedocommunion; and (5) God's Law. Very helpful introduction to these issues. Suitable for personal or small group Bible study. Nourishment from the Word by Ken Gentry http://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's understanding of his doctrinal heritage which is strongly rooted in Biblical truth. I have organized these in two sections: The first section on "Church Issues" relates to important matters framing some distinctives of the Reformed church itself. The second

section of this book contains four studies on "Doctrinal Issues" that are significant for the modern Reformed church's self-understanding. Church Issues: 1. Infant Baptism 2. Baptismal Mode 3. Creeds and Confessions 4. Tongues-Speaking. Doctrinal Issues: 1. Defending the Faith 2. Six Day Creation 3. God's Law 4. Revelation of Jesus Christ. See: Free Christian e-books - http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/ See: Dr. Kenneth Gentry - The Beast of Revelation: http://www.scribd.com/doc/ 106213983/Beast-of-Revelation See: VIDEO - The Beast of Revelation - Questions & Answers with Dr. Kenneth Gentry http://youtu.be/s6FIzTPc7ng