Posts filed under ‘Pretribulational Rapture’
Even if Donald Trump is able to go a long way in setting things right throughout America, it may not be sufficient enough. In fact, history shows that the ebb and flow of society is constant. We’ve had the Dark Ages, the Age of Enlightenment, as well as other “ages.” During these times, it seems that the bad and good exist together with one gaining more ground than the other for a time. The same is happening today, but there is an earnestness in society that appears to be cultivating more of a relationship with evil.
Following the peace and true prosperity of the 1,000-year Millennial Kingdom, there is more bad news in store for people like the ones described above (and for more about this, read Romans 1 where Paul explains the natural downward spiral of those who start out rejecting God and end up full-blown leftists). Once the Millennial Kingdom is over, the Great White Throne Judgment occurs.
Because God’s holiness and glory will be evident during the Millennial Kingdom, many born during this time will come to know Him through salvation they will ultimately receive. Remember, people born during the Millennium will still be born in corruption, or with a sin nature. They will need to come to terms with this and receive salvation during this time. Unfortunately, as we know, many will not and will side with Satan once he is released from the pit (Revelation 20:7-10). These individuals, along with Satan will be destroyed by God.
If it is true that Jesus has established His personal and promised Kingdom from the Father’s right hand now, then everything in Revelation and many other portions of God’s Word that define His personal rule over a physical kingdom here on earth following His return during the Millennium, are to be taken allegorically. In fact, if Christ has fully established His Kingdom now, there is actually no point at all for His Second Coming in the final analysis because, according to those who interpret His Word allegorically, Christ is already ruling from the heavens. As such, there is no need for Him to return to fulfill any of the promises related to His physical Kingdom on earth nor is there any need for Him to rule physically from earth.
If we understand the institution of the sacrificial system during the Millennial Kingdom as literal, then the question needs to be asked as to the purposes of those sacrifices. Dr. Randall Price posits that the reason for these renewed sacrifices during the Millennial Kingdom is ceremonial purification and substitution. It cannot be shown from Scripture that the Israelites viewed the sacrifices as pointing forward to the perfect atonement of Jesus. Certainly from God’s perspective, this was always the case, but it is not something He necessarily revealed to those living at the time the sacrificial system was first instituted.