Rev. Todd S. Bordow

  1. Description of different views
    1. Historic Pre-Mil – order of events
      1. 6000 yrs. – this present age
      2. Antichrist
      3. Second Coming of Christ – resurrection of the saints
      4. 1000 yr. reign on earth
      5. Final judgment
      6. New Heavens and New Earth
    2. Dispensational Pre-Mil – order of events
      1. Present age – age of the Gentile church
      2. Antichrist
      3. Secret rapture of the Church
      4. Great Tribulation – 7 yrs.
      5. Second Coming of Christ – resurrection of the saints
      6. 1000 yr reign of ethnic national Israel (Res. saints in heaven)
      7. Loosening of Satan
      8. Final war
      9. Resurrection and final judgment of wicked
      10. New Heavens and New Earth
    3. Post-Mil
      1. Present age – church in weakness
      2. 1000 yr reign (some not literal) reign of Christ where Church triumphs over world
      3. Apostasy and Antichrist (though some see victory ushering in Christ’s return)
      4. Second Coming of Christ, resurrection of righteous and wicked, Final Judgment, New Heavens and Earth
    4. A-Mil
      1. First Coming of Christ – promises fulfilled to church in humiliation (the already)
      2. Apostasy and Antichrist
      3. Second Coming of Christ – New Heavens and Earth – Promises fulfilled to church in exaltation (the not yet)
      4. The resurrection of righteous and judgment of wicked
  2. Designations
    1. Pre-Mil: Christ comes before establishing glorious kingdom on earth
    2. Post-Mil: Christ comes after establishing glorious kingdom on earth
    3. A-Mil: Glorious kingdom comes in two stages, at First & Second Coming. The millennium began at the resurrection of Christ
  3. Against a dispensational pre-mil position
    1. promises of Israel given to church – Heb 12:18-22, Gal 4:26, Rev 3:12, I Pet 2:9, Rom 4:13
    2. Gentiles full heirs of the kingdom promises to Abraham – Gal 3:28&29, Eph 2:11-22, 3:1-6
    3. One resurrection for righteous and wicked – Matt 13:37-43, 25:31-46, John 5:28&29
    4. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom – How can sinners or old bodies live in the kingdom? I Cor 15:50
    5. The coming of Christ sudden, but not secret – I Cor 15:52&53, I Thess 4:16&17
  4. Against a post-mil position
    1. Not one verse in New Testament teaches this
    2. Passages that summarize the church age omit it all together – Matt 24, Rom 8:18-25, II Pet 3, Rev 2&3.
    3. The physical descriptions in the Old Testament of the glorious kingdom of God are symbolic of the redemptive kingdom of grace which is enjoyed by the invisible church, whatever her numbers or influence.
    4. The believer is always called to look to the New Heavens and Earth for the fulfillment of the kingdom promises, those promises not yet fulfilled at Christ’s first coming and the apostolic age – I Cor 15:50-57, II Pet 3:11-13, I Pet 1:13, Rev 2:8-11, 17, 3:12&13
  5. For an a-mil position
    1. Jesus kingship always seen as beginning at his resurrection and never-ending – II Sam 7:13, Psalm 2:6&7, Acts 32&33
    2. The church is always called to expect persecution and suffering until Christ returns – Rom 8:18, I Pet 1:6-9, 4:13
    3. The kingdom is presented some times as already (inaugurated at His First Coming) Matt 3:2, 12:28, 13:41, 16:19, 21:43, Rom 14:17, Col 1:13
    4. The kingdom is presented some times as not yet (Consummated at His Second Coming) Matt 8:11, I Cor 6:9, 15:50, II Tim 4:18
  6. Principles to remember in interpreting Scripture
    1. The analogy of Scripture – Scripture interprets Scripture
    2. The clear interprets the unclear (we do not begin in Rev 20)
    3. The Apostles interpret the Old Testament
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