Dispensationalism & Millennialism:
Their Origin and Their Future
From The Jewish Encyclopedia p. 90, where 13th Century Rabbi Moses ben Nahman is being discussed, we read:
“...The characteristic features of Moses’ [ben Nahman’s] commentary are the lessons which he draws from the various Biblical narratives, in which he sees adumbrations [foreshadowings] of the history of man. Thus the account of the six days of Creation constitutes a prophecy of the events of the following six thousand years, and the seventh day is typical of the Messianic millennium....”
Note: This is the same Rabbi who was also known as ben Nachman who shared in the development of the Cabala [Kabbala] with his arcane13th century contributions. As noted in “The Spiritual Roots of NASA's Big Bang Premise” and Kabbala 6, Rabbi Nahman [or Nachman] is also the spiritual father (or agent) of these other concepts: Big Bangism, an Expanding Universe, Relativity, and Heliocentricity (300 yrs. before Copernicus).
Add to those rather astonishing facts the information above from The Jewish Encyclopedia, namely, that Raban Nahman (along with 12th century Rabam Maimonides) is also the father of the Dispensationalist Doctrine (which--for Christian Dispensationalists-- includes the pre-trib rapture idea, an idea with English and Scottish roots which go back fewer than 200 years), and one can see quite a can of worms opening! Since this teaching presently dominates eschatology in most Baptist and Pentecostal churches (and a few others), the Jewish Encyclopedia’s information about 13th century teaching in the Kabbala should be a big red flag for Christians steeped in that doctrine. The Kabbala (Cabala) is an anti-Christian compilation, written, in this case by a Rabbi who was exiled from Spain for his militant anti-Christ arguments. Millennial doctrine long pre-dates Rabbi Nachman, but his fabrication of Dispensationalist-Millennialism-- with a messiah other than Jesus!--is a clear warning that no such teaching is taught in the Bible. [See: Bible Doctrines 1, Bible Doctrines 2, Bible Doctrines 3, Bible Doctrines 4, Bible Doctrines 5]
Once it is seen that the roots of the Doctrine of Dispensationalism are traceable to an anti-Christian, anti-Bible source, and that this doctrine was articulated in the 13th century, we begin to look for other questionable connections. Given that this same source (along with Maimonides in the 12th century) also articulated the Zionist idea at that early date, and that Dispensationalism without Zionist Israel is an omelet without eggs, we begin to wonder about the virtual monopoly of Christian eschatology and evangelism by Christian Zionists. [See: Christian Zionists, Hagee CUFI] As we wonder, it becomes ever clearer that the guiding hand behind Dispensationalist Doctrine is not the God of the Bible.
Opponents of Dispensationalism have known for a long time that several aspects of the Israel-first eschatology cannot be reconciled with the New Testament, and that improper use of Old Testament prophesies were its life source. These opponents can now better understand that what is going on is that a “holy book” is being fulfilled with indispensable support from Dispensationalists, but that “holy book” is not the Bible! (This is a wake-up call for Christian Zionist Dispensationalists.) [See: Christian Zionists, Hagee CUFI]
As for Rabbi Nachman’s “Messianic Millennium”, the chief point for Christians to underscore is that the Rabbi’s messiah is not Jesus. The Rabbi’s use of a literal thousand years to make some kind of sense out of his Dispensational hypothesis about the Creation Week is very, very interesting. These thousand years literally interpreted by the Rabbi is found solely in the New Testament (Rev.20). Why would a militant anti-Christian Rabbi use a Scripture from the New Testament which he loathed, to make the “thousand years” literal (which years many Christian scholars insist must be figuratively interpreted)...and thereby lay the groundwork for a doctrine avidly promoted by anti-Christ Zionists and pro-Christ Christians alike?? (Absolute Scriptural refutation of a literal Millennium can be found in each of these five different links [See: New-Renew, Ret-Earth, KingNow, dayheaven, 7th Trumpet]. Put them together and it's "Case Closed"!)
The long and the short of all this is: Dispensationalist-led Christian evangelism is toiling with might and main to help anti-Christ Judaism fulfill its Talmud/ Kabbala plan for making the Zionist’s “messiah”--said by their leaders to be the Jewish State they named “Israel”--the seat of a global empire with them in control.
Neither the Dispensationalist brand of Millennialism nor the plain Pre-Millennial brand can exist without a literal interpretation of the “thousand years” of Rev.20. That much is certain. Curious, isn’t it, that the source of the Dispensationalist brand of literal interpretation--which is heard everywhere--should come from the anti-Christ, mystic Kabbala?
Anyone could stop reading here and have gotten the core of this essay. Yet, those who would like to know why the “thousand years” of Revelation 20 cannot be interpreted literally, and why those “thousand years” are in fact, Scripturally forced to take place during the 7th Trumpet period (a few months at most), may want to press on to the end. In all humility, I can assure you that is what you will find. More, in spite of endless teaching to the contrary, you will find out that the Bible nowhere teaches that Jesus will come to this earth in His Second Coming. [See: Ret-Earth] When--again in all humility--these two assertions are confirmed, a very big reason among many for God’s promised Judgment on the churches (I Pet.4:17.18) will be fully understood.
It’s your call.... Shall we go??
In Christian Dispensationalist and Pre-Millennialist circles, as is well published, the return of Zionist Jewry to Palestine and the establishment of “Israel” in 1948 is viewed as the return of God’s Chosen People, i.e., the Old Testament descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in fulfillment of certain OT land promises. From a New Testament perspective that Jesus is Messiah, and also from a purely historical perspective, this lineage claim to Abraham is pure fiction! In the first place, historically, all or virtually all of these Zionists are not even a Semitic people, but rather, are descendents of 8th century converts to Judaism. They have no more blood line to Abraham than an Eskimo does.
In spite of this fact, do these Zionists still somehow have an Old Testament Biblical claim to that real estate where Arabs lived for 1300 years, and which has been taken from them and named “Israel”?
“IF” is the biggest word in the Bible relating to those Old Testament promises to the Hebrews, later called Jews. God made it all conditional. They didn’t meet the conditions. The New Testament makes that plain a hundred times. That is why the New Testament is hated so fiercely and has been publicly burned in Jerusalem by the Zionists. Christians are supposed to be following the teachings of Jesus and His apostles in God’s New Contract with a new people (“whosoever will...no respecter of persons...neither Jew nor Greek...wall of partition broken down, etc., etc.). Christians are not supposed to be following the teaching of Rabbis from any century, who get their doctrines from the Christ hating, New Testament destroying Talmud/Kabbala teachings. The fact of the matter is, however, that the most influential wing of supposedly fundamentalist New Testament Christianity has been deceived into promoting the Rabbinic agenda, an agenda which is totally dedicated to the destruction of the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament!
To those who understandably object vehemently to those assessments--pointing out that a 1000 year binding of Satan and rule by Christ is mentioned six times in Revelation 20, thereby justifying the Dispensationist-Millennialist eschatology--may I empathize with your mixture of disbelief and alarm at this point?? I realize more than you can know the absolute trauma that would engulf much of fundamentalist Christianity if Millennialism and its attendant beliefs were absolutely proven to be unscriptural on the one hand, and a vital partner in the success of a Christ-hating deception on the other hand. I know that many really anointed men and women who go all-out in their love of God and His Word believe and teach the Dispensationalist-Millennialist eschatology with as great conviction as they teach that Jesus is Lord and Savior. I personally thank God that--in spite of being deceived into spreading grievous doctrinal errors as well as good teachings --they are at least on the Telly day and night and in the pulpits and writing books telling about the love of Jesus and His eternal Kingdom.... To all these, you will agree, God knows the hearts of each and every one. Nevertheless, it is scripturally certain that traumatic jolts that will register 10 on a Doctrinal Richter Scale are going to come upon good people as well as bad in every church affiliation. No church will be spared, for all have been deceived a lot. Yet, out of this doctrinal cleansing the Final Church will come together and, with one mind, will embrace what Scripture really tells us to expect during the last days of this earth’s history.
So, however sympathetic and appreciative we might be for the Lord’s work which so many are doing their very best to further, it is time to identify false doctrines in every area. The Church must get to the Truth and get it out in a way that all Christians and everybody else who desires to be led solely by the Holy Spirit of Truth can understand what has happened to doctrinal purity, why it has happened, and what the Bible alone (Sola Scriptura!) demands that the Truth be on each and every teaching.
One Scripture that helps to bring into focus the big picture of how false doctrines are able to infiltrate even Bible-venerating churches can be seen in I Timothy 4:1. We read there this very important warning: “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” This warning tells us plainly that there not only are seducing spirits at work to cause Christians to “depart from the faith”, but that there are also Demons that specialize in creating attractive false doctrines that will succeed in fooling a body of Christians and cause them to make the deception a required belief in their church. Little wonder that the Body of Christ is so doctrinally fragmented! [See: Sola Scriptura 2]
But, at the same time, it is marvelously true--and a loud testimony to the fact that God is in control--that a false doctrine in church “A” may be anathema in church “B”, while another false doctrine in church “B” may be anathema in church “C” or “A” or “D” thru “Z”...and ditto for true doctrines! The Truth on every doctrine in the Bible can be determined from the Word alone, and those Truths--or something very close to them--can (with the notable exception of the Biblical non-moving earth!) be found in a church somewhere.
Briefly, let’s take this matter of how false doctrines get into the Body of Christ a little further in order to appreciate what exposing Dispensationalist-Millennialism as just such a false teaching really means....
Getting II Corinthians 11:13-15 under one’s spiritual belt also helps a lot in trying to understand how Scriptural sounding false doctrines become rooted in churches.
"...For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ, And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his [Satan's] ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
In plain words: It is very common...no big thing...for that minister behind the pulpit or on TV to actually be Satan’s minister who has “transformed himself into a minister of righteousness”! Combine that with Satan’s hard working specialists in doctrine-twisting (I Tim. 4:1) always being on the job (and remembering the Scriptural fact that Satan is “god of this world”... II Cor.4:4; Matt.4;9, and a few other such references), and two things become very clear: First: From the earliest days of the Church (Titus 1:14; Jude 1b,4; etc.) to the present hour, Satan’s minions have been allowed by our Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Sovereign God to establish contra-Scriptural doctrines in the churches. Second: Being all-knowing, all-powerful, and perfect in all His ways, God has not only known how all this would develop, His Perfect Plan for eternity had to incorporate this pattern and allow it to come to a point where Jesus “who was manifested to destroy the works of the Devil” (I Jn.3:8) would do so. It had to be the way it has been so that, not only can the Final Scenes in the Final Act of this earth’s history be played out, but more importantly, it had to be the way it has been so that those works can forever serve as the perfect education resource on the promised New Earth (Is. 65:17; 66:22; Rev. 21:1), a resource capable of inculcating the same “abhorrence” of evil (Is.66:24) that God has, and thus make His flesh and bone eternal children truly “in His Image”. (See Scriptural details) [See: Heaven : God's Love Story, Hell: It's Not What You Think It Is]
Anyway, it is clear from the Bible, is it not, that God has allowed Satan’s experts to cleverly construct doctrines which purposely distort Scripture while appearing to extol it??
It is to be expected, of course, that folks in churches who declare that the Bible is their only guide to doctrine will consider themselves free from these supernaturally engineered doctrinal deceptions. In fact, they will be indignant at the mere suggestion that their doctrines could be clever satanic deceptions! I mean...how dare anyone insinuate...!
Well, keep in mind that, although there turned out to be “a great company of priests who were obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7); the Pharisees resisted every valid criticism of their “church” establishment, becoming murderously indignant when they were shown their errors! Also, remember the warning about “the very elect” being fooled (Matt.24:24)!!
There could be a lot more conditioning along this line to help prepare the multitude of Dispensationalists and old style Millennialists in Christian ranks for the shock of finding out they have been deceived Big Time on their core eschatological beliefs. Again--if there be any solace in numbers--be assured that your church will have plenty of company when God’s Judgment on the Churches goes to afterburners. Equal and even greater shocks than your church receives will be a Scriptural certainty for every church now wearing the Christian label. Judgment will BEGIN “at the house of God” (I Pet.4:17, 18). [See: House of God] That is where it began when Jesus walked in Jerusalem; it will begin there again as Jesus directs His people from His seat at the right hand of the Father where He long ago was given “all authority in heaven and earth” (Matt.28:18). Every doctrine will be tested by Scripture alone to see whether it is of God or is a Satanic counterfeit. No one--not I, not you--neither the Roman Church nor any Protestant Church will be exempt from these tests. “Come out of Babylon!” God tells His people (Rev.18:4).
He wouldn’t call us out of Babylon if we weren’t in it, would He??
The Truth is that Dispensationalism and the Millennialism which goes with the concept are--as has already been established and will shortly be further demonstrated--contra-Scriptural teachings which are rooted in the mystic Rabbinical Kabbala, an adjunct to the Christ hating, New Testament destroying Talmud. [See: Talmud]
That said, the following is presented with the conviction that no Bible-believing Christian led of the Holy Spirit can fail to see how the whole Dispensational concept with its Millennialist eschatology is indeed one of the major pieces of work those Demonic specialists of I Tim.4:1 have been allowed to put together...a work, to be sure, that was known and approved before the foundation of the world (Acts 15:18)...a work destined ultimately to redound to the greater glory of God when He begins to expose and destroy it and all the others from the same source (I John 3:8).
Let’s look at the first of two headings: Part I to set the stage, and Part II to provide the pertinent Scriptures.
It is a fact that Revelation 20 includes six references to “a thousand years”. This period is declared to be a time when a) Satan is bound and, b) a time when martyrs “live and reign with Christ”. That much is in Scriptural concrete and is not to be challenged by anything that follows. As previously noted, the entire Millennialist structure rests on the teaching that this time frame refers to a literal 1000 years. You can underline that. If it is literal, then all the eschatology built upon it will at least have a chance of being accurate. If the time frame is not literal, however, the entire millennial edifice falls flat and drags Dispensationalism down with it.
Seeing that so much rests on so little, can it be that God has not left his Church with a way to scripturally settle this mega-theological conundrum built on one high-sounding but very shaky interpretation and excluding all others?
He has left a way. Let’s begin with the promised warm-up to the solution:
Through Peter (II Pet.3:8) the Holy Spirit of Truth expressly warned against making any time frame of 1000 years a literal 1000 years. Note:
But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, That one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
That is short and sweet. Having been warned by God specifically NOT to take “1000 years” literally, and having stressed that it would be ignorant to do so, the Darby-Scofield Dispensationalist doctrine proceeded to take the only references to “1000 years” in the entire New Testament (Rev.20) and set them in literal concrete, as it were. Then, (wittingly or unwittingly) an End Time Scenario has been constructed which ignores God’s specific warning. This scenario then proceeded to set up all the conditions necessary for fulfilling the teaching of the overtly anti-Christian, mystic Kabbala about the coming of THEIR messiah by tricking Christians into believing that it is the coming of the Messiah Jesus to rule and reign during that supposedly literal 1000 year period.
If there were other plain Scriptural supports for the Darbyite-Scofieldian literal 1000 year reign of Christ, one would of necessity view the warning by Peter to be just a statement about the reality of God’s timelessness or some such. But there are no such plain Scriptural supports. The word “millennium” isn’t even in the Bible. The only “holy book” support for the massive doctrinal structure built upon a literal 1000 year reign by Jesus in Jerusalem comes from the anti-Christ Kabbala and refers to the rule of someone or something other than Jesus for a thousand years. (What the Kabbala’s “messiah”--who emphatically IS NOT JESUS--does after the thousand years allotted to him or "it", is not recorded as far as I can tell.) Keep in mind that the New Testament of Jesus Christ with its mention of a thousand years had been around for almost twelve hundred years when the Rabbi (who was kicked out of Spain for his high profile anti-Christ comments) “invented” the Dispensationalist idea which includes a literal thousand years in order to bring in the kind of “messiah” the Jews were looking for when they called for Jesus’ death, i.e., an earthly kingdom where they rule. Jesus spoke against such a kingdom repeatedly, teaching rather: “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they say, Lo Here! or lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20, 21).
Darby’s teachings--codified and expanded in Scofield’s margin notes in the KJV Bible and spread far and wide thru Baptist, Pentecostal, and other Seminaries since 1909--do not alter the fact that there are no other supports for a millennial rule by either the real or a fake messiah other than those “thousand years” mentioned in Rev. 20. That those years must be literal or the whole doctrine begins to look like a diabolically clever mis-teaching, I believe some have begun to see, and others will see momentarily....
If not a literal thousand years, then how long is Satan bound while the martyrs reign with Christ? Are we as Christians devoted to “searching the Scriptures daily to see whether these things be so” (Acts 17:11) and “testing the spirits to see whether they are of God of not” (I John 4:1)...not able to determine what is going on during that time in Revelation 20 called the “thousand years?!
A. Notice first that Scripture is very specific in telling us precisely who it is that will have the high honor of actually reigning with Christ during that time called “1000 years”. In fact, Revelation 20:4 spells out that this honored host consists of those “...that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands..." This host and this host alone is designated as those in John’s vision given to him by Jesus who “lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Without the slightest Scriptural doubt, this honored host consists of Christian martyrs from the first century (Rev.6:9-11) who have been joined by the martyrs who refuse the mark of the beast and refuse to worship the beast’s image (Rev.13:15-17). True?? Now follow the progression....
B. Scripture teaches that it is the “Beast” who rules the earth from Jerusalem when the Two Witnesses are killed, does it not (Rev.11:7, 8)? The Two Witnesses present Dispensationalist eschatology with a problem it can’t solve if these Witnesses are taken to be what they clearly are, namely two people anointed by God for the exceptional last days role they play. Read it; they are real people! Having made “1000 years” literal when Peter expressly warned against doing that, Dispensationalists now make God’s Two Witnesses “figurative” when God spells out their literalness in plain language: They prophesy, they testify, men try to kill them but can’t; they are killed by the Beast’s government in Jerusalem, their dead bodies lie in a street, the spirit of life from God enters them and they stand on their feet....
Why are these Two Witnesses an insurmountable problem for Dispensationalist eschatology? As I saw to my joy (Jn.8:32), so can anyone see as we continue....
C. Why is the Old Testament holy city of Jerusalem called “Sodom” and “Egypt” here in the New Testament (11:8)? (Dispensationalist preachers regularly point their flocks to Psalm 122:6: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” [ignoring v.10] and tell them that this applies to Jerusalem today...and they had better not say anything bad about the city or the Zionist Jews who want to build a temple there and restore OT sacrifices, because if they do say anything bad they will be going against God and the Bible and will end up in hell. But again, if so, why does God call the city of Jerusalem “Sodom” and “Egypt” in the New Testament? Why did Jesus say He left Jerusalem “desolate”? Why did Jesus prophesy Jerusalem’s total destruction and bring it to pass in 70 AD (after Christians had been warned and all escaped)? Why are God’s people told to look for a NEW Jerusalem repeatedly and not to the earthly one where every prophet God sent, including Jesus, was killed? Why are Christians told in Colossians 3:2 to “set your affection on things above [the NEW Jerusalem on the NEW Earth, etc.] and not on things on this earth” [old Jerusalem, a millennial reign in a cardboard counterfeit of heaven]?? Etcetera, etcetera.)
D. Isn’t the Greek for the “Two Witnesses” of Rev. 11 actually the “two martyrs”? (Check Strong’s #3144. It is.)
E. Doesn’t Scripture plainly tell us that the martyrdom and the translation of the Two Witnesses (martyrs) end the 6th Trumpet Mark of the Beast period (11:14, 15)? Scripturally, the Witnesses’ translation to Heaven (11:12) completes the roster of martyrs all the way from the 1st century (Rev. 6:11) throughout history to those martyrs specifically identified in Rev. 20:4 as those future to this writing who refuse to take the Mark of the Beast. (Incidentally, these martyr facts also put the gun to the head of the Preterist View now appealing to those who see the holes in the Dispensationalist eschatology.) [See: The Preterit View: Straining at a Gnat and Swallowing a Camel]
F. Rev. 20:4 (backed up by Rev.6:11) says that all martyrs including these yet future ones “lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years”. (If it says “lived”, does that not mean they were dead? (If you doubt it, read the next verse in letter “G” :)
G. The very next words in v. 5 are: “But the REST of the DEAD lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [ i.e., making alive the dead martyrs] is the FIRST RESURRECTION.”
H. Put the last two verses (4 & 5) together. All the martyrs were dead (v.5), but in John’s vision of the future, when the last Two Martyrs complete the roster of martyrs from the 1st century thru the still future 6th Trumpet Mark of the Beast period, all were resurrected and “lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years”.... (So much for pre-trib, mid-trib, and post-trib theories of when the Rapture of I Thess.4:13-18 takes place! The Rapture involves a resurrection of “the dead in Christ”. But it is the MARTYRS ONLY who were dead and who alone comprise those singled out for special honors and who alone make up the population involved in the first resurrection. Moreover--and this is very telling--verse 14 says: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, EVEN SO THEM ALSO WHICH ALSO SLEEP IN JESUS WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM.” Yet we are told that the “dead in Christ” that He comes to Rapture (v.16) are also ASLEEP (v.15)! Now who can that be that now “sleep in Jesus” yet rise again if it cannot be those who are dead in Christ and are buried and about to be Raptured?! Scripturally, we only have one choice here. Those Jesus brings with Him that were dead but is then alive are the resurrected martyrs in heaven.
It is very important to note that this 1st resurrection takes place in heaven at the beginning of the 7th Trumpet time frame. This is already clear but can be seen again in 15:1-4 where those “...that had gotten the victory over the Beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name; stand on the sea of glass having the harps of God” (v.2). Who? The Martyrs. Where? In heaven. What? Their resurrection. Why? To be honored by living and reigning with Christ while God avenges them. How? With the seven bowl/vial plagues of the 7th Trumpet and the eradication of the Beast and the False Prophet and millions of their hatchet men at Armageddon, that’s how!
Note also that this resurrection occurs not at the beginning or in the middle of the tribulation of the first six trumpet time frames. It occurs at the very end of that tribulation time frame in a resurrection which includes only martyrs and has nothing to do with the Rapture resurrection of the dead and living Christians. The timing of the Rapture of I Thess.4:13-18 is wedded to the Dispensational-Millennialist doctrine in a way that the two cannot be separated without exposing the fallacies of both. (For unbendable Scriptural evidence that the Rapture can only occur on the last day of this earth’s history [See: New-Renew, Ret-Earth, 7th Trumpet, The Rapture: The Question is WHEN])
(Parenthetically, yet another major false doctrine which is seen going out the window in these very same Scriptures is the whole Platonic “consciousness after death”, “immortal soul” lie. In the Revelation of Jesus to John, those martyrs’s spirits were in heaven, as are the spirits of all who die (Eccl.12:7). But the martyrs were dead and had to be resurrected in order to live again to reign with Christ for this period called “1000 years”. Their resurrection is plainly labeled the “first resurrection”. The doctrinal twisting of the parable telling of the end of God’s old system (The Rich Man) and the start of His new system (Lazarus) in Luke 16 has provided a consciousness after death dogma (in direct violation of four dozen plain Scriptures [See: Hell: It's Not What You Think It Is]), which dogma has been used to prop up the Satanic doctrine of an eternal Dantean torture chamber hell. That torture-chamber hell is a demonstrably contra-Scriptural teaching which has probably kept more fair-minded people from becoming Christians than any other unbiblical teaching! So, again, the point is that those martyrs were dead (no consciousness, “asleep” as dozens of Scriptures describe death) until they were made “alive” in that “first resurrection”, and it is they who are honored further by accompanying Jesus on the last day of this earth’s history to Rapture the dead and living Christians. Consciousness after death is a contra-Scriptural Platonic teaching which has made possible the mis-teaching that hell is a God-ordained and maintained place where billions of people will writhe eternally in pain. You will not believe that lie if you carefully read this 110 page book [See: Hell: It's Not What You Think It Is].
Where was I? Oh, yes, letter I (i, eye, aye, ieeeh, whatever...)
I. So...If the martyrdom, revivification, and translation of the Two Witnesses ends the 6th Trumpet period (11:14) and brings on the 7th Trumpet period (v.15), as Scripture undeniably attests, do we not know that the Beast’s 42 months (13:5) are fast running out, and in fact are completed at the end of the 7th Trumpet period (19:20) a short time later? Read it. It cannot be otherwise.
J. And, lest we forget that the Devil is bound during the same “1000 years” in question, do we not see this binding confirmed at the beginning of the 7th Trumpet (11:15), where we are told that “the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ...”?! Knowing, as we do (Matt. 4:8, 9; II Cor. 4:4) that the kingdoms of this world have belonged to Satan since his success in the Garden--and will continue to belong to him until the start of the 7th Trumpet period--is it not plain that something has been done with Satan in 11:15 when it is declared: “the kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ”?? Suddenly, Satan is dethroned! Suddenly, he no longer rules over anyone or anything. Suddenly, he can do nothing to help his thrice-decimated, plague-ridden worshippers who are about to feel another, more awesome round of the wrath of God fall on them in the seven bowl/vial plagues of the 7th Trumpet period! Scripture says that is what happens when Satan is bound and that his binding lasts “1000 years”. Yet, we see it happening here in the 7th Trumpet at the very end of the Beast’s reign of only forty-two months!! Scripture thus forces the time of Satan’s binding to be during the 7th Trumpet period. Hence, the “1000 years” of Revelation 20, called by Dispensational-Millennialists “the millennium” is forced to be the 7th Trumpet time frame, i.e., about two or three months. [See: 7th Trumpet]
For good reason, God warned thru Peter not to take that “1000” literally. Now we know why! Ignoring that warning opened the door for the g'd of this world (II Cor.4:4) to use his guild of doctrine twisting specialists (I Tim.4:1b) to erect the mighty deception of Kabbala-based Dispensationalism in many (not all!) evangelical Christian churches which, ironically, claim to be the most Scripture-based of all!
As the literal “thousand years” doctrine goes down in flames, other doctrines attached to it cannot remain airborne either. Consider: Is Jesus going to return to earth and reign with the martyrs for the 7th Trumpet period of a few months at most?! Hardly. So, if Jesus is not going to come to earth to reign a “thousand years” and it makes no sense to say He will come and reign during the pouring out of the wrath of God thru the seven plagues of the 7th Trumpet, isn’t it time to investigate whether He ever sets foot on this earth again [See: Ret-Earth]?? Can it be that this too is a doctrinal deception of huge proportions allowed by God for a perfect purpose?? The last few pages will provide those answers. But now....
K. The seven bowl/vial plagues of the 7th Trumpet which are full of God’s wrath against the blaspheming worshippers of Satan’s two Beasts (13:11) ends in the death of those two human leaders (and a few million others) from an aerial bombardment of 100 lb. hailstones (16:21) on those drawn to the Plain of Esdraelon for the “battle” of Armageddon. What “battle”?! It’s a wipe-out from the sky! There are two armies all right; but one is in the sky with Jesus (19:11-20) and one is on the ground, “gathered” there by God (16:14) “into a place called...Armageddon” (v.16). This whole army with the two Beasts has been drawn lemming-like to this Plain of Meggido. [Several years back, I prayerfully scrutinized that Plain from some high ground and concluded that several million could easily be gathered there.... Having been gathered (lead, assembled) from all over the world (16:14), this will not be just your average large crowd. God “gathers” them (vs.14, 16), and they will be corralled and contained on that Plain by He Who “rules them with a rod of iron: [as] He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (19:15). Fulfilling prophecy precisely, 100 lb. hailstones from the sky will kill all of those who are gathered (led) there (16:21; 19:18) except the two Beasts who will “...both [be] cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (19;20).]
The martyrs are avenged just as God promised they would be (6:10, 11; 19:2). This vengeance is scripturally stated to be the climax of the seventh bowl/vial plague (Armageddon) of the 7th Trumpet time frame (Rev.16:17). Since the martyrs live and reign with Jesus during this very same time frame when this vengeance is meted out (15:1-8), and since the martyrs are said to reign with Jesus “1000 years”, and since the time frame of the vengeance period is a small fraction of the Beast’s allotted 42 months, it is clear that the Holy Spirit put all the Scriptural facts in The Revelation that are necessary for determining that the references to “one thousand years” ARE NOT to be taken literally but must be applied solely to the 7th Trumpet time frame of a few months at most. That being the case, not only must all eschatological doctrines built on a literal thousand years be jettisoned from Church teaching, another eschatology consistent with this discovery and exposure must be built upon the truth about this time frame and its connection with all other end time Scriptures.
L. The Beast (and later, the 2nd Beast) is empowered by Satan from the beginning of his allotted 42 months...right on thru Six of the Seven Trumpet time frames. Corresponding to Satan’s binding for “1000 years”, that empowerment ends abruptly at the beginning of the 7th Trumpet, does not appear throughout the plagues that follow, and is conspicuously absent at Armageddon when his human leaders over the whole world are exterminated with extreme prejudice by God. Clearly, not only are the Heavenly Hosts jumping for joy (Rev.11:16, 17) but when Satan’s kingdom’s are taken from him during the 7th Trumpet period, it is a very special time for the martyrs in heaven and for God’s people around the whole world.
Clearly also, there has got to be a very different ball game from the end of the 7th Trumpet on out. Scripture describes what happens and further confirms the impossibility of a literal 1000 year millennium....
M. God foretells of Satan’s binding and imprisonment and his release in Rev.20:3: “...And cast him [Satan] into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, TILL the thousand years should be fulfilled, and after that [the thousand years] he must be loosed a little season.” This is very important. In verse 3 here we read that Satan’s power to deceive the “nations” is removed UNTIL the thousand years are over. Five verses later, after the thousand years are over and Satan is released (v.7), we read in verse 8: “And [he, Satan] shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth....” “Nations” here is the same word and refers to the same people, i.e., Satan's followers alone. When he was bound and imprisoned he could not deceive them; when he is released he can deceive them, and sets about immediately to do so everywhere.
(By-the-way: In the Greek, “God and Magog” simply refers to those who are anti-Christs (#1136 & #3098). This fits perfectly with what you are reading. All the decades-long excited talk about Russia invading Israel, etc., etc., is Zionist-hyped deception. The Hebrew for these words (#4031 & #1463) pointedly refers to attacks on Israel from the north with “a MIGHTY ARMY OF HORSES (Ezekiel 38:14-16) with BOWS AND ARROWS (39:3). Israel wins and takes up SHIELDS AND BUCKLERS AND SPEARS to burn for seven years (39:9; etc.!). All that was fulfilled almost 2500 years ago! The reference to Satan’s use of deception in Rev.20:8 refers to its use on the enemies of Christ at the end of this world’s history; it does not refer to the enemies of ancient Israel almost twenty-five centuries ago! The Dispensationalist’s interminable comments linking the anti-Christ Zionist State of Israel today with Ezekiel’s prophecies where sacrifices are to be given in a restored temple with Jesus sitting right there, etc., are BLASPHEMY (Heb.9:25,26), no matter how convincing the preacher!)
Two Biblical facts related to Satan’s release for “a little season” further demonstrate that the “thousand years” is really the 7th Trumpet period (some 2 or 3 months of the Beast’s allotted 42). First, we are aware of the flexibility of the Greek for “nations” (could be the bad guys only or could be everybody). We won’t concern ourselves with that, except to say that it plainly refers to the bad guys only more often than not, and thus is more flexible than the oft repeated reference to “those who dwell on the earth” which is always used to designate the bad guys (13:8 & 17:8).
Anyway, more important is the fact that Satan’s powers are suddenly removed because he is bound. That is what interests us here. Surely there can be no argument with the conclusion that deception is Satan’s modus operandi, the chief way he works. “There is no Truth in Satan”, John 8:44 tells us, so deceptions (i.e., lies) of all sorts are his stock in trade, his very means of ruling the world’s kingdoms (which God’s Plan as set forth in His Word has allowed: Matt.4:8,9: John 14:30; II Cor.4:4; Acts 15:18;etc.). BUT DON’T FORGET! These are the very same “kingdoms” of the world which Satan has been allowed to control thru deception since the Fall in the Garden until that time ahead at the beginning of the 7th Trumpet when we are plainly told: “The kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever” Rev.11:15!
Frankly Scarlet, I don’t see any way around the conclusion all this forces upon us. Scripture teaches that Satan has been allowed in God’s Perfect Plan to be the god of this world from the fall in the Garden 6000 years ago until the 7th Trumpet time frame begins. At that point in time his control of all the world’s kingdoms thru deception stops abruptly. Father God and Jesus take over, not just till Satan is released, but for ever (11:15). NOW NOTICE: Scripture will allow no twisting of what is said about Satan’s binding.... IT says he is “bound a thousand years” (20:2), and is cast into a bottomless pit, and shut up, and a seal is set upon him, that he should DECEIVE the nations no more, TILL the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season (v.3). So, if Satan has been god of the whole world, ruling all its kingdoms by the chief power he has, namely, DECEPTION (Jn.8:44; etc.), and that control of the world’s kingdoms is taken away from him at the beginning of the 7th Trumpet period, the explanation is inescapable: This is when he is bound “for a “thousand years” and explicitly prevented by God from “DECEIVING the nations until the “thousand years” are over and he is loosed for a little season (v.3,7) and permitted to deceive again (v.8). Finally--the time when Satan’s kingdoms are taken from him along with a specific enforcement of a gag rule on DECEPTION designated to last “a thousand years” and then be restored--WE KNOW THE THOUSAND YEARS CAN NOT BE LITERAL BECAUSE SATAN'S KINGDOMS AND THE DECEPTION BY WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN CONTROLLED THROUGHOUT HISTORY ARE TAKEN AWAY NEAR THE TAIL END OF THE BEAST’S REIGN (R.11:15)... AND, THAT DECEPTIVE POWER IS NOT RESTORED, UNTIL THE BEAST AND HIS RULE ARE BOTH TERMINATED WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE! (R.19:20).
Since all of this is totally confined to the time frame of the 7th Trumpet, it cannot be a literal thousand years. It must be a short period at the end of the Beast’s 42 months.
Excuse me; I think I’ll shout a little bit!!
There, that’s better.... After the Lord takes Satan’s kingdoms away from him (11:15) there is joy in heaven (11:16) “because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast REIGNED (v.17). (This is the same “reigning” time as when Jesus reigns with the martyrs, i.e. the same few months at the end of the Beast’s tenure.) “The *nations [bad guys connotation here obviously] were angry”. Their hopes had just been dashed by the resurrection and ascension of the Two Martyrs before the whole world’s eyes [on satellite TV, obviously], (11:9, 11, 12), and now they know that “thy wrath is come” (11:18) and that they are about to get a dose of what eternal hell could be if God were that kind of God. HIS wrath is indeed poured out to the double in the seven vial/bowl plagues which rain down mercilessly “upon the men which had the mark of the beast and upon them which worshipped the image” (16:2).
Satan’s worshippers know God is sending these terrible plagues upon them and they blaspheme Him all the more in their sufferings (16:9, 11). It is abundantly clear to them that the great power Satan exercised earlier in their behalf (13:4, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17; etc.) is nowhere to be seen. Throughout the seven bowl/vial plagues of the 7th Trumpet time frame (c. 2-3 months) they are getting the needle Big Time and Satan can’t help them. His kingship has been taken away (11:15), you will recall, and he can’t “deceive the *nations [bad guys connotation] any more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled...” (20:3). He can’t help them because he is bound. His binding begins the “thousand years” and his loosing ends the “thousand years”. So, again, we know that the “thousand years” is forced to be the final few months of the Beast’s 42 month tenure...and that means that the literal thousand year millennium teaching --with Jesus on the ground in Jerusalem--is a contra-Biblical lie, i.e., a "Jewish fable" (Titus 1:14) from our ever scheming adversary, the "father of lies", Satan himself (Jn.8:44).....
We continue to take careful notice too that these seven extremely rough plagues administered by God during the 7th Trumpet period constitute the time of vengeance promised to all the martyrs, “For they [Satan’s people throughout history] have shed the blood of the saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy” (16:6). Remember, it is the martyrs who are honored with the first resurrection and it is they “who live and reign with Christ a thousand years”. All this takes place during the 7th Trumpet period when the Lord takes over Satan’s kingdoms (11:15) and reigns (11:17) making Satan’s followers angry because they know that judgment and wrath and destruction are about to descend on them (11:18). God’s wrath is poured out on Satan’s worshippers (16:2), the martyrs are avenged (16:6), Satan’s followers suffer and blaspheme God but do not repent (16:9, 10, 11; etc.), Jesus--who is now reigning over all of Satan’s former kingdoms--prepares His people (who have not been raptured!) (16:15) for the wipe-out at Armageddon. This is when God lets go His fierce wrath in remembrance of all the evil Satan’s empire of Babylon has caused (16:14-21). Those seven last plagues and the wipe-out at Armageddon are also described as a time when the Beast and the False Prophet are killed (19:15, 20) and when God “has avenged the blood of His servants...” [i.e., His martyrs](19:2) as He promised He would (6:10,11).
Thus, by way of summary on this part, there are three subjects relating to the “thousand years” of Revelation 20 which, separately and collectively, demonstrate that the “thousand years” is not literal, but rather is a time frame that is scripturally determined to be the 7th Trumpet period in the Book of The Revelation of Jesus to St. John. No other Scriptures in the Old Testament and only a few others from the New Testament are needed to settle this matter. The three subjects are: 1) the binding of Satan’s deceptive power and his imprisonment. 2) Christ’s reign. 3) The martyrs time to live and reign with Christ.
Scripture has been given which shows that any one of these three subjects separately or in combination with one or both of the others shows unequivocally that the period called “a thousand years” in Revelation 20 does not and cannot refer to a literal 1000 years. Judged from Scripture alone, it is certain that both Dispensationalist and Premillennialist doctrines with their literal 1000 year millennium--during which Jesus returns to Jerusalem from a seven year hiatus in the sky to rule the world--are false teachings. The fact that a Christ-hating and New Testament-hating religion has a “holy book” which teaches the Dispensational-Millennial doctrine with a literal 1000 year reign by a messiah (not Jesus), adds a most interesting dimension to the doctrine that multiplied millions of Christians believe is strictly a solid Bible teaching.
Two other Scriptural subjects which will add even further proof that the “1000 years” is not a literal time frame need to be examined briefly. They are: 1) A little more on the post “1000 year” period. 2) The question of whether the Scriptures say that Jesus comes to earth when He comes again or whether they do not say that.
First; A Little More on the Post “1000 year” Period:
So, looking ahead, the 7th Trumpet time frame is over when Armageddon is over. The Beast and the False Prophet are now dead. There is no human leader to carry on Satan’s thrice decimated, but still intact, global kingdom. Satan must take personal charge of the situation, and that is exactly what Scripture says he does: “And when the thousand years are expired [past], Satan shall be loosed [released] out of his prison” (20:7) “And shall go out to deceive the nations that are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog (all anti-Christs), to gather them together to battle....” (v.8). (The Apostle John always spoke of “anti-christs” in the plural, never in the singular as one hears all the time [I John 2:18, 22; 4:3]. The Scriptures call that one who will sit in Jerusalem (Rev.11:7, 8), that one “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” [II Thess: 2:4] to be a man who has three Biblical titles, none of which is “anti-Christ”. Those titles are: The Man of Sin, The Son of Perdition (v.3), and The Beast (Rev.2:2,4,12,14,15,17; 17:11,12,13,17,etc.)
Since we’ve seen that Satan’s control over the world’s kingdoms is abruptly ended at the beginning of the 7th Trumpet period (11:15), we know that he was still in charge of those kingdoms during the previous Six Trumpet periods. This is a fact made plain by the repeated references to his empowerment of the first and second Beasts and the worship both receive from the start of the global government after Babylon has fallen and the 1st Trumpet period has begun. He is certainly in control during the Mark of the Beast period when the last Two Martyrs are killed at the very end of the 6th Trumpet time frame. (11:7, 8, 14).
Now we can look more closely at that period after the “thousand years” which period is called the “little season” (20:3). Satan’s earthly leaders are dead and he personally goes out to deceive his own demoralized worshippers and whoever else he can amongst the remaining "saints" on God’s side worldwide (Luke 12:43-46). This time frame; this “little season” is a time when Satan goes to afterburners deception-wise. His worshippers still control the world but their two human leaders are dead and the previous 3 1/2 years have been hell on earth for them. Still, they all hate and blaspheme God and are looking for anything to encourage themselves and restore their confidence. Satan accommodates those needs by deceiving them into believing that they and their god Satan can still defeat God’s Plan. They hate the Truths they have been forced to recognize, and they love the deceptions that once ruled the world (II Pet.3:3-5). They are ready to believe any deception Satan puts on them, and he is ready to accommodate this longing, for as soon as “...the thousand years are expired [past], Satan shall be loosed [released] out of his prison, And shall go out to DECEIVE the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth....”(20:7,8). So, after the “thousand years” Satan’s worshippers are eager to believe anything but the Truth, and he is ready, willing, and able to accommodate them.
Satan succeeds in deceiving his followers completely. Remember, these are people who know the Truth but “received not a love of the Truth, that they might be saved." And because of that " God shall send them strong delusion [error], that they should believe a lie [they will believe it!]: That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (II Thess.2:10-12). Satan deceives them and God guarantees that they will believe the deception!
Believe what deception?! What deception does Satan use?! If there is a more contextual answer than the one Jesus tells us about in the passages given in Matthew 24:35-51 and Luke 17:28-30, I don’t know where it is. In Matthew Jesus tells quite a bit about what will be going on before He returns “in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (v.30). In the longer passage just cited (verses 35-51) He gives the familiar comparison about the days of Noah before the flood when the people “...were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be (vs.37-39). Jesus also gives the same kind of analogy about Lot in Sodom (Luke 17:28-30). In other words, as God has prophesied, Satan’s final deception--to which God adds strong delusion so that it will be believed--is to let everything return to normal...like it was before all this began! The plagues are over; Jesus didn’t come; we’ve won! So let everything return to “normal”! [See: God's End Time Drama]
Anyway, this somewhat mysterious time frame called “a little season” bears on the literal “thousand year” issue in a roundabout way. First we note that this time frame can be quite elastic, as when Paul stayed in Asia for a “season” called a “while” which appears to be two or three years. On the other hand, the first century martyrs are told to rest a “little season” until the rest of the martyrs from the Mark of the Beast join them, and that has been over 1900 years. So, with God’s perspective on time (which the Preterist View foolishly ignores [See: The Preterit View: Straining at a Gnat and Swallowing a Camel]), the meaning can be two years or 2000 years. (One would think that it would take several years for Satan to get his followers so deceived that they would fall for the “normalization” program (a la Noah and Lot) and basically put the terrible recent past out of their minds. However, when we consider that God Himself actually speeds up the process by “sending strong delusion so that they will believe the lie” (II Thess.2:11), we can rest assured that it won’t take very long. I’d go with the word’s use to describe Paul’s stay in Asia, i.e., about two or three years. However long the period is, it ends with “fire coming down from God out of heaven, and devouring them” [Satan’s living followers], with the Devil being cast into the Lake of Fire, and with the heaven and the earth being destroyed and having “fled away; and there was found no place for them” [i.e., the old heaven and earth.] (20:9-11; II Thess.1:6-10; Is.65:17; 66:22).
So, at the end of the “little season”, the Rapture takes place (I Thess.4:17,18); the general resurrection takes place (John 5:28,29); fire comes down and kills Satan’s followers (20:9); Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire (20:10); the earth and the heavens are destroyed (20:11;II Pet.3:10-12); the White Throne Judgment for those in John 5:28,29 takes place (Rev.20:11,12); God the Father and Jesus begin eternity with God’s adopted children on a New Earth with New Heavens (21:3): “for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away” (20:11; 21:1,3; II Pet. 3:13) [See: New-Renew].
Notice in all this that Christians (“saints”= Christians. cf. Phil.1:1; 4:22; Rev. 13:7; 14:9-12; 16:15; etc.) are still on the earth right down to the last day of this earth’s history (Rev.20:9)! They were never Raptured to escape all the trouble as Dispensationalist-Millennialism and PreMillennialism teach. All the talk of Daniel’s 70th week being postponed for 2000 years and that week being seven years during which the rapture of I Thess. 4:13-18 takes them to heaven with Jesus, where they make a U-turn and come to Jerusalem to rule one thousand years with the Jews and Him, is a “Jewish Fable” (Titus 1:14) designed to fulfill the Talmud/Kabbala, not the New Testament of the Bible! The Rapture is real, but, scripturally, it cannot take place before the last day of this earth’s history.
NOW, YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! Since--according to Dispensational and Premill teaching--a Pre-tribulation (or mid-trib) Rapture of the Church is the indispensable springboard into a literal “thousand year” reign of Christ, and since it is clear that the Rapture can only come on the last day of this earth’s history, there is no time left for a literal “thousand year” reign on earth, or even one of a few months! This earth’s time is over after the Rapture and the other events on that last day! Hence, any iron-clad Scriptural demonstration that the Rapture as described in I Thessalonians 4:13-18 can only come on the last day of this earth's history...just before this earth is destroyed and removed, is also a demonstration that no literal “thousand year” period follows that Rapture!! [See: The Rapture: The Question is WHEN]
Now (#2) we come to the final question. According to Scripture alone, does Jesus actually come to earth when He returns or not??
If Scripture nowhere teaches that Jesus actually even sets foot on this earth to fulfill the Scriptures about the “thousand years”, it would be manifestly settled that any doctrine which teaches an earthly reign is false.
Does Scripture so teach?! Is it possible that a deception of this magnitude could have a major part of the Church of Jesus Christ totally barking up the wrong tree about End Time matters?!
Prayerfully lay aside all previous input on the subject, look anew at the related Scriptures, and--keeping in mind the origin of Dispensational-Millennialism from the Christ-hating Talmud/Kabbala teachings--judge for yourself....
Aside from a couple of verses (Zechariah 14:4, 9) one searches the Scriptures in vain for any clear prophesy of Jesus physically coming to earth. This is strange to say the least, seeing that such a mountain of teaching is built on Him physically reigning in Jerusalem for a literal “thousand years”.
Since Zechariah 14 contains the only clear Scriptural prophesy which declares Christ’s physical presence in Jerusalem, we must determine if this reference tells us what we are told it tells us, wouldn’t you say?
Where do we start?!
Well, let us first remind ourselves that this is an Old Testament prophesy written 494 years before Jesus was born and well over five hundred years before His feet did indeed stand on the Mount of Olives (v.4). Realizing that fact, one must immediately wonder why this reference couldn’t be to His first coming. One must wonder why the fulfillment of this prophesy has to be stretched 2500 years and more into the future instead of 500 years when the New Testament tells us that Jesus did in fact come and stand on the Mount of Olives.
There are several ways to read the highly allegorical/poetic/symbolic language contained in this chapter of Zechariah. Verse 4 speaks also “of the Mount of Olives cleaving in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south”. In short, when Jesus comes to Jerusalem in this prophesy given 500 years before His birth, the mountain called the Mount of Olives is going to split in the middle and the two parts are going to go in opposite directions. The Hebrew word for “mountain” in the verse (#2022-har) we are told is “sometimes used figuratively”. This is common and known to all Bible scholars. Given that common understanding about the figurative use of this word in the Bible, isn’t there every reason to at least consider and test and see if this is one of those times when the reference is meant to be taken figuratively rather than literally??
Yes, certainly there is every reason to look for a figurative, allegorical interpretation, and virtually no reason to declare dogmatically that this is to be taken literally. There is simply no reason to take it literally (except to certify Kabbala-based Dispensational doctrine...and the Scofield Bible notes!) Since the word “mountain” figuratively refers numerous times to “government and rulership” in Scripture, and since Jesus’ coming totally overturned the Old Testament place of the Jews and established His whole New Testament system where God was “no respecter of persons”, etc., it is infinitely more sensible to conclude that this prophesy in Zechariah was fulfilled some 530 years after it was given, than it is to stretch it over 2500 years and counting.... Sheesh....
But that is only the beginning of the difficulties of stretching this prophesy fulfillment to the present and beyond! Verse 9 says: “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” (For Scriptural proof that Jesus was King over the whole earth in the first century and is not coming to be King. [See: KingNow]
As one reads on for the context we see all sorts of things going on that would not be possible or make any sense if the verse referred to Jesus ruling the world during a yet future thousand years of bliss on earth. Terrible plagues smite people; there is tumult with neighbor fighting neighbor; Judah is fighting at Jerusalem; there are plagues on horses, mules, camels, asses, “and all of the beasts”; drought is put on some who don’t come up to worship and others are killed (during a blissful “millennium”?!).
There are sacrifices being carried out! Nowhere is there even a hint of today’s modern world in all of this. Besides, is it not more reasonable to go to Nehemiah 8:14-18 where the conditions befitting the times and what is going on to discover the fulfillment of this part of Zechariah?? The time in Nehemiah in those verses is 444 BC, a full half-century after Zechariah’s dual prophecies, and a full thirty years after Esther’s behavior had secured total Jewish control over the whole Persian Empire and great numbers of the Jew’s former enemies were killed or became converts to Judaism and completely subject to Mordecai’s dictates (Esther Chs.8 & 9)!! I mean, what’s the point of trying to stretch Zechariah’s prophesies two thousand and five hundred years into the future when most of what is said can clearly can be accommodated much better twenty and fifty years later, and when the part about Jesus can be accommodated five hundred years later when He tore down the old system forever and erected a new one that cannot be changed??
So, if the only Scripture in the Bible which tells of Jesus actually being on the earth in Jerusalem can be whittled down to nothing in two minutes, how can it be that so many Christians believe with all their hearts that the Bible teaches that He is physically coming back to terra firma earth and rule as king for a thousand years?? Could a deception that pervasive ever grab hold and not turn loose of so many people?! (Hah! Look at the Copernican and Darwinian deceptions and tell me how many people believe they are scientific truths beyond the remotest hint of being seriously challenged!)
OK. Let’s look at some Scriptures where the nature of Jesus’ return--His Second Coming--is plainly taught, and see what they say:
1) Acts 1:9, 10, 11 says: “And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld [watched] He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
“...shall come in like manner...” What “manner” is that? That Scriptural picture speaks of Christ’s return all right, and He shall definitely return! But the picture does not speak of the place to which He will return, but to the “manner” of His return. That “manner” is the same as when He left, viz., in a “cloud”. We see this confirmed numerous times in Scripture....
2) One such passage with which all prophesy students are aware is the “Rapture” passage in I Thessalonians 4:13-18. Here we see the key point in question clearly spelled out in a way which not even those who firmly believe Jesus is coming to earth to rule and reign will contest. That point is that He definitely returns from heaven: “...the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout...and the dead in Christ shall rise first....” (v.16) But where is Jesus when these are raised? Answer: the same place He is when He raises those who are alive at that time. Note the very next words in v.17: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them [the dead in Christ] IN THE CLOUDS, to meet the Lord IN THE AIR: and so shall we a) be with the Lord for: a) seven years (Dispensational- Millennialist teaching) or: b) “ever be with the Lord” (what the verse says). (??)
It is not hard to see why millennialist doctrines have to go through all that fancy hermenutical footwork about the postponed 70th week, etc., etc., to make the Rapture be a separate Coming of Christ which precedes the alleged coming back for a millennial rule.... Jesus has to be on the ground for the millennium and it is clear that He never comes to earth to carry out the Rapture. More, the fact that He doesn’t come to earth to carry out the Rapture reinforces the conclusion that He comes ONLY in the clouds when He does return because: a) There is no Scripture which actually says He comes to earth; b) He resurrects people in the Rapture without coming to earth; c) Several Scriptures describe His coming in the clouds without coming to earth; d) Jesus pulverizes those at Armageddon from the sky without ever coming to earth; e) The dissolution of the earth (II Peter 3:10-12) is accomplished by fire coming “DOWN from God out of heaven” (Rev.20:9; Luke 17:29,30; II Thess.7,8), again showing a major event carried out from the sky.
So here in the Rapture passage particularly we have a stated return of Jesus from heaven to deal with His people on earth without ever setting foot on the ground. We keep that firmly in mind as we examine some other Scriptures related to Christ’s return which have nothing to do with the “Rapture” per se.
3) Matthew 24:30b says: “...and they shall see the Son of Man coming IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN with power and great glory.
It doesn’t say He comes to earth there, does it? More, it sounds as though He already has “power and great glory” and is not coming to get either one and reign on earth. In fact, Jesus said: “ALL power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt.28:18) before He was ever taken up in a cloud (Acts 1:9)! Jesus is not coming back to be King and reign; He has been King of Kings and Lord of Lords ever since shortly after that moment in the cemetery when He told Mary Magdalene: “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father...” (John 20:16, 17), and then not more than a few minutes later He met several of the women and said: “All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped Him” (Matt. 28:9). If Scripture is to be followed, Jesus had ascended to the Father and received the authority to rule in those few minutes.
It was just a few days later in Galilee when Jesus told the disciples that He had been given ALL power in heaven and in earth (v.18). (Did that make Him “King” or not?) When the Pharisees asked Jesus “when the kingdom of God should come”, Jesus replied, did He not, that “the kingdom of God cometh NOT with observation”? (That verse alone ought to give Millennialists the heeby jeebies!). And the next one too: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20, 21). The Bible teaches that God’s Kingdom is not something that can be seen...in Jerusalem or anywhere else; it is within a person. Either that, or Jesus lied.
Actually that kind of kingdom and the King over it came when Jesus walked in Galilee and Jerusalem. The ascension to receive all power and authority from the Father in Person was the official transference from God the Father of that power and authority to Jesus in recognition for His obedience in going to the Cross. Jesus made it clear that the Kingdom had already come before the Cross when He said this to a group of people: “...if I with the finger [power] of God cast out devils, no doubt [that proves] the kingdom of God is come upon you” (Luke 11:20). He was casting out devils by God’s power; the Kingdom had come, and so had its King. He just didn’t receive the coronation until His ascension.
Speaking further about this of Jesus, we read: “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass” (Matt.21:5). “Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord....” (Luke 19:38). “And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev.19:16...This is in heaven (v.11), during the 7th Trumpet, not on earth. Jesus--seated at the right hand of the Father with all power--has allowed Satan to be on a long leash for these nineteen odd centuries. But, at the onset of the 7th Trumpet, Satan’s kingdoms “become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ” (Rev.11:15). He doesn’t just start being King at that point; however, He just imprisons Satan and begins to exercise the great power that He had all along. Read it: “...We give the thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned (11:17)
So, to repeat: Jesus is not coming to earth to be King and reign for a literal thousand years or even the figurative few months of the 7th Trumpet period which is the “thousand years”. He is now King of kings and Lord of lords and has been so since His ascension and official coronation by the Father! He has been sitting on David’s throne for a long time! Everything has been upheld by His power since His resurrection and subsequent ascension to the Father. He has just allowed Satan to continue to be god of this world and control its kingdoms as part of the Perfect Plan, i.e., until He binds him, takes his kingdoms away, and begins to exercise His Kingly power without interruption while God’s vengeance (promised to the martyrs) is poured out during the seven bowl/vial plagues of the 7th Trumpet. (This is a side point, but a related one, bearing as it does on whether Jesus is ever coming to earth again, the issue to which we now return....)
4) As recorded in Matthew 26:64, Jesus said: “...Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Does Jesus then come on down to earth? It doesn’t say so....
5) Revelation 1:7 tells us: “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him....” Is this just before Jesus comes on down to earth? It doesn’t say so....
Scripture tells us that Jesus comes back in the clouds to Rapture the dead and living in Christ (I Thess.4:13-18). It tells us that He resurrects everyone who has ever died who isn’t taken up in the Rapture (John 5:28, 29), with nary a hint that He is on the earth when He does this. (Do we need another ascension and a 3rd Coming after the “millennium” to get Jesus back in the sky and get this done?? Where is the Scripture for such a thing?!) Scripture does tell us that He “cometh with clouds” and every eye will see Him in the sky (Rev.1:7; Matt.24:27). It tells us that He sends fire down from heaven, and devours those not raptured (Rev.20:9). It tells us that He burns up, melts, and dissolves the earth (II Pet. 3: 10, 11, 12) from the sky. It tells us that, from heaven He causes the earth to flee away never to be found again (Rev.20:11; Isaiah 65:17).
The only thing that comes down is The New Earth with a New Jerusalem on it which God promised He would create and put in place (Isaiah 66:22; Rev.21:2,10; Rev.21:2). It comes right to the place John saw in the vision, i.e., right to where the old earth was, but by then will have been moved out of the way, having “fled away”). That is to say, the New Earth comes right to the center of the universe where--in the first creation--He hung this old stationary earth on nothing, and declared that it could not be moved...not by Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Sagan, or anybody else, until HE moves it to make way for the eternal New Earth with its New Heavens!
This is all done from the sky. Jesus never sets foot on this earth again. This earth is not to be reupholstered so Jesus can come and rule, as the Dispensationalist fable teaches. Rather--as the Bible repeatedly declares--There will be a NEW Earth with NEW Heavens which will replace this Old Earth and Old Heavens that are burned up and dissolved and will flee away never more to "be remembered nor come into mind" (Is.65:17; 66:22; II Pet. 3:10-13;Rev. 21:1)....
That’s about it for this overview. Several short books dealing in greater detail with the subjects involved in this essay are The Rapture: The Question is WHEN, Millennialism: A Doctrine of Devils, God's End Time Drama, Satan: What Makes Him Tick?.... Also, three other essays where the Scriptural impossibility of a literal thousand year millennium is demonstrated can be read at these links New-Renew, dayheaven, and 7th Trumpet....