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Study 16 - The Judgment of the Nations

20 Studies in Bible Prophecy
Study 16 - The Judgment of the Nations
 

Judgment is God's "strange work", and as William Hoste observed, "There is a sense in which God is at the present time judging nations and His people, but this is corrective and temporary." The aspect of judgment we are now examining is final and penal.

The Sequence. The relevant verses in (Matt. 25:31-46) do not present a parable. The whole picture is literal, beginning with the appearance of the Son of Man, accompanied by His angels, and around Him the Gentile nations. This scene depicted by Christ tallies with that described by the prophet Joel (3:1, 2, 11, 12). From a survey of Joel's Prophecy it becomes evident that we are transported into "the day of the Lord." One writer states that this "is the period which closes the present era of man's misrule on earth, ushering in the terrible judgment, issuing at last in full and permanent blessing."

Study 17 - The Millennial Kingdom

20 Studies in Bible Prophecy
Study 17 - The Millennial Kingdom
 

Having consummated His purpose for the church in the rapture (see Study 3), God will bring in His kingdom of peace and righteousness. Psalmists and prophets speak of this in most inspiring terms, while Jesus taught His disciples to anticipate the climax of redemption's story. What a prospect! Jesus Christ in supreme control, reigning from shore to shore. This golden age can be realised only when Jesus returns to the planet as King.

The term "millennium" is of Latin origin and denotes in theology the thousand years of Christ's administrative reign referred to in (Rev. 20:1-7). The phrase "a thousand years" is used six times in that section. Millennarianism is belief in the thousand year reign of Christ between Christ's coming for His church (the rapture) and the end of the world. The crucial passage relative to millennial teaching is (Rev. 20:1-7). Indeed here we have the first and only reference to the chronology of the reign, but this is not the sole reference to an earthly kingdom. This truth is the subject of Old Testament prediction and the content of much in the New Testament. It is clear from (Rev. 20) that there is to be an interregnum, an administrative kingdom which will precede the finality of the human race and give place to the eternal state. An honest examination of both Testaments serves to direct our hope forward to a Messianic kingdom on earth, to a throne with a royal occupant of the house of David (Luke 1:32-33).

There is a clash of opinion among prophetic scholars on this particular issue, and we must look at this by way of introduction.

Study 18 - The Post-Millennial Rebellion

20 Studies in Bible Prophecy
Study 18 - The Post-Millennial Rebellion
 

The final revolt at the close of the millennial reign of Christ on earth will be the concluding test for the world, and will bring to a close the satanic enslavement of mankind since the tragedy of Eden.

The verses which relate to this revolt are found in (Rev. 20:7-10), and they show that the millennium will terminate with the release of Satan for a brief period. No sooner is he released than he resumes his iniquitous activities, the human response proving that even after an extended period of peace and universal blessing, there is still latent in the human heart in innate evil which is ready to revolt against earth's rightful King. Dr. Rene Pache in THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST has a chapter entitled The Shadows of the Millennium in which he states that "the millennium will have a disconcerting denouement." Such a thought staggers the imagination and demands our closest study. There are three important matters that rise out of this final revolt.

Study 19 - The Great White Throne

20 Studies in Bible Prophecy
Study 19 - The Great White Throne
 

Revelation 20, having described cosmic blessing, cosmic rebellion and cosmic destruction, follows on with cosmic judgment (vs. 11-15). This will be the Final Session, the last Great Assize. Dr. Myrddin Lewis observes in GOD'S ULTIMATE, "In this amazing twentieth chapter of the book of Revelation, we see the doom and end of this earth, the doom and end of Satan, and finally the doom and end of all wicked dead. It is the most frightening scene in the Bible, and no one can read it without a feeling of great awe and horror."

This will be the judgment of the unchristian dead. No redeemed soul will stand at this judgment since the sin question for believing sinners was settled at Calvary (John 5:24; Rom. 8:1). All Christians will rise at the first resurrection to eternal life (John 5:29; 1 Thess. 4:16), and the rest of the dead will not live until the close of the millennium. Man must meet God at Calvary or at this final judgment.

Study 20 - The Eternal State

20 Studies in Bible Prophecy
Study 20 - The Eternal State
 

This study brings us to the last in this series and will centre our thinking around the glorious climax. God's ultimate. The apostle Peter declares in his second letter (3:13), "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." Here we have the ultimate realisation of the blessed hope. Paradise lost is now regained.

As we see the out-working of God's prophetic plan, the next great event in the pre-millennial calendar will be the rapture - the  removal of the church from the earth. We have seen that in the heavenlies there will take place for the believer the bema and the marriage ceremony, followed by the marriage celebration. While the church is feasting with the Lord, the devil will be having a rare time on earth during the fulfilment of Daniel's seventieth week, the period of seven years when Antichrist will make his covenant with the Jewish nation for that period. In the middle of the week of prophetic years he will violate his pledge, and then will commence the time of great tribulation, the time of Jacob's trouble, which will envelop the whole world and bring about the deification of Antichrist, the Man of Sin.

There Will Be A Millennium - Rev. E. Buckhurst Pinch

There Will Be A Millennium

by Rev. E. Buckhurst Pinch
 

    THERE is a certain group of teachers today - and some of them in respected evangelical circles - who are making bold assertions, which are ill-founded, and without Scriptural authority.

    The writings of these A-Millennialist teachers show very considerable disagreement among themselves. Most of them, however, apparently subscribe to three propositions: (1) that there is to be no millennium; (2) that there is no future for Israel; and (3) that all the prophecies of the Old Testament are to be spiritually realised in the Church.

    These three assumptions are, of course, bound up together. To say that there is no millennium means that there is no future for Israel, and if there be no fulfilment of these predictions for Israel then we may assume that they are to be fulfilled as all prophecy must be, and fulfilled in this case in the Church. These three suggestions, therefore, stand or fall together.

The Coming Crisis

The Coming Crisis

by Rev. RONALD J. PARK

    CRISIS, climax zero hour, the crash! Is that how it is to be? Is there something catastrophic round the corner? Are we sitting on a volcano grumbling to erupt? But isn’t it all very stupid to talk like that?

    Scaremongering is a mean business and we want none of it. Yet - and this is a remarkable thing - if you were to confide your fears to the man in the street, he wouldn’t think you mad! He is very worried himself when he thinks about it. The press, TV and radio pour the whole wretched story of a chaotic world into our laps. We cannot escape it. The violent insanity of our age threatens to undo civilisation and throw us back to an early barbarism where high principle, moral standards, common civility and God himself have no meaning. History, of course, is a series of crises. That’s how we fix dates in our mind. Crises tumble one on another thick and fast, or history books would be as stuffy as the multiplication table.

    Is something quite extraordinary likely to happen in our time - a crisis of crises? If we try to interpret history, one guess is as good as another: and if we try to piece the confusing bits of current events together to make a pattern, we get nowhere. Are we entirely at the mercy of human wisdom to discern the future - man’s wisdom has proved pretty threadbare - or is there some authoritative source to enlighten our poor, bewildered minds about what it is all coming too? Yes, GOD! From Adam onwards God has divulged His secrets to men He could trust. God told His prophets in the Old Testament, who in turn told the people, of sure and certain eventualities. The people for the most part could not have cared less. They ridiculed the communications as the fantasy of disordered minds, and did some of God’s prophets to death for their pains. But it all came about just as God had said and passed into history. The fact is, God is not uncommunicative. "Surely the Lord does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). But we are born cynics, our inherent belief in a communicating God blinds us to His truth. We stumble on in our darkness, which becomes the more dense by reason of the stupid prejudices we pick up by the way. It is not difficult to believe the words of St. Paul, "The god of this world (the devil) has blinded the minds of unbelievers" (2 Cor. 4:4). But the light of God is the answer to the darkness of man. We become intelligent and understanding when we abase ourselves before the God only wise and let Him teach us from His Word, the Holy Scriptures.

The Premillennial Faith

THE PREMILLENNIAL FAITH
 

The Premillennial Faith is that the Coming of Christ at the end of this Gospel Age is to be followed by His visible reign over the nations of the world, before the final resurrection of the wicked and the creation of new heavens and earth This, we believe, is what John clearly teaches in chapters nineteen to twenty-one of the Apocalypse. To believe this is not to commit oneself to the idea that the Cross was unnecessary, or that it was second-best to a proffered kingdom. Nor is it to believe that the Church was an afterthought, a mere parenthetical innovation. All such propositions we utterly reject We must confine ourselves to a discussion of leading ideas and points of difference.

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