When is Christ coming for His Church? Part 4 A-MILLENIAL

When is Christ coming for His Church? Part 4 A-millenial

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POSITION A-MILLENNIAL
AUTHOR Gerald Boyer
e-mail omifren@zoominternet.net
MAIN VERSE

I believe the a-millennial concept is based upon prophecy; therefore, I submit this scripture as a sure foundation… Deuteronomy 18:20-23

“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him”

The Lord confirms WHAT PROPHECY IS! through these scriptures. The prophecy of the book of Revelation follows these guidelines. It is my studied opinion that the a-millennial concept is scripturally sound, because it presents those things that have come to pass. If the Divine key of symbolic language is properly used, this prophecy relates the historic trace of Christianity. It speaks of the events of the birth of the church, the conflicts she fought against Paganism, and the Apostasy that formed through the “Dark-Age period.” This prophecy reveals the triumph of the true church as She came forth through Protestantism and then shows forth Her glory again at the end of time as She was in Her 1st. century glory. The a-millennial view presents the historical trace of Christianity which HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE, and therefore can be termed, I believe, the “More sure word of prophecy.”

SUPPORTING VERSES

(2 Peter 1:19-21) “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shinneth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

According to Deut. 18: 20-23, Daniel’s 70th week CANNOT BE in the future. If this WERE TRUE, then Daniel would be considered a “false prophet.” Christ Himself said, all things concerning His birth, life, death and resurrection had been FULFILLED! Let us consider this message in support of our a-millennial position. The scriptures say, “Seventy Weeks are DETERMINED.”

This period is composed of seven weeks, during which the city of Jerusalem is restored. Then, a period of 434 years (62 weeks) elapse until the baptism of Christ. The baptism of Christ is established because He is referred to as Messiah, the Prince, in other words, the Anointed One. There remained but one week, the seventieth, during which the ministry of Christ is executed, and during which time He is cut off in the midst (NOT MIDDLE) of the week. It is generally established that Christ ministered three and one half years before His crucifixion, when He was cut off. The remaining three and one half years was the period of time when the gospel was proclaimed to the Jews, ending with Peter’s Divinely guided mission to the house of Cornelius who was the first Gentile to embrace salvation. Further, the duration of the Covenant was not limited to one week, but was ratified during that one week of prophecy. Its duration was, and is ENDLESS!

This is the NEW and EVERLASTING Covenant.
1. Christ did make an end of sins!
2. Christ did make reconciliation for iniquity!
3. Christ did bring in everlasting righteousness!
4. The Old Testament lived in prophecy.
5. The New Testament lives in history.

Christ FULFILLED ALL the prophecies at His first coming, and that He was the embodiment of ALL that had been promised through the prophets from the beginning of time. I believe Christ DID set up His Kingdom when He entered into the world the first time. On the cross, He cried out, “IT IS FINISHED!” Christ did NOT fail to accomplish what He came to do just because the Jews refused Him as the Messiah. To infer that Christ has to come back and ‘do the thing all over again,’ is a denial of all the prophesies that proclaimed His reason for coming into the world.

As it is written: Christ came into this world to, “SAVE MEN FROM THEIR SINS;” not to set up a literal kingdom on this earth for the Jews or any one else. The interpretation of the Revelation prophecy has been determined through symbolic understanding which God gave to those holy men of old, by Divine inspiration. Daniel gives us the keys to understanding these symbols. The a-millennial concept which I believe, simply follows these guidelines.

WHY DO I BELIEVE THIS WAY

I believe the a-millennial concept because of the previously mentioned scriptural facts concerning God’s format for prophetic truth. The historical events have followed as the symbolic truth has revealed, and these events continue to be fulfilled. I believe the important and vital “link” of the transition from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant, has been ‘passed over’ by those who present ‘another age to come.’ The entire book of Hebrews declares that the Old Covenant has been abolished! If the ninth chapter of Hebrews were read and accepted by the adherents of Pre-Post and ‘other’ millennialists, I believe this truth would resolve the issue of a “Postponed” kingdom.

WHERE ARE WE NOW IN THE TIME LINE

I believe we are in the “Evening Time” of the gospel day.

The 7th and final sealed scroll HAS BEEN OPENED, according to the Revelation prophecy. Zechariah wrote of this time. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT AT EVENING TIME IT SHALL BE LIGHT.” (Zech.14:6-9)

The Revelation prophecy speaks of the confused state of religions that have claimed to be Christianity…some clear, not all darkness. Perhaps the reason the early church is called the “morning time” church is because it’s glory was so short lived. According to historians and the prophetic Word of God, the Pristine glory of that infant church only lasted until the latter part of the second century. I believe the symbolic teaching of this book of Revelation portrays the “Dark Ages” as the long day of darkness when the Popes and the Roman Catholic Church reigned over the entire world. The Bible was taken from the common man and relegated to the Priests. The 16th century then brought forth some Light as Protestantism came forth. I believe this was the fulfillment of Zachariah’s prophecy when he said, “That light shall not be clear, nor dark.”

On the prophetic time table, God began His “Final Restoration” in the latter part of the 18th. Century. This event, is revealed in the 6th sealed scroll message. According to the symbols, this “Final Restoration,” will continue until ALL God’s people have heard the call to, “Come out of Spiritual Babylon.” According to the symbolic understanding that God has given, Babylon represents the religions that men’s traditions have devised. All these events follow in a chronological order and therefore can be accepted as the fulfillment of God’s true prophecy.

This “Final Restoration,” that Christians are engaged in these last days, I believe, to be the fulfillment of that which the Lord spoke to Zechariah when he wrote: “At evening time it shall be light.” The LIGHT has come forth and is shinning brighter and brighter as the Lord draws nigh. The Bible is now available to FREE “whosoever will hear” what the Word of God says, rather than the traditional religions of men. Rev. 15:1-5, declares this final restoration of God’s redeemed people. They had gotten the victory over the Dragon (Paganism) over the beast (Catholicism) and over his image (Protestantism) and over his mark, and over the number of his name. I BELIEVE THEY WERE SINGING THEIR SONG OF DELIVERANCE FROM ALL THE IMAGES OF MEN’S RELIGIONS. The three unclean spirits and their deeds of deception are evident in these closing chapters of history, as we see paganism on the rise through eastern religions, cults and Satanism. The Apostate religion God has identified as “The Great Harlot” is being revived through the Pope’s worlds acceptance of him as a great Potentate. Protestantism is overflowing with the New Age philosophy. These things have come to pass! This is how we may know the certainty of this Revelation prophecy. (Rev. 16:12-17).

Armageddon will NOT BE a literal battle fought on a foreign land! Armageddon is a “Spiritual battle” in which all Christians are NOW being inducted into. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”(Eph.6:12) We are called upon to reprove and rebuke the False teachings that abound in so-called Christianity.

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