But if one is trying to interpret the Bible literally, trying to take it just the way it is written and to believe what it says, he will be led to a firm belief in the premillennial return of Christ. Such an interpretation violates the very integrity of Scripture.
This was fulfilled in Acts 2 as the Holy Spirit came with power, Acts 2: This reign is known as the millennium. He certainly was in a position to know their views, and his testimony is an important link in sustaining the fact that the disciples continued in the Jewish expectation of a kingdom on earth.
The kingdom was prophesied to come with power and some of those there would not die before it was fulfilled, Mk. In other words, the present age does not fulfill this promise given to David.
The literal method of interpretation is also vitally related to Biblical dispensationalism. Some few hold that the rapture comes in the middle of the tribulation, the mid-tribulation theory.
There does not seem to be any norm or central consistency except in their denial of a political and national future for Israel after the second advent. In that day, however, everyone will know the Lord for He will be the King of the whole earth.
Again, in the New Testament, men are represented by animals, in visions, and in prophecies. Walvoord was the second president of Dallas Theological Seminary and was editor of Bibliotheca Sacra from through He says to her: It is transparent that premillennialism has also exalted the study of prophetic truth.
It considers Israel nationally and individually set aside forever and his promises of blessings transferred to the church. The dispensational method is the literal method. If the amillenarians are right, Mary was sadly deceived.
How many portions of the world have no real justice in our present day! The Book of Revelation, while admittedly difficult to interpret, has its symbols drawn from other portions of Scripture, and many questions of interpretation can be answered with the larger context of the entire Bible.
Daniel even gave a time frame for the coming of the kingdom: All of these events are interpreted literally by the premillenarian and constitute the blueprint of things to come. The form in which the attack came consisted in the adoption of the allegorizing method of interpreting Scripture in a manner which is no credit to amillennialism.
The doctrine of Israel remains one of the central features of premillennialism. The kingdom is not physical in nature, but rather is a spiritual kingdom. He will rule for a thousand years, and there will be the fulfillment of the promised kingdom on the earth of which Christ will be King.
It has been noted that rightly or wrongly it was the universal expectation of the Jews that the kingdom promises would be literally fulfilled. Again it resolves into a problem of literal interpretation and the defense of this interpretation as reasonable and consistent.
The problem of the time element in prophecy. A general principle guiding the interpretation of prophecy is quite clear in the Scripture. While premillenarians have sometimes been guilty of making prophetic interpretation appear as too simple a process, amillenarians have erred in the other direction.
That is our present task, too. It has quite a history which cannot be considered here. Jerusalem becomes the capital for the whole world. The Old Testament and the New Testament consistently reveal that when Christ comes back He will reign upon the earth, but only here is the length of that reign specified.
In other words, there are clear and unmistakable evidences of premillennialism in the first century. Premillennialism involves a distinctive principle of interpretation of Scripture, a different concept of the present age, a distinct doctrine of Israel, and its own teaching concerning the second advent and millennial kingdom.
Special emphasis is given the phrase, the land of Canaan, in Genesis 17 where it is used in the wide sense of all the land of Palestine.Edwards was a devoted student of Scripture, including the Book of Revelation.
He also entertained fervent hopes that God might do something special among the people of New England. Premillennialism, the Scriptures and Convergent Issues K.
Neill Foster A well-known seminary president has said that within ten years few evangelical organizations will retain their premillennial stance. Premillennialism, the Scriptures and Convergent Issues A well-known seminary president has said that within ten years few evangelical organizations will retain their premillennial stance.
That trend among evangelicals creates a powerful concern that in the abandonment of premillennialism much more may be surrendered than is immediately apparent.
Nov 21, · In his article Premillennialism, the Scriptures and Convergent Issues, K. Neill Foster, an Evangelist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, says that the twentieth chapter of Revelation is the key biblical passage supporting the idea of a literal 1, year reign of Christ on the earth, with its capital at Jerusalem.
All nations, he. Nov 24, · In his article Premillennialism, the Scriptures and Convergent Issues, K. Neill Foster, an Evangelist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, says that the twentieth chapter of Revelation is the key biblical passage supporting the idea of a literal 1, year reign of Christ on the earth, with its capital at Jerusalem.
All nations, he suggests, will come to worship at Mount Zion.
It is common today to see bumper stickers with slogans such as: “In case of Rapture this car will be unoccupied.” The term Rapture stands for the so-called coming of a millennial reign of Christ on earth.Download