Key Doctrinal Questions: Millennial Reign?    When is it?  What will it consist of?  ...  Can we know?

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   Observations, Synthesis, Thoughts, & Conclusions

.  Once upon a time long ago, after having spent some years studying the Holy Bible on my own in the wilderness, I came into "the church," i.e., I began attending church services...and I was struck by the presence and, worse yet, the prevalence of profoundly unbiblical doctrines that I encountered wherever I attended.

One common thread or theme amongst false doctrines is the argument made that Jesus, God the Son, and His heavenly father, God the Father, purportedly did not mean what they said, but were merely using figurative language on many occasions, e.g., what the LORD said through His Old Testament prophets regarding a millennial reign.

If you care to embrace profound error you may, but know this: God's Word has been 'explained' away and misinterpreted for many centuries; there is no excuse for it; and the consequence of embracing such foolish error instead of God's Holy Word is ruinous!  

Matthew 15:7-9

"Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

  Other pertinent Scriptures:

Zechariah 13:1-2

"In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitant of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

"And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land."

[When there are no more idols in the land, then, and only then, this blessed time may have arrived.  Until then, we need supernatural power to be freed and safe from evil spirits.]

  Observations, Synthesis, Thoughts, & Conclusions, regarding a Millennial Reign.

How many theologians, ministers, pastors, Bible teachers have repeated the line that "we may not be able to know the exact day and hour" of His coming, BUT we CAN know the week....  Really, can we; does God's Holy Word say soIt does NOT!

The LORD in repeatedly stressing that we cannot know the day or hour of his return, is unmistakably all but yelling that we cannot know when He will return.  He also repeatedly stresses that we must watch, we must be ready, for His return, or we will perish, since we cannot know when He will return, and our response to His return must be immediate, instantaneous.  When the LORD has Suddenly returned, there will be no time in which to "get ready," no time in which to make amends, no time in which to get our houses in order, if we are not ready, it will be too late, as it was for the foolish virgins in the parable.  They were virgins, they were acceptable for the marriage, but though they were virgins, they were foolish, they were not ready, they were not watchful but were careless (though they were not reckless, they were virgins after all); they failed and were rejected though they pled for mercy/pity from the Lord of Mercy (who denied them, refused them, rejected them!).  What a cautionary tale for all professing christians!

In a manner of speaking there are TWO dates of "the Lord's return" we should be mindful of: yes, I did say TWO.  For those who will die prior to the Lord's return, the day they must be mindful of is the day of their death, that is the day on which they must be ready.  For those who will be alive at the return of the Lord (and none of us knows if we will be alive at that day), the day and hour of his return is what will be most critical.  But for all people, our whole lifetimes will matter and be examined.  A good start would be well for all, and  good service during the intervening years would be well for all too; but better a good finish, regardless of the start, than a good start, but a poor finish - for the finish will prove critical for all people, whether or not they are alive at the Lord's return. 

Matthew 15:7-9

"Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

Matthew 16:6&12

"Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

"Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."

Matthew 28:18-20

"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.  Amen."

As with so many theological doctrines, and subjects of debate in these times, I am amazed with the propensity of people to create new doctrines, to contradict the obvious, plain, clear meaning of so many truths in the Bible.  Is everything in the Bible obvious, plain, and readily understood, absolutely not!  Some, even many, mysteries will remain mysteries until the LORD reveals them in eternity, but that is no excuse for becoming ridiculously convoluted about truths which His eternal Word addresses fairly clearly.  Nonetheless, sinful man continues to vainly, torturously manipulate God's Holy Word to try to make it mean something other than what it does; sometimes this is done by well-meaning people in their pursuit of "proving" their wishful-thinking hopes, other times these efforts are deliberately undertaken to overthrow the faith of those whom Christ came and suffered and died and rose to save.

How many times have we heard or read that the Lord may return at any moment!  Yet this is absolutely false; for while we can not know the date of the Lord's return, we can and should know that there are events which must take place prior to His return, e.g., Satan taking over and enslaving the entire world (which has not taken place yet, in case you were wondering).

One very likely fruit of the theological error that the Lord may return at any moment is the following scenario:

Satan appears, and ( manifesting his enormous supernatural power),  takes over the world; vast multitudes of people eagerly awaiting the momentary return of the Lord are deceived into believing that Satan, who appears as an angel of light and messenger of peace, is the Lord, and they thus follow him to their assured destruction.

You see, Doctrine does have consequences, which is why Martin Luther was so adamant and vehement about the need to contest false doctrine, and was tireless in fighting Satan tooth and nail over the battleground of Doctrine.

The Lord's 1,000 year millennial reign of peace, truth, judgment, and justice (while Satan is imprisoned in the bottomless pit, and the beast and false prophet suffer in the lake of fire and brimstone), will contrast all the more profoundly following Satan's reign of terror; nonetheless, upon Satan's release and return from the bottomless pit, he will go forth across the earth to raise an army to wage war against the Christ Jesus, and will unimaginably swiftly succeed in raising such an army (I can't help but reflect on all of the demagogic politicians who invariably pay lip service to their undying trust in the common sense, goodness, judgment, & wisdom of the electorate! and oh how the electorate vainly "eats it up," loving to be shamelessly pandered to).


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