REALIZED ESCHATOLOGY

Jesus said: "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." Luke 21:37

Jesus said: "Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." Revelation 3:10

Why a Millennium?

The Physical Kingdom of God

Great Gaps of Time!

The Spiritual Kingdom of God

Amillennial False Prophets

Was Matthew 24:14 Fulfilled?

Amillennial Author Critiqued

Grafted into the Church?

The "70 Weeks" of Daniel

Will Israel be Remembered?

"This Generation" Defined

The "Israel of God" Defined

Amillennial Harold Camping

The Command to Rebuild What?

When was Revelation Written?

The "Day of the LORD"


But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.  For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

What Age Does the Church Exist In?

Dispensationalists do not believe that the Church existed in the Old Testament, but its existence is unique to this age. First, is the citation of Matthew 16:18 where Jesus declared, I will build my church. The use of the future tense shows that the Church itself was still future as of Matthew 16. Jesus did not say that He would continue to add to something already in existence, which would have been the case if Covenant Theology is correct. Second, according to Ephesians 1:20, the resurrection was a prerequisite to the founding of the Church since the Church could have no functioning Head until after the resurrection of Christ. Third, the Church could not have been an operating entity without the presence of the spiritual gifts and, according to Ephesians 4:7-12, these gifts only became available after the ascension of Christ. The ascension was another prerequisite to the birth of the Church. The fourth evidence concerns the mystery character of the one body. The content of this mystery is that Gentiles would be fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, fellow partakers of the promise in Christ by the Gospel. The nature of a mystery is that of a secret, and it includes the concept of a time when the secret was not known followed by a time when it became known. The fact that the Gentiles would receive salvation and spiritual blessings and were included in God's plan of redemption was prophesied in the Old Testament, so this fact could not be a mystery. What was not revealed is that there would be joint body in which Jews and gentiles would share. This one body is also called the new man in Ephesians 2:15 and, being new, this body cannot be a continuation or remaking of Israel. Covenant Theologians always insist that there is only one people of God and also insist on a singular continuity of the one people of God which is why they so frequently insist that the Church is Israel. Such an insistence is a forced interpretation on the text. There is continuity in that all the redeemed of all ages are members of the family of God and their common destiny is heaven. There is continuity simply because they are redeemed. There is discontinuity because redeemed today are placed in the body of Christ and not in some sort of Israel. This is the same as the discontinuity of the redeemed before Abraham's day (like Enoch and Noah) who did not belong to Israel. The saints today are members of the Church, which is a new man, a new body, which was not known in other ages, but is not revealed. For this very fact, the Church is distinct to this age. ISRAELOLOGY: The Missing Link in Systematic Theology, pages 444-445.

 

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