Pages 195-196: Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. cites the following features of amillennialism: (1) The church age is the kingdom era prophesied in the Old Testament, as the New Testament church becomes the Israel of God. (2) Satan was bound during Jesus' earthly ministry, restraining him while the gospel is being preached in the world. (3) Insofar as Christ presently rules in the hearts of believers, they will have some influence on culture while living out their faith. (4) Toward the end evil's growth will accelerate, culminating in the great tribulation and a personal antichrist. (5) "Christ will return to end history, resurrect and judge all men, and establish the eternal order. The eternal destiny of the redeemed may be either in heaven or in a totally renovated new earth."
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Page 174: Amillennialism, as we know it today, believes the one thousand years of Revelation 20 represent a perfect period of time which began at the incarnation and will last until the return of our Lord.
Page 175: And, whereas amillennialism technically means "no millennium," all leading amillennial thinkers known to this writer very definitely do believe in a millennium, and most of them fix it as the period between the two advents of our Lord.
Page 175: The time has arrived when all man-made theories should be discarded, and eschatology should be based upon the question, "What saith the scripture?"
Yes, lets now take a look at Scripture and discover why a millennium must occur.
1) Everyone on earth will worship Jesus Christ.
Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.
Psalm 66:4 All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2) The meek shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
3) Jesus Christ will rule all nations on the earth.
Psalm 67:4 Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth.
John 5:22-23 "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him."
Romans 15:12 And again, Isaiah says: "There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in Him the Gentiles shall hope."
4) There will be an abundance of food and vegetation world-wide.
Psalm 72:16 There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, on the top of the mountains; Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon; And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
Isa 35:1-2 The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing.
Isaiah 35:7 The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; In the habitation of jackals, where each lay, there shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
5) There will be peace world-wide.
Isaiah 2:4 He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
Micah 4:3 He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more.
6) Animals will not kill each other.
Isaiah 65:25 "The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain," says the LORD.
7) The children of Israel will be regathered to the land.
Isaiah 11:12 He will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.
Jeremiah 23:3 "But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase."
Jeremiah 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them from the ends of the earth, Among them the blind and the lame, The woman with child And the one who labors with child, together; A great throng shall return there.
Matthew 24:31-32 "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near."
Romans 11:1 I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
8) The disciples of Jesus will rule over the twelve tribes of Israel.
Matthew 19:28 So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
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