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Summary: Christ is comming. How is he comming. WEll no one no for sure but lets give it a honest effort.

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Christ Our Coming King

Introduction

A. This is a subject that has causes many different reactions among Christians

1. Some will look forward to discussing the idea.

2. Some will dread it

3. Very few will remain natural

B. Before we get into the different aspects of the Coming King, I need to make a disclaimer

1. this is an important subject and should be treated as such

2. However, this is something that should not cause division in the Church

3. The truth is that there are plenty of scriptural references for each point.

4. However, the important idea to understand is that Christ is coming back

C. Before we can begin to explain the different views we first have to define what the millennium means.

1. Rev 20:4-6

2. From the Latin word meaning thousand, The reign of Jesus Christ on earth, specifically mentioned only once in scripture in Revelation 20:4-6.

I. Historical Premillennialism

A. What they Believe

1. Definition: Historic Premillennalism is the belief that the Second Coming of Christ will be before the millenium and that the Church has replaced the nation of Israel as god’s covenant People.

2. They feel that Christians will remain here on earth during the great tribulation.

3. Also God’s covenant with Abraham is based on obedience, since Abraham was not obedience the covenant was broken

4. When Israel is mentioned it is used symbolically to refer to the Church

B. Scripture they Use

1. 2 Thess. 2:3-4 seems to indicate that the Anti-Christ will precede Christ’s return. Therefore the second coming will happen Before the millennial reign

2. Rev 13:7 when it is talking about war against the saints, this must before the millennial reign

3. Verses such as Gen. 22:18, 2 Chronicles 33:8, Isa 1:19-20, Jer 7:to 6-7, Romans 9:6-8, James 1:1 appears to state the those promises were indeed conditional

C. Problems with their ideas

1. Good:

a. They view society as more and more evil

2. Bad:

a. with out giving Israel their just rewards, that make it seem like Christ does not keep His promises

b. What do they do with rapture? 1 thess 4:15-17(We will look at that later)

II. Amillennialism

A. What they Believe

1. Definition: Amillennialism is the belief the millennium symbolizes Christ’s reign in the lives of his people form the beginning of the Church until His Second Coming

2. the millennial reign is occurring now in this according to this view

3. The millennial reign started at the resurrection

4. The tribulation has been occurring since the formation of the Church (ex Martyrs)

5. Israel is symbolic with the reference to the people of god on earth

6. Revelation then is viewed as concepts not literal numbers to be interpreted (ex 6 equals incompleteness, 7 = completeness, 10 = something that is extreme but not limited, 1000 = a great long period of time

B. Scripture they Use

1. Psalms 50:10, 90:4, 105:8, 2 Peter 3:8 all use the number 1000 figuratively.

2. Romans 11:13-15 and Eph. 2:1-4 the first resurrection could easily refer to the spiritual resurrection of those who trust in Christ.

3. Both Dan. 12:2-3 and John 5:28-29 you realize that the Second Coming of Christ and the resurrection of the saved and unsaved can occur at the same times.


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