Has The Kingdom Come?
Premillennialists believe "the kingdom," which both Jesus and John said was "at hand," has not come. They claim Jesus intended to establish His kingdom on earth some two-thousand years ago, but was rejected by the Jews and was therefore unable to accomplish that task. Since Jesus was not able to fulfill His plans to establish the kingdom, millennialists claim Jesus established the church to temporarily take the place of the kingdom.
According to their beliefs, we are now living in the so-called "Church Age." However, they believe Jesus will return to earth in the future and set up His kingdom at that time, and will usher in the "millennium" during which time He will reign on the earth for one-thousand years.
Contrary to popular belief, the Bible says just the opposite. Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world" – meaning, it would not be an earthly kingdom, but a spiritual kingdom. This is why Jesus said, the kingdom is "within you." It's where Jesus rules and reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords – namely, in the hearts of men and women who are His disciples. In fact, the New Testament writers used the terms "kingdom" and "church" interchangeably to refer to the same body of people. Those who are added by the Lord to His church are the same people who have been translated or conveyed into the kingdom.
This study explores what the Bible really teaches about the kingdom, and shows that the theories of the premillennialists are wrong and completely contrary to the scriptures.
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- "Pressing On" (March 2015) - Sample of a monthly online publication edited by Mark Roberts, filled with timely articles and outlines from a number of gospel preachers. You may subscribe here: http://www.pressingonmagazine.com/
- "Bulwarks of Faith" – a 700 page book by the late Foy E. Wallace, Jr. It is a series of lessons he delivered in 1946. Wallace was once the editor of the Gospel Advocate and was known as a consummate debater. This series of addresses refute errors of Catholicism and Protestant Denominationalism. People need to know how to tell the difference between truth and error from God's Word.
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