1. The kingdom has already been in existence, since the first century. (Col. 1:13; Rev. 1:9)"There will occur a seven-year 'tribulation' period."
2. The kingdom and the church were not different. Rather, they were, and still are, one and the same. (Matt. 16:18,19; Col. 1:13,18)
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1. Jesus spoke of a "tribulation" (Matt. 24:29), however, it was to take place before the passing of the generation of people to whom Jesus was speaking. (Matt. 24:34) Also, this "tribulation" involved a "desolation" in which armies would compass Jerusalem. (Matt. 24:1,2; Lk. 21:20) (This obviously refers to the Roman armies surrounding and destroying Jerusalem in 70 A.D.)"There will be a seven-year 'rapture' period."
2. In the first century a "tribulation" was already being experienced (Rev. 1:9)
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This idea is not found in the scriptures. At the second coming of Jesus, those who ascend to meet Him will not be with Him for a seven year period; they will be with Him forever. (I Thess. 4:17)"There will be three separate resurrections, for three different groups of people."
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1. All who are in the graves will be raised together (John 5:28,29)."A great 'Armageddon battle' battle will occur here on Earth, between Christ and Satan."
2. There will be only one resurrection, including both the "just" and the "unjust." (Acts 24:15)
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1. The word "Armageddon" appears once in the Bible - - in the highly symbolic book of Revelation. (Rev. 16:16) It has nothing to do with an event in the distant future. It is futile to attempt to justify a doctrine solely on the basis of the symbolic language of Revelation."Christ will reign on earth, on a literal throne."
2. Remember that the time frame for the events mentioned in Revelation were limited to what would "shortly come to pass" and "shortly be done." (Rev. 1:1; 22:6)
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1. The scriptures teach that Christ would rule as a priest on a throne. (Zech. 6:13)"Christ is not yet ruling as king - - this is yet to occur."
2. The scriptures also teach that Christ would not be a priest on earth. (Heb. 8:4)
3. Since Christ would rule as priest on a throne, yet could not be a priest on earth, He could not rule on an earthly throne.
4. When Jesus returns He will come no closer to this earth than the clouds. (I Thess. 4:17)
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1. Christ was to begin His reign as King after His resurrection. (Acts 2:29-31)"Christ's earthly reign will occur during a 1000-year (millennial) period."
2. When Revelation was written, Christ was already "King." (Rev. 17:14; 19:16)
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1. Those who teach this view lift it from Revelation 20:1-3, claiming that the "thousand years" must be literal. If this is true, then other parts of this highly symbolic text ("key;" "bottomless pit;" "chain;" "laid hold on") must also be understood literally. However, those defending this view know that these other parts cannot be understood literally. In this, the inconsistency is evident.Some Premillennialists also believe that the earth will last forever.
2. Nothing at all is revealed in Revelation chapter 20 about:
a) the second coming of Christ,
b) the establishment of a kingdom,
c) an earthly reign of Christ,
d) or any of the teachings of premillennialism.
3. Again, beware of any doctrine that seeks justification by appealing to the highly symbolic language of the book of Revelation.
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1. Jesus taught that heaven and earth would "pass away." (Matt. 5:18; 24:35)
2. The apostle Peter said that heaven would "pass away" and the earth would be "burned up." (II Pet. 3:10)
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