Millennial Matters

One of my greatest problems accepting the amillennial arguments are the many passages in prophecy from Isaiah, Ezekiel and others  that indicate a marvelous future of an EARTHLY kingdom in which not only will the Jews fulfill their God given function… but Jesus Christ will be acknowledged as the supreme ruler of all the nations.

Particularly consider that the second coming of Jesus Christ will be with power and great glory…… if this ushers in the ‘new heaven and new earth’ i.e. the ‘eternal’ state as amillennialists  believe …… what do we do with all those unfulfilled prophetic passages that refer to Israel and the Jewish remnant ?….  also I do not find the concept of ‘nations’ in the ‘eternal state’ to be too convincing….. ‘nations’ is an EARTHLY concept that agrees with present world reality.

Amillennialists claim that ALL prophetic passages referring to the Jewish nation have either been already fulfilled or abrogated due to their sinful behavior….. to me that stands in contradiction to how God operates…. the sin of man is never allowed to defeat the Word of God when He proclaims something or makes a promise …..  look at Abraham as an example, God fulfilled His Word exactly even though Abraham did foolishness in listening to Sarah in the matter of Hagar and Ishmael.

The Jews have constantly rebelled against their God ordained function since the days of Moses…. and have suffered greatly for their rebellion unto this day….  but God plainly states that He WILL be glorified in them….. of necessity, the prophecy must come to pass that Christ rules not just one earthly kingdom, but the entire planet…… Isaiah 2:3 and 60:3 , Micah 4:2,  Zechariah 8:22 and 14:16,.

Nobody can tell me these passages have already been fulfilled…. and it is clear to me that they have not been ‘set-aside’ either…  because the purposes of God are not ‘set-aside’ by the behavior of man, particularly when God makes UNCONDITIONAL statements about the matter.

The Bible is written for humans to understand…. if we cannot accept an unconditional statement of God literally…. how can we ever hope to be ‘guided’ by the Bible ?…. it’s open season on creative imagination…. and a single passage could have a million fanciful ‘interpretations’ with new ones being invented all the time !

Not only that but whenever God repeats Himself through multiple prophets and across many centuries ….. we better take note…. He is serious about what He is trying to get across to us….. and clearly our errant behavior between those ‘centuries’ has not altered His pronouncement.

The facts are God intends tor Jesus Christ to be vindicated on EARTH…. where He was mocked and scoffed at His first coming…… the Jews WILL fulfill their function as a kingdom of priests and administrators of righteousness and holiness ….. not only to fulfill God’s promises to the fathers but because the sin of man must not be allowed to derail the plans and purposes of God.

Part of the defeat of Satan….. is simply that though He ‘ruined’ the Jewish nation in their calling and purpose…. though He incited the mobs to kill and mock Christ…. though, in fact, he ‘destroyed’ the human race through sin.

Jesus Christ….. as the ‘second Adam’ (if you want to use that comparison)…. UNDOES it ALL……  reigns supreme over ALL THE NATIONS of humans …… (not newly created ‘spirit bodies’ in some ‘eternal state’) …. but simple humans on a simple planet….. just as God had intended in the beginning….. where ‘the EARTH is filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea’ (Habakkuk 2:14)

 

 

 

The Millennial Kingdom

Why would I start an exposition on prophecy with a discussion of the Millennial kingdom ?

Well, in a nutshell, your views and attitude towards the Millennial Kingdom reveal how you deal with prophecy and, in fact, all Biblical exegesis.

Once you start viewing portions of the Bible as mere allegory, it’s a field day on interpretation…… and there is no authoritative framework on which to build.

The most basic premise…. that the Bible is a guidebook to God’s character, purpose and contains precise instructions  for the human race  is undermined…. if it can mean any of a number of things …. how can we be certain what it means ?

If we accept that God’s intention in the Bible, is to provide  instruction to the human race in the important matters of life and death and how we should live our lives in relation to Him and to each other…. does it make sense that He would write it in such a way that any of a number of meanings (some of them completely contradictory) could be equally valid ?…. surely the correct interpretation is the simple literal one unless, it is completely obvious that, although not literal, the figurative  meaning is still clear (for example, the passages ascribing hands or ears to God is not literal, since He is a Spirit, but it is still completely clear what message is being conveyed).

Many people read the Bible and come to the same conclusion, if they take what it says ‘as is’…… but conclusions differ widely, once people start treating it as some sort of allegory.

In the case of the above topic…. Pre-millennial doctrine holds that Jesus Christ returns before the Millennium….. Post-millennial doctrine holds that Jesus Christ returns after the Millennium …. and Amillennial  doctrine holds that there is no such thing as a Millennial Kingdom on earth.

The popular belief today is Amillennial …. only the fundamentalists hold the Pre-millennial view…. and the Post-millennial view has been abandoned (two world wars and the abundant evidence of the failure of Christianity to convert the world to God has ruined the belief that the Kingdom of God on earth can be realized in any other way but by supernatural Divine intervention in world affairs).

It is instructive that Amillennial arguments focus on discrediting the Pre-millennial position without offering credible alternative interpretation of the passages that support Premillennialism ……. there is no sound Biblical exegesis coming from Amillennials and in fact, variations of the Amillennial viewpoint often  contain heresies that even other Amillennials reject…. it would be fair to say that confusion reigns supreme in the Amillennialist camp….. with much disputing over other prophetic interpretation and Biblical doctrine.

The Premillennialist  fits into a ‘watertight’  and coherent explanation of the entire Bible record that leaves no orphaned passages or controversial loose ends, which is the hallmark of liberal theology…. the reformed, the modern liberal and the Roman Catholic eschatology.

 

 

A Brief History

When I started Stephen’s Bible Insights in 2010, I could not decide how to organize the posting content so some of the titles were Scripture references (book,chapter,verse) and some of the titles were topical (angels, demons, heaven, hell, homosexuality)….. as the years rolled by I found myself posting more to Facebook and less to this blog and my post titles on Facebook where always 2 – 4 words beginning with the same letter (a habit I had developed when posting newsletters on the Barbados Photo Gallery  between 1997 and 2004)….. then because the Facebook timeline is all about ‘the now’ and hardly anybody ever goes back through the timeline beyond a couple of months, I realized that a lot of messages were being wasted (in the sense that they would never be seen by people who they might actually help)….. so periodically, I would ‘flood’ my readers on this blog with up to 5 or 6 posts that I copied over from Facebook at one go…..  the main advantage of putting them here is that when they are properly tagged, they can pop up in google searches under the keywords….. therefore the ‘lifetime’ and ‘usefulness’ of each individual post is superior to posting on Facebook…… so now, I have taken the decision to return to posting on this blog first…. and working in the opposite direction, that is taking selected content from here and putting it to Facebook, instead of the other way round.

Finally, over the years, I have changed my opinion on some of the content (and may not have updated it as yet) ….. for example, until a couple of years ago, I was a proponent of Old Earth Creationism …. because from the perspective of my scientific training, I could not see how the distance-time dilemma could be satisfactorily solved…… the speed of light and the red-shift make very compelling scientific ‘facts’ on which to build cosmological model….. then I met Professor Russell Humphreys in person ….. and he had found a credible solution to the ‘distant-starlight’ problem…. moreover he was able to show up some major inconsistencies in the old-earth idea that I currently had (the Gap Theory)….. finally, as a Bible believer, I knew it to be true that death (of the creation) started after the fall of man and was a result of  sin and this fact is also inconsistent with all Old Earth models…..  so folks this blog is a work in progress…. but I have promised to go into detail on the future of the planet and of the human race, before I return to writing on it’s past.

Thank you for being a faithful reader and I do welcome any comments you might have on any of the material I have published.

MORE MURDERS

(this article concerns the current situation in Barbados. But the Spiritual truth promoted extends to all human societies)

Personally I don’t think the murder spree will end until the authorities start exterminating the ones responsible.

For years the Barbados justice system has been slowly falling apart…. and we have witnessed recently the release of quite a few ‘lifetime’ prisoners who were murders.

I will not comment as to their character and their suitability for release because it is IRRELEVANT in the context of this discussion….. what sticks in the minds of the gangsters is not only is there no death penalty but, if, in the unlikely event of apprehension and incarceration there is no such thing as a ‘lifetime’ sentence either.

Add to this the long delays and bungling of the process of justice and their chances of ‘getting away’ with their life of crime become even better….. don’t you think they know that the Police are overworked and understaffed in their attempts to ‘police’ Barbados ?

I am in favor of joint operations between the Police and Defence Force….. pooling their resources, manpower and armament….. but if they are going to be effective in ridding the streets of these thugs they are going to have to execute them as they go along and not merely ‘bring them before the courts’.

In spite of all the Americans spout about ‘human rights’, don’t they have FBI and CIA agencies that ‘operate above the law’ or maybe rather are ‘a law unto themselves’….. even so, maybe the time has come for Barbados Parliament to create something similar, an officially sanctioned organization capable of doing what is necessary outside the law.

An organization charged with gathering the necessary intel (by whatever means is deemed necessary) and then targeting and eliminating individuals that pose a threat to public safety.

The Church in Barbados has totally failed to influence the society in the raising of all children with morality and self-discipline….. and they have also failed by endorsing the humanistic ideology of the secular world….. in fact, mainstream ‘christian religion’ has wandered so far from true Christianity that it is not even recognizable as ‘Christian’.

The idea of extending God’s love to murderous thugs has become DISTORTED by modern ‘progressive’ thinking…… Jesus Christ, the man of love, said some horribly hard things that people like to conveniently FORGET and/or IGNORE……. one of the most important is that forgiveness does NOT REMOVE physical suffering for the consequences of one’s actions….. the repentant dying thief was promised paradise BUT he still had to suffer death for his crimes…… and what about the ‘callous’ answer of Jesus recorded in Luke 13:1 – 5 ?….. clearly the attitude of Jesus to physical death is a far cry from our own attitude in 2017.

King David was a man ‘after God’s heart’ who became a standard by which all the other kings of Israel where measured….. and yet he was a man who ‘shed much blood upon the earth’ (1 Chronicles 22:8) but he did it in EXECUTING JUSTICE …. please read 2 Samuel 4: 8 – 12

If Barbados is to recover and holiness and righteousness is to rain down upon this land …… then JUSTICE also must precede it…..

God loves JUSTICE and the psalms of David showed that he clearly understood RIGHT and WRONG and was prepared to administer it as ruler of the nation.

Are our leaders prepared to administer JUSTICE ? ….. are the public of Barbados willing to support a call for JUSTICE ?

Only then will we ‘put away’ the evil from the midst of us with the EXECUTION of the wicked men who are undermining our peaceful society.

The Police are against vigilante activity ?….. fine…. then let them do it for us….. and let the Politicians extend the necessary powers to enable them to properly clean up our land …. it can be done …. but it requires the WILL to do it…. and it will NOT be popular with everybody…… Politicians should know that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to please everybody….. their responsibility is to do whats best for Barbados….. and right now, cleaning up the land from gun-toting thugs in the interest of preserving it as a safe haven for tourists (and themselves) should be a priority….. it calls for radical change to the ‘manner of doing things’ ….. but only a radical departure from the ‘status quo’ will work in this situation……. rampant violence and murder has the potential to endanger EVERYONE living or visiting this island ….. and you have God’s blessing in stamping it out …… so what are you waiting for ?