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)