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.