Millennialism – Deuteronomy 29:29

 

  1. Have we sufficiently proven that the Lord Jesus MUST return to earth to fulfill Biblical prophesy?
  2. Are Biblical scholars agreed as to WHEN the Lord shall return?
  3. Does the Bible predict a SPECIFIC date for the Lord’s return?
  4. How much respect should we have towards the Bible teacher who predicts a specific date?
  5. Who declared: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power”?
    1. What prompted that statement? (“Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”)
    2. What has been prophesied as necessary for the re-establishment of Israel? (Return of Christ).
  6. What is the parable of the fig tree (Mark 13:28-37)?
  7. Does the Bible teach that we should NOT expect the Lord to return to earth SOON?
  8. Does the Bible teach that we should put aside other Christian responsibilities in the light of the soon return of the Lord?
  9. How should we handle the fact that the Lord will soon return to earth?
  10. What are some of the things that will take place at the return of the Lord?
  11. What does Zechariah 14:1-4 tell us will take place when Christ returns? (He will set his feet on the Mount of Olives and divide it).
    1. What does Zechariah 14:16 say will take place? (The nations will come to worship Christ at Jerusalem).
    2. What does II Thessalonians 1:8-10 say will take place at the Second Coming? (Vengeance).
    3. What does II Thessalonians 2:8 say will take place at Jesus’ Second Coming? (Antichrist destroyed).
    4. What does Matthew 25:31-33 say will take place at His Coming? (Nations will be judged).
    5. What does Luke 1:32 say will take place at the return of the Lord? (Sit upon David’s throne).
    6. What does Revelation 11:15 say will take place? (The kingdoms of the world will become Christ’s).
    7. What does Philippians 2:10-11 say will take place in regard to the Lord’s coming? (Every knee shall bow).
    8. What will happen to creation generally when the Lord returns? (Romans 8:21).
    9. What will happen to Satan at the return of the Lord? (Revelation 20:1-10).
  12. Will these things occur in some sort of figurative or allegorical fashion?
  13. What is the meaning of the word “millennium”? (Latin: “one thousand years”).
  14. What is the meaning of the word “chiliasm”? (Greek: “one thousand years”).
  15. Is our church chiliastic or millennial?
  16. Do all millennialists agree about the millennium?
  17. Why don’t we call ourselves “chiliasts” or “millennialists”?
  18. How many different varieties of millennialists are there? (Four major opinions).
  19. What does the man who holds to a NON-LITERAL MILLENNIUM believe about the millennium?
    1. What does he believe about the return of Christ to earth? (Occurred at Pentecost, or ….., or……).
    2. What method of Bible interpretation does he use? (Allegorical).
    3. What should we call this kind of man? (Liberal, unbeliever, …. )
  20. What does a POSTMILLENNIALIST believe about the millennium?
    1. Do Postmillennialists believe in the literal return of Christ? (Many do).
    2. What do most Postmillennialists believe will bring about the return of Christ? (Christianization of the world).
  21. What does an AMILLENNIALIST believe about the millennium? (Not literal).
    1. What does the Amillennialist believe about the prophesies which the Bible teaches about the millennium? (Spiritual fulfillment today).
    2. What does the average Amillennialist do with the prophesies about Israel’s kingdom? (Apply it to the “church”).
    3. Do Amillennialists believe that the Lord Jesus will literally return to earth? (Many do).
  22. What does a PREMILLENNIALIST believe about the millennium?
    1. What does he believe about the return of the Lord?
    2. What does he believe about the sub-points to question #10?
  23. What was the millennial position of the Jews in Jesus’ day? (Premillennial)
  24. What was the millennial position of the Disciples of Christ? (Premillennial)
  25. What was the millennial position of the early church (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Cyprian, etc )?
  26. At about what time in history do we find opposition to the Premillennial position? (About the time of Origen, the “father” of the allegorical interpretation of the Word of God).
  27. To which of the four millennial positions does OUR CHURCH HOLD?