Premillennialism (Section 3.04) The Great Tribulation

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The Great Tribulation

The Millennium

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BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 3
Premillennialism

Chapter 4

The Great Tribulation

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In the writings of John N. Darby four passages are cited as teaching an “unequaled tribulation,” through which he says the Jews, Gentiles, and the professing Church will pass, but from which the true Church will be exempt. These are:

Jeremiah 30:7, “Alas! for the day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”

Paradise Restored | David ChiltonDaniel 12:1, “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who standeth for the children of thy people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the b0ok.” Continue reading

Premillennialism (Section 3.03) The Rapture

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The Millennium

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BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 3
Pre
millennialism

Chapter 3

The Rapture

The best definition of the Rapture that we have found is that given by Dr. Robert Strong, who says:

“By the Rapture is meant the sudden and possibly secret coming of Christ in the air to catch away from the earth the resurrected bodies of those who have died in the faith and with them the living saints” (The Presbyterian Guardian. Feb. 25, 1942).

The word “Rapture,” like the word “Trinity,” is not found in the Bible, but the idea that it expresses is clearly taught in two of Paul’s epistles. In 1st Thessalonians 4:13-17 we read: Continue reading

Premillennialism (Section 3.02) Dispensationalism

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The Millennium

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BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 3
Pre
millennialism

Chapter 2

Dispensationalism

The Seven Dispensations

Earlier in this work we have cited the definition of Dispensationalism given by Dr. ]. G. Vos, which is as follows:

“Dispensationalism is that false system of Bible interpretation represented by the writings of ]. N. Darby and the Scofield Reference Bible, which divides the history of mankind into seven distinct periods or ‘dispensations,’ and affirms that in each period God deals with the human race on the basis of some one specific principle. (Dispensationalism denies the spiritual identity of Israel and the Church, and tends to set ‘grace’ and ‘law’ against each other as mutually exclusive principles.)” Continue reading

Amillennialism (Section 2.06) Further Considerations

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Amillennialism (Section 2.06) Further Considerations

The Millennium

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BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 2
Amillennialism

Chapter 6

Further Considerations

The Parable of the Leaven and that of the Mustard Seed, which describe the Kingdom as beginning very small and growing until the whole lump is leavened, or until the little seed has become a tree (Matt. 13:31-33), teach quite clearly the expanding nature of the Kingdom. Amillennialism acknowledges that these parables teach that the Kingdom of God does make a great development in this world and that it exerts many and great uplifting influences. But it nullifies that to a considerable extent by its teaching that the kingdom of evil also makes a great development, that the two kingdoms have a parallel development, and that the relative strength between the two may remain approximately as it now is until the end. Nor is there any force in the premillennial objection that leaven always symbolizes evil and so cannot here have the meaning that we give it. For in this parable it is specifically said that the kingdom of heaven is like leaven. Concerning this general subject Dr. Snowden has well written: Continue reading

Amillennialism (Section 2.05) Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

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Amillennialism (Section 2.05) Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

The Millennium

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BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 2
Amillennialism

Chapter 5

Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

The Scripture most generally referred to by Amillennialists as proof of their position is the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43). Here it is pointed out that the two grow together until the harvest, which is the end of the world. This is taken to mean not only that good and evil continue to exist side by side, which is the real meaning of the parable, but that the proportion between the two remains practically constant as do the stalks in a field. Continue reading

Amillennialism (Section 2.04) The Binding of Satan

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Amillennialism (Section 2.04) The Binding of Satan

The Millennium

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BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 2
Amillennialism

Chapter 4

The Binding of Satan

The usual amillennial interpretation of Revelation 20:2 is that the “binding” of Satan took place at the first advent, and that it was accomplished when Christ triumphed over him at the cross. In other words, the atonement is said to have been the effective means for the binding of Satan, and on that basis the Millennium is said to have begun with the first advent and to continue until the second. The Scripture cited to prove this is Matthew 12:29: “How can one enter into the house of the strong man, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.” Continue reading

Amillennialism (Section 2.03) The Kingdom Prophecies

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Amillennialism (Section 2.03) The Kingdom Prophecies

The Millennium

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BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 2
Amillennialism

Chapter 3

The Kingdom Prophecies

Much of what we would say in refutation of Amillennialism has already been said in setting forth the postmillennial position and does not need to be repeated here. We must say, however, that we understand the Bible to teach very definitely that the world is to be converted to Christianity before Christ returns, and that the amillennial position, which makes no provision for a Christianized world, leaves a whole continent of prophecies unexplained, many of which then become quite meaningless. The kingdom prophecies of the Old Testament, as well as various statements in the Psalms and in the New Testament, often in highly figurative language, surely foretella future golden age of some kind. We are bound to say that in this regard we agree with the Premillennialists, as against the Amillennialists, that there is to be a Millennium, that there is in fact yet something great in store for the human race before this world order ends. But since we believe that the premillennial notion of an earthly kingdom after the return of Christ is in error, we are convinced that these prophecies and promises must Bud fulfillment before that event. What shall we say, for instance, to the following? Continue reading

Amillennialism (Section 2.02) Statements By Representative Amillennialist

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Amillennialism (Section 2.02) Statements By Representative Amillennialist

The Millennium

COPYRIGHT 1957 (C)
BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 2
Amillennialism

Chapter 2

Statements By Representative Amillennialist

Perhaps the best way to set forth the doctrinal position of Amillennialism is to let its leading advocates speak for themselves. This we shall do in considerable detail. Probably the most representative spokesman in the United States is Dr. Louis Berkhof, for 38 years a professor in Calvin Seminary and author of a very excellent Systematic Theology (1941). He says: Continue reading

Amillennialism (Section 2.01) Introduction

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Amillennialism (Section 2.01) Introduction

The Millennium

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BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 2
Amillennialism

Chapter 1

INTRODUCTION

The definition of Amillennialism as previously cited is: “Amillennialism is that view of the Last Things which holds that the Bible does not predict a ‘Millennium’ or period of world-wide peace and righteousness on this earth before the end of the world.”

The author of this definition, Dr. J. G. Vos, has observed further by way of explanation that, Continue reading

Premillennialism (Section 3.05) The Antichrist

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Premillennialism (Section 3.05) Historic Premillennialism

The Millennium

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BY LORAINE BOETTNER

Section 3
Premillennialism

Chapter 5

THE ANTICHRIST

    One of the distinguishing marks of Premillennialism is that its adherents all believe in the appearing of a personal Antichrist shortly before the coming of Christ. This character is thought to be a wicked secular or ecclesiastical ruler who is referred to by that name in the First and Second Epistles of John, who in the Book of Revelation is termed the Beast or the False Prophet, and who is the same as the Man of Sin described by Paul in 2nd Thessalonians 2:3, 4. It is said that he is to live in the very last days of the present dispensation, and that he will be exalting himself on the earth at the time Christ returns to set up His millennial kingdom. Continue reading