Part 3 –The Millennium * Part 4 – Israel
Part Two of IssuesEtc Discussion of the End Times with Dr. Kim Riddlebarger
- The New Testament mentions a “great tribulation” in three places:
- Matthew 24:21–Jesus prophesied that when Israel is surrounded by armies, “those who are in Judea [are to] flee to the mountains.” This happened in AD 70 when the Roman army destroyed the city and the Temple, not a future event.
- Revelation 2:22–Jesus warns those in the church in Thyatira who practice sexual immorality, “I will throw into great tribulation.”
- Revelation 7: 14–A great multitude “clothed in white robes… are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.”
- Daniel 9:24-27 “The 70 Weeks” (click here for a handy-dandy chart of three different views)–Where is the break between 69th and 70th weeks? If a long break of more than 2,000 years follows the 69th week, then the 70th week is not the 70th week. Any 5th graders knows that. This is dispensational eisegesis again at its finest. They attribute the following verses – which clearly refer to Christ and his sacrificial work – to Antichrist!
- Dan 9:24: “To finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.” Doesn’t this sound like the atoning work of Christ?
- Dan 9:26: “An anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing.” Isn’t this the death of Christ, the Anointed One?
- Dan 9:27: “And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering.” This is fulfilled by Christ in Matthew 26:28, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Again, the sacrifice of Christ couldn’t be any clearer; all Temple animal sacrifices ceased after his once for all sacrifice. Even worse, dispensationalists say that during the millennium, the Temple will be rebuilt and animal sacrifices will be renewed. This is utter heresy against Christ’s atoning work.
- Dispensationalists interpret God’s promises to Abraham in Genesis 12 as exclusively for national Israel. But Jesus and all other New Testament writers reinterpret the promises ofÂ “a great nation” as the universal kingdom of Christ (1 Pet 2:9), and “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” as the salvation of a multitude from all nations through his seed, Jesus Christ.
- We’re in the tribulation period now: it’s not only seven years before theÂ Second Coming, but all the centuries–20 and counting–between Christ’s first and second comings.
- How would dispensationalists teach that the church will not go through the tribulation period in East Timor, China, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, etc., where there is severe persecution today?
- “Second chance theology” during tribulation period is “goofy” theology, and contradicts Paul’s teaching that “now is the day of salvation.” This second chance teaching misleads people into thinking that they can be saved after the return of Christ.
Next week: Part 3–The Millennium
Part 3 – The Millennium * Part 4 – Israel