August 24, 2015
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Most Christians believe in a “millennium,” a period of 1,000 years during which Christ reigns over an earthly kingdom from his throne in Jerusalem. They believe in the following series of events in the endtimes, with two major resurrections separated by the millennium:
But there are at least six endtime Bible passages that are unaware of two resurrections separated by 1,000 years. (All emphases added.)
1. Daniel 12:1-2: “At that time… many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
All the dead will be resurrected “at that time.”
2. Matthew 13:39-43. “The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace … Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”
When is the end of the age? At the Second Coming of Christ. On this day, the wicked will be burned, and the righteous will be taken to his kingdom.
3. Matthew 24:29-31. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Notice, first, how can “immediately” mean 1,000 years, since “immediately” after the tribulation is the end of the world? Second, the Son of Man coming is also the end of the world. Third, the tribes of the earth will mourn when they see Christ coming down from heaven, because they know that the terrible Judgment Day has come. Fourth, all believers are gathered on this day. Therefore, when Christ returns, the unbelieving world will be judged, and the elect will be gathered together in heaven.
4. Matthew 25’s Three Endtimes Parables: These three parables are about the separation and judgment of believers and unbelievers when Christ returns. The separation escalates in each parable.
Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). In this parable, the Bridegroom (Christ) arrives at his wedding banquet at an unexpected hour. The five bridesmaids who were ready with the lamps were admitted into the wedding banquet, but the other five who were unprepared were shut out. There is no mention of where the unprepared went. The separation takes place in the same hour.
Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). On the day that the master came back after a long journey, he judged the faithful and unfaithful servants: the two faithful servants were welcomed with joy by the master, while the unfaithful one were sent to the outer darkness. On the same day, the master will separate the faithful and unfaithful servants.
Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-33). “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.”
How can the sheep be on the right and the goats be on the left, if they appear before the Son of Man on Judgment Day 1,000 thousand years apart? On that same day, the sheep will inherit the kingdom of God, while the goats will be sent into eternal punishment. Notice also the parallel to Matthew 24:29-31.
5. John 5:28-29. “Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”
One resurrection during a specific hour. Notice too the parallel to Daniel 12:2.
6. Acts 24:15. “having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.” ONE resurrection of both the just and the unjust.
Therefore, the above passages affirm that there is one endtime resurrection of all people, not two resurrections separated by a “millennium.”
So here’s the most Biblical scheme of the “millennium” or “last days”: