(i.e. “Dispensational Premillennialism”)
This false teaching says that Christ will rule and reign on the earth for a literal “thousand year” (millennial) reign in the future, right after a 7-year “Great Tribulation” period, where a specific “Anti-Christ” person has risen and then been defeated.
This particular false teaching/deception is of particular importance today, because it is so widely spread blaring in deafening volume from nearly every single pulpit, radio or media station, internet site etc. nonstop 24/7/365 days a year. This deception as I discussed earlier, leads to complacency in particular, and outright disrespect of Christ and a complete rejection of what He did at the cross when taken to its fullest extent.
This false teaching is at the core of MANY other false teachings; it is the fulcrum in fact. This false teaching comes from one single solitary verse in Revelation 20:4 (see also Rev 20:1-7), a symbolic verse of “a thousand years” which is taken literally, when it is symbolic of a “period of time”. They take that one symbolic verse literally, despite there being many other LITERAL verses that contradict with it! Amazing, eh?
What Revelation 20 with its “thousand years” verses, and also 2 Peter 3:8 are describing is symbolism, as if someone were making a wide sweeping gesture with their arms saying, “that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” Both verses are symbolic, not literal! Realize that nearly all numbers used in the book of Revelation are symbolic!
They give you a sense of the scale and magnitude of the time period on which the Lord operates, and also that God lives outside of (beyond) time as we know it. They simply mean a “long period of time.”
They claim that Christ will return to the earth a 2nd time to “rapture” the church (See “The Secret Rapture” false teaching), and then come back a THIRD time to reign on earth in Jerusalem, over a mixture of half-saved saints in eternal bodies, with unbelievers in still fleshly sinful bodies, and a whole jumbled up mess of other issues.
Friend, where in the Bible does it talk about a “THIRD COMING” of Christ? This false teaching shows a clear lack of understanding of Christ’s kingdom, which we are in RIGHT NOW. Yes, this very second, Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, ruling and reigning over His Kingdom! The earthly millennialists deny this rule and reign! They are denying Christ! They do not even understand the Kingdom of God and His Christ! What about Christ’s clear and explicit statements that “My kingdom is NOT of this world” do they not understand?!?
Friend, YOU ARE IN the “thousand years” (so called “millennial”, meaning a long time) reign of Christ right here and right now, this very day! Even Saint John said this directly in Rev 1:9!
Furthermore, the Kingdom came in power and glory at the transfiguration of Christ (Matthew 17:1-8). This was a fulfillment of Matthew 16:28: “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
This false teaching is bundled up and woven together with several other false teachings usually all grouped together (e.g. “3rd Temple,” “Antichrist” person, “7-Year Great Tribulation”, etc.), where the wolves and vipers who are espousing this false teaching combine together bizarre mind-bending distortions of other clear and straightforward scripture verses in order to support their false teachings.
This false teaching is also bundled up with a distortion of the meaning of Isaiah’s 11:6 verse: “the wolf will dwell with the lamb.” That verse does not mean that literal lamb and wolf animals will co-habitat a future renovated earth during a 1000-year reign of Christ on earth. Scripture uses animals to represent the characters/natures of various types of men. That verse says that men who are lambs (Christians, followers of Jesus) will get along (through the power of the Gospel/Christ) with those who were wolves (men hating God, persecuting Christians, etc.) during the Kingdom of Christ, which we are in now. The apostle Paul was a great example. He was a wolf devouring and persecuting the early church, but when converted to Christ, he became a lamb and he dwelled together with the apostles/disciples in peace and harmony, in the Kingdom of Christ. The power of Christ converted him from a wolf to a lamb type of man.