What is this doctrine?
It is false, and will be proven as such, yet to be fair we must examine
their views as well.
1. They believe that the
Kingdom of David would be re-established. But, when Christ came for
the first time the Jews refused him so he went back to Heaven and will
wait till a second time to come again. They also believe that he
left the Church as a temporary substitute. They do NOT believe that
the Church and the Kingdom are synonymous.
2. This doctrine and its
believers use Revelation chapter 20 to explain that near the Second Coming
and the end of the Church age, the righteous believers will be resurrected.
All of the Old Testament and New Testament believers will share in the
first part of the resurrection. Those still alive will have their
3. Then the “Rapture”
(never mentioned in the Bible), will be the first stage of the Second Coming
of Christ, in which the saints are taken into Heaven. This will be
done in as the “secret coming” of Matthew 24:36.
4. Then the saints will
spend 7 years in Heaven and they will be judged and given rewards and positions.
The marriage feast will also take place Revelation 19:7-9.
5. Then during the last
3 ½ years of this period, many on earth will be converted and the
“Anti-Christ” will appear. The Jews make a covenant with him, and
all of the converted saints are killed before the Lord returns. During
this period “All Israel” is said to be saved (Romans 11:26).
6. Then comes the Second
Coming. This ends the tribulation after the battle of Armageddon
(Revelation 16:16). This is the second time of the first resurrection
and the Gentiles are judged and disposed of.
7. The 1,000 year earthly
reign of Christ on David’s throne Revelation 20:2. Satan will be
bound and sealed in a pit. The Kingdom is on earth, the Gentiles
will be converted. National Israel will be supreme in all the earth.
Members of the Church will rule with Christ in Jerusalem. There will
be no temptation.
8. At the end of this
period Satan will be loosed for a little while Revelation 20:7. Then
the resurrection and judgment of the wicked. Then there will be a
reconditioned Heaven and Earth. Only some will be in Heaven.
Many say this is the 144,000 chosen ones (Revelation 7:4).
REFUTING EACH OF THE EIGHT
(Refuting point 1) The Kingdom was Prophesied and that was fulfilled/Thus
the Kingdom/Church are the same and currently in effect – not waiting for
a second return!
A. The Kingdom was Prophesied
B. The Kingdom was Established
C. The Kingdom and the
Church are one in the same (The Church was not a “substitute” for the Kingdom
until Christ came again)
D. Correcting this false
doctrine with simple Bible truth
An Everlasting Kingdom
KJV Daniel 2:44
44. And in
the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which
shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people,
but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall
stand for ever.
The Kingdom of the Son
KJV Daniel 7:13-14
13. I saw in the
night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds
of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before
14. And there
was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations,
and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
**(The Son of Man was
KJV Matthew 8:19-20
19. And a certain
scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever
20. And Jesus
saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Christ as who I the son
of man am
KJV Matthew 16:13-18
Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14. And they
said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others,
Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15. He saith
unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16. And Simon
Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17. And Jesus
answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh
and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18. And I
say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build
my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
B. The Kingdom was
KJV Matthew 3:2
2. And saying,
Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
While some present were
still there the Kingdom would come**With POWER
KJV Mark 9:1
1. And he
said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that
stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom
of God come with power.
The Holy Spirit will come
KJV Acts 1:8
8. But ye
shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The Holy Spirit came with
KJV Acts 2:1-4
1. And when the
day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2. And suddenly
there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled
all the house where they were sitting.
3. And there
appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each
4. And they were all
filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the
Spirit gave them utterance.
C. The Kingdom and
Church are one in the same
The Colossians were translated
into HIS KINGDOM, NOTE VERSE 18 (Also note: that the Kingdom had to exist
to be added to it)
KJV Colossians 1:13-18
13 Who hath delivered
us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom
of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have
redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image
of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were
all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible
and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,
or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before
all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the
head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from
the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
They were in a non-existent
KJV 1 Thessalonians 2:12
12. That ye would
walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
We are taken from darkness
into the Kingdom, the same as Baptism into the Church (coincidence?)
KJV 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
12. For as
the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one
body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13. For by
one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles,
whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
The Church is the Body
and he is head of it as well
KJV Ephesians 1:22-23
22. And hath
put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things
to the church,
is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Forgiveness of sins in
the Kingdom (Colossians 1:14)– through baptism
KJV Acts 2:38
Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift
of the Holy Ghost.
Then as you are added
to the same Church/Kingdom
KJV Acts 2:47
God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church
daily such as should be saved.
Wherein is Salvation
KJV Ephesians 5:23
23. For the husband is
the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he
is the saviour of the body.
D. More Correction
of their error on point 1 with simple Bible truth
1. Rejection was promised
therefore would not have persuaded Christ to change his plan
The Prophesy of the rejection
and death of Christ
KJV Isaiah 53:1-12
1. Who hath believed
our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
2. For he
shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry
ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there
is no beauty that we should desire him.
3. He is
despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed
he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him
stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5. But he
was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are
6. All we
like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and
the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7. He was
oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought
as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
so he openeth not his mouth.
8. He was
taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation?
for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression
of my people was he stricken.
9. And he
made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because
he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10. Yet it
pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt
make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong
his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11. He shall
see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge
shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil
with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he
was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made
intercession for the transgressors.
They would reject the
head stone of the corner
KJV Psalms 118:22-23
22. The stone which
the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is Christ
KJV Ephesians 2:20
20. And are built upon
the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being
the chief corner stone;
They love to go to Revelation
The same John that has
penned many of the key verses they use penned this:
KJV Revelation 1:9
9. I John, who also am
your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience
of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of
God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Was John in a make believe
II. Refuting the “First
Resurrection” Doctrine (Revelation 20:5-6) and points 4,5, and 6.
They admit that Christ
will come without warning, and they use Matthew 24:36 to show this.
Yet they think that this coming will be secret. The inspired word
disagrees with this view! They also fail to recognize that we will
be with the Lord forever, if faithful, and that the elements of this earth
will be destroyed.
KJV 2 Peter 3:5-18
5. For this
they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were
of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7. But the
heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store,
reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly
8. But, beloved,
be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand
years, and a thousand years as one day.
9. The Lord
is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all
should come to repentance.
10. But the
day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens
shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent
heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought
ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens
being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent
we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein
beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be
found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15. And account
that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother
Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16. As also
in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some
things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable
wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17. Ye therefore,
beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being
led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18. But grow
in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To
him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
It will not be quiet!
We all will rise up (to the judgment seat of Christ), the dead being first!
KJV 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
16. For the
Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of
the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall
we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in
the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the
Then the dividing of right
from wrong (Not rapture) – Rapture is no where in the Bible – the idea
is that the saved will be secretly taken into Heaven just before “Armageddon”.
KJV Matthew 25:31-34
the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him,
then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32. And before
him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from
another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33. And he
shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
There will be no more
chances for salvation, for the judgments will be eternal
KJV Matthew 25:46
46. And these
shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life
Refuting the 1,000 year reign and the 144,000 and The Anti-Christ – also
the final Battle
Anti-Christ – They are
looking for one to come out, the Bible says they have, many of them and
defines an “anti-christ”
KJV 1 John 2:17-22
17. And the world
passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth
children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall
come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the
went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us,
they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they
might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20. But ye
have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21. I have
not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know
it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22. Who is
a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist,
that denieth the Father and the Son.
Will never occur because-
They wanted him to, but
he did not want to
KJV John 6:14-15
14. Then those
men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a
truth that prophet that should come into the world.
Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to
make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
Heaven is His throne,
earth is his footstool
KJV Acts 7:49
is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith
the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
He said his Kingdom is
not of this world
KJV John 18:36
answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world,
then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:
but now is my kingdom not from hence.
(Follow this line of thought)
He will be a priest on
KJV Zechariah 6:12-13
12. And speak unto
him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose
name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall
build the temple of the Lord:
he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and
shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne:
and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
He is our High Priest
KJV Hebrews 4:14
14. Seeing then
that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus
the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
This is not changeable
KJV Hebrews 7:24
24. But this man,
because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
The unchangeable would
have to change for him to reign on earth
KJV Hebrews 8:4
4. For if
he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests
that offer gifts according to the law:
This theory teaches that
Christ will come prior, before (pre) his millennium-reign (1000 years).
Matthew 24 is one of the key areas for this doctrine.
Verse 21 is the key to
their doctrine in Matthew 24.
KJV Matthew 24:21-22
21. For then shall be
great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to
this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22. And except those days should be shortened,
there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall
A great tribulation in
which 97,000 Jews were captured and 1,100,000 Jews perished. These facts
are provided according to historian Flavius Josephus.
They then tie the following
passages to this. Stating at this point is the great battle of Armageddon.
KJV Revelation 7:14
14. And I said unto him,
Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of
great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in
the blood of the Lamb.
KJV Revelation 19:19-21
19. And I saw the beast,
and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make
war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20. And the beast was
taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him,
with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and
them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake
of fire burning with brimstone.
21. And the remnant were
slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded
out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
This verse is the only
in which the term Armageddon is used!
KJV Revelation 16:15-16
I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments,
lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16. And he
gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
If we would we read this
chapter, we should and even will all agree that this is not literal, but
refers in scripted, figurative language that God would send his wrath on
the ungodly. Remembering that the book of Revelation is written so
that the enemy could not inherit the knowledge of hope that is contained
therein. John, by inspiration, is giving a last jolt of hope to suffering
Har-Magedon, the hill of Megiddo –
This place is known as
a place of battles –
Judges chapter 4, 5,
and 7 for instance. The place near Kishon. A hill near 70 feet
in height. A place in which victory was taken.
If we use the references
to places that are in Revelation we can see why and how this was used.
This is a place that meant victory after a long battle.
John used Zion 14:1, and
Jerusalem 21:2 as symbols of God’s spiritual city. Babylon as apostasy
14:8, Sodom and Egypt of corruption and sin 11:8. This too is how
the reference is, but as all scripture, a false teacher will try and divide
Again we must refer to
the great passage in this same chapter – verse 34, These things will occur
in this generations lifetime. To claim that Christ will reign when he comes
is to forget:
KJV 2 Peter 3:10
10. But the day of the
Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall
pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent
heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
144,000 will be saved?
This false theory indicates
that Christ will not save his body the Church as he promised
KJV Ephesians 5:23
23. For the
husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:
and he is the saviour of the body.
This false theory makes
more than one body and more than one hope
KJV Ephesians 4:4
4. There is one
body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Remission of sins was
to bring forth salvation
KJV Luke 1:77
77. To give
knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Which is obtained through
KJV Acts 2:38
38. Then Peter
said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of
the Holy Ghost.
Of which baptism is to
KJV 1 Peter 3:20-21
20. Which sometime
were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days
of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls
were saved by water.
21. The like
figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away
of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,)
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
This false doctrine makes
knowing the gospel or not knowing it of no effect
KJV 2 Thessalonians 1:6-11
6 Seeing it is
a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble
7 And to you who
are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven
with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be
punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and
from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall
come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that
believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
11 Wherefore also
we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling,
and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith
Do not be deceived by
the teaching of this doctrine. The Bible is clear on the judgment.
We will be judged on our obedience! These teachers have changed the
word of God and tried to make it a lie.
This is serving man not
KJV Romans 1:21-25
that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful;
but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23. And changed
the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible
man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts,
to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25. Who changed
the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more
than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
The Bible in its simplicity
does not refer to the nature of this doctrine. Teachers of this doctrine
take figurative and make it literal and vice versa. The shame is
in how many actually believe this doctrine.
This doctrine has a must
that the Kingdom is of this world, when in fact it cannot and is not (John
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