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 Do The Scriptures Teach A Jewish-Type Millennium?

 

Some Christians and non-Christians who follow the futurist doctrine which interprets all of revelation in a literal sense, view God's kingdom in two ways, one being a materialistic, Jewish type kingdom with Jerusalem as the world's capital of worship, and a center for a restored temple in the distant or near future.



Here is a basic summary of the futurist doctrine as follows...



On Christ's second coming, they claim, His feet will stand upon the mount of Olives. Gathering His people with Him, Jesus, will come to the eastern gate of Jerusalem. Christ will then open the gate which has been sealed for centuries and enter a building. In the building, Jesus will sit on a throne, and be crowned king of the world. The saints will rule and reign with Him in Jerusalem, which will become the capital of the world. The nations will quit fighting, and will drop all weapons. They will come to Jerusalem to keep the feast days, new moons, and Sabbaths. An elaborate temple will be built in which a Levitical priesthood will offer animal sacrifices and carry out the rituals of the Mosaic system. His kingdom being an earthly and political kingdom which was postpone during His first coming, these things they claim will be set up. Here is a brief look at Scriptures to see whether or not it teaches a Jewish-type Millennium.



Zechariah 14 & Isaiah 66



Zechariah 14:16 states and I quote, "And it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship...and to keep the feast of tabernacles," and in Isaiah 66:20-23 we read, "It shall come to pass that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord."



One most damaging claims, which makes this doctrine contrary to Scripture is the claiming the Old Testament doctrine will be reinstituted for all believers, as the Scriptures teach, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come", Colossians 2:16,17.



The only reason why Old Testament saints practiced those traditions which showed "a shadow of things to come", was because the Messiah, who is Christ, had not come down to earth yet. When Christ came, all those Old Testament practices which reflected Christ, were longer needed as prophecy about Christ's first coming was fulfilled. To go back to these Old Testament practices would be denying Christ as a Savior who came and fulfilled that which He commanded to be done. Do you know what I mean?  Let me repeat my point again. The only purpose for those practices to be done in the Old Testament was because as Scripture puts it, "are a shadow of things to come." Christ has fulfilled the Scriptures that pointed to His first coming, He is no longer a shadow of things to come on earth...
 


Ezekiel's Temple



Those who believe in a Jewish type millennium, also believe the temple built after the captivity failed to fully measure up to Ezekiel's prophecy, thereby putting it in the distant or near future...While others say this description given in Ezekiel 43:10,11, must be refer to in a spiritual way. To determine how we are to understand this, is by asking God for guidance, and then look at various Scriptures concerning Ezekiel's temple and see if any agreement with New Testament doctrine...



To reinstitute temple worship in a literal sense, would mean a return to Old Testament doctrine...For example, animal sacrifices would be offered for sin. Priests would slay a burnt offering, the sin offering, and trespass offering (Ez. 40:38,39) and sprinkle the blood on the altar (Ezekiel 43:18). This doctrine clearly denies Christ's first coming. As the New Testament teaches, when Christ shed His blood, He became the perfect sacrifice for the sins of His people forever. He offered it once not many times as those priests offered sacrifices in both in the Old Testament, and in some present day religions such as Catholicism...The Scriptures clearly teach that the old covenant had been replaced by a new and better covenant (Hebrews 8:6-13). The old covenant "is done away" and Christ blood is an everlasting covenant (Hebrews 12:24).



Nowhere in the New Testament do we see the command of believers to go back to Old Testament doctrine. Even back during the Apostles time, those who did mix Old Testament doctrine with New Testament doctrine were considered "false brethren" who will bring the people into "bondage" instead of liberty of Christ (Gal. 2:3-5). If the Old Testament system cannot make people righteous now, then it is certain that it cannot make people righteous in an age to come!



The true meaning of the temple was a reflection of what was going to happen in the future, God raised people up who themselves became a temple of God, having been born again by the Spirit of God...As the Scriptures saith, "Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them" (2 Cor. 6:16). Christians are the house of God (1 Peter 4:17). It's impossible to go backwards to a carnal temple and practice Old Testament rituals such as animal sacrifices...



It's quite clear, according to New Testament teachings there will be not a mixture of Old Testament doctrine with New Testament doctrine...When Christ comes back a second time, it's to gather His people, and destroy both the wicked, and the world, as it states, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in 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 therein shall be burned up(2Peter 3:10).
 


Christ is not coming back to set up a political kingdom at his Second Coming nor was it His objective at His first Coming, in John 18:36 He clearly says it. If Christ was coming back to set up a political Kingdom He wouldn't have denied it to Pilot.

 

Jesus 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.

Amen

 

 

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