Have you developed your own eschatology, or some other man’s, or God’s? As you may or may not know this blog began as an alternative to the Dispensationalist’s views on end time events. But with what has happened over the last five years of Donald Trump’s involvement in politics there has been a rise in postmillennial theology. Trump has fueled a new hope among Christians of that persuasion. That hope was and is still being seen as a Devine intervention which will eventually lead us to the coming kingdom that Christ will usher in through His church, NOT through His return. Under that Theology the world is to be ruled by Jesus through His church for an allegorical 1000 years leading to Christ’s return.
Today many blogs espouse the theory that what Trump started God will finish by exposing the lies and the evil that currently exists in governments around the globe, and which is now evident in our leaders here in America.
Many Christians of other eschatological persuasion, including myself, have been caught up in the hope generated by the Trump Presidency, mainly because of the light that has been cast upon the evil within our government. The hope being that now that evil is exposed it can be changed.
Postmillennialism has many adherents and variations, one of these is the understanding that the kingdom must be brought in by force.
◦ One problem for postmillennial views over the centuries has been the fact that the church has failed, even through the use of force at times, to bring in this kingdom. Perhaps new hopes were stirred because in recent years the USA had taken seemingly sole possession as the world superpower, but then Trump appeared, and realistically thinking and speaking, the light that has been shined has only made it more clear that evil is sinister and mostly hidden and is most prevalent even in our own government.
◦ So to the postmillennial advocate the blessed hope must be that, now that the evil and lies and fraud within government are being revealed, we will see God establish their much sought after christianization of the whole world accomplished. And then Christ can rule through His church for perhaps a millennium.
There are several concepts within scripture that suggest otherwise.
Jesus teaching on the ages is in stark disagreement.
Jesus’ teaching on the spread of the gospel, and that spread marking the end of this age, is in stark disagreement.
Jesus’ revelation in His book by that name is in stark disagreement.
Paul’s teachings on the future events for the world and the Church are in stark disagreement.
We certainly must put our trust in God, as all Christian’s, who are true to a belief in God’s provisions through the Son and His sacrificial love for us, do recognize, but to believe (no matter how hard we believe) in complete opposition to His prophetic word is only to allow Satan a foothold, and an Avenue through which he may bring eventual defeat of ones faith.
Satan is out to defeat us folks, this is why only God’s truth (not ours) matters. That is why we must pursue His truth. We must rely on His Spirit’s teaching us about His Word, (Who is Jesus).
The scripture makes clear that every man is capable of determining his/her own doctrine, but the Holy Spirit can and will only lead you into the whole truth and nothing but the truth (all truth). You were given His Spirit to lead you as you study the scriptures. Think about that. There are many ways to learn the lies of man’s doctrine, but only one way to learn God’s truth.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 1 Timothy 4:13-16 KJV