Premillennialism is a doctrine that gives attention to events which are supposed to occur before the 1000 year reign of Christ on this physical earth. This doctrine is in conflict with several simple Bible doctrines and therefore cannot be true. This article will point out several of the simple Bible doctrines which are in conflict with this complex manmade doctrine.
First, Jesus was able to establish his kingdom. Premillennialists believe that Jesus was unable to establish his kingdom as he promised. They teach the church was formed as an afterthought. However, the words “church” and “kingdom” are used interchangeably. In Matthew 16:16, 18, Jesus promised to build his “church” and to give Peter the keys to the “kingdom”. Two words are used to describe the same thing (see also Eph. 1:22, 23; 1 Tim. 3:15; and 1 Cor. 3:16). The kingdom/church is prophesied in Daniel 2:44, Isaiah 2:2-3, and Micah 4:1-2 (1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Pet. 2:5; Acts 2:16-17; Heb. 1:1-2). Jesus did establish his kingdom which is the church (Jn. 18:36; Rev. 1:9; Matt. 4:23; John 18:36; & Heb. 12:28). The church has always been a part of God’ plan for mankind (Eph. 3:9-11). Since Jesus has already established his kingdom, he cannot return to establish it again. He will come again to deliver the kingdom to the Father (1 Cor. 15:24).
Second, premillennialism teaches that a “rapture” will occur before Jesus comes again to establish his kingdom. However, the Bible teaches there will be only one physical resurrection. The book of Revelation speaks of the 1st and 2nd resurrection. However, this refers to the resurrection of God’s church from persecution not the resurrection of God’s people from the grave. The same imagery is seen in Isa. 26:19; Hos. 13:14; & Exk. 37:1-4). Jesus said there would be a single resurrection. In John 5:28-29, Jesus said that at the resurrection “all would come forth”. In Matthew 13:49, Jesus said that the angels will separate the righteous from the unrighteous at the close of the age. The Bible does not support the doctrine of the rapture, therefore there must not be a rapture.
Third, the Bible does not speak of Jesus coming to earth in order to reign on it. The Bible speaks of Jesus coming to earth, separating the sheep from the goats, and destroying the earth. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 says that Jesus will come in the clouds and send his angels to gather all humanity and then return to Heaven with his people. 2 Peter 3:9-13 teaches that the earth will be dissolved with fire when Jesus comes again. The Biblical picture of Christ’s return does not fit with the premillennialist’s picture. Therefore premillennialism must be wrong.