“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind,” writes the Prophet Isaiah. [65:17)
The following article gives us a quick overview about the dispensations that we currently live in, and the future one. I am not sure if I agree with his pre-trib stance, although he makes some valuable points worth considering. He speaks about the Millennium and who will be alive during that time period. He also uses scripture to illustrate that the earth will go back to the original eco-balance before sin entered into the world during the Millennium.
He starts the article by speaking about the two remaining Dispensations of God…
According to Scripture, there are at least two remaining Dispensations of God between now and the destruction of universe and its replacement with the new heavens and new earth described by the Apostle Peter. 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. (2nd Peter 3:10) Read more at – Bible Prophecy – The Omega Letter – Christian Intelligence – News & Current Events
What has been made clear in this article is that the earth shall not return to the ideal — think the Garden of Eden here — until Christ returns and restores all things to Himself. Even creation groans under sin and waits for it’s redemption from sin. This is clear from the following scriptures…
Rom 8:19-25 For the creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his children, because the creation was subjected to frustration, though not by its own choice. The one who subjected it did so in the hope that the creation itself would also be set free from slavery to decay in order to share the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that all creation has been groaning with the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. However, not only creation groans, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit also groan inwardly as we eagerly wait for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For we were saved with this hope in mind. Now hope that is seen is not really hope, for who hopes for what can be seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
We eagerly wait for it with patience…as that which is certain and real, as something valuable, which will be satisfying, and be received with the utmost joy. This supposes, that the persons who wait for it believe it, and their interest in it, at least hope they have one; that they have a valuable esteem and affection for it; that they are not in a state of perfection and happiness; and that they sit loose by the things of this world, and are ready to part with the one, and grasp the other: the manner of their waiting is "with patience" [Gill]
Dominionism on the other hand believes this is something that the Church must bring in before Christ returns. There is a well researched article called: Dominionism And The Rise Of Christian Imperialism which speaks about this…
The Gospel of Salvation is achieved by setting up the “ Kingdom of God” as a literal and physical kingdom to be “advanced” on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against enemies of their kingdom. Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that belong Scripturally only to Jesus Christ. This includes the esoteric belief that believers can “incarnate” Christ and function as His body on Earth to establish His kingdom rule. An inordinate emphasis is placed on man’s efforts; the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is diminished.
This is over-realised eschatology! Why has this happened? It is because they question the promise of His coming, and ask… Where on earth is HE? In the book of Peter it says that this type of thinking will happen in the last days…
2Pe 3:3-7 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation." For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
To get around this there is a move among Dominionists to incarnate Christ, who is often called the "Man Child". See this article called: The Man-Child God-Man Stage in the New Apostolic Reformation.
God is forming an overcoming company within the body of Christ called, among other names, “The Manchild Company”, etc. (Revelation 12:5). The Manchild is the true church. Those that are the real Christians are the Overcomers (Revelation 2 & 3) and are becoming more and more perfected so that they will be able to drive Satan from the world. This must be done before Jesus can return. They believe that the church is not ready for the coming of the Lord. They are not looking for His imminent coming. They believe that Christ must come TO His Church before He comes FOR His Church.
A Manifest Son adherent says:
“But the purpose of God reaches from before the foundation of the world. It plans the transplanting of his sons and his daughters. It plans the creation of a NEW ORDER (the elite) on the earth and thus it transplanted celestial children to a physical world. It brought them forth into being in the bodies of the Adamic race.” [Tape recording by William Swift]
Brian McLaren has been noted in saying that Christians who hold to end time beliefs have distorted, terrible and deadly beliefs. McLaren is not alone.
Warren tells readers to think about something other than Bible prophecy: "If you want Jesus to come back sooner, focus on fulfilling your mission, not figuring out prophecy."
Warren ends this section of his book by stating that Satan would have you "sidetracked from your mission" and by quoting Jesus out of context, Warren says, "Anyone who lets himself be distracted [by studying Bible prophecy] from the work I plan for him is not fit for the kingdom of God" (Living Bible).
Roger Oakland responds correctly when he says…
But Jesus was not referring to His return when He made that statement, which in the King James Version says: "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62). The Purpose Driven kingdom of God leaves no room for Bible prophecy, and in fact, condemns those who study it. The apostle Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, had a different view. He writes: "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts." (II Peter 1:19)
We are to actually look forward to our Blessed Hope, the rapture of the Church…
Tit 2:11-13 For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ […]
Our heart should be for heavenly things not yet seen…
Mat 6:20-21 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.
Our citizenship is not of this world but we belong to heaven, we wait for our new body and we look forward to becoming glorified as Christ’s body was glorified after the resurrection.
Php 3:20-21 For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.
Christ was clear about His kingdom not being of this world…
Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would have fought that I might not be delivered up to the Jews. But now My kingdom is not from here.
The kingdom of God will be fully realised when He returns, and not before.
- Dominionism – The seven mountains!
- 2007 Trends Analysis: Americans Reformulating Christianity
- Ten reasons to reject Kingdom Dominion Doctrine
- Articles of the Third Wave