Appendix: What Say the Scriptures?
The entire book of Revelation is an answer to A-Millennialism. Though the BIble does not provide all the details, it does state definitely that Jesus is coming, and that He will reign with His saints “on the earth” (Rev. 5:9-10) and for a period of one thousand years (Rev. 20).
“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (1 Cor. 15:23).
What basis do the amillennialists have for saying that Christ will not set foot on this earth again, rather we shall all be gathered together with Him in the air and taken to heaven and Christ will turn the Kingdom back to God who gave it?
The prophet Zechariah says that “his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east&rdquo (Zech. 14:1-4). The Mount of Olives east of Jerusalem is a definite location on earth, and the prophet says “his feet shall stand” on that mountain. Either we must accept the testimony of Scripture, or we must reject it.
Where does the Bible say we shall all be gathered together with HIm in the air and taken to heaven? Here is a statement without support. Paul did say that the living believers along with the resurrected will rise to “meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17). But the passage says nothing about where we will be “with the Lord,” and numerous texts state clearly that Jesus is coming to dwell among men (Rev. 21:3-4); that the saints shall “reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:10) and “under the whole heaven” (Dan. 7:27); “the meek…shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). Seven times in Psalm 37 the fact is reaffirmed that the righteous shall inherit or dwell on the earth.
What did Paul mean by writing that Christ will deliver up the Kingdom to the Father? The text reads: “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and authority and power.…And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Cor. 15:24, 28).
Paul is describing the time when the earth is a finished project, when all sin and evil is fully subdued, and all is perfect and complete. But Christ will still be reigning. Many passages of Scriptures describe teh Kingdom as eternal, unending, everlasting, without end. The promise made at the time of Jesus’ birth was: “of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:33). His kingdom was prophesied to be &lduqo;an everlasting Kingdom” (Dan. 7:27), and an everlasting kingdom does not have an end. Again, the prophet Daniel foretold that “the God of heaven” would set up “a kingdom that shall never pass away…it shall stand forever” (Dan. 2:44).
When Paul says that the Kingdom will be “delivered up” to God the Father, there is no change in the eternal status of the earth, its rulership or its inhabitants. Paul is merely stating in graphical language that Jesus has finished His task, the eternal state has begun, there is no more sin or suffering to subdue, no more strife or contention; now all is perfect peace, perfect love, perfect joy, perfect harmony, perfect delignt, and God is “all in all,” world without end.