The Premillennial View
Perhaps you have read the Left Behind book series that supports the view that before the end of time, Christians will suddenly be raptured from the earth. This is part of a premillennial view of the end times, and in this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones identifies several errors with this interpretation. First, no other passages in the New Testament reference this earthly kingdom and Jesus literally reigning on earth for 1,000 years. Second, this view makes the Kingdom earthly, whereas Jesus’ emphasis is on a spiritual Kingdom. Third, it postpones the idea of the Kingdom to the future, but this is contrary to what Dr. Lloyd-Jones sees in the New Testament. Fourth, it reintroduces the distinction between Jews and Gentiles that Paul so clearly wrote had been abolished. Fifth, Lloyd-Jones says, it proposes that there are three comings of Jesus, whereas Scripture says that there is only one Second Coming of Christ. Sixth, this view says that glorified saints and the Lord Jesus in His glory are on earth together with those who haven't been glorified yet, but this, too, seems contrary to what Scripture teaches. Finally, it is inconceivable that if Christ reigns for 1,000 years Satan will be able to produce an army large enough to wage war against Christ, even though they will be defeated. Listen to this fascinating sermon as Dr. Lloyd-Jones expands on these points and helps us understand the flaws with a premillennial view of the end times.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.