I am presently involved in a series of studies on the nature of the Kingdom of God. In previous studies I have shown how all three futurists’ views on eschatology—postmillennialism, amillennialism and premillennialism—are demonstrably false. With a few exceptions, all views seek to make a case for a visible, physical Second Coming of Christ in our (modern) future. When he does arrive, he will either destroy the heavens and the earth and take believers with him to be where he is, or he will renovate the earth and set up a physical Kingdom of God based in physical Jerusalem. All these eschatological views are demonstrably false.
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It might be interesting, as far as eschatology is concerned, to consider the context of the Lord’s Parable of the Pounds (Parable of the Minas in many translations) of Luke 19:11-27. First of all, Luke tells us the reason Jesus gave the parable. It is because the people thought the Kingdom of God was about to be established immediately upon Jesus’ coming to Jerusalem, and this is where Jesus was headed (Luke 19:11, 28). This is why Jesus’ disciples lay the palm branches and their clothing before Jesus as he descended Mount Olives to enter the eastern gate of the city (Luke 19:35-36; Mark 11:8). Nevertheless, Jesus claimed in the parable that such hopes would not be realized. Read the rest of this entry »
Because many of Jesus’ disciples thought the Kingdom of God would suddenly come into view, Jesus offered them a parable that concerned how the business of Kingdom of God would be conducted on earth. Most of those who waited for the Kingdom (Luke 2:25, 38; 23:51) believed it would immediately and suddenly appear for all to see (Luke 19:11; cf. 17:20-21). Yet, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God was something that was within man and was manifest to the world only in the conduct or fruit of its ambassadors (cf. Matthew 13:24-26, 38). This idea proved to be a difficult point to get across, especially in light of the powerful influence of the false teachers of this world, both religious and secular (cf. Matthew 16:11-12; Mark 8:15). Read the rest of this entry »