By Daymond Duck
7) Jesus will send forth His angels to remove the wicked from the earth at His Second Coming (Matthew 13:36-43; 47-51). Since the wicked are removed before the kingdom of everlasting righteousness is established, the Second Coming will be BEFORE the Millennium.
The parable of the tares in Matthew 13 refutes Premillennialism, as the parable says that the tares are to be gathered out of his kingdom
. This implies the kingdom
already exists, and in it there are both kinds of things, tares and wheat. At the end of the world the tares are gathered up, bundled, and burned.
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom
all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
8) Jesus told Christians to watch for the Second Coming, but there would be no need to watch for the Second Coming if it is after the Church wins most of the world to Christ (Postmillennialism). No matter how long the Millennium is there is no need to watch for the Second Coming if the Church must convert the world first.
Dispensationalists say the rapture
comes before the seven year tribulation, which is followed by the millennium. Do they watch for the Second Coming? Or the secret rapture? Or do they look for signs of the great tribulation? Or the rise of the Antichrist? Or a literal temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem? Or the rise in buzzard populations in Palestine? Or threats of an invasion by Russia, Iran, and other Arab nations on the Jewish state? Where did Jesus say to watch for the second coming? Jesus said,
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
The dispensationalists say that this applies to ethnic Jews. They will have to flee, when some sort of abomination appears, presumably in Jerusalem. They expect it to be a portent of something terrible.
But Jesus also said:
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Only very rarely do they mention this verse, in connection with Matthew 24:15. Jesus clearly was not
saying to flee to save your own life, as that would contradict
what he said in Luke 17:33. I suggest that Jesus meant flee to the things that mountains in Scripture represent, the promises of God
. The mountains he meant are symbolic. David said:
Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.
The mountains represent God's righteousness, and Jesus recommends that we seek his kingdom, and his righteousness. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." [Matthew 6:33]
The kingdom of God is a "mountain" that is to fill the earth. In Revelation 20:4, those who are "beheaded" reign with Christ. The kingdom of Christ is everlasting. The Psalmist said, "Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations." [Psalm 145:13]
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Dispensationalists who say that Christ's kingdom is to last for a thousand years misread Revelation 20, where it says the saints who are beheaded
reign with Christ for a thousand years; nowhere does it say that Christ
reigns a thousand years. His reign is depicted as everlasting. A thousand years is a mere "watch in the night" compared to Christ's reign. "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." [Psalm 90:4]
When Jesus said "watch," was he referring to this "watch in the night"? Is it the "thousand years" for which the saints are reigning in their present lives? Indeed, we are said to "sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." [Ephesians 2:6] And we are also warned to watch, as that is equivalent to reigning with Christ! "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up." [Matthew 24:42]
Here are a few more warnings to "watch."
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
1 Peter 4:7
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Dispensationalism misleads people, saying the kingdom is not yet. They put them to sleep! We need to wake up, and watch
, because now
is when we are reigning with Christ. Watch
out that we are not found among the things that offend, tares
that are to be uprooted and destroyed!