8 thoughts on “Reformed Prophecy Interpretation Part 11 Amillennial First Resurrection Past”

  1. I’m not sure how this is a valid response to the points I made in previous comments about the first resurrection. It seems like an attempt to change the subject.

    I am aware that verse 7 and beyond is an area where the Amillennialists also have their own interpretation which suits the Amillennial system rather well.

    I recommend further exploring the Amil position to see what some of the key points are and consider what Jesus said about the resurrection of the spiritually dead.

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  2. If I can also add, Revelation 20 does not specify that these souls reigning with Christ are on the earth in resurrected/glorified bodies (unless I am missing something here). It seems completely possible that the souls are in heaven reigning with Christ – which would be consistent with the 1st resurrection being of the spiritual nature.

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    1. Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 
      Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth

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      1. “If I can also add, Revelation 20 does not specify that these souls reigning with Christ are on the earth”
        The point is that they are on the earth!

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  3. I have come out of a dispensational premillennial eschatological view and am searching for the pure Biblical truth on these topics. However, I believe you misrepresent the Amillennial view as well as Sam Storm’s observations.

    I have read Storm’s book “Kingdom Come” and the point he was making is how can physical death continue in the alleged millennium when the New Testament seems to teach that death will be the last enemy destroyed at the 2nd coming of Christ. Furthermore, I believe you are missing the context of 2 Peter 3, which I see no need to force ideas of an earthly millennium into this passage, but the passage is an indication of the Lord’s patience with mankind as he desires all to come to salvation before the judgement. Yet again it could also be another indication that “thousand years” does not necessarily need to be exact and literal.

    Now, I am not convinced the Amillennial view is correct, but I do see major problems with Premillennialism (yes even historical premillennialism) and I would encourage you to do a non-biased comparison of the two.

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    1. I have copied Sam’s comments directly from his own book and online challenge. I really have no need to misrepresent them. Also there are varying Amillennial views, which I neither have any need to misrepresent. I do not need to “force” the millennium into the 2 Peter 3 “day of the Lord” – the later revelation (Rev. 20) requires me to harmonize the earlier texts with it, and they do harmonize effortlessly.

      However the greatest hurdle for me is the first resurrection event. The Amillennialist converts what Jesus termed to “be born again” into the Rev. 20 “first resurrection”. However, every occurrence of a resurrection in the scripture follows a corresponding or prerequisite like death.

      To be born again is not a resurrection, because we were first born in sin, we were never spiritually alive, so never suffered a prerequisite death, and then in Rev. 20 there is no intimation that the prerequisite death of those resurrected was in any way spiritual.

      Lazarus and Jesus bodily died before being bodily resurrected. So it is in Revelation 20: those that take part in the first resurrection are the same who were bodily beheaded, martyred, or otherwise died bodily for Christ. The Revelation 20 First Resurrection only supports a bodily resurrection.

      Thank you for your challenge, I have always endeavored to settle for nothing less than what the most thorough Holy Spirit examination of the scripture may reveal. As it stands now, Amillennialism fails that scrutiny.

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      1. Thanks for the reply. I appreciate your points and see how they fit a consistent literal interpretation. This is important to consider, however I also can see how the Amillennialists argue for the spiritual context as opposed to physical.

        This seems to be valid to me when I consider John 5:24-25 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” – We can see that physical death is not a pre-requisite for a spiritual resurrection here as the Lord states “passed from death to life” and “they shall hear and live”. It can be concluded those who hear and live are already dead in a spiritual sense (total depravity and original sin passed down through Adam).

        Jesus then goes on to refer to what appears to be the physical resurrection in verses 28-29. I struggled with the first and second resurrections in Rev 20 as well, but this chapter in John seemed to explain it. Of course I am open to wherever the scriptures lead, but this explanation has made the most sense to me thus far.

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      2. I have another challenge to your Millennial Day Premillenial theory. When you say that each resurrection has death as a prerequisite, how do you explain the second death and second resurrection?

        Let us assume the first death is physical death, and the first resurrection is the resurrection of the saints. Revelation 2:11 and Revelation 21:8 seem very clear that the second death is the eternal state of damnation. What then is the prerequisite of the second resurrection, or would you argue that the first death is a prerequisite for both resurrections?

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