Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The flaw in amillennialism

Amillennialism makes sense on a whole lot of levels.

The idea that the church age, the age of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised to send, is the Millennium during which the Lord reigns in victory . . . this idea works.  It's simple, it follows, it's cohesive on nearly every level.  Jesus came, triumphed at the cross, and now reigns in victory with the saints who are seated with Him in the heavenlies--this is all perfectly in accord with scripture.  Believers who die in this present age are immediately with Jesus, reigning until the coming of the New Heaven and the New Earth.  The Holy Spirit is loosed in the world, illuminating truth, convicting and teaching in ways unprecedented throughout history.  The church has access to the full power of God through His Spirit.  The age of the church is the age of the Holy Spirit, which is a triumphant time of God's power going out.  It makes so much sense.

Except for Revelation 20:3 --
"He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended . . ." (NIV)

As far as I can tell, Satan is still effectively deceiving lots of people.

Is "deceiving the nations" any different from deceiving individuals?

Is there any way we could think that nations are not deceived in this present age?

I'm thinking about this because I am so sick of the way the enemy lies, and people believe the lies.  I'm sick to death of truth being hidden.  Yet, the truth is hidden.  People have to seek it.  People have to want it.

It is a cold, rainy May day, and these are not my favorite thoughts.