December 18, 2011

The Rejected Christ – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Most of our friends in the denominational world have been deceived by preachers who promote Premillennialism, the popular, prevailing doctrine, that Jesus will return to a renovated earth, establish a physical kingdom and reign from Jerusalem for a thousand years.

Most of these preachers acknowledge that God intended to establish this kingdom when Jesus came the first time, as indicated by the prophets and by Jesus himself.

“And Jesus was saying to them, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power,” (Mark 9:1).

But, these preachers tell us God’s plan was not fulfilled. For example, J. Dwight Pentecost said, in his influential book, Things to Come, “The theocratic kingdom offer [was] withdrawn and postponed after the rejection by Israel.” p.456.

When God’s word is distorted, the implications are often not limited to a simple twist. The implications typically go on and on. This invention effectively denies the power of God, the integrity of His Word, the rule of Christ, the time of His kingdom, and the nature of that kingdom. These consequences are clearly seen when we ask the Premillenialists four questions.

(1)   Why did an all knowing, all-powerful God not foreknow and prepare for the Jewish rejection of Christ?

The answer is, He did! The rejection and crucifixion of Christ is the heart of God’s purpose. It is central to the eternal plan of salvation.

This was not a surprise to God. Jesus is the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8; cf. I Peter 1:17-21).

It was not a surprise to God’s prophets. Isaiah foresaw and plainly foretold His rejection hundreds of years before it happened.

“He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him,” (Isaiah 53:3)

(2) If the Jews had the ability to force God to postpone the   reign of Christ once, why not twice?

The answer is, they never had such power!

David foretold that “the people” (Jews) would “take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed [Messiah], saying let us break Their bonds in pieces” (Psalm 2:1-3).

But this foreseen rejection would not deter God’s plan. He promised, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; …He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.” (verses 4-6).

We know that the Lord, through the prophet, is speaking of His Son (verses 7,12). By inspiration, the apostles applied this to the Jews’ rejection, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Acts 4:24-28; 13:33).

(3)   Is not “postponed” prophecy simply failed prophecy?

God did not just prophesy the fact of the coming kingdom, but also the time. Daniel said God would set up His kingdom during the days of the fourth world empire, the Roman Empire (Daniel 2:44), and then declared the prophecy “is certain, and its interpretation is sure” (verse 45). No, this prophesy was not postponed. It was established during the Roman Empire, just as the Lord promised.

(4) If the kingdom is material, why did the Jews reject it, since that is what they wanted?

The truth is, premillenialists reject Christ as King today, for the same reason the Jews did then – they want a material kingdom. But the kingdom of Christ “is not of this world” and it is not defended by armed might (John 18:36). The apostle Paul said, “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,” (Romans 14:17). Jesus said, “…the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:22).

The Jewish rejection of Christ was not a defeat of God’s plan. It was central to His divine plan from eternity. The Lord God’s plan was not overpowered. He laughed at their efforts and set the Christ on His throne as King of kings and Lord of lords (Psalm 2:12). That is not to be some time in the future. He is there now!

“…He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Ephesians 1:20-21)

Adapted from an article by Keith Sharp

 

 

 

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