The Future Work of Christ Part IV: The Millennial Kingdom and the Eternal State -- By: John F. Walvoord

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 123:492 (Oct 1966)
Article: The Future Work of Christ Part IV: The Millennial Kingdom and the Eternal State
Author: John F. Walvoord


The Future Work of Christ
Part IV:
The Millennial Kingdom and the Eternal State

John F. Walvoord

Major Features of the Millennial Kingdom

An earthly kingdom. The premillennial interpretation of the reign of Christ holds that He will reign on earth for one thousand years after His second advent. This is in contrast to the amillennial view which identifies the millennium with the present church age or the intermediate state, and the postmillennial view which views the kingdom as also in the present age and climaxing with the second advent. If the premillennial interpretation is correct and we can understand the Scriptures relating to this kingdom in their normal literal sense, a panorama is unfolded in both the Old and New Testaments which gives us many details of this reign of Christ on earth. Its general characteristics are unfolded in such passages as Isaiah 2:1–4; Isaiah 11; Psalm 72; Jeremiah 23:5–8; 31:31–40; Ezekiel 37; Daniel 2:44–45; 7:13–14; Micah 4:1–8; 5:2–5; Zechariah 14. The outstanding New Testament passage is Revelation 20.

Christ as supreme Ruler of the millennial kingdom. According to Psalm 2:6, God will fulfill His purpose of setting His Son on the throne over the earth, “Yet I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” As king over all the earth, Christ will fulfill hundreds of prophecies that anticipate such a situation.

The Scriptures present Christ in His first coming as a king (Luke 1:32–33; Matt 1:1; 21:1–11). It was in His offer

to Israel as their king that He was rejected (Mark 15:12–13; Luke 19:14). Even His cross bore the inscription that He was the King of the Jews (Matt 27:37). When He returns to the earth in His second coming, He obviously will be coming as King (Rev 19:16

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