“For I will give the command, and I will shake the house of Israel among all the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground. All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, “Disaster will not overtake us.” (Amos 9:9-10 NIV)
If we are to understand each other, we need to define our terms the same way. I define Amillennialism as the end-times view that utilizes allegory or symbolism to explain Bible prophecy. (In the Greek, the “A” negates what follows, so A-millennial means “without” a millennium or “no” thousand years.) So, when Revelation 20:4-6 clearly states that in the next age Christ will rule for 1000 years, Amillennialists argue against Christ’s coming kingdom as a literal future event. To their esteemed scholars, I ask , “What if you are wrong?”
Who am I to ask such a question? I realize I am addressing some of the most brilliant theological minds on the planet. In the past, I studied under a few of them. They argue “transubstantiation vs. consubstantiation” and speak of “supralapsarianism” as if it were a common topic. Intellectually, these teachers of the Sovereignty of God are unsurpassed. Their roots are in the reformers of the 16th century who declared “Sola Scriptura” (only Scripture has authority).
Millions of Christians listen regularly to Amillennialist teachers and pastors that deny God will do what he said. They fervently reject God’s solemn promise to David that he will forever have a descendant enthroned over the house of Israel (2 Samuel 7:16, 2 Chronicles 6:10, 15, Acts 1:6). Do these promoters of the doctrine that God has “replaced” the house of Israel with the Church, dare charge the Sovereign Lord with speaking falsely? Do they think they can state with impunity that God lies or changes his mind? “Does he [the Lord] speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19NIV)
If the Lord Jesus declared “I am coming soon!” three times within the last fifteen verses of Scripture, will he not do what he said?
Teachers of prophecy should always ask themselves: “What if I’m wrong?” Those in the Amillennial camp–or Pre-tribulation Rapture (PTR) camp–contend that no disaster or great tribulation will overtake them.
Speaking through the prophet Amos (above), the Lord called the “disaster deniers” sinners. If they are wrong, according to Scripture, then the sword will devour them.
I say to believers everywhere: “Prepare for an imminent catastrophic turn of events, a time that will try the souls of men.” If I am wrong, it is because I take God at his word. I can live with the consequences of believing the Word of God. Some very smart people may have to die as a consequence for not believing their Bible.