Thursday, January 22, 2015

The U-Tube Prophesy Initiative by Dennis Woods Part 2

Thus, this particular YouTube category is a strategic battlefield where many of the dispensational, Premillennials can be engaged, challenged and won to an optimistic, perspective.   With the wane of Premillennialism, other Dispensational assumptions may also be called into question like a row of falling dominoes.

This is where the Dispies hang out.  Many of these first-page videos have huge viewership.  A few of our selections have over 2-1/2 million views.  Not surprising, because books about Bible prophecy are the largest category of books sold in the Christian market.  Dispensationalists like to point out that about ¼ (26.8%) of the Bible is prophecy (4).

Thus, it is a great recruiting ground, that is for the most part being left unplowed.  Postmillennialists have yet to appear on the field.  We can no longer afford to ignore this opportunity.  Starting from the Premill’s point of interest in the prophetic Scripture, the discussion/debate can be easily expanded to encompass various aspects of covenant, cultural application. 

To get the ball rolling The YouTube Prophecy Initiative entered a postmillennial response to 40 key videos during the months of October and November, 2014 under the username “AntiFederalist.” 

After two months we tallied the response and found that a substantial number remained near the top of the comment pile for a surprisingly long time.  Here are the metrics for the first 33, when they had been posted between one and nine weeks during Phase I:

  • Sixteen of 33 posts were still in the top 7 screens,
  • But 9 of 33 had been removed,
  • That left 5 further than 7 screens down, most in the 7-20 screen range,
  • Seven of 33 had received unsolicited replies.
We discovered that the videos fall into a  handful of categories based on the structure of the Premillennial model.  The general topics include: 

  • End-Time Preachers:  Hagee, Martin, Lahaye,  MacArthur, Lindsey, Haller, Anderson, Van Impe, Wilkerson, Randolph,
  • End-Time Movies:  Left Behind, The Remaining,
  • End-Time Characters:  AntiChrist, Beast, Abomination of Desolation, Nephilim
  • End-Time Timeline:    Prophecy, Bible prophecy, Rapture, Great Tribulation, Second Coming, Israel. 
  • End-Time Signs:  Dispensationalism,  Premillennialism,
Ideally, comments should be relatively short, but we’ve succumbed to the temptation to enter longer, article-length posts.  The advantage of these new posts is that they remain visible to the casual scanner, not buried in the 2nd tier of interaction, although that interchange is definitely needed also.  We have given most of them a provocative, ALL-CAPS headline in the upper left corner. Things like;

·         MOVIE REVIEW:

All readers are invited to join Phase II of  The YouTube Prophecy Initiative. The next phase is to
engage specific comments near the top of the list for each video in order to stimulate an interaction.  This may seem daunting at first, but after jumping in you may  find it somewhat addictive.  You may choose to support an interaction already underway.  You’ll probably begin to feel that you MUST do battle with this avalanche of false doctrine that is crippling the church.   It makes a great activity for Sunday afternoon or an evening.

Scan the following list of YouTube videos and choose a few of special interest to you.  Simply copy and paste the title into the YouTube search box and you will be taken instantly to the video.  Comments appear directly below, where you can scan the first several screens for a debate in progress or start one of your own by simply responding to some Premillennial comment near the top of the pile.
65 Selected Premillenial Video Title Listings
End-Time Preachers:  Hagee, Martin, Lahaye,  MacArthur,
Lindsey, Haller, Anderson, Van Impe, Wilkerson, Randolph:

David Wilkerson’s last sermon on the last days
Glenn Beck & John Hagee End Time Bible Prophecies      
Hagee Hotline:  John Hagee on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine (March 4, 2014)
4 Blood Moons by John Hagee (9/27/2014)
Pastor Hagee:  Crisis in Ukraine is Beginning of the End of the World
The End Times: Ten Upcoming Events in Bible Prophecy - Charlie Campbell [Removed]
Dr. Walter Martin: The Tribulation & the Church, PT 1 of 6
Pastor Anderson Reveals Pre-Trib Rapture Deception
Hal Lindsey – The Rapture
Pastor Steven Anderson "The Book of Revelation: Chapter 1 of 22"
TBN Praise the Lord With Tim LaHaye, Irvin Baxter, and Rick Joyner
The End of the World – Revelation 1....Stephen Anderson
Larry Randolph Prophetic Word From Voice of the Prophets
Jack Van Impe – Was Isis Prophesied For End of Days?
Why Every Calvinist Should Be a Premillennialist - John MacArthur
Chuck Missler - Biblical UFO's and the Coming Deception
Dave Hunt – Last Days Bible Prophecy:  all nations against Israel 

End-Time Movies:  Left Behind, The Remaining:

Left Behind Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Nicolas Cage Movie HD [apparently removed]
Left Behind Official Trailer (2013) Nicolas Cage, Thriller HD
The Remaining Official Trailer 1 (2014) – Alexa Vega Horror Movie HD
The Remaining Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Alexa Vega Horror Movie HD
Left Behind - Official First Clip (2014) Nicolas Cage Movie HD [Removed]
Left Behind 2014 Official Trailer + Trailer Review – Nicholas Cage:  Beyond the Trailer
The End Times – Entire Movie
After the Tribulation- The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Fraud Exposed Official Movie

End-Time Characters:  AntiChrist, Beast,

Abomination of Desolation, Nephilim:

Book Of Daniel: 7 HEADS, 10 HORNS PROPHECY Fullfilled NOW~!!
Abomination of Desolation Finally revealed

The Antichrist:  End of the World [Removed]
America In Bible Prophecy – Second Beast of Revelation 13
Who is the Beast In the Book of Revelation?
Come Out Of Her, My People!
An Urgent Prophetic Warning – Suzette’s Dream
Nephilim Giants Prophesied Date of Return
Nephilim:  True Story of Satan, Fallen Angels, Giants, Aliens, Hybrids, Elongated Skulls & Nephilim
Identity of the Antichrist Revealed
The Name of the AntiChrist 666
Is the Antichrist alive today?
America In Bible Prophecy | Satan’s Global Liaison
End-time biblical signs and beginning of sorrows: July – August 2014

End-Time Timeline:    Prophecy, Bible prophecy,
Rapture, Great Tribulation, Second Coming, Israel:

Dispensational Premillennial Timeline
719 Settling the Pre, Mid and Post Tribulation Controversy Part 1
Pretrib Rapture Lie Put the Church to Sleep
Documentary Explaining End Times – What The Bible Has To Say
Israel Invades Gaza – Bible Prophecy Reveals Coming Devastation
It’s All Part of the Plan:  2016 – The Great Tribulation
Israel Fulfilling Bible Prophecy
Armageddon Countdown – Pastor Doug Batchelor
26 Prophetic Events In Exact Sequence Before Christ’s Return
John MacArthur - Daniel 9 (interpreting Bible prophecy literally)
The Rapture John MacArthur
Great signs Part 1 Will Tribulation begin 2015, 2016, 2017

End-Time Signs:  Dispensationalism,  Premillennislism:

The Veil is Lifting in all Realms - prophetic events September 2014 (timeline)
2014 Breaking News CMM Bible prophecy current events last days news [removed]
October 2014 Breaking News The final hour Last Days End Time Prophecy Update
Bible Prophecy Is Happening Now – 2014-2015
Earth changing end time signs and events 2014-2015 prophecy has begun
Signs of The End of the world 2013 MUST SEE!!!
Endtime biblical signs and beginning of sorrows – February 2013
The beginning of sorrows- MAJOR WORLD EVENT HAPPENING NOW 2014
Forum on the Millennialium
The Master Key to Bible Prophecy
40 Signs Jesus Is Coming
End-time biblical signs and beginning of sorrows: July – August 2014

These videos were selected on the basis of three primary criteria:  1) 1st page YouTube, 2) relatively large number of views, and 3) relatively small number of comments.  There are currently very few Postmillennial comments under any of these videos. 

As few as 10-20 Postmillennial advocates could dominate the first-page debate on key YouTube videos in the key prophetic categories.  They would stand out like a beacon in the sea of Premillennial disinformation.  These video sites can become a hotbed of Premillennial / Postmillennial debate.    

This can be done with surprisingly little effort.  20 people devoting 15-30 minutes a week to these posts could have a dramatic effect.  The impact is exponential because they will reinforce each other’s comments and help out on difficult questions.  Plus, it seems that  active or lengthy interaction gets pushed higher in the stream of comments or stays higher longer and is less likely to be deleted. 

Rules of Engagement
  • Try to keep posts short, about 2 or 3 paragraphs.  Short also has the advantage of forcing your readers to focus on a single topic.  If you present 3-4 ideas, they can choose to focus on one and ignore the rest.  Better to come back later with other points.
  • Be polite and respectful, even when provoked.  If somebody starts name calling, it’s usually best to just point out “tsk, tsk…an ad hominem attack.  If you don’t have a good argument you can always fall back on name-calling.”  Constantly ask yourself, “Am I in help mode or in attack mode?”
  • We don’t have to be churlish when the truth is so obviously on our side.  All we have to do is state the truth and ask a question.  Questions are good.  Here’s an example:
OK, you are saying the Great Tribulation is in our future.  The big question is:  Does the Bible place the Great Tribulation in OUR future?

Could you please look at Luke 21:36 - Jesus concluding statement in the Olivette Discourse -- and tell me if you agree or disagree with this observation:

Jesus told the 12 apostles to pray that THEY could escape all the events of the Olivette Discourse He had just enumerated, therefore these events (including the Great Tribulation (Lk 21:22 = Mt 24:21) all occurred during the lifetime of the 12 apostles in the 1st Century.  Would you agree or disagree?

 Luke 21:36 in New ASV reads:  "But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

  • After you feel comfortable in the pool of 65 selected videos feel free to branch out on your own into a few other premillennial video sites not listed.  Once you’ve elicited some response invite others to join you.
  • Sometimes a more aggressive than usual post can provoke some good interaction, as long as it is directed to the Premillennial theory in general and not to an individual. For example….
The pervading spirit of this video is that of the 10 spies who brought back an evil report to Moses.  Woe is us -- it's the beginning of sorrows.  Stop whining -- that was before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple (Lk 21:36) -- 2000 years ago.  The Bible promises that in "the last days" before the 2nd Coming the nations  "will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks" (Is 2:1-4).  The "last days"  IS before the 2nd Coming.

But this movie is all about doom & gloom, the giants are too big and the walls are too high.  Is it any wonder that God is bringing judgment on this generation of faithless Christians who strip Him of his Kingship until some indefinite point in the future and refuse His Great Commission.  As if the all-powerful Christ is incapable of seeing to it that most of the nations are discipled, not destroyed.

  • Always conclude every post with a statement like:  For more information read “Last Days Madness” by Gary DeMar, “The Beast of Revelation” by Ken Gentry, and “Paradise Restored” by David Chilton.   Or substitute your favorites.
  • Be on the lookout for opportunities to minister to spiritual need.  For example….
DogLover705 AJ  “I am a child, and I am not religious  will I be taken and redeemed if I ask jesus and god into my heart, my parents also refuse to take me to church, someone help me”

“Yes, Jesus said that everybody must humble themselves and have the faith of a child to receive the kingdom of heaven.  Paul the apostle said that, ‘whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’  The wages of sin is death and Hell.  Pray to Him in faith believing that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins so you don’t have to go to Hell when you die.  At that moment God the judge will declare you not guilty.  Then read the Bible as though it was a letter to you form God your Father.  There are other friendly people on this site to talk to and answer your questions.  God bless you.


Postmillennialism can recover its former prominence in the prophetic world by concentrating as many supporters as possible in online discussion and criticism of key Premillennial videos.  Premillennialism must be debunked before Christians will acknowledge Christ as de facto King in the present age.  Rather than expending a lot of effort debating obscure points of eschatology, we should focus on posing Van Tillian type challenges.  Such questions challenge the autonomy of the Premillennialist for denying rationality and twisting the Word of God.
  • Jesus said “all these things will shortly take place in Luke 21: 32-36?”  On what authority are you contradicting the sworn testimony of the Son of God?
  • John told the 7 churches to whom he wrote his Revelation letter to “count the number of the Beast…666.”  How were they supposed to count the number of the Beast if he wasn’t alive in the 1st Century?  Why are you ignoring the historical context?
  • John said that Jesus is “the ruler of the kings of the earth” and that “He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father.”  On what authority are you denying that Christ is King in the present age?
  • John told his first readers that he was writing of things that “must shortly come to pass…for the time is near.” (Rev 1:1-4).  If somebody told you that they were going to stop by your place in the near future, would you take that to mean 2,000+ years from now?  Why are you rejecting a literal interpretation of this clear time marker?
  • The Parables of the mustard seed and the leaven state clearly that the kingdom is growing gradually to fill the whole world.  On what authority are you denying the veracity of Jesus’ parables?

Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able to overcome them. (Numbers 13)

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(1) (from Edwards, NY 1957) in July 1996 by John R. Lenz for the Bertrand Russell Society.
(2) Trout & Ries (McGraw-Hill Book Company:  New York, St. Louis, San Francisco, Auckland, Bogota, Hamburg, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Mexico, Montreal, New Delhi, Panama, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, 1986) p. 159.
(3) Cyrus I. Scofield, The Scofield Bible Correspondence School, Course of Study (7th ed., 3 vols.; no place or publisher given), pp. 45—46 (as cited by Vern S. Poythress, Understanding Dispensationalists [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1987], p. 24).
(4) (Dispensationalism Today [Chicago, IL:  Moody press, 1965],p.86).
(5) Charles C. Ryrie, The Living End:  Enlightening and Astonishing Disclosures about the Coming Last Days of Earth (Old Tappan, NJ:  G. Putnam’s Sons, 1970)
(6) (Wikipedia)
(7) Charles L. Feinberg, Premillennialism or Amillennialism, p. 51.
(8) Floyd E. Hamilton, the Basis of Millennial Faith, pp. 38-39.
(9) Quoted by
(10) “The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy” by J. Barton Payne, Quoted by

Monday, January 12, 2015

The U-Tube Prophesy Initiative by Dennis Woods

Part One

The frenzy of prophetic speculation has now escalated to the point that most Premillenialists don’t even recognize that the word “Postmillennial” even exists -- let alone grasp the concept. 

Postmillenialism is so marginalized in the Evangelical mind that it is usually simply ignored in any popular discussion of eschatology.  If mentioned, it is typically dismissed out of hand as spiritualizing and allegorizing the Bible or as a now-defunct intellectual curiosity.

For example consider this introduction to the “Prophecy and End Times” category at provides a rich variety of end-times interpretations from the prophecies of both the Old and the New Testaments. Whether focused on Israel, the Millennium, or the Messiah, or whether you hold to a post-trib, mid-trib, or pre-tribulation viewpoint, our scholarly resources on pre-millennialism, a-millennialism, the rapture, and the Second Coming are developed by respected writers in the field of eschatology and are always available at discounted prices.

Did you notice anything missing on that list?  The dictionary definition of “marginalize” is “make or treat as insignificant.”  There is no excuse for this in today’s world of internet marketing and social media.

Obviously, as far as is concerned, Postmillennialism doesn’t even register on the eschatological radar screen.  Postmillennialists have allowed this situation to develop when it could be easily remedied with a little focused effort.  We must “take the battle to the enemy.”  But how?  This paper presents a practical solution known as “The YouTube Prophecy Initiative,” now underway.
The Premillennial Video Onslaught 
The number of Premillennial videos on YouTube is legion.  Our senses are overwhelmed by the raw power and sheer magnitude of the visual display.  One thing you can’t fault Premillennialists for is lack of creative imagination.  At heart they love good fiction delivered with flair.  The theologically naïve are easily taken in by this stunning display. 
Most follow the same basic storyline.  First, string together a collection of dramatic news clips, featuring catastrophic events in a specific genre.  Alternate between shots of the raw event in its natural setting and news anchors glibly announcing it in studio.  Among the favorites are the following:

·          Earthquakes & tsunamis

·          Dying birds & whales,

·          Volcanic eruptions & disease,

·          Nephilim, blood-moons & UFOs,

·          Attacks on poor, innocent, defenseless Israel,

·          Mad Putin, Ukraine, and intransigent Iran.

Several sub-genres may be intermingled as long as they support a single apocalyptic theme.  Accentuate this theme with a dark, ominous sound track.  Evoking a foreboding mood is critical to the success of the video.  The volume and tempo should accelerate slightly as the end approaches.

Next, overlay these images with prophetic scriptures taken out of context from Revelation or the Olivette Discourse.  These can be overdone, so they must appear on the screen at intervals to reinforce and drive home a particularly emotional image.  Some of the favorites include,

  • “…then there will be Great Tribulation… (Mt. 24:21),
  • “…wars and rumors of wars…for nation shall rise against nation…and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes…” (Mt. 24:7)
  • “But all these things are merely the beginning of sorrows.” (Mt. 24:8)
  • “And I saw a Beast coming up out of the sea…. (Rev. 13:1)
  • “…Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast…666” (Mt. 13:18)

    There are others, but these are the work-horses in the Premillennial video arsenal.  Anything that reinforces the aura of impending calamity, impotence in the face of evil, and the inevitability of Christian, cultural defeat may be used to good effect.   Premillennialists are the modern-day “ten spies” who gave Moses an evil report regarding the Promised Land (Num. 13:28).
One prophetic passage you won’t see is Deuteronomy 28, which predicts the cultural implications of disobedience to the law of God.  You’ll never catch a Premillennial Dispensationalist looking inward to blame his own theological rejection of the law of God.   He is much less interested in that kind of Biblical prophecy, when he can project his sense of guilt onto the fictional AntiChrist.  AntiChrist resembles the Old Testament  Judas Goat.  Besides, Deuteronomy 28 strikes too close to the ultimate Premillennial sacred cow – the modern nation-state of Pharisaic Israel.

This is the enemy’s ultimate psy-op.  They have convinced the church that cultural defeat in time and history are inevitable.  They have made losing for Jesus Biblically fashionable and trendy.

Once the viewer is sufficiently numb, mesmerized, and near to being scared out of his wits, the video will proceed to the concluding gospel message – the altar call.  This is of course the most important segment of the video and some of these are delivered with genuine clarity and power.

Futurists like to point to the power of fulfilled prophecy for reinforcing the gospel message.  So far, so good.  But they then proceed on the assumption that their sensational prognostications of future fulfillment hold the same power.  This is a non sequitor – it does not follow.  The internet, specifically YouTube, has given us a potent arena in which to respond and disarm all of this deception. 

Gaps In the Premillennial Armor

What the Premillennialist fails to realize is the incongruity between the introductory and concluding segments of their presentation.  They are convinced that the introduction powerfully supports the conclusion, not realizing the extent to which the introduction actually detracts from and undermines the gospel message.  Comments like this are typical under the videos and represent one of our most potent arguments against Premillennialism:

  • Little Lavis (8 months ago):  “We'll guess what I'm from the future 2014 and we didn't die so yeah In yo face”

  • Wetterwille173 (1 month ago):  “It's fun to watch all this videos for the past year. It makes you a little sceptic about videos of the present year.”

  • Cagabolsa (10 months ago):  “Oh, so now it´s 2013?  Soon you´ll have to remake your video and scare everyone about 2014 or 2015 or 2016.”

    It’s not just the naïve and marginally educated who react this way.  The notorious  20th Century skeptic, Bertrand Russel pointed to this very issue  as one reason for his unbelief in the 1927 essay, “Why I Am Not A Christian”:

    I am concerned with Christ as He appears in the Gospels, taking the Gospel narrative as it stands, and there one does find some things that do not seem to be very wise. For one thing, he certainly thought that His second coming would occur in clouds of glory before the death of all the people who were living at that time. There are a great many texts that prove that. He says, for instance, "Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of Man be come." Then he says, "There are some standing here which shall not taste death till the Son of Man comes into His kingdom"; and there are a lot of places where it is quite clear that He believed that His second coming would happen during the lifetime of many then living. That was the belief of His earlier followers, and it was the basis of a good deal of His moral teaching. … In that respect, clearly He was not so wise as some other people have been, and He was certainly not superlatively wise.  (1)

The postmillennial perspective on the Coming of Christ in judgment on national Israel in 70 A.D. eliminates all of these objections.  Our views on eschatology may not be a core test for defining Christian fellowship, but as we have seen these views are far from  inconsequential.  Premillennialism is, in fact, an attack on the Kingship of the Messiah.

The unavoidable implication of the Premillennial view of the post-tribulation,
millennial reign of Christ is that it denies the kingship of Christ in the present, so-called church age.  If you deny the King, you must deny His law and the tragedy of that denial is now unfolding rapidly around us.  No matter how well-intentioned Premillennialism may be, the cultural fallout is catastrophic.  It is a case study in self-fulfilling prophecy.

The unraveling of any society is the direct result of that society’s denying the law of the King and has nothing to do with an alleged coming Antichrist and Great Tribulation.  The Bible tells us that Christ is “Prophet, Priest and King.”  Is the denial of His Kingly station any less serious than denial of His priestly station in the gospel?   Was not Melchizedek both priest and king of Salem?

Matthew quoted Isaiah 42 extensively to demonstrate that the kingdom fulfilled in the 1st Advent of Christ included “justice to the Gentiles” (Mt. 12;18-21).  Those two words are included twice in that passage.  They indicate that the gospel of the kingdom has cultural implications emanating from and extending beyond the so-called Four Spiritual Laws.  Premillennialism ignores all of this and refuses to go on to the meat of God’s Word.

As noted above, most Premillennialists react to any accidental exposure to snippets of postmillennial theology like a cat reacts to water.  They may initially register mild or bemused curiosity.  The safest response is to cock your head and simply pretend you didn’t hear or read what you just heard or read.  They may bat at the concept briefly like a ball-of-string, examine it momentarily from several perspectives before tossing it carelessly aside.

Others respond like water poured on the Witch of the East (or the cat) – complete meltdown.  More than likely you will experience a hostile verbal response.

This prevailing ignorance makes it unlikely that the typical Premillennialist will ever pick up one of the numerous Postmillennial books now in print.  Most are simply too preoccupied with the only prophetic debate of significance to them.

The only real controversy that exists in the world of the Premillennial is the raging debate between pre-tribulation and post-tribulation rapture   The minority post-tribbers battle quixotically against the dominant pre-tribbers, whom they perceive to be luring the church to a false sense of security and apathy.  This of course is true, but it is the pot calling the kettle black.  The amount of time and money wasted on this imaginary issue is scandalous.

Both sides are hypnotized by the Schofield / Lindsey / LaHaye trance and are not easily aroused to a state of Biblical sentience.  To return to the cat illustration they are born-again, but their eyes remain closed.  They don’t usually grope their way to us.  We must somehow go to them in the Areopagus of the internet.

We need to mass our limited personnel at some critical point.  Will you enlist in the battle to restore modern America under the Kingship of Christ?   That cannot happen as long as the Premillennial doctrine reigns in His place, denying His Kingly authority.  It must be exposed for the fraud that it is. 

Some New Thing

The Premillennial layman is always “looking for some new thing” – for a sign (Acts 17:21).  Jesus said that “An evil generation seeks for a sign…” (Mt. 16:4).  One comment complained that “this video is over a year old.  Don’t you have anything new to offer.”  They want their prophetic speculations to be up-to-date with current events, or else.  Thus the attraction of key words like “Prophecy In The News” and a popular program of the same name.

The silver lining here is that this gives us a distinct advantage.  As noted above, Postmillennialism is definitely a “new thing” to the mind of many lay Premillennialists.  So why not appeal to their hyperactive curiosity?

For example, one response to the fledgling YouTube Prophecy Initiative was, “I never heard about this before, can you recommend some material for me to read.”  For every written response there are probably 10 others thinking the same thing, who don’t take the time to comment.  This is like shooting fish in a barrel.

Thus, a concerted effort by numerous bloggers on Premill video sites could convey the impression that post-millennialism is the up-and-coming movement – definitely the latest “new thing.”  Remember the words of Moses, “…five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred  of you will chase ten thousand..…”  (Lev. 26:8)

One of the key principles of guerilla / marketing warfare is to identify the weakness inherent in the leader’s strength and attack in such a way that he cannot defend.  Launch the attack on as narrow a front as possible.  For example, Scope attacked the original Listerine as “medicine breath” and cut heavily into their market share.  In like manner, Burger King attacked McDonald’s assembly line approach, with “have it your way” (2).

In the field of Eschatology we have identified a number of strategic weaknesses in the prevailing eschatology of the day.    The Top Ten spiritual abnormalities of Premillennialism include…..

  1. Preaches literalism, but practices imaginative speculation,
  2. Abandons literalism with regard to clear prophetic time markers,
  3. Ignores the principle of historical context, AKA occasionalism,
  4. Denies that Christ is King of kings in the present age,
  5. Ignores the prophecies of gradual kingdom growth in the present age,
  6. The omnipotent Christ is impotent to successfully finish His Great Commission,
  7. Hundreds, if not thousands, of false prophecies over 2,000+ years,
  8. Interprets poetry literally with absurd conclusions; ignores O.T. symbolism,
  9. Denies Bible law -- craves signs, when prophecy purposes to restore obedience,
  10. Spiritual hypochondria – no generation has ever had it so bad as poor us.

Premillennialism claims that its defining feature is the principle of literal interpretation:


“…Not one instance exists of a ‘spiritual’ or figurative fulfillment of prophecy. . . Jerusalem is always Jerusalem, Israel always Israel, Zion always Zion . . . Prophecies may never be spiritualized, but are always literal. (3)

“Dispensationalists claim that their principle of hermeneutics is that of literal interpretation.  This means interpretation which gives to every word the same meaning it would have in normal usage, whether employed in writing speaking or thinking” (4)

“How do we make sense out of all those beasts and thrones and horsemen and huge numbers like 200 million?  Answer:  Take it at face value.” (5)

“Premillennialism is based upon a literal interpretation of Revelation 20:1–6 in the New Testament, which describes Jesus' coming to the earth and subsequent reign at the end of an apocalyptic period of tribulation.” (6)

“…it can be shown that the reason the early church was Premillennial was traceable to its interpretation of the Word in a literal manner…” (7)

“Now we must frankly admit that a literal interpretation of the Old Testament prophecies gives us just such a picture of an earthly reign of the Messiah as the Premillennialist pictures….” (8)


Thus, any failure of Premillennialism to practice principles of literal Biblical interpretation is an indictment of the theory.   The most effective strategy is to:

Point out the specific abnormality or misinterpretation and then ask the person why they are not applying the appropriate Biblical principle of interpretation, either:

1) failing to interpret Biblical poetry according to the Old Testament system of symbolism, or (You don’t believe in interpreting poetry literally, do you?)

2) failing to interpret Biblical prose using the plain, normal, usual, literal meaning of the words. (Doesn’t Premillennialism teach a literal interpretation of the Bible?)

Premillennialism has no adequate defense against this approach.
Its adherents hypocritically practice that for which they condemn their opponents.  They habitually allegorize the literal, prose parts of Scripture, while interpreting the poetic parts with a wooden literalism.  The result is a theory antithetical to Biblical truth.  Premillennialism is a paper tiger that thrives on the promise of an “easy-out” and crystal-ball eschatology.  Its demise is inevitable if anybody ever gets down to challenging it in the trenches.

Spurgeon said “It would be easy to show that at our present rate of progress the kingdoms of this world never could become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. Indeed, many in the Church are giving up the idea of it except on the occasion of the advent of Christ, which, as it chimes in with our own idleness, is likely to be a popular doctrine. I myself believe that King Jesus will reign, and the idols be utterly abolished. The Holy Ghost would never suffer the imputation to rest upon His holy name that He was not able to convert the world.” -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)  (3). 

Next Week: Part Two


(1) (from Edwards, NY 1957) in July 1996 by John R. Lenz for the Bertrand Russell Society.
(2) Trout & Ries (McGraw-Hill Book Company:  New York, St. Louis, San Francisco, Auckland, Bogota, Hamburg, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Mexico, Montreal, New Delhi, Panama, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, 1986) p. 159.
(3) Cyrus I. Scofield, The Scofield Bible Correspondence School, Course of Study (7th ed., 3 vols.; no place or publisher given), pp. 45—46 (as cited by Vern S. Poythress, Understanding Dispensationalists [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1987], p. 24).
(4) (Dispensationalism Today [Chicago, IL:  Moody press, 1965],p.86).
(5) Charles C. Ryrie, The Living End:  Enlightening and Astonishing Disclosures about the Coming Last Days of Earth (Old Tappan, NJ:  G. Putnam’s Sons, 1970)
(6) (Wikipedia)
(7) Charles L. Feinberg, Premillennialism or Amillennialism, p. 51.
(8) Floyd E. Hamilton, the Basis of Millennial Faith, pp. 38-39.
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(10) “The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy” by J. Barton Payne, Quoted by

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