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One Resurrection or Two? Scriptures Supporting Amillennialism

Acts 24:15

15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

(A premillennial lens will argue that “a resurrection” could still mean “a resurrection for the just and a separate resurrection for the unjust”, seemingly supported by passages like Revelation 20:4-5, 13. Indeed, the original Greek does not offer indefinite articles like “a” the way the English does. It is more accurate to say people will be raised “by resurrection”, which can be either plural or singular.)

John 5:28-29

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

(Again, here premillennialism will argue this could be pointing to two separate resurrections separated by 1,000+ years. Only one hour is referenced however.)

John 6:39-40

39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

(One resurrection, at the last day. Here our Lord is referring to believers being raised up on the last day.)

John 6:44

No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:54

Whosoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 11:24

24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

(Seems to clearly indicate first-century Jews understood there would be a single resurrection “at the last day”.)

John 12:48

He that rejects me and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Matthew 13:36-43

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

37 He answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

(Here it sure seems the wheat and the tares are divided during one harvest, not two separate harvests. A time separation of 1,000+ years has to be forced into the text.)

Matthew 13:47-50

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

(Again, it seems the good and bad fish are divided during one severing, not two separate events. A time separation of 1,000+ years has to be forced into the text.)

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Hebrews 9:27

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

(That’s one judgment; not one partial judgment and then 1,007+ years later a more complete judgment.)

(2 Peter 2:9, 2 Peter 3:7, 10-13 are excluded from this list as they are most likely referring to the incoming day of the Lord judgment that fell upon Israel and Jerusalem between 66-70 AD. Revelation 20 will be dealt with separately, as it requires additional explanation.)

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Biblical Millennialism (Amillennialism)

Pastor Wagner talks about what he refers to as biblical millennialism, otherwise known as amillennialism. The millennium is a figurative amount of time between the first coming of Christ and the second coming of Christ, where the saints live and reign with Christ as the new Testament local church on this earth in the kingdom of God. Millennialism, end times and the reign of Christ.

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The Amillennial View of the Kingdom of God

The Word of God is rife with references to the kingdom of God (otherwise known as the “kingdom of heaven”), yet do Christians understand what they’re reading? Contrary to the notion that Christ will come back and set up an earthly kingdom for 1,000 years, the Bible seems to point out that the kingdom of God is an internal state of being.

The kingdom of God, in which the saints live and reign with Christ, refers to the local new Testament church on this earth. This kingdom was prophesied in Daniel and Jeremiah:

What prophecies point to the kingdom of God?

Daniel 2:44

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Jeremiah 31:31-34

“Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

“Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, says the Lord:

“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

“And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

When was the kingdom of God inaugurated?

So the kingdom of heaven / kingdom of God, as prophesied in Daniel, was inaugurated in New Testament times at the beginning of the ministries of Jesus Christ and John the Baptist.

Luke 16:16

Jesus said, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.”

Luke 7:29-30

“And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.”

They had been baptized. We then read in

Matthew 21:31-32

“Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

“For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and you, when you had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.”

The kingdom of God is a present reality.

Matthew 4:17

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 12:28

“But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.”

Mark 1:14-15

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel.'”

Luke 22:29-30

“Per Jesus, ‘And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father has appointed unto me; That you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'”

Hebrews 1:2-3

“Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:”

Colossians 1:12-13

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”

What is the nature of the kingdom of God?

We understand the kingdom of God as an internal event; not a physical, earthly kingdom.

Daniel 4:1-3

“Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language that live in all the earth: ‘May your peace abound! It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me. How great are His signs and how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and His dominion is from generation to generation.'”

John 3:3-12

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’

“Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?’

“Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.'”

(Remember His words to Pilate; it is a kingdom not of this earth.)

John 18:36

“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from here.'”

Luke 17:20–21

“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Romans 14:17

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

Here Paul speaks of the kingdom of God being in terms of the regenerative heart in a Christian.

Hebrews 12:28

Per Paul, “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:”

I Corinthians 15:50

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.”

How long will this millennial reign last?

Psalm 110:1

“The Lord said unto my Lord, ‘Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.'”

Psalm 8:6

“Thou made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:”

I Corinthians 15:25

“For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.”

Additional references to the kingdom of God

I Corinthians 6:9-10

“Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Galatians 5:21

“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Ephesians 5:5

“For this you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

I Thessalonians 2:12

“That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you unto his kingdom and glory.”

II Thessalonians 1:5

“Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer:”

Recommended reading

Dunson, Ben. Jun 13, 2015. The Kingdom of God in the Old Testament: The Prophetic Hope. Ligonier Ministries. Retrieved from