MODULE 12 - MILLENNIALISM AND MISDIRECTION
(Shared Module - Foundations and Kingdom Harvesters)
Welcome to week 12 class!
For the disciple-servant to gain a knowledge of what the Bible refers to as “the last days”, “latter days”, “times of the end” (or “end times”); and the seduction, subversion, and apostasy that mark them
Things to do on this week:
-Reading Assignment: 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; Matthew , Ch. 24; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation, Ch.13; Revelation 16: 12-16; Matthew 7:15-23; 2
-Read “Avoiding Delusion in A Post-Truth World”, which I did several years ago for a Bible-Study( through at least the first section- around page 7).
-Watch this week’s videos: “ Millennialism” and “ Misdirection”
-Read “ Final thoughts” on this week’s lesson. [ My apologies. My summaries/final thoughts, etc. don’t always follow the conventional rules for writing-with a
thesis/theme, main idea, body, and conclusion tied to the theme. They usually are a longer version of my “Points to Remember”. Last week’s “Come, Let Us
Reason together” was written late at night and broke a lot of rules of writing; but my focus was on the substance; and I had to title it for my system; but I
wince now at the actual structure. Focus on the points. ].
-Answer this week’s questions; and submit the answers by 12 Noon, EDT, on Monday, June 14th, 2021.
Sandra Thomas Brown
Eschatology is the theological study of last things-of history, nations, judgments, etc. The main points that I want you to grasp about it for the purposes of this lesson, and these classes overall, is that there are certain events that the Word of God sets forth will happen in “ the last days”. Some of the major, most important events will be : (1) The “Catching Away” of the Church to Heaven ( aka “ The Rapture”); (2) The 3.5 years-long Tribulation Period; (3) The 3.5 years-long Great Tribulation Period; (4) The Revelation of the Antichrist ( or “ The Man of Sin”: the great deceiver, and the antithesis of Christ, the true Messiah, and personification of Truth);( 5) The Battle of Armageddon; (6) Christ’s Second-Advent/Return at Armageddon, and His defeat of the Antichrist and His, Israel’s, and the church’s other enemies there; (7) Christ’s Millennial ( thousand-year) Reign; (8) Christians at Christ’s Judgment Seat; (9) The Great White Throne Judgment of Unbelievers, etc. We do not know the timeline and the correct sequence for [all] of these and other events, such as the “ Seals” and “Vials” judgments; but they will occur.
As we have been studying, the run up to these events will be marked by false Christ's, false prophets, delusion , and apostasy ( or a “ falling away” from the faith by many). Due to economic woes, political turmoil, disasters, plagues, and more, many people will “…Turn away their ears from the truth, and be turned to fables” ( 2 Tim.4:4). “Fables” , from the Greek word “mythos”, means “ fiction”; “ invention”; and “ falsehood”, in this verse. Many people today, including some in the Body of Christ, have given themselves over to, and are driven by, lies and conspiracy theories. Straying from truth and reality leads to subversion.
I am struck by the fact that the early church lived under very difficult circumstances. Jewish believers lived under Roman rule at home. As many Jews today, whether Christians or not, they faced Anti-Semitism and hostility, with them even being expelled from Rome. All Christians of that day were inundated with many cultural beliefs and practices that ran counter to their faith. They had to bear with philosophies; the worship of other, false gods, which often included immoral acts ; emperor worship, etc. Christians suffered many indignities and injustices, such as being jailed and beaten for the gospel; being thrown to wild animals for sport in barbaric games; and martyrdom/death for fidelity to their faith. I have yet to find anywhere in the New Testament in which the apostles or elders engaged in “pity parties” or culture wars, and making changes in the culture in which they lived and preached, a major cause/ or causes. I am sure that they must have been appalled by much of what they saw, and pained by what they experienced. However, they apparently rightly saw their persecution as “suffering for the name of , and with Christ” instead of what many of us do today: develop a persecution complex.
It also appears that they did not allow themselves to get distracted by demanding that un-regenerated people outwardly embrace Christian values. They understood that people’s hearts had to be changed to produce the kind of culture that they desired to live in; and that the only way for that to happen was for them to bring individual souls to Christ, and ultimately, for Christ , Himself, to bring about the kind of society that they desired at the end of the age in the Millennium, and beyond. However, it is clear that they weren’t indifferent and passive about their circumstances; but they focused their attention and energy on prayer, and winning them to and establishing them in Christ. If the church of today were to do the same, we would likely see changes for the better, instead of allowing ourselves to become deceived, “sifted”( Luke 22:31; and misdirected , as many have.