In my previous blog post, I established that there were only two ages – the present age and the age to come – and there was NOT a separate age for the Millennial Reign of Christ at all – which led to the conclusion that the Millennial Reign of Christ must occur sometime during this present age.
This led to my next question – what happens during the end of this age? I saw many scriptures about the end of the age, so I gathered them up to review.
The parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13 is significant. Jesus gives the parable in the following verses:
24Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25“But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. 26“But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. 27“The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28“And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ 29“But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
And Jesus gives the interpretation to the befuddled disciples (and to our benefit) in the following verses:
36Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” 37And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, 38and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. 40“So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. 41“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, 42and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43“Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
So, at the end of this age, the judgment (the harvest) will come for both the righteous and the wicked SIMULTANEOUSLY. Ask any farmer if there are any weeds mixed in with his crop, will he selectively pluck the weeds from the fields throughout the growing season which is prior to the harvest? No, he will not. He will sort them out when he harvests his crop at the end of the season. The wicked will be burned up with fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth – a symbolic reference to the eternal lake of fire – and the righteous will shine forth as the sun (compare to Dan 12:3) in the Kingdom of their Father – note, the Kingdom of their Father, which infers that the Kingdom of Heaven is Christ’s Kingdom, which we gather from the above passage. In addition, note that the Kingdom of Heaven is in the present age (v 38). What does that mean? The Kingdom of Heaven, which is Christ’s Kingdom, i.e. the Millennial Reign of Christ, is happening RIGHT NOW. The non-believers belong to the “evil one”, i.e. Satan; and let us not forget that his kingdom is functioning right now (2 Cor 4:4; Col 1:13; John 12:31) – however, Satan is on a short leash, let us not forget that either. Satan has absolutely NO dominion over God’s elect. We, as believers in this present age, are part of and living in the Kingdom of Christ. And if we are living in the Kingdom of Christ right now, He is ruling and reigning from heaven RIGHT NOW. Not some future Millennial Reign, but RIGHT NOW.
When I came to this realization, needless to say, it was upsetting to me to come to the conclusion that previously, as a dispensationalist, I had it wrong. The scriptures were right under my nose, and I misinterpreted them. I then reviewed the scriptures concerning the Day of the Lord to confirm whether the judgment came at the end of the age or not. The Day of the Lord is also referenced as “that” day or the “last” day and other similar wordings. Here are the scriptures and I encourage you to open your bibles and read these passages:
|that day||Matt 7:22; 2 Tim 1:12,18; 2 Tim 4:8|
|Isa 11:10,11; 12:12-13, 13:9-11, 24:21-22; 27:1; 4:2|
|Jeremiah 30:7-8, 46:10|
|Zechariah 9:16-17; 14:20-21|
|last day||John 6:39-40,44,54; John 11:24; John 12:48|
|Day of the Lord||Acts 2:20 (great and glorious day of the Lord);|
|1 Cor 1:8 (the day of our Lord Jesus Christ)|
|1 Cor 5:5|
|2 Cor 1:14 (the day of the Lord Jesus)|
|1 Thess 5:2-3|
|2 Peter 3:10|
|Zeph 1:14-18 (great day of the Lord), 2:1-3|
|Joel 2:30-31 (great and awesome day of the Lord)|
|Joel 1:15; 2:1-2; 3:13-14|
|thief in the night||1 Thess 5:2|
|2 Peter 3:10|
|1 Thess 5:4-8|
|Other similar references:|
|the day of His anger – Job 20:28-29|
|a day of clouds – Eze 30:3|
|the day of My indignation and all My burning anger – Zephaniah 3:8|
|the day (of judgment) – Rom 2:16; 2 Peter 2:9, 3:5-7|
|great day of their wrath – Rev 6:15-17|
|a day of reckoning – Isaiah 2:12|
|day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God – Rom 2:5|
|time of Jacob’s distress – Jeremiah 30:7-8|
|by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning – Isaiah 4:3-4|
|the day is coming – Malachi 4:1-2; Zech 14:1|
|day of Christ Jesus – Philippians 1:6|
|a time of distress – Daniel 12:1-2|
|Son of Man coming at an hour when you do not expect He will – Matt 24:43-44|
|Son of Man coming at an hour when you do not expect – Luke 12:39-40|
|the coming of the day of God – 2 Peter 3:11-12|
|a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness – Joel 2:2-4|
All these references have one thing in common: taken as a whole, these scriptures describe a cataclysmic and final event that will take place at the end of this age – a glorious day for the righteous and a dreadful day for the wicked, all taking place simultaneously.
I cannot fathom how all these events will take place on a specific day, nor can I fathom the amount of time necessary to accomplish these specific events, but that they WILL OCCUR, there is absolutely NO DOUBT.
And when the Day of the Lord is accomplished, these scriptures are clear that we will enter into that sinless state, our salvation will have been completed and we will be face-to-face with our Lord Jesus Christ forever, in our perfected bodies.
On my next blog post, I will discuss the five major views of the end-times. I pray that you will join me in my quest of discovery.