“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?…. Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal 3:1, 3) (emphases added)
These are Apostle Paul’s harsh words directed against the believers in Galatia, because some among the church were being swayed by those who were teaching that the Jews should turn back to the Old Testament ceremonial laws and sacrifices. This pointed rebuke might as well be directed against today’s dispensationalists such as John Hagee, Tim Lahaye, Hal Lindsey, and the rest of the Left Behind and Millennium crowd.
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger points out glaring errors in dispensational teachings, which Paul calls astonishing and foolish, in “A Return to Types and Shadows in the Millennial Age? â€“ A Problem for Dispensationalists“:
For example, dispensationalists in effect accuse the inspired Apostle James of lying when they teach that “David’s fallen tent,” which God foretold he would raise up and rebuild in Amos 9:11-12, refers to the re-establishment of David’s eternal throne (2 Sam 7:12-13) in the reign of Christ during the millennium. Why so? Because they contradict James’ address to the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15:12-18 that God’s promise “to take from [the Gentiles] a people for his name” is the fulfillment of Amos’ prophecy!
And here’s what Jesus himself says about the foolishness of an earthly millennial reign, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Why then do premillennialists, like the foolish Jews of Jesus’ day, insist in forcing Jesus to sit on an earthly throne in an obsolete Temple presiding over obsolete ceremonies during a symbolic 1,000 years?
More on this topic in â€œNuke Iran!â€ – John Hagee and Evangelical Zionists.”
My Favorite Eschatology Books
Beale, G. K. 1-2 Thessalonians. IVP New Testament Commentary Series. Downers Grove, IL: IVPress, 2003.
_________. The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text (New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
Demar, Gary. Last Days Madness: Obsession of the Modern Church. Atlanta: American Vision, 1999.
Johnson, Dennis E. Triumph of the Lamb. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2001.
Hoekema, Anthony. The Bible and the Future. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.
Koester, Craig R. Revelation and the End of All Things. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.
Mathison, Keith. From Age to Age: The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2009.
Poythress, Vern S. The Returning King. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2000. (This book is published online by permission of publisher.)
Riddlebarger, Kim. The Man of Sin: Uncovering the Truth About the Antichrist. Grand Rapids: Baker, June 2006.
Venema, Cornelis. The Promise of the Future. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2000.