More needs to be said about the difficulties presented by the premillennial belief that physical death will continue beyond the time of the second coming of Christ. Continue reading . . .
More needs to be said about the difficulties presented by the premillennial belief that physical death will continue beyond the time of the second coming of Christ. Let’s be sure, once again, that we understand what is necessarily entailed by all forms of premillennialism, whether dispensational, historical, or other. Premillennialists believe that during the 1,000 year earthly reign of Christ following his second coming (the existence of which I concede here only for the sake of argument!), there will be countless men, women, and children living on the earth in their natural physical bodies. These people are typically seen as coming from one of two groups, or perhaps both.
On the one hand, perhaps not all unbelievers are killed when Christ returns in triumph at the battle of Armageddon. Those who survive this war will thus enter the millennium in their natural, physical, unglorified bodies. Aside from the fact that Revelation 19:11-21 appears to say that all enemies of Christ are destroyed at the time of the second coming (something Paul appears to affirm in 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10), how could they be permitted to enter into an alleged phase of the kingdom of God that is designed for the blessing of God’s people and the promotion of righteousness?
On the other hand, some premillennialists argue that many will be converted at the time of Christ’s second coming but will not be resurrected or glorified at that time. They will remain in their natural bodies and enter the millennial kingdom susceptible to the presence of disease and death. It really matters little, for our present purpose, how they make their way into the millen