Good post (full title, Dispensational Distortions ~ Leading To A System Fraught With Distortion, Error, and Even Absurdity) at For the Love of His Truth, but I wanted to quote one segment in particular. First, the chapter itself (Revelation 20), has stumped me for years, and secondly, the most common interpretation heard in many Western Churches has bugged me even more.
Whenever I’ve asked a bible teacher, pastor, or member of a Christian discussion board or forum to please explain it, all I’ve even gotten was the standard dispensationalist response, which frankly never did make sense.
Another significant christological distortion appears in dispensationalism’s having Christ endure a second humiliation. In their view the Lord leaves heaven (which is His throne) to return to rule on earth (which is His footstool) only to finally have His personal kingdom rule rebelled against.
One major aspect of His humiliation was His dwelling in the dust of the earth and suffering abuse during His ministry. Thomas Ice writes that in the postmillennial view:
“Messiah is in heaven and only present mystically in his kingdom. His absence from the earth during his kingdom reign robs Messiah of his moment of earthly glory and exaltation.”
Ice’s statement is incredible. Scripture teaches of Christ’s return to heaven that it is not a place where His reign is robbed! We must understand the majestic glory that is His, which issues from His ascension into heaven. Did He not pray to the Father just before the cross:
“Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:5)
He was preparing to leave the earth to enter heaven. He considered that to be glorious, not a robbery of glory! Ephesians 1:20 says:
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.”
The same concept is repeated in Philippians 2:9:
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.”
1 Peter 3:22 agrees:
“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”
This is a robbery of His glory? What is worse, the “moment of glory” that Christ has during His millennial rule ends up in chaos and rebellion!
J. D. Pentecost states that toward the end of the millennial kingdom Satan “goes forth to deceive the nations, in order to lead a final revolt against the theocracy of God.” Pentecost admits that “there is no understanding how a multitude, ‘the number of whom is as the sand of the sea’. . . , could revolt against the Lord Jesus Christ, when they have lived under His beneficence all their lives.”
Christ’s “moment of glory” ends in chaos and ultimate failure!
As Walvoord put it: “Thus the last gigantic rebellion of man develops against God’s sovereign rule in which the wicked meet their Waterloo. As the battle is joined in [Rev. 20:9), the great host led by Satan and coming from all directions compasses the camp of the saints. The word for camp’. . . seems to refer to the city of Jerusalem itself which is described as ‘the beloved city.”’4
Dispensationalism’s “moment of glory” for Jesus puts Him back in the dust of the earth, so that He might personally, physically administer a kingdom that eventually revolts against Him and attacks Him and His capitol.