PMW 2022-083 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Millennial cubeDispensationalists are prone to boast that Revelation 20 presents their system in clear and certain terms. They often declare that they can go to one text of Scripture and find their system. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This text actually presents them with serious problems. Consider the following.

First, the concluding period of earth history, which experiences the glorious victory of Christ, is a thousand years long, but its length appears in only one chapter of the entire Bible.

Second, Christ’s thousand year rule not only appears in only one chapter in Scripture, but that chapter is in the Bible’s most symbolic book. This book has a seven-headed beast, a woman standing on the moon, fire-breathing prophets, and more.

Third, consistency requires that dispensationalists literally interpret the “key” to the abyss as a physical object (Rev 20:1). Yet the same book presents Christ as holding a “key” to death (Rev 1:18). Surely death does not have a literal key.

Fourth, if we interpret Revelation 20 literally then only those Christians who live during the beast’s time will enter the premillennialist’s millennium. This is because the text only states that those who are martyred under him and effectively resist him will rule (Rev 20:4). Even if dispensationalists place the beast toward the end of history, just prior to the Rapture, the problem remains: The text only speaks of those who are martyred under him.

Dispensational Distortions
Three Lectures by Kenneth Gentry. Reformed introduction to classic dispensationalism, with analysis of leading flaws regarding the Church, kingdom, redemptive history, and Christ. Helpful for demonstrating errors to dispensationalists.

See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com

Fifth, if Revelation 20 presents only two resurrections, a problem arises. For according to their system the first resurrection is of all the saints. Then the second resurrection is at the end of the millennium and involves only the lost. Consequently, there is no resurrection for converts who die during both the tribulation and in the millennium.

Sixth, their view of a millennium in which Christ personally rules the nations is terribly problematic. For it results in his second humiliation, wherein his kingdom turns against him and surrounds him in Jerusalem (Rev 20:8–9). And this despite his own personally ruling them with a rod of iron.

Seventh, the premillennial view presents an absurd situation. On this view mortals who are aware that immortal, resurrected saints have been ruling them for a thousand years will nevertheless revolt against those immortals in trying to defeat them. This does not make sense.

The Climax of the Book of Revelation (Rev 19-22)

Six lectures on six DVDs that introduce Revelation as a whole, then focuses on its glorious conclusion. Provides an important, lengthy Introduction to Revelation also.

See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com

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  1. mattojrgan November 7, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Thank you so much for pumping content out. It helps in the discussion with DPs. May God Bless you!

  2. bdubbb February 20, 2023 at 4:10 am

    Dr. Gentry,

    Do you have an article on how Satan’s, his angels’, his followers’, the beast’s, and the false prophet’s being cast into the lake of fire fits into the partial/historical-Preterist hermeneutic and Postmillennial eschatology timeline? As I’ve expressed to you before, I am fairly new to historical-Preterism and Postmillennialism, and I can’t seem to piece together how this bit fits into the timeline.


    I am also really looking forward to your commentary on Revelation. Any idea when it will be published?

    Thanks for your time.

  3. Kenneth Gentry February 22, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Satan is cast into the lake of fire at the END of the millennium (Christ’s kingdom which was begun in the first century and continues until the end at the final judgment). But he is cast there where the beast and false prophet already are. They were cast there in the first century under Christ’s judgment on Israel and Rome. See my book: The Book of Revelation Made Easy:

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