Review of “The Kingdom, Power & Glory” – KAU#318

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REVIEW AND RESPONSE TO CHUCK AND NANCY MISSLER’S, “THE KINGDOM, POWER & GLORY: THE OVERCOMER’S HANDBOOK (REVISED)” (PART 3)

This book was first published in 2007, but was recently revised in October, 2009. This is the 3rd part of my response to it:

MISSLER: “…what we do after we have been born again dramatically affects our roles, our positions, and our places in the future reign of Christ. This coming kingdom is not heaven, but a literal kingdom that will exist back on earth for a thousand years…”
(Chapter 3, p. 55)

This is a certainly true! We simply need to add that how we lie also affects whether we enter this kingdom (Matthew 5:19-23, Luke 18:24, Acts 14:22, Hebrews 4:11, Revelation 22:14, etc.).

MISSLER: “All believers will be with Christ in the coming Millennium, but only the overcomers…will inherit levels of responsibility…”
(Chapter 3, p. 55)

The word overcome, used in the context of rewards, is found primarily in the Lord’s words to the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3. Let us therefore test this view that all believers enter the kingdom. Missler’s book is subtitled, The Overcomer’s Handbook. When examining the Bible verses concerning the overcomers, we should be able to find this doctrine of all believers entering the kingdom. However, when we actually study the Scriptures pertaining to overcoming, this idea that all believers will enter the kingdom is not found. As we have seen, the Lord in Matthew 5:19 teaches that the highest positions in the Millennium will be given to those who not only obey and teach the greatest of the commandments, but also give diligent attention to the least of the Lord’s commandments. Those who commit sins worthy of death, and do not repent, will be excluded from the Millennium:

Deuteronomy 21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death…

1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

This teaching is confirmed in the Book of Revelation in the various promises to overcomers:

Revelation 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

We cannot pick and choose which of these promises we want to literally apply to the saints. Verse 11 is just as true as verse 26. Missler’s book is based on verse 26: If Christians overcome, they will have power over the nations (i.e. they will reign with Christ). Missler rightly believes that those who do not overcome will not reign with Christ. I have shown elsewhere that every believer who is granted entrance into the kingdom will reign to some degree (some high and some lower – but all reign – see Revelation 5:10, 17:14, 20:6, etc.). But putting aside this point for the moment, Missler rightly understands that whoever does not overcome in Revelation 2:26 will not have power over the nations. But what gives Brother Missler the right to interpret Revelation 2:11 in a different manner? According to Jesus, whoever does not overcome will be hurt of the second death! Therefore, not having power over the nations includes being hurt of the second death. The first death occurs when the body and the spirit/soul are separated (James 2:26). Later, the body and spirit are brought together again to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. Believers will be raised to stand before the Lord before the kingdom. Believers who are not overcomers will be slain. And this will be the second death. When unbelievers are raised to stand before the Great White Throne, after the Millennium, they will experience a second death in the Lake of Fire that will endure forever. Since unbelievers will not be raised before the Millennium, this will be the second time their bodies and spirits are united. When they die, they will experience the second death. But believers who do not overcome, who are raised before the Millennium, will experience a second death that endures only for the duration of the Millennium:

Matthew 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

There is no way to escape this conclusion without undermining the whole foundation of Missler’s overcomer theology. His overcomer viewpoint is correct in its foundations. It is the only system of interpretation that fully guards the grace of God against Romanism and Arminianism. However, we must be consistent with these overcomer promises. It would nonsensical to apply Revelation 2:26 literally to believers, and then interpret Revelation 2:11 in a different manner – simply because we do not like the warning. Who are we to pass judgment on the penalties for our offenses? Shall the thief judge the jury? Do not men become infidels by using their emotions to judge the doctrine of eternal judgment? If we expect unbelievers to face up to their own warnings, should not believers do the same? The coming judgment begins with the house of God!

We therefore find, when examining the overcomer promises and warnings, that Missler’s view is immediately disproved. All believers do not enter the coming Kingdom. How can a believer be hurt of the second death and yet enter the Kingdom? But while we are at it, let’s examine some other overcomer promises:

Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Here is one that modern preachers will gladly embrace. It is politically correct enough to preach in this psychological age that will not endure sound doctrine concerning the fear of God. There are few preachers that will be so humanistic that they will imply that all believers will gain the rewards mentioned in verse 17. They rightly see that this is a promise for overcomers. It therefore is also a warning for the non-overcomers. But if we will apply this promise literally to the saints, we must apply all of the promises that are in the same context:

Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

The Word of God now binds the commentators hand and foot. There is no way out. Immediately, two of these promises are readily embraced by Christian many preachers. For example, Missler rightly understands that the above promises are for overcomers. Jesus teaches that only the overcomers will be clothed in white raiment! The believers who do not overcome will not be clothed in white. They will be ashamed. They will be naked. Jesus makes this clear in the previous verse, and elsewhere:

Revelation 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Can words be any clearer? Only those believes who overcome, and keep the Lord works until the end, will be clothed in white. Notice:

Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Jesus is plainly teaching this pastor and church of Laodicea that it is possible to appear in shame and nakedness at the Judgment Seat of Christ:

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Again, if words mean anything, many believers will not be clothed in white at the Lord’s appearing:

1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

But let us now see who will descend with Jesus after the Judgment Seat of Christ, to reign in the Kingdom:

Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Only the faithful, overcoming believers will adorn this city during the Millennium. Notice that everyone who descends with the Lord is clothed in white! This white, fine linen was won by the practical righteousness of the saints! It is gained by overcoming! But where are the “many” that will not be clothed in white? They are not present. All who descend with Jesus are faithful and chosen and holy. They are all clothed in white:

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Notice that all will reign who have part in the First Resurrection. They are not only blessed, but holy! They are faithful and chosen. Where are those who supposedly gain entrance into the Kingdom, but do not reign?

Now let’s go back to Revelation 3:5:

Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

The last promise to the overcomers in this verse is that they will be confessed before the Father and the angels. Jesus teaches this promise elsewhere:

Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

Notice that Jesus teaches that those who do confess Him, will be confessed before the angels. To consistently confess Him before men, in this world, one must be an overcomer. It will take effort, and often much suffering. Jesus reveals that His promises in the Book of Revelation are also implied warnings. In Luke 12:9, He plainly shows that whoever does not confess Him, will be denied before the angels. This closes the door on the popular interpretation of the overcomer warnings by many commentators. They argue that when Jesus promises something to an overcomer, He does not “really” mean that they must overcome to receive it! In other words, they would argue that when Jesus says that they who overcome will be confessed before the Father and the angels, that this does not imply that those who do not overcome will be denied. Aside from the obvious absurdity of this view (as well as the mess it will make of the rest of Scripture), the whole idea is firmly reproved by Jesus by comparing Luke 12:8-9 with Revelation 3:5. Those who do not overcome, who do not confess the Lord, will be denied! They will not be confessed (i.e. honored) before God:

Luke 9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;
22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

These words addressed to Peter, and his brethren, teach that the duty of confessing Jesus includes confessing His words without shame before this adulterous and sinful generation (Mark 8:38). His words include His many warnings!

Now once again, notice the final warning in the midst of Revelation 3:5:

Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

The Lord in this verse teaches that the non-overcomer will be blotted out of the Book of Life. This means he will experience death. He will be denied entrance into the Kingdom during the Millennium. He will be hurt of the second death (but not eternally). Missler’s theory (adopted from Brother Joseph Dillow) is disproved. There are no believers from this age who gain entrance into the Kingdom who are not overcomers. There are no believers from this age who enter the Kingdom but do not reign. Many believers will not only be denied he reign, they will be denied entrance into the Kingdom. They will be blotted out of the Book of Life. But they will be restored to life at the end of the Millennium, on the last day.

There are perhaps a few more things to notice in this book. But for now, we will skip and conclude with Chapter 12, which is titled, What is an Overcomer? Missler calls this one of the most important chapters. Missler writes:

“Learning to be an overcomer, therefore, is absolutely essential to our Christian walk. Otherwise, why would God emphasize overcoming as the key to inheriting His kingdom? (See Revelation 2 and 3).”
(Chapter 12, p. 223)

This is true. However, many of these overcomer promises, as we have seen, undercut as major teaching in this book (i.e. that all believers will enter the Kingdom, and that there s no death to fear at the Judgment Seat of Christ).

Missler writes:

“…many Christians have been taught that if we are believers, we are automatically overcomers. The Scripture used as proof text is 1 John 5:4…Positionally it’s absolutely true that we are overcomers the moment we believe…But experimentally…how many of us are actually overcoming in our everyday lives?”

Amen!

Missler writes:

“And how are we supposed to gain the blessings that Revelation 2 and 3 talk about?…Being an overcomer is God’s will for every believer (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7)…”

Missler interestingly (and rightly!) applies everyone of these overcomer promises/warnings to believers in Revelation 2 and 3. But, as we have seen, these warnings teach that many believers will suffer death and the Judgment Seat of Christ.

This book is far beyond most of popular, commercial Christianity. This is certainly commendable. Popular Christianity is a strange, contradictory mixture of works salvation (i.e. pleasing the Mormons and Catholics, etc.), and antinomianism (i.e. do whatever you please, there is nothing to lose of fear). What a different state of things we would have, if the fundamental preachers of America would be willing to go as far as Missler. However, the truth is the truth, and this attempt to water down the warnings to believers must be reproved. The Lord knows we often need the fullness of these warnings to overcome the pleasures and appeal of this sinful world.

There is no room for leaning to our own understanding here. We have a responsibility to proclaim the Lord’s warnings to His people, without alteration or apology! It is time for real men to step up to the plate and quit whimpering in the corner. Christian families are being destroyed that could be saved if men of God would open their mouths and preach what Jesus calls them to preach, instead of preaching what their “Baptist club” authorizes them to preach. Too many are settled on their lees, but one day soon we will all be on our knees, confessing Jesus as Lord. Will He confess us as faithful on that day?

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Review of “The Kingdom, Power & Glory” – KAU#317 Pt 2

THE KINGDOM ALERT
Pastor Joey Faust
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REVIEW AND RESPONSE TO CHUCK AND NANCY MISSLER’S, “THE KINGDOM, POWER & GLORY: THE OVERCOMER’S HANDBOOK (REVISED)” – PART 2
This book was first published in 2007, but was recently revised in October, 2009. This is the second part of my response to it.
In Chapter 2, Brother Missler rightly shows that man was created to reign on the earth with the King of kings. Missler then traces the fall of man and the plan of salvation offered through Jesus Christ. In explaining the meaning of salvation, however, he makes some foundational errors. He writes:
“Salvation then is a free gift that Christ wants everyone in the world to have. All that’s needed is for us to believe in what Christ did on the Cross (for the redemption of all mankind) and choose to be obedient to His commandments.”
Perhaps the above statements are the result of awkward wording. He appears to make salvation dependent upon belief and works. But the righteousness required by God for eternal salvation is absolute perfection. This is why God must give to believing sinners the free gift of His righteousness, through the Blood. But if salvation is by believing “and” keeping the commandments, every man will again fall short! Roman Catholics (see the Council of Trent) believe that salvation is through faith and works. The Bible, in contrast, teaches that salvation is through faith alone (see Romans 3 and 4).
But then Missler rightly adds:
“This simple act of belief is what makes one ‘declared not guilty’ (or justified) before God (Romans 3:26;4:5-6).”

Now we are back on track! Next, Missler writes:

“By accepting what Christ has done for us on the Cross, five things occur: 1) we are set free from our bonds of sin…, 2) we are delivered from the penalty of death, 3) we are guaranteed an entrance to the Millennial Kingdom (and to heaven)…”

Where is the proof for his third point? Affirming something does not make it so. I showed in detail in the first part of this review that the Bible teaches that entrance into the Millennial Kingdom is not guaranteed to every believer (e.g. Matthew 5:19-20, 30; 18:3, 8; Mark 9:47; Hebrews 4:1, etc.). The word “kingdom” in the Bible often refers to the Millennium or temporary kingdom (1 Corinthians 15:24-25). And this kingdom is a reward for faithfulness (2 Thessalonians 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:12, etc.). It is a great error to make this blessing an unconditional gift of grace, regardless of faithfulness in the life of believers.

In discussing Justification, Missler writes:

“Being justified also means that we are guaranteed an entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven…”

Where does this Bible teach this? Missler is wrongly using the phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” as a synonym for Heaven. But this kingdom is not Heaven. It is the kingdom “of” Heaven. It is the Kingdom that Heaven (God’s throne or place of authority) will establish on earth at the Second Coming (Daniel 2:44). It is no more in “Heaven” than John’s baptism was “in” Heaven, when it was said to be “from” Heaven (Matthew 21:25). The Kingdom of Heaven is the Kingdom that Heaven authorizes (in contrast to the kingdoms of this world) on this earth, when Christ returns to reign:

Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

These Gentiles do not come from the east and west in outer space, to sit down in Heaven above! They come from the east and west of this earth, to sit down in the Millennial Kingdom, “under” Heaven (Daniel 7:27).

Likewise, the Kingdom of Heaven is conditioned upon believers showing mercy to others:

Matthew 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

It is conditioned upon faithfulness in Matthew 25, in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, and in the Parable of the Talents:

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

Eternal salvation (eternal security) is not conditioned upon these things. These (and many other) reasons show that is wrong to teach that entrance into the Millennial Kingdom is guaranteed to every believer, regardless of his or her faithfulness; and it is wrong to confuse the Kingdom of Heaven with Heaven or eternal, positional justification.

Missler then states that the “soul” is the realm of emotions, desires and thoughts. I believe (along with many other writers, such as Ironside, F.W. Grant, etc.), that the “spirit” of man is the realm of reason and rational thinking (1 Corinthians 2:11). The “soul” is often the realm of the desires and emotions (Psalms 34:2, Proverbs 13:4, etc.).

Missler then states that the “spirit” is already saved, but our soul is in the process of being saved. However, the Bible teaches that the spirit, soul and body of every believer are already saved eternally. This salvation is not yet fully experienced; but it is possessed and guaranteed. Therefore, it is not just the soul that is in the process of “being saved” as we yield to God (in relation to the Judgment Seat of Christ). Notice the “spirit” is also liable to corruption and needs to be renewed daily:

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Notice, the “spirit” of believers (their minds) needs to be cleansed, just as their bodies need to be preserved in moral purity. Notice another verse:

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is a prayer of Paul for these Thessalonians. Notice, they are not only liable to physical blame in relation to their bodies; their spirits and souls are also liable to become defiled and blameworthy. Therefore, believers are to strive to maintain physical, mental and emotional purity. Our emotions and desires (soul) are not as easily controlled as our rational thoughts. But our affections can be set on the things of God, indirectly, by what we think and do (Luke 1:46-47).

The spirit of every believer is saved eternally. It possesses the light of the Gospel, etc. But the body , soul and spirit of every believer need to be saved at the Judgment Seat of Christ in relation to the Millennial Kingdom:

1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

This man’s spirit is already saved in the Eternal Kingdom (at the Great White Throne). He is a believer (5:11-13). But it is not saved automatically into the Millennial Kingdom. Disobedient believers (who commit gross sins) should be excluded from the local body, so they may be ashamed, and chastened, and will hopefully repent and seek forgiveness with God and the church they offended (2 Corinthians 2:5-9).

Although there is much good in this chapter, Missler continues to make the same mistake concerning the Millennial Kingdom:

“Justification is what gets us into the Millennial Kingdom and heaven.”

Although this is wrong, Missler does get close when he defines (practical) sanctification:

“It’s the means God uses to make us partakers of His life so that we can become those overcomers who inherit the Millennial Kingdom…Ruling and reigning with Christ is the mark or goal of the high calling of Christ…”

But then he misses it again:

“Unfaithful, disobedient, and unsanctified believers (the overtaken) will enter that kingdom, but forfeit the privilege of having levels of responsibility there.”

No, the idea that believers of this age can enter the Millennium and not possess any authority there, is a fable. Every believer who enters the Millennium will be faithful and chosen, and will reign as kings (Revelation 5:10, 17:14, 19:14, 20:6). They will all reign to some degree. Their differing levels of authority (such as ten cities or five cities, Luke 19) will be based on the degree of attention they give to the least of the commandments (Matthew 5:19). They are obeying the greater or big commandments to the degree that believers can obey them (i.e. they are not committing exclusion sins, or failing to repent of these sins). Their faithfulness to the details or “little things” will determine how high they reign in the Millennium.

But Missler has all believers entering the Millennium, even if they are unfaithful in larger things, contrary to 1 Corinthians 6 and Galatians 5, which teach that the kingdom itself (as the inheritance!) can be lost by sin.

Missler next deals with eternal security and provides some great paragraphs. But then there is a big problem when he defines Arminianism:

“..they will lose their salvation and, again, be unable to participate in the Millennial reign. Theologically, this is part of what is called Arminianism. In this study we want to present a third and what we think is a very provocative way of looking at these things…This might be called the ‘Overcomer’s Viewpoint.’”

After dealing with Calvinism and the false-professor view, Missler deals with Arminianism, as seen above. He then offers the “third option,” which is his view. But Arminians not only teach that the Millennial reign can be lost; they also teach that eternal life in the Eternal Kingdom can be lost. But Missler fails to mention the multitudes of Christians who taught that the Millennial Kingdom could be forfeited, while nevertheless holding to the doctrine of eternal security. These Christians are wrongly identified with the Arminians by Missler (or at least it is implied). Yet, the classic “overcomer” view consisted of this doctrine (not Missler’s). Men like Govett, Pember, Poynder, Tilney, Kethcham, Fry, Nee, Rader, Panton, Sladen, Craig, and scores of other writers documented in my book, were advocates of Millennial exclusion. In fact, the whole “third option” between Calvinism and Arminianism was classically and historically rooted in Millennial exclusion. On the other hand, the view advocated by Missler (and Dillow, etc.) has little historical fruit. Of course, we do not base what we believe on men; but it is not unreasonable to doubt any doctrine that is found primarily in these Laodicean times, when the Bible warns that so many will not fear God or endure sound doctrine.

Next, Missler deals specifically with a question concerning the Millennium:

“The question then becomes: What happens to these ‘carnal, backsliding, nominal’ believers in the Millennium?…If we don’t learn sanctification here on earth, we will run the risk of jeopardizing our place and our position in the coming kingdom…we will be a part of the Millennium…But, if we don’t learn holiness here, we will forfeit the possibility of ruling and reigning with Him there.”

This is certainly, partly true. But again, Missler does not realize that when a believer is excluded from reigning, he is likewise excluded from entering the kingdom. Every believer who enters this kingdom from this age is a king. He is faithful and chosen and holy (Revelation 5:10, 17:14, 20:6). There are degrees of authority (ten cities or five cities, etc., as in Luke 19). This authority is given as a reward for diligent attention to the least of the commandments (details), as described in Matthew 5:19. If the believer who breaks the least of the commandments is least in the kingdom, where is there any room for the person who breaks the greater commandments? They do not inherit the kingdom at all. They are excluded. They do not enter. They are beaten with stripes (Luke 12). Missler continues:

“The question at hand is: Where will we spend our Millennial Kingdom days? Will we be rejoicing and fellowshipping with each other in the presence of the King of kings, or will we be in some other separate region or ‘separate place’ experiencing profound regret and remorse as we look back on a life full of opportunities?”

In spite of multitudes of Scriptures which warn believers of hell (such as Matthew 5:22, 29-30, 10:28, 18:8-9, 35, Mark 9:43-47, Luke 12:5, etc.), advocates of Missler’s view still maintain that unfaithful believers must go to some mysterious, unidentified place in the kingdom! But if these Scriptures I mentioned above do not apply to true believers (as addressed), then the whole “over-comer” viewpoint breaks down. In other words, it is unreasonable to apply scores of warnings to true believers, but then adopt the Calvinism system when the warning gets too hot, or too descriptive!

It is one thing to attempt to answer questions too high for us. But it is another thing to ignore the Lord’s plain revelations. There are many Scriptures that not only warn believers of kingdom exclusion (or make entrance conditional upon faithfulness), but also specify where the excluded will spend the duration of the Millennium. We see in Revelation 20:13 that everyone comes out of “hell” at the Great white Throne (last day). Then, unbelievers go into the final Lake of Fire, and believers enter the Eternal Kingdom, where their tears are wiped away and there is no more death or even pain (Revelation 20:15, 21:4).

I do wonder why “regret” is so greatly emphasized in Missler’s system, when the Lord only lists it as one of the things unfaithful believers will experience:

Matthew 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Weeping is only one of the warnings. Is this weeping literal? Certainly it is. But then why are the first warnings the Lord gives ignored? There is a cutting asunder and an appointment with the hypocrites. Certainly these must be as literal as the weeping in the same verse!

Why is there such an emphasis on regret and remorse? Why don’t our earthly courts punish people with only remorse? Why doesn’t God only use regret today when chastening believers? Why does He sometimes use weakness, and sickness, and even death (1 Corinthians 10 and 11)? This age is the age of the Lord’s patience, yet the Lord uses more than regret and remorse as punishments. It is very unreasonable to conclude that the Lord will therefore only use regret when He comes in the day of judgment according to works! The man in Corinth certainly experienced sorrow (2 Corinthians 2:7). But was he not also excluded (1 Corinthians 5:13)? Where does the Bible teach that remorse and regret are the only punishments that unfaithful believers will experience when the Lord finally returns in the day of His judgment? Surely, unfaithful believers will receive exactly what Jesus warns they will receive. And these warnings are just as literal as His promised awards. In fact, they are so literal and terrifying that multitudes of Christians are embarrassed by them. They are ashamed to confess them before men (Mark 8:38). But the Lord knows that His people need these warnings. And we have no right to lean to our own understanding, or be influenced by this psychological, feminist age concerning them.

As Missler’s second chapter winds down, he has a section on chastisement. He writes:

“Please hear this loud and clear! God does not punish us, He simply disciplines us…’To punish’ means ‘to inflict harm’; whereas ‘to chasten’ means ‘something that us done for our profit…’”

I wrote a whole book on this subject, and provided many Scriptures and word definitions that refute Missler’s view above. Both the Bible and the English language are against Missler’s words. In fact, the word “chastise” sometimes certainly involves harm. These words (punish and chasten) are synonymous:

Chastise: “To correct by punishing; to punish; to inflict pain by stripes…” (Webster’s, 1828)

Leviticus 26:18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.
30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
33 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

Deuteronomy 22:17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
18 And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;

1 Kings 12:11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

Luke 23:16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

2 Samuel 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

Psalms 38:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

These verses show that “chastisement” can mean beatings, and even death. Likewise, believers can be “punished” now, and when the Lord returns:

2 Corinthians 2:6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Restoration and reformation are certainly some of the Lord’s purposes for chastisement. But it is humanistic to conclude that retribution and vengeance are not included in the Lord’s purposes. He warns believers of vengeance and retribution:

1 Thessalonians 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

I believe Missler would rightly apply the above verses to true believers. And they prove that retribution is included in the Lord’s purposes for punishing His people.

Missler does include a great point in this section:

“As we’ll see, discipline begins in this lifetime and probably will continue on into the next!”

This is certainly true. We simply need to define this discipline as the Lord defines it:

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Missler, again, rightly adds:

“…after our initial conversion (justification), God deals with us on an entirely different plane. He now deals with us as ‘servants’ with a view toward the Millennium.”

This is a good and important point, as the New Testament reveals:

1 Peter 2:16…as the servants of God.

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ…

He concludes this chapter with some great testimonies, and he writes:

“Passages of Scripture that you have known and studied for years will come into a whole new light. They will literally jump off the page as being Millennial.”

Amen and Amen! He is on the right course. I believe that he simply needs greater consistency and literalness in applying the various warnings to believers, just as he rightly and literally applies the awards. Indeed, many will mock; but multitudes will also awake like never before. And most of all, we will be faithful to the words of Jesus, by not taking away from His warnings:

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

Child Saved & Levi’s Docker’s Ad Preaches – KAU#316

IN THIS ISSUE

1. ANNOUNCEMENTS
2. A PRAISE FROM OUR PRO-LIFE MINISTRY!
3. LEVI’S DOCKERS AD PREACHES BETTER THAN MANY PREACHERS!
4. REVIEW AND RESPONSE TO CHUCK AND NANCY MISSLER’S, “THE KINGDOM, POWER & GLORY: THE OVERCOMER’S HANDBOOK (REVISED)” [PART 1]

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Greetings!
In our Lord’s Day sermons, we have been studying Ephesians 5; in the afternoon I have been preaching through Proverbs 31. You may find these sermons (audio and video) online. Or join us live every Sunday. http://www.kingdombaptist.org
We will also be meeting on New Year’s Eve, at Kingdom Baptist, God willing, to look at Bible prophecy, and stir ourselves concerning the soon coming of our Lord.

A PRAISE FROM OUR PRO-LIFE MINISTRY!:
Our weekly ministry in front of an abortion clinic in Fort Worth is very sad. But when we see people waving and crying, and changing their minds about killing their little ones, it is very refreshing. One recent report is especially encouraging. On one of the coldest mornings, we left with sorrow after preaching. Sister Lynn, however, later got a call from a dear friend (Sister Jan). Sister Jan (70 years old) puts many younger folks to shame. She has for years witnessed in front of schools, and often joins us to hand out tracts and witness at homosexual events, etc. (Perhaps we should say that we join her!). She called Sister Lynn that morning with news that her great-grand-daughter, and her boyfriend, had actually showed up (unawares to her family), at the abortion clinic where we were testifying. The boyfriend, after hearing our reproofs, said he could not go through with the abortion; he said they could hear the prayers from the Christians outside. Sister Jan’s little great-grandbaby was saved. May the Lord be thanked and glorified!

LEVI’S DOCKERS AD PREACHES BETTER THAN MANY PREACHERS!:
I read the following advertisement from Levi’s as part of my latest sermon on Ephesians 5. I hope you enjoy it. When preachers flee, and quit preaching, God can speak through Pilate’s wife, or even Balaam’s donkey. How sad that Levi’s appears to discern the times better than many Christians today. It is a gimmick of course. But they have also made a somewhat prophetic statement concerning the times, and they were willing to take the risk to make it. I have been preaching the same observations for over ten years (but seriously). Other preachers have been awake much longer. Too many others are still asleep. Here is the ad:

http://www.us.dockers.com/season/landing.aspx

“Once upon a time, men wore the pants, and wore them well. Women rarely had to open doors and little old ladies never crossed the street alone. Men took charge because that’s what they do. But somewhere along the way, the world decided it no longer needed men, disco by disco, latte by foamy non-fat latte, men were stripped of their khakis and left stranded on the road between boyhood and androgyny. But today, there are questions our genderless society has no answers for. The world sits idly by as cities crumble, children misbehave, and those little old ladies remain on one side of the street. For the first time since bad guys, we need heroes. We need grown-ups. We need men to put down the plastic fork, step away from the salad bar and untie the world from the tracks of complacency. It’s time to get your hands dirty. It’s time to answer the call of manhood. It’s time to WEAR THE PANTS.”

REVIEW AND RESPONSE TO CHUCK AND NANCY MISSLER’S, “THE KINGDOM, POWER & GLORY: THE OVERCOMER’S HANDBOOK (REVISED)” [PART 1]

This book was first published in 2007, but was recently revised in October, 2009. The first chapter of my book, “The Rod: Will God Spare It?” (2003) is titled, “The Accountability Awakening.” It quotes numerous Christian leaders in previous ages who believed that a vast remnant would begin to awake to their responsibility before God (in relation to warnings and rewards for believers), just before the return of the Lord. Chuck Missler is the latest Christian author to begin to stir in regard to this vital doctrine of accountability. It is my continual prayer that there will be many others.

Missler acknowledges his indebtedness to Joseph Dillow, an author who is also published by my publisher (Schoettle). I am happy that Missler’s book (and Dillow’s) rightly applies many of the warnings and promises that are addressed to believers – to true believers. It advocates eternal security and salvation by grace through faith alone. It avoids the extremes of the Arminians and Calvinists, wherein both sides miss the mark. The Arminian is correct in applying the Christian warnings to true believers; yet he goes too far in interpreting them as a loss of salvation. The Calvinist applies the various Christian warnings to false professors, thereby obscuring the Gospel, and making assurance of salvation dependent upon how good a person believes himself to be (the humble will always feel themselves to be lost in such a system). Missler has begun to discover the truth that both sides are wrong, in part. I am thankful for his boldness and humility to change his view of this subject after so many years of ministry. There is therefore much that is edifying and praiseworthy in his book.

On the other hand, Missler has adopted a position that many others have advocated in recent years. His book rightly applies the warnings to true believers, in relation to the Millennial Kingdom. However, it then neutralizes these warnings by using allegorical interpretation. I am convinced that many modern Evangelicals are growing increasingly confused on the subject of literal interpretation. Missler rightly believes in literal interpretation in regard to the premillennial coming of Jesus to set up His 1000-year Kingdom. Yet, by interpreting the warnings in relation to the Kingdom in an allegorical fashion, he shakes the whole foundation of premillennialism.

I can understand how his new position is far more comfortable than the position I advocate. It is a “wading in the water,” so to speak. Ironically, Missler’s new position is also railed against as “Purgatory” by his emotional, rash opponents. He admits this and argues against it on page 90 of his book. Therefore, he is not really gaining anything by the figurative view. Instead, he creates a number of inconsistencies and insurmountable problems which we will examine.

Missler’s new position (though figurative) contains many strengths. It allows the Gospel of grace to remain unadulterated. It strengthens eternal security. It adds additional, powerful motives to the believer to live holy. The fact that it stirs a great revival in Christians (that is not present in the classic Arminian/Calvinist positions) can be seen in the numerous testimonies Missler has already received from Christians who have read his book. Modern Christians are so famished in regard to accountability, that even applying the warnings to them in a figurative sense will cause many to revive (while others choke in shock).

On the other hand, Missler’s new position also contains some grave errors. For brevity sake, I will refer to his book as simply “Missler’s (understanding that his wife is also a co-author).
His Preface begins by showing the sad state of much of modern Christianity. He then writes:

“Despite the fact that we have always maintained a ‘high view’ of inspiration, and have generally followed a very literal hermeneutic, we have been shocked to discover how many ways we have failed to appreciate the practical, day-to-day need to become ‘overcomers’…”

Praise God. But I do hope Brother Missler will discover some other ways he is still failing to apply the Bible literally, as I will reveal.

Next, he writes:

“…we also continue to be dismayed by the blind prejudice and hostility that has been generated among some traditional quarters from this book…What do you suspect was the reaction of the pastor of the Laodicean Church when he received John’s missive from Patmos?…”

Amen. I have certainly experienced this blind prejudice. I had one Christian leader refuse to even read my book, as he quickly dismissed it as “Baptist Bride;” yet there is hardly anything to do with the rapture or the local church position in my 465 page book. There is indeed an amazing stubbornness to anything that has to do with accountability. But it has been this way for all of God’s leaders who attempted to warn His people through the ages. We should expect that it will be worse today. I pray that Brother Missler will see that the same blind prejudice that keeps others from seeing what he now sees, may also keep him from taking the time to give Govett, Pember, Nee, etc., or the scores of other writers quoted in my own book, a fair hearing.

In the first chapter of his book, Missler writes:

“…After being Christians for more than fifty years, what we have learned during the past couple of years in our research…has totally revolutionized our present walks with the Lord. We consider the truths that you are about to read to be some of the most life-changing principles we’ve encountered since our new births…passages we never saw before as millennial are now jumping off the page.”

Amen!

He writes:

“If intense warfare is any indication of the importance of a spiritual message, then this has to be one of the most important messages we have written.”

Amen again! When printing “The Rod,” one of the printing companies burned down! This is just one of the attacks I experienced.

He writes:

“The Millennial Kingdom that we will be talking about is not heaven…Most Christians…have absolutely no idea as to what criteria is required (if any) to enjoy a significant role there. We certainly didn’t. We asked one young believer recently, ‘Does what you do here on earth as a believer influence your position in the coming kingdom?’ He immediately responded, ‘Oh yeah, we get rewards or something like that.!’ That was the extent of his understanding. To be honest, that was the extent of our own understanding until a few years ago. many of us have not been taught about the Millennium.”

So far, he is right on target.

He writes:

“…the Bible teaches us that overcomers are the only ones who will inherit the Millennial Kingdom…”

Yes indeed.

He writes:

“What we are saying is that all Christians will enter the Millennial Kingdom…We have eternal security. But only the ‘faithful overcomers’…will inherit and possibly rule in that kingdom.” (p.28)

Now we have a great big error! Missler is right in teaching that the warnings to believers are to be applied to true believers (not professors). He is right about eternal security. But he quickly brings up the Eternal Kingdom (eternity) while he is discussing the Millennial Kingdom. Let us test his view that all believers will “enter” the Millennial Kingdom. Let us see if this is true:

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

The Lord has been discussing what happens to believers (salt of the earth; light of the world) who break the least of the commandments. These who break the small commandments get into the Kingdom; but they have lowered positions:

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

But then the question naturally arises: What will happen to those who break the bigger commandments? Jesus teaches us that they do not even enter the Millennial Kingdom (Matthew 5:20)! Therefore, Missler’s view of higher and lower positions in the Millennium is partly correct. But according to Jesus, higher and lower positions in the Kingdom are actually based on keeping or breaking the “least” of the commandments. Jesus calls tithing, and such like, the lesser things (Matthew 23:23). But devouring widow’s houses, murder, and such like, are “greater” things. Paul tells us continually that believers that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Missler believes that this means they get into it, but they have no authority. But the Scripture teaches in 1 Corinthians 6 and Galatians 5, that the reward for breaking large commandments (murder, and such like) is to not inherit the Kingdom of God itself. It does not say in these verses, merely, that they will have no inheritance “in” the Kingdom. It says they will not inherit the Kingdom. Does this mean that they still enter? Jesus teaches otherwise.

The Lord teaches us plainly in Matthew 5:20 that anyone who commits such sins, will not enter the Kingdom. This is very clear. But we are not limited to this one verse:

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Notice again that “entrance” is the subject, and entering the Kingdom is the same as entering into “life,” in contrast to experiencing destruction. This does not sound like unfaithful disciples “enter,” but only lack inheritance! Those who do not enter experience destruction. Yet, there are other verses that are even clearer:

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Missler actually references this verse with the following statement:

“..1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says that if we are unrighteous, we will not inherit the kingdom…All born-again believers will enter, but only the triumphant overcoming Christians will rule and reign.”

But what does this verse (Matthew 7:21) actually say? It says that these unfaithful disciples will not “enter.” Missler actually quotes this verse on page 27:

“Overcomers are those faithful and obedient Christians who not only talk about doing the will of God, but who also do it. ‘Not every one that saith unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven’ (Matthew 7:21). By doing God’s will, we are able to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.”

This is great commentary! However, the verse Missler quotes actually teaches against his view that all believers enter into the Kingdom. The idea that unfaithful believers enter into the Millennial Kingdom, but only lose an inheritance therein, is a modern twist on the classic overcomer/accountability doctrine taught by such men as Govett, Pember, Panton, Poynder, Tilney, Fry, Nee, Craig, Rader, Ketcham, etc. It softens the view, and makes it more “acceptable” to this pampered generation. And they are so spoiled, many even choke on Missler’s view! But we have no right to soften anything for pragmatic purposes.

There are more verses that teach that all Christians will not enter the Millennial Kingdom:

Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

These disciples (whom the Lord says have their names written in heaven in Luke 10:20) are inquiring, like Brother Missler, about positions of authority “in” the Kingdom. The Lord answers them with a grave warning about not even “entering” it if they do not humble themselves! The Lord then continues – still speaking to His disciples:

Matthew 18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

The word “enter” is again used. The teaching that Christians can be destroyed by God in this day of the Lord’s patience and grace – but not on the actual day of judgment – is a false teaching that has wrought all manner concupiscence.

Some notice the word “everlasting” in Matthew 18:8, and maintain (against the context) that the warning must apply to unbelievers. But the unregenerate could live perfectly for the rest of their lives, and they will still go to hell. Romans 3-5 makes this clear. The warning (as the context reveals) must therefore apply to believers. Yet it is not a loss of eternal salvation that is implied. Everlasting/eternal fire destroyed Sodom (see Jude). The fire that “could not be quenched” also destroyed ancient Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 34:25, Jeremiah 7:20). Being cast into everlasting fire at the coming of the Lord is not the same as eternal damnation. Believers can never perish eternally, like the unbelievers. But there are numerous, other examples that show believers can actually miss the Millennial Kingdom:

Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Would Missler maintain that this is only a warning to rich unbelievers? He believes that every believer enters the Kingdom. But what about those Christians who are choked with the riches of this world? What about those who appear faithful until they are brought to the evil day where they have to choose between the Lord and mammon?

The context in Matthew 19 continues:

Matthew 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Notice how Jesus links inheriting everlasting life with entering the Kingdom. To not inherit life, is to inherit death. The context refers to the disciples, including Peter. This again speaks of not inheriting the Kingdom; and it defines it as experiencing destruction outside the Kingdom.

Notice another verse:

Mark 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Again, the warning is about not entering. And to not enter the Kingdom is to go to a really bad place! Yet, the whole warning is addressed to John, whom Jesus says belongs to Christ (v.38, 41). The different levels of authority in the Kingdom are only for those who are found worthy to enter the Kingdom; and they are based on the degree of attention given to the least of the commandments. But the judgment for breaking the greater commandments – and not repenting in time, in the fear of God, is to be cast out of the Kingdom.

Notice another:

Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

The context is the Millennial Kingdom. The danger is to be cast out; the prize is to be granted entrance. Believing the Gospel is only part of our responsibility. We must also strive in obedience. Again, the danger is more than simply losing inheritance. To lose Kingdom inheritance is to lose entrance into the Kingdom at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Notice another:

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

But what will happen to those who do not endure tribulation? The above verse teaches that they do not enter the Kingdom. If the Lord allows tribulation for us, we must not compromise our convictions to avoid it:

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

What if they are not faithful? What if they become unfaithful to avoid tribulation (as Peter did when Jesus was led away)? How can they still enter, if they do not repent in time?:

1 Thessalonians 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

2 Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

If they do not endure the persecutions in faith and patience, how shall they enter the Kingdom, in light of Acts 14:22, and these other Scriptures? “Enter” means “enter.” The Bible teaches that disobedient Christians (who do not fear God and repent in time) will not enter the Millennial Kingdom. It teaches this in plain words, and in typology. For example, Missler writes:

“The Old Testament gives us some graphic examples of believers who inherited the land and those who did not.”

Yes indeed. But at the same time it also gives us some graphic examples of believers who “entered” the land, and those who did not enter! The Israelites who were denied entrance were slain. The Bible is filled with this “exclusion” typology (remember Lot’s wife?). Missler writes:

“It very clearly shows us the distinction between simply being in the land and inheriting or owning the land.”

The verses he cites do not reveal this distinction. There are some verses that reveal that natural nations (flesh and blood bodies) will “inhabit” the Millennial Kingdom; and they will be ruled over by glorified, overcoming saints. But how does this prove that Christians from this age will enter the Kingdom but not rule therein? Every Christian that is granted entrance into the Millennial Kingdom will rule as a king over the natural nations, and he or she will also rule over other, reigning Christians who are under the glorified believer in rank. But all Christians who enter will rule and reign, to some degree; and their rank of authority will be based on their diligence in obeying the least of the commandments. However, those Christians from this age who disobey the great commandments and do not repent, are in danger of being cast out and denied entrance altogether.

Missler writes:

“Joshua and Caleb were given the land…We, too, must be diligent to finish the work God gives us…so we can enter into His rest (possess the kingdom)…there were two million Israelite believers who were supposed to inherit the blessings of the promised land, but they failed to do so…They were saved…but they were unable to receive their inheritance and go into the promised land (a foreshadow of the Millennial Kingdom)…”

This is all very good. However, it proves what I have argued in, “The Rod,” and what so many other Christian writers in the past have argued. But it does not prove the Missler (i.e. Dillow, Hodges) position. It proves that unfaithful believers do not inherit the Kingdom; and not inheriting includes not entering! Missler himself proves this point by arguing that the vast majority were unable to “go into” the promised land. The Holy Ghost in Hebrews 3 and 4 makes this point clear:

Hebrews 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

How did they “fall after the same example”? They were denied entrance. They did not enter in to “inhabit” the land. They are not a picture of the Millennial, natural nations. They picture disobedient believers (1 Corinthians 10:11). They were killed in judgment (as the Gospels have clearly warned). Hebrews (like the OT type) defines this “fall” as death and exclusion:

Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

There is the death (as in the OT example). There is the “fall” (as in Hebrews 3:11). The warning is clear. True believers can refuse to believe the promises and warnings related to the Millennial Kingdom (“unbelief”). As they make excuses for their great sins, in unbelief of God’s power, they are in danger of being slain at the Judgment Seat of Christ, and denied entrance into the Kingdom:

2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Once more, we see that “entrance” is granted into the Kingdom for adding works to our faith. We are called to labor to make this calling and election “sure.” Notice that those who come back with Jesus are all chosen. They are all the faithful ones. The Judgment Seat has ended, and the overcoming believers have been determined. The unfaithful, non-chosen ones are not found to be with Jesus at His final descent to judge the Antichrist and the nations:

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

These chosen ones have labored to make their election into the Millennial Kingdom sure by adding works to their faith. All of these saints that are with Jesus shall reign on earth:

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

These overcoming saints are not only blessed, they are holy:

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The rest of the believers will not be raised again until after the 1000 years:

Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

They will indeed “live again.” At the Great White Throne, those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will have all their tears wiped away, and there will be no more death or pain for them any more:

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

The others (overcoming) have had their tears wiped away 1000 years before the Great White Throne (7:17, etc.).

Missler continues in Chapter 1 by rightly showing how Satan hates this doctrine of accountability. But if Satan cannot tempt believers to ignore or misapply their warnings, he will tempt them to neutralize them by allegorical interpretation. It is his last chance. As an increasing number of believers awake from their foggy doctrinal slumber, he must act quickly to neutralize the warnings. Stripes must not be left to mean stripes. Fire must not mean fire. Death must not mean death.

Missler next states that God does not want to put fear upon us. He has a wrong view of 1 John 4:18. This verse teaches us that if we love our brethren, etc., we will not have to have post-sin fear (i.e. the torment that comes from knowing we have done wrong, as Hebrews 10 warns us about). But we must indeed have pre-sin fear – that fear of judgment that keeps us from sin:

2 Corinthians 7:1…perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Isaiah 8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

For example, Missler writes:

“This study is in no way meant to be frightening…”

This is a terribly unbalanced statement. What happened to the “terror of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:9-11)? What happened to Matthew 10:28? Certainly, there is a place for encouraging those who are broken. But there is also a place for warning the stubborn and rebellious who will not fear God, and who mock His warnings, and apply them to others. Shall they find mercy in relation to the Kingdom? God shows mercy to those that fear Him (Psalms 103:11); not to those who presume upon their privileges, and spurn their warnings (Jeremiah 7:4).

The first chapter concludes with some excellent points. Missler then writes:

“Both of us have been Christians for more than fifty years and we are only just now learning these things and seeing the ramification of what all this really means.”

Amen. We are all still growing. I praise God that Brother Missler has put his views in print. He could have kept them secret, etc. However, since he has made them public, his view that all Christians enter the Kingdom must be corrected. This softening of the Bible’s warnings can have great consequences in the midst of fiery temptation. For centuries, the warnings were taken literally by Christians in the midst of horrible trials. Many would leave off great sins, directly, if Missler sounded the alarm that they are in danger of totally missing the Kingdom, and can be temporarily slain at the Lord’s appearing. But they might be willing to stay in their sins, if they are taught that the only dangers they have to face are suffering mere shame, and loss of authority, as they are permitted to enter the wonderful Kingdom. We have no right to make any warning graver than the Bible presents it. But we also have no right to subtract from any warning by robbing it of its literal, physical implications.

In this first part of this review, I have provided some plain Scriptures and typology that prove that all believers will not enter the Millennial Kingdom. But we have not yet examined the fact that the Holy Spirit teaches us plainly, in the Scriptures, how to interpret parabolic warnings. In future parts of this study, God willing, I will document how the Holy Ghost reproves Missler’s figurative view by showing us, repeatedly, that parabolic warnings are always to be interpreted in a literal fashion. In literal interpretation, Bethlehem means Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:5); and stripes mean stripes (Luke 12:47)!

Also, what does this figurative view of the believer’s warnings do to the unbeliever’s warnings? At the Second Coming, “judgment” only “begins” at the household of God (1 Peter 4:17). It then proceeds to “end” with the unbelievers. Therefore, what we do with the warnings describing the judgment of believers automatically effects the judgment of unbelievers! If stripes, and being cut asunder, etc., are not literal warnings, how can we then argue that unbelievers will be literally slain or suffer torment? The “stripes” of Isaiah 53 were literal in their fulfillment. It is therefore a grave error to interpret the warnings to believers in a figurative sense.

And finally, what we do with the warnings to believers effects the literalness of the promises to believers that are found in the same context. Missler takes the ruling of cities, etc., to be very literal. He believes that ruling means ruling. Cities mean cities. Kingdom means Kingdom. These rewards (and many others) are interpreted literally. On what ground, then, does Missler interpret the contrasting warnings to believers in a figurative sense? The reward is one. It is either positive or negative, according to our works:

Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

How can we interpret the positive aspect of this reward in a literal sense, and then interpret the negative aspect in an allegorical sense? That doesn’t make any sense!:

Luke 12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

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