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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," May Edition, 2010

The Logic Of The Midnight Cry Awakening

Two logical propositions, along with the common sense implications that flow out of them, determine everything here.

The first is the historic Christian belief that Christ, not Antichrist, was the divinely-intended covenant-maker of the Daniel 9:27 passage.

We say “historic Christian belief” because that is exactly what it was. Those who do open and honest investigation into the history of Christian thought concerning the Daniel 9:24-27 text will soon be forced to acknowledge this fact.

The strength of the prejudice otherwise lies in the deception involved with the nineteenth century English Plymouth Brethren, Sir Robert Anderson’s, “Roman Antichrist” theory. Academically discredit Sir Robert Anderson’s legendary theory of interpreting Daniel’s prophecy of the Seventy Weeks, as we and others have already done, and the whole modern popular system of dispensational premillennial end-time Bible prophecy teaching comes crashing to the ground.

Why do we insist that the logic involved with Christ as the covenant-maker of Daniel 9:27 is a proposition that changes everything? Because it profoundly alters the dynamics of our end-time Bible prophecy world view perception, or mentality.

First, because if Christ is indeed the covenant-maker of the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy of the seventy weeks, then the seventieth week cannot be all yet future. Daniel’s seventieth week does not refer to some future seven year great tribulation period at the end of the present age, before which the church is presumably to be secretly raptured out.

Second, because if the “covenant” of the seventy week is the “new covenant” of the Christian revelation, then obviously more attention needs to be paid to our understanding of the redemptive fullness and finality of this present age. Dispensationalism’s parenthetical church age and postponed kingdom concepts are hereby also eliminated, and the fable of premillennialism, itself, begins to stand exposed.

The central creedal confession of Biblical Christianity is that the Messiah appeared on earth two-thousand years ago, in complete fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, and that He established at that time God’s kingdom of redemption among men. Christ IS the kingdom! At His first appearance the kingdom began to be established. When He arose from the dead and ascended on high that establishing work, in terms of its historical objectivity, was complete.

The kingdom of the Messiah is redemption from sin, both in its committed and in its original forms. This is the personal and subjective aspect of it. The kingdom is full salvation. It is “righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

Dispensationalism is in denial of the true kingdom of Jesus Christ. Its insistence that “Jesus is coming back to set up his kingdom,” completely ignores the teaching of the New Testament that “setting up His kingdom” is exactly what the Messiah accomplished at the time of His first advent. In this process of denial, dispensationalism also subverts our understanding of the nature of Christ’s kingdom. The conception of the future millennial kingdom that dispensationalism portrays is “carnal,” much like the misguided ideas held by the Scribes and Pharisees of the first Christian century, who crucified Jesus because He taught a spiritual kingdom, and did not fulfill their expectations of what the promised messianic kingdom was supposed to be like. The carnality of their conception of the kingdom was also directly tied to the sinful nature in their hearts.

The teachings of dispensationalism appeal to a wide range of professing Christians who are adverse to the Bible doctrine of full salvation for the same reason. Getting rid of the kingdom until some future age allows these “carnal” believers to comfortably continue living below the standard of holiness that the Bible really teaches. To affirm the present realization of the kingdom of full and free salvation, on the other hand, restores the dynamic of the old Wesleyan and later second blessing Holiness revival movements.

The Devil has a vested interest in opposing the spreading of Christ’s true kingdom of redemption in the world today. What better way to accomplish this, than through the popular dispensational teaching that the kingdom has been postponed.

If Christ is the covenant-maker of Daniel 9:27, and the “covenant” involved is the “new covenant” of the Christian revelation, then the above dispensational nonsense of the parenthesis and the postponement must be forever abandoned. Abandoning that nonsense is part of what it means to begin to experience the true “midnight cry awakening.”

We have only begun to scratch the surface in explaining the implications of the logic that is involved in accepting John Wesley (and John Calvin’s!) belief that Christ is the divinely intended covenant-maker of Daniel 9:27.

We are saying that there exists within the Bible a very “different” end-time Bible prophecy “world view” than what modern popular dispensational premillennial theory teaches, and that this is something that we all need to know about.

This very “different” end-time Bible prophecy scenario is what is likely to come in the year 2012, or shortly thereafter. And how can anyone justifiably say that it is not, if they do not even know, themselves, what the bar of perceived expectations is, that is even being talked about?

Popular dispensational teaching has scandalized the minds of most people regarding what the Bible really teaches about the second coming of Jesus Christ. Not everyone is a dispensationalist, however, so there are still lots of people who are open-minded in really wanting to know the truth.

There is another logical proposition with equally profound implications for our world view and our mentality. We’ll talk more about it later.

Our goal now is to provoke our fellow dispensationalists to jealously, in the hopes of waking some of them up to a renewed interest in the Blessed Hope.

We’ll see what happens.

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