The only scriptural basis for this theory [i.e., premillennialism] is Revelation 20:1-6, after an Old Testament content has been poured into it.1
However, Satan soon took the form of a serpent (Revelation 12:9; 20:2) with the specific goal of perverting and reversing this divinely ordained hierarchy. Instead of governing the physical world for God, Adam and Eve were influenced by creation (the serpent) to rebel against God (Genesis 3). Such rebellion represented a top-to-bottom reversal of God’s original intention for the office of theocratic administrator. Satan’s success in inciting this rebellion effectively removed the office of theocratic administrator from the earth, as Satan then became the ruler of the world (Luke 4:5-8; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2).
What, then, is the storyline of the Bible? It is how this office of theocratic administrator is restored through the future messianic kingdom. Just as God the Father originally intended to indirectly govern the physical world through the first Adam, He will one day govern the world through the last Adam or God the Son, Jesus Christ. In other words, only when God the Father governs the last Adam, or Jesus Christ, who in turn will govern the entire world during the millennial kingdom, will the office of theocratic administrator that was lost in Eden ultimately be restored to the earth. Thus, God cannot allow the present heavens and earth to go out of existence until this very structure is restored. Otherwise, God would come out the permanent loser of history, since what He sought to establish in Eden would never be restored to earth. God simply cannot allow this possibility to happen, thereby making the future millennial kingdom an absolute necessity.
The restoration of the physical kingdom, or office of theocratic administrator, as the dominant theme of the Bible has been recognized by numerous theologians. Note Dr. Charles Ryrie’s explanation:
One day, God the Father will restore what was lost in Eden. He will again rule the world indirectly through a human intermediary. This human intermediary will not be the original Adam, but rather, the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), or the unique God-man Jesus Christ, who is the eternally existent second member of the Trinity. Thus, there is obviously much more to defending the doctrine of premillennialism then simply citing a somewhat obscure prophetic passage found at the end of the Bible. Rather, the doctrine of the millennium begins at the earliest possible place in God’s revelation to mankind, and then from there quickly becomes one of Scripture’s most dominant themes.
Enigmas found at the end of the Bible are typically resolved at the very beginning.
Dr. Henry Morris well noted:
Andy Woods earned his JD degree from Whittier Law School in California, where he practiced law and taught business and law-related courses. Andy later earned his ThM and PhD degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the senior pastor at Sugar Land Bible Church in Sugar Land, Texas. Andy and his wife, Anne, have one daughter.
1. Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology: With a Complete Textual Index, 4th and rev. ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s, 1932; reprint, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1996), 715.
2. Charles C. Ryrie, Basic Theology (Chicago, IL: Moody, 1999), 511.
3. J. Dwight Pentecost, Thy Kingdom Come: Tracing God’s Kingdom and Covenant Promises Throughout History (Wheaton, IL: Victor, 1990), 316.
4. Mark Hitchcock, The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2012), 421-22.
5. Henry Morris, The Revelation Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Revelation (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1983), 14.