Bulletin for Sundays 02/01/2009
with Robert Prater
PREMILLENNIALISM, Part 1
One of the most erroneous teachings being passed off as truth these days is the doctrine of premillennialism. The premillennialist believes that Jesus will one day “rapture” all the saints before or during a period of great tribulation on the earth. During this tribulation, an, “Antichrist” will rise to political power and amass great armies that destroy everything in their path. At the end of this seven-year tribulation, the premillennialist believes that Christ will return and lead His armies to victory against the Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon. Christ will then supposedly re-establish the throne of David at
Jerusalem(the ), where Jesus will reign in peace and harmony for a thousand years. kingdomof God
While this is admittedly an exciting and intriguing doctrine, it simply does not harmonize with what the Bible says. First, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus will return only once, and that this world will then be consumed in a fervent heat. (cf. Heb. 9:28; 2 Thess. 3:9-14) Second, when John uses the term. “antichrist” in his writings, it always refers to an attitude or doctrine, not a specific individual. (cf. 1 John 4:1-3) Third, the Bible clearly states that the political throne of David came to an end in Jeremiah’s day.
Jeremiah 22 records the fates of four of the last five kings of
. You will remember that in prophecy, Judah was the tribe of royalty, the tribe which the Messiah would emerge (cf. Gen. 49:10). Jehoaichin was the second-to-last king of Judah . He sat on the throne of David a mere three months before being taken captive to Judah . Notice what is said of him: “Thus says the Lord, ‘Write this man down as childless…none of his descendants shall prosper, sitting on the throne of David, and ruling anymore in Babylon .” (Jer. 22:30) Jehoaichin (also called Jeconiah or Coniah) was doomed to live out his days in chains, and Jeremiah prophesied that none of Jeconiah”s descendants would return to a national rule of Judah . The age of political kings from the tribe of Judah saw its end with the captivity of Jehoaichin. Judah
What then became of David’s descendants? God has promised David that his seed would one day give rise to the Messiah (2 Sam. 7:12 -13). With the removal of Jehoaichin from power, it looked as if there might be no Messiah after all! In the midst of people’s despair, however, God inspired Jeremiah with one of his most important prophecies: “I will raise to David a BRANCH of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.” (Jer. 23:5) Despite the fact that David’s political throne was no more, God still promised a King for His people!
What kind of King is Jesus? Matthew 1:11 records that David’s bloodline did indeed continue through Jehoaichin until Jesus. Interestingly, although they had the right credentials, Joseph and Mary did not have any political power in
(fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy). Joseph was a simple carpenter from an unpopular corner of Israel Israelcalled . Still, Matthew 1 fully demonstrates that Jesus had the credentials to be the kind of political King that David was. Nazareth
Jesus had a different kingdom in mind, however: “My kingdom is not of this world” (Jn. 18:36 ). You see, Jesus fully intended to establish a kingdom, but He NEVER intended to claim the literal throne of David and reign on earth, as premillennialism teaches. Those who have obeyed the Lord in faith, repentance, confession, and baptism are, “transferred into the kingdom of the Son.” (Col. 1:13; cf. Mt. 16:16-19; Jn. 3:3-5; Acts 8:12, 28:30-31) May all people repent, for the kingdom is HERE, and the King is already on His throne! More next week.
Everyone in the congregation is invited to a Valentine dinner on Friday evening, February 13, 6:30 p.m. at LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker. The entrée choices will be steak, chicken fried steak, and grilled chicken. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer (with prices listed for each entrée). Please check which entrée you think you would like just so we can give the restaurant an idea of what to expect. If anyone needs a ride, the vans will leave at 6:00 p.m. See Maggie Prater for more info.
Jearline Bates, former secretary at Central Church of Christ for 30 + years, passed away on Wednesday afternoon in
. Funeral services are to be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 at Cooper Funeral Home in Norman Regional Hospital Tecumseh, OK
Harvey Moore tests at M.D. Anderson last week showed no malignancy in the lung. He will have to remain in
for IV treatments. Houston
Bob Bivins’ and Jim Cross’ eye surgeries last Thursday went well.
Hazel Lee Behrnes has moved to Shawnee Colonial Estates, room 50.
It was so good to see Lorine Watson in services Sunday.
Prayers have been requested in behalf of: Danielle Simpson (granddaughter of Gerald & Leona Smith); Sharlene Latsey (friend of Pamela Blackshire); and Tara Costoe (co-worker of Kevin Laffoon)
Remember cancer, chemo, & radiation treatment patients in prayer: Hazel Lee Behrnes, Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Lorine Watson.
A couple of things…
First: I need the LTC forms! Anybody who hasn’t turned them in yet, please do so ASAP!
Second: Sunday evening after worship the youth group will have a Super Bowl party at the youth house. Kids, bring chips and bottled pop, we’ll supply the pizza.
Did I say a couple of things? Oops, I meant a few things!
Third: I got a note from Trey Canard’s mom at Church Sunday with Trey’s racing schedule. His races are televised on the SPEED channel. Here are a few dates that give us a chance to watch him in action.
Feb. 1 – 11am (
) San Francisco
Feb. 8 – 5 pm (
Feb. 15 – 5 pm (
) San Diego
Matt. 22:23 -46
Matt. 23:23 -39
Mark 1:23 -45
Mark 4:21 -41
Mark 5:21 -43
Mark 6:30 -56
February 13, Friday @ 6:30 , Valentines Party LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker
February 22, 23, Affirming the Faith Seminar, Theme: “I Am Not Ashamed,” hosted by OKC area churches of Christ; held at N. MacArthur; www.affirmingthefaithok.com
February 28, Central Teacher’s Work Day, Saturday, 10 a.m. Lunch provided.
March 6, Annual Shawnee Area Leadership Dinner, hosted at Lakeview. More TBA
April 5, Family Seminar at Central, Dr. Alan Martin from
Oklahoma Christian University
Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in the armed forces.
We hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 136
Worship Service 195
Sunday Evening 114
Wednesday Evening 118
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Dwyane Dennis
Song Director: Dale Beard
Scripture: Eric Park
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Mitch Harmon
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Gene Norton Tim McGalliard
Lynn Harmon Kenton McGalliard
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Brandon Gober Norwood
Jim Pettyjohn Ron Taffe
Foyer: Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator: Ron & Debbie Taffe
Barbara Vanlandingham & Molly Gettle
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Cross
Song Director: Austin Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Tim Norton
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Josh Lyons Jim Walling
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Paul Harris
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297