We are a Christian Fellowship meeting in North London with a strong interest in teaching
the Bible and understanding our time in
the light of Bible prophecy
Kingdom and Dominion - what the Bible teaches
When I first became a Christian in 1970 my interest in world events caused me to
study the subject of Bible prophecy. From this study I came to a conclusion which
was both optimistic and pessimistic at the same time. The bad news was that the present
world system is on a highway to destruction. The good news was that Jesus is coming
back again. From my reading of the news and the Bible I understood that the present
world system would end with the rule of Antichrist and a time of great tribulation
on the earth; the final conflict would centre on Israel as the nations challenge
the Jewish peoples right to settle in their Biblical homeland; this war would bring
mankind to the brink of destruction, only to be prevented by the return of the Messiah
Jesus, who would then judge the world and begin his 1000 year reign from Jerusalem
in which there would be peace and the knowledge of the Lord worldwide (Isaiah 2,
11, Zechariah 14, Revelation 20).
After arriving at this view from my own reading of the Bible I discovered it was
known as the pre-millennial view of scripture (i.e. Jesus returns before - pre -
the establishment of his millennial - 1000 year - rule). As it made sense to me of
the Bible and the state of the world I thought it was generally agreed by Bible believing
I realised this was not the case when I became involved with a fellowship connected
with the Restoration movement. Here was a new viewpoint, rejecting the eschatology
of disaster (i.e. that the end of this age would come with a disaster), and seeing
the church go out in a blaze of glory, having demonstrated the power of Jesus Christ
over Satan in a great end time revival which would sweep the earth in preparation
for the Lords return. This is the post-millennial view (i.e. that Jesus returns after
- post - the millennial kingdom has been established by the triumph of the church).
In September 1983 one of the leaders of the Restoration movement, Bryn Jones, recorded
a vision he had of this great revival taking place with the following results:
Ordinary Christians would be equipped with supernatural powers, laying hands on the
sick with extraordinary miracles taking place in public places. Poverty would be
abolished among them as multitudes turn to the Lord and have their material needs
met through his provision.
The powers of darkness would be overthrown - governments and religious systems based
on principles opposed to the Bible would be shaken as the Church emerges in power
All nations would reach out to God as the Church is established as the mountain of
the Lords house, the highest of nations. Heads of governments in despair at their
own failure to solve the problems of humanity will turn to the revived church asking
them to teach us the ways of God.
Following this great revival the Lord will return for his glorious church and wind
The fellowship we were involved with looked at a commitment course for members to
follow containing this teaching. One paragraph read:
It is Gods purpose that His glory should cover the earth, that this world which has
been so scarred by sin and Satan should once more show forth the beauty of God. The
way He will do this is through His Church ... The rule of God as King is exercised
through his people and it means that we must take spiritual authority over the forces
of darkness now to bring to pass the will of God in the world. We are described in
Revelation 5.10 as a Kingdom of priests to our God who reign on the earth. God wants
us to reign now! ... All this means we have a glorious world-wide vision for the
Lords people, an exciting revolutionary programme of world dominion for our God.
Laying a Foundation by John Houghton and Richard Haydon-Knowell.
I could not accept that in this present age the Church is going to be involved in
any kind of world dominion and questioned this whole theology. I soon found myself
out of favour and considered to be in rebellion against authority and before long
our family left the fellowship and began a period in which we found ourselves increasingly
out of step with things being said by influential leaders of the church. We also
discovered that our view of the end times was under attack from almost all wings
of the church.
The attack on the pre-millennial view came with a great deal of hostile material
about Israel. Christians who believe the restoration of Israel is a fulfilment of
prophecy were accused of accepting Israeli supremacy and terrorism as part of the
fulfilment of Gods promises. (Restoration magazine May / June 1991). One entire edition
of this magazine was devoted to attacking Israel politically and spiritually. It
contained some of the most biased material I have read anywhere on the subject and
I wrote a reply to it which is available on request.
As I worked on this subject I realised that the rejection of Israel as a fulfilment
of prophecy is needed by those putting forward this view because they wish to apply
the prophecies which speak of the physical restoration of Israel in the last days
(e.g. Isaiah 2.1-4, Ezekiel 36-37, Jeremiah 30-1, Zechariah 12-14) to the spiritual
restoration of the church. According to this view the Church is now to be the inheritor
and ruler of the world, not the Lord Jesus reigning through Israel during the Millennium.
According to this view Jesus cannot return before the Church attains full maturity
and dominion over all, and those who deny this are holding up the victory and return
Many calls to prepare for the great revival of the end times have gone out:
We believe its Gods will that the righteous should reign on this earth, and were
seeing people preparing themselves to be lawyers, doctors, generals, admirals, presidents,
and congressmen. The righteous will rule and the people will rejoice. John Giminez,
New Wine Magazine January 1986.
A new order is emerging in purity and power - the kingdom of God. The people of God,
united in love and submission to Jesus Christ, will fill the earth as they take the
kingdom and as all nations are brought beneath the feet of King Jesus. David Mansell
in Restoration January 1991.
In order to bring this about prophecies are given of imminent revival, calls to unity
across denominational barriers, regardless of doctrine, and marches take place in
our cities claiming them for Jesus. As one who has become rather an outsider to all
this activity I have to ask, Where is the revival?
The government, control of mass media, education, law and order seem to be increasingly
in the hands of forces which are anti-christian. Communism may have fallen in the
Soviet Union but it is being replaced by chaos and new forms of wickedness, many
of which are imported from the West, not by governments looking to the Lord for direction.
Most of the people in our society mock at or totally ignore our marches, prophecies
Many Restoration leaders have had to admit that prophecies they gave of imminent
triumph have proved false, although they rarely abandon the wrong doctrine they are
teaching or cease to be considered leaders after giving false prophecies.
Nothing that has happened over the past 23 years that I have been a Christian has
caused me to question the basic pre-millennial view of prophecy: that world conditions
will get worse before Jesus returns, that there will be lawlessness, wars and a great
increase in human wickedness, together with a falling away from the truths of the
Bible affecting most of professing Christendom.
There will be great opportunities for evangelism and the Gospel will be preached
to the ends of the earth, but the aim of this is to save people from the wrath to
come when God will judge this present evil world and separate those who have eternal
life through repentance and faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord from those who go
to eternal hell because they have rejected Gods offer of salvation. Israel will remain
the centre of world attention until Jesus returns, Gods timepiece showing us that
the Day of the Lord is drawing near. In preparation for this we must repent and believe
the Good News that Jesus the Messiah has come once to save us from our sins and that
soon he will return in power and glory to judge all mankind according to our response
to the Gospel.