The second coming is one coming. Single event, just as Jesus ascended to heaven, so in that same way He will return. There is no evidence at all from Scriptures, that Jesus will secretly come back to reign for a 1,000 years before His actual coming back again. It is untenable. Unless you like to read too much and infer too much from things that are unspoken and extrapolate it to fit your preference for physical deliverance.
The main issue that Premillenialist (like Macarthur) are not answering, is the unity of the bible. Which is why Premillenialist by logic has to be Dispensationalist. They do not believe in the unity of the message of the bible. In fact, Old Testament is not the same message as the New Testament. They make demarcations that are unnecessary and forget that, running through the course of history, there is but one method of salvation; through faith and submission to work of Jesus Christ at the cross at Calvary.
Hebrews 11 is a vivid passage that spells this out clearly on the practical level. In fact, the whole of the epistle to the Hebrews painstakingly elaborates on the necessity to see the thread of salvation throughout human history.
If you want to find out whether you are a Dispensation-Premilleanialist believer, ask yourself this question: How were the Old Testament saints saved? On what basis.
If it is on a different basis than what was revealed in the New Testament, then you are a DP guy.
Being a literalist by definition does not automatically mean that you are accurate. Unfortunately, many Christians are deluded into thinking that a ‘literal’ approach is always the best approach. Just because it applies to historical books in the bible, does not mean it is applied equally on those books that are prophetic, poetic, wisdom, etc.
The book of Revelation is a wonderful portion of God’s Word that gives us the truth concerning the future from various emphasis to better clarify the spiritual matter so that we do not miss it at all.
For that, we thank God for the hope of the coming trials and glorification of His saints on earth and in heaven.
Stop deluding yourselves on a physical kingdom on earth, and look at the emphasis of Jesus on a spiritual kingdom in heaven. That has always been the case. Physical Israel was never meant to be a lasting kingdom in the physical sense, for even the multitudes of Israel died in unbelief while in the wilderness.
(1 Corinthians 10:5-6)
Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. (6) Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.
The conjunctive word “now” and “that” in verse 6 shows the connection between what happened to those unbelieving Jews that did die in the wilderness as judgment from God (not all Israelites who died were in the grace of God). Those who desire evil, prove that God’s grace is not in them.
(Hebrews 3:7-11)Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, (8) do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, (9) where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. (10) Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ (11) As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.'”
Again this is obvious from the letters to the Hebrews.
So, are you short-sighted and putting your hope on the physical things of this world? Or are you looking upwards to the heavenly possession that God has given, through His begotten Son who was slain for your salvation?
Do not seek to avoid the tributation, for it will come. Hope that you will not see the Great Tribulation, and if you do, that God’s grace is sufficient for us, even to death.
Soli Deo Gloria.