In the mid 1800’s a new form of eschatology was formed. It is known as dispensational – pre-millennialism. Dispensational – pre-millennialism is the most common form of eschatology today and it is unbiblical. It is the type of eschatology presented by Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHay, Jerry Jenkins, etc… which states; The rapture of the Church will occur just before the Anti-Christ is revealed and the tribulation begins. Seven years of tribulation will ensue, and then Christ will return again (is this a 3rd coming?). At this time Satan will be bound and the millennium will begin. After a thousand years, Satan will be released yet again and Christ will defeat him once and for all and usher in the New Heavens and New Earth.
Prior to the 1830’s, almost every Christian scholar, theologian, pastor and layperson believed in what is known as Post Millennialism, Historic Premillennialism or Amillennialism. Amillennial eschatology is laid out as follows.
Satan is bound at the cross of Calvary and held for a figurative 1,000 years (not necessarily a literal 1,000 years). This is known as the Church Age and the millennium. During this time the Gospel will be preached to all the nations. After this time, Satan is released and goes out to deceive the nations once more. This continues until Christ’s 2nd Coming at which time the Church is raptured. We meet Christ in the air and immediately return to earth in order to watch Him defeat Satan once and for all. At this time judgment takes place and Christ ushers in the New Heavens and New Earth.
Now let’s look at these events individually
The first event is the binding of Satan at the cross of Calvary
‘How can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then He will spoil his house’
(Matthew 12: 29)
In Luke’s account the strong man is represented as armed and guarding his palace or residence. But once disarmed by a stronger opponent, he is deprived of his spoils (Luke 11: 21-22). Christ’s claim, then, is crystal clear. He has ‘bound’ Satan and can plunder his house at will…Satan cannot successfully resist Christ. The tyrant has been defeated. He may and does counter-attack, but he has already lost the war. He knows that his time is short (Revelation 12: 12). So do his minions as they ask Christ, ‘Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?’ (Matthew 8: 29). They know that torment awaits them in hell, a place ‘prepared for the devil and his angels’ (Matthew 25: 41).
Satan is bound by the cross of Christ. There the serpent’s head was crushed and the forces of evil routed. So certain was Christ of victory as He went to His cross that He could say emphatically, ‘Now is the judgement of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out’ (John 12: 31)..it (also) needs to be remembered that the atonement is retrospective…in its efficacy, as well as prospective. In other words, it relates equally to all post-Fall history, whether for us it is past or future. It is trans-historical.
Old Testament believers (too) were saved by that cross, exactly as are New Testament believers. The blood of bulls and goats could not, and did not, cleanse their sin, but it did prefigure Christ’s effectual sacrifice on the cross. New Testament believers have vastly greater knowledge of what happened at Calvary than the saints of old, but in terms of justification they have nothing essential that Old Testament believers did not have.
Christ’s death redeems from transgressions those who were ‘under the first covenant’ (Hebrews 9: 15)…the truth that the cross relates equally to all human history since the Fall, means that Satan has always been ‘bound’ by the cross and able to move only as God permits him (see Job 1: 12 and 2: 6). This does not mean that the sacrifice left the situation unchanged. There has been a significant change, in that Satan’s activity has been further curbed and restricted, so that he can no longer deceive the nations (Revelation 20: 3)…(meaning) he cannot frustrate the Great Commission or prevent the spread of the gospel throughout the world…of course Satan is still a dangerous enemy. A dog on a chain is circumscribed in its movement, but within that sphere it can be dangerous. So it is with Satan. His movement is restricted by a sovereign God – as the book of Job makes clear – but the Christian is nevertheless exhorted to wear the armour of God. Only thus can he ‘quench the fiery darts of the evil one’ (Ephesians 6: 16)…Scripture strikes a careful balance between presenting Satan as ‘bound’, yet as dangerous as a hungry lion (1 Peter 5: 8).
Overall, Scripture sees Satan as clearly under God’s power. Calvin sees Satan serving God in spite of himself, ‘Because with the bridle of His power, God holds him bound and restrained, he carries out only those things which have been permitted to him; and so he obeys his Creator, whether he will or not, because he is compelled to yield Him service…’ (Institutes, 1:14:17). That was supremely the case at Calvary (compare Acts 2: 23).
Because Satan is on a leash, and the Christian is delivered from his authority…(being) now indwelt by the Holy Spirit and ‘sealed’ by the Spirit until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4: 30), Christ’s people can succesfully resist the devil (James 4: 7). But to do so consistently they must use the means that God has provided. Satan fears those who delight in God’s Word and who pray believingly. Contrary to some modern teaching, the Christian is ‘kept by the power of God’ (1 Peter 1: 5)….Satan lays his snares and tempts the Christian, but he cannot compel him to sin. If and when the believer sins, it is his own doing to be confessed as such (Romans 6: 14; James 1: 14-15). …to believe and teach, as some do, that a Christian can be demon-possessed is a monstrous error that runs counter to all that the Bible says about the believer. It is utterly grotesque to think that the Holy Spirit and an evil spirit can reside together in the same person…many so-called ‘deliverance ministries’ of our day are blighted by this false doctrine and are doing incalculable damage to anxious souls.
Another great result of Christ’s victory over Satan and his underlings is the assurance the Church has in obeying the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 19-20). In going forth as Christ has commanded, the Church knows that Satan cannot frustrate God’s purpose. His Word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish what God desires, gathering His Church out of the world until the end of the age (Isaiah 55: 11)…every time a sinner is saved, whether demon-possessed or not, Christ has ransacked Satan’s house!
The Second Event is the Millennium
The millennium is the church age – the time when Satan is bound (though not powerless) and most amillennialists say we are in the millennium now.
The 3rd Event is the release of Satan
This is what I want to mainly focus on in this article. Could it be possible that Satan was released in the 1800’s (strangely enough, about the time that dispensationalism was created).
Let’s look at what happened then.
1830 (approx.) – Dispensational Pre-Millennialism is created
1830 – Mormonism is created by Joseph Smith
1859 – Darwin publishes “Origin of Species”
1848 – Christadelphians are formed by John Thomas (Thomas belonged to the Disciples of Christ, who at the time were teaching that Christ would return in 1866, but he soon had a falling out with them and began his own sect)
1848 – Karl Marx publishes the Communist Manifesto
1861 – Abraham Lincoln begins the Civil War and ignores the U.S. Constitution’s granting of individual states rights
1879 – Christian Science is created by Marry Baker Eddy
1884 – Jehovah’s Witnesses were formed by Charles Taze Russell.
1884 – Fabian Society (Fabian Socialism) was founded in England. Members included Eleanor Marx (the daughter of Karl Marx), George Bernard Shaw, and H.G. Wells
1889 – Unity School of Christianity is formed by Charles Fillmore
1895 – The Fabian Society forms the London School of Economics
In the 1900’s the deceptions grew
1913 – The Federal Reserve is created. It was planned at a secret meeting in 1910 on Jekyll Island, Georgia by a group of bankers and politicians, many of which are either professors at or graduates of the London School of Economics
1919 – Prominent British and American Fabian Socialists establish the Royal Institute of International Affairs in England and the Institute of International Affairs in the U.S. Two years later the institutes are reorganized into the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
1920 – the League of Nations is founded
1922 – The CFR endorses World Government in its magazine Foreign Affairs
1928 – H.G. Wells publishes The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution. In this book Wells states; “Open Conspiracy must weaken, efface, incorporate and supersede existing governments… it is the natural inheritor of socialist and communist enthusiasms; it may be in control of Moscow before it is in control of New York… the character of the Open Conspiracy will now be plainly displayed… it will be a world religion.”
1931 – Students at the Lenin School of Political Warfare in Moscow are taught:
“One day we shall start to spread the most theatrical peace movement the world has ever seen. The capitalist countries, stupid and decadent, will fall into the trap offered by the possibility of making new friends. Our day will come in 30 years or so…”
1932 — Plan for Peace by American Birth Control League founder Margaret Sanger (1921) is published. She calls for coercive sterilization, mandatory segregation, and rehabilitative concentration camps for all “dysgenic stocks” including Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians and Catholics.
1933 – FDR takes the United States off the Gold Standard (roughly 30 years later John F. Kennedy would attempt to remove us from a fiat currency and would by assassinated. One of his successors (LBJ) first acts was to put us back on the gold standard).
1933 – The First Humanist Manifesto is published. Co-author John Dewey, calls for a synthesizing of all religions and a “socialized and cooperative economic order.” One of the signers of the manifesto, C.F. Potter said, “Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American public school is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?”
1933 — The Shape of Things to Come by H.G. Wells is published. Wells predicts a second world war around 1940, originating from a German-Polish dispute. After 1945 there would be an increasing lack of public safety in “criminally infected” areas. The plan for the “Modern World-State” would succeed on its third attempt (about 1980), and come out of something that occurred in Basra, Iraq. The book also states: “Although world government had been plainly coming for some years, although it had been endlessly feared and murmured against, it found no opposition prepared anywhere.”
1934 — The Externalization of the Hierarchy by Alice A. Bailey is published. Bailey is an occultist, whose works are channeled from a spirit guide, the Tibetan Master [demon spirit] Djwahl Kuhl. Bailey uses the phrase “points of light” in connection with a “New Group of World Servers” and claims that 1934 marks the beginning of “the organizing of the men and women… group work of a new order… with progress defined by service… the world of the Brotherhood… the Forces of Light… and out of the exploitation of all existing culture and civilization, the new world order must be built.”
The book is published by the Lucis Trust, incorporated originally in New York as the Lucifer Publishing Company. Lucis Trust is a United Nations NGO and has been a major player at the recent U.N. summits. Later Assistant Secretary General of the U.N. Robert Mueller would credit the creation of his World Core Curriculum for education to the underlying teachings of Djwahl Kuhl via Alice Bailey’s writings on the subject.
1945 – the United Nations is created
1948 – UNESCO president and Fabian Socialist, Sir Julian Huxley, calls for a radical eugenic policy in UNESCO; it’s purpose and it’s philosophy he states:
“Thus, even though it is quite true that any radical eugenic policy of controlled human breeding will be for many years politically and psychologically impossible, it will be important for UNESCO to see that the eugenic problem is examined with the greatest care and that the public mind is informed of the issues at stake that much that is now unthinkable may at least become thinkable.”
1954 – Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands establishes the Bilderbergers, international politicians and bankers who meet secretly on an annual basis
1954 – Senator William Jenner said:
“Today the path to total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by the Congress, the President, or the people… outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system, another body representing another form of government, a bureaucratic elite which believes our Constitution is outmoded and is sure that it is the winning side…. All the strange developments in the foreign policy agreements may be traced to this group who are going to make us over to suit their pleasure…. This political action group has its own local political support organizations, its own pressure groups, its own vested interests, its foothold within our government, and its own propaganda apparatus.”
1961 – The U.S. State Department issues a plan to disarm all nations and arm the United Nations. State Department Document Number 7277 is entitled Freedom From War: The U.S. Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World. It details a three-stage plan to disarm all nations and arm the U.N. with the final stage in which “no state would have the military power to challenge the progressively strengthened U.N. Peace Force.”
1973 — Humanist Manifesto II is published:
1993 – CFR member and Trilateralist Henry Kissinger writes in the Los Angeles Times concerning NAFTA: “What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system… a first step toward a new world order.”
1996 – The United Nations 420-page report Our Global Neighborhood is published. It outlines a plan for “global governance,” calling for an international Conference on Global Governance in 1998 for the purpose of submitting to the world the necessary treaties and agreements for ratification by the year 2000
2001 – George Bush, signs into law the Unconstitutional Patriot Act
2001 – The SORT Treaty is signed beginning the implimentation of the UN’s “Global Governance.”
2010 – The START Treaty is signed further implementing the UN’s “Global Governance” plan.
2011 – 2012 – Barak Obama creates and signs into law Obama Care, an unconstitutional health care plan that uses tax payer monies to fund abortion, and possibly euthanasia
The premise of this thesis is this: If Dispensationalism is incorrect, and I believe it is, and Amillennialism is correct, and I believe it is. Then it is quite possible that Satan was released in the 1800s. If this is correct, and there’s no guarantee that it is; then we could be very near the time of Christ’s return. In-fact, according to Scripture the only thing that remains is the revealing of the Anti-Christ (as it could easily be argued that the falling away has already occurred – See 2nd Thessalonians 2:3)