Pan-Protestant Rejection Of An Earthly Golden Age Before Christ Returns

They condemn also others who are now spreading certain Jewish opinions, that before the resurrection of the dead the godly shall take possession of the kingdom of the world, the ungodly being everywhere suppressed.

Augsburg Confession (1530) art. 17

We further condemn Jewish dreams that there will be a golden age on earth before the Day of Judgment, and that the pious, having subdued all their godless enemies, will possess all the kingdoms of the earth. For evangelical truth in Matt., chs. 24 and 25, and Luke, ch. 18, and apostolic teaching in II Thess., ch. 2, and II Tim., chs. 3 and 4, present something quite different.

Second Helvetic Confession (1566) ch. 11.

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  1. Brings to mind what I just heard ten minutes ago on a Dispensationalist-centered, small-potatoes Christian radio show who would say this means you’re wrong because Israel isn’t the focus point and you’re not interested in teaching Bible prophecy.

  2. A Christian Jew complained that it’s the Gentile Christians not the Jewish who promote a coming golden age for ‘Messianic Jews’.

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