What is your favorite promise from Bible prophecy about the future?
Dr. Reagan: This is the fourth part of a series where I interview Roberta Roberts Potts concerning various topics related to Bible prophecy.
Bible prophecy contains a lot of promises about the future. A lot! What would be one of your favorite promises for the future?
Roberta Potts: They're all wonderful, and I think they're all my favorite, but the very neatest thing to me is from 1 Corinthians 13 where Paul says, "Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face." When I see my Jesus I'm going to know Him just like He knows me. If He numbers the hairs on my head, I'm going to know Him like He knows me. It is so incredibly exciting to know that's coming!
Dr. Reagan: I always think of that verse in Romans 8:18 where it says, "The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is yet to be revealed to us." You know, that is a mouthful! There are people suffering terribly from depression and cancer and all kinds of horrible things. But, the Bible promises that no matter what you suffer, it is "nothing compared to the glory that is yet to be revealed to us." Wow!
Roberta Potts: Absolutely! I think of my mother-in-law who is suffering now with dementia, and you can see in her eyes how she suffers. Before she lost her mind she knew Jesus, though. She was the most precious mother-in-law. I think of that Scripture and I pray that over her. Her suffering now is not worthy to be compared to what she is going to experience in Heaven.
Are we living right now in the Millennial Kingdom?
Dr. Reagan: The majority viewpoint concerning end time Bible prophecy among both Catholics and Protestants in the world today is Amillennialism. Most people are not aware of that because there are so many popular writers in the Premillennial camp who write so many books, and so people think that Premillennialism is the majority viewpoint, but it is not. The majority viewpoint is Amillennialism, and that is the view that we are in the Millennium right now. It began at the cross and it will end when Jesus Christ comes back. According to Amillennialism, there is no future Tribulation, there is no future Millennium, and we are in it right now. Amillennialism claims that Jesus Christ is reigning from Heaven over all the world. What is your response to that?
Roberta Potts: When you want to figure out a concept you generally want to look at the source where the concept came from, and the concept of the Millennium came from the Bible, last I knew. So, let's check out and see what the Bible says.
If you were to look at Isaiah it says that if it's during the Millennium, Mom can take her little toddler out to the nest of a snakes and say, "Johnny, stick your hand down there." No problem. This is one of those advertisements like, "Don't do this at home!" That makes sense today because we are not in the Millennium. It is not safe today for mothers to let their child stick his hand down in the nest of a snake because it's not safe.
I remember the time you had a program where you were preaching somewhere and you had this lion in a cage?
Dr. Reagan: That's right.
Roberta Potts: As I recall you did not let that lion loose.
Dr. Reagan: I did not! I was scared to death of that lion.
Roberta Potts: So, I think that answers that question. We are not in the Millennium.
Dr. Reagan: I'll tell you this, if Jesus Christ is reigning over this world right now, He's not doing a very good job of it, because every nation is in revolt. The Bible says when Jesus reigns the nations are going to be in submission. Jesus is going to rule with rod of iron. The earth is going to be flooded with peace, righteousness and justice. Where is that today?
Six times in the book of Revelation in chapter 20 it proclaims the Millennium will last a 1,000 years. If you go by the Amillennial viewpoint, it's been 2,000 years and still going. You have to go in and spiritualize all of Revelation 20 and say it does not mean what it says. You can get in trouble with your interpretation when you start doing that.
Roberta Potts: Absolutely!
Dr. Reagan: I believe not just with regard to Bible prophecy, but I believe the whole Word of God from the book of Genesis to the end that you should just take the plain sense meaning of the Scriptures. I like to say, "If the plain sense makes sense, don't look for any other sense, or you'll end up with nonsense." Just take the plain sense meaning.
Yes, there are symbols in places, but symbols have a plain sense meaning. Jesus is called the "Rose of Sharon." That is because He is a beautiful person. Jesus is not called the "Tumbleweed of Texas." So, these symbols have a meaning behind them, and it's pretty easy to figure out just what those meanings are.
In the last segment of my interview with Roberta Roberts Potts, she answers the question: "When will the Rapture occur?"