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The fable of Premillennialism

November 30, 2011 Comments off

In his article Premillennialism, the Scriptures and Convergent Issues, K. Neill Foster, an Evangelist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance, says that the twentieth chapter of Revelation is the key biblical passage supporting the idea of a literal 1,000 year reign of Christ on the earth, with its capital at Jerusalem. All nations, he suggests, will come to worship at Mount Zion. He wrote: Read more…

The 144,000 virgins

November 29, 2011 Comments off

Brian Collins has posted some comments on the people who are sealed in Revelation 7, and he relates them to Numbers 1, in his post: “Numbers 1 and the 144,000 of Revelation.” Read more…

Millennialism in the 17th Century

November 28, 2011 Comments off

In the early seventeenth century the leading advocates of the future millennium were English scholars Thomas Brightman and Joseph Mede.

In 1691, Richard Baxter observed that after a century of discussion about the millenium, “no consensus had … been achieved concerning whether the golden age would be literal or spiritual, in heaven or on earth, or, indeed, about whether the millennium was to occur in the past, present, or future.” He wrote: [1] Read more…

Jurieu and the Kingdom of Christ and the Church

November 25, 2011 Comments off

In his third category of Arguments to support the idea of a future thousand year reign, Pierre Jurieu considered the prophecies of a glorious kingdom that remain to be fulfilled; they have not been fulfilled to the Jews, nor to the Church, any time in the past, and  so must refer to some future time. Read more…

Numerical links in Revelation

November 24, 2011 Comments off

In the book of Revelation John frequently links to other Scriptures or to other sections of Revelation with numbers. A possible example is his use of a thousand years in Revelation 20, which links together the period when Satan is bound, and the time that the saints reign with Christ. The thousand years may also suggest links to other Scriptures, such as 2 Peter 3:8. In the table below the numbers that occur in Revelation are listed, along with Scriptures that they may link to. Read more…

Jurieu on the promises to the Jews

November 22, 2011 Comments off

The second of Pierre Jurieu‘s four “springs” of arguments in which he endeavours to prove the thousand years reign is presented below. [Pierre Jurieu. The accomplishment of the prophecies, or, the approaching deliverance of the church. 1687. 2nd Part, Ch. 17. pp. 294-311.] Read more…

Jurieu and the reign of the saints

November 21, 2011 Comments off

In his exposition on the Apocalypse, Pierre Jurieu claimed that the 1260 days of Revelation 11:3 & 12:6 represent 1260 years, which he believed would soon come to an end, and that the millennial reign of Christ on the earth would afterwards be established, and the date he calculated for this to occur was the year 1785 A.D. [Pierre Jurieu. The accomplishment of the prophecies, or, the approaching deliverance of the church. 1687. 2nd Part, Ch. 5. p. 59] Read more…