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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…

Pierre Jurieu on the 1,000 years

November 18, 2011 1 comment

Chiliasm was supported by some of the early Christian Fathers, who constructed an analogy linking man’s history spanning six thousand years, with the six days of Creation. This tradition suggested that man’s history was to be completed by a thousand year Millennial reign, just as the six days of Creation in Genesis were followed by the sabbath day in which God rested.

Pierre Jurieu (1637–1713), Huguenot professor of theology and Hebrew at Sedan in northern France, argued that the future Millennium was a type of the eternal rest promised to the saints. He dismissed the idea that the sabbath day could be a type of the eternal rest, but claimed that it was a type of the seventh period of the Church. Read more…

Lactantius & the thousand years

November 17, 2011 Comments off

Lactantius (ca. 240 – ca. 320) was a  teacher of Latin, born in Africa, who became a friend of the Emperor Constantine. He was the author of The Divine Institutes (Divinarum Institutionum) in which he pointed out the futility of pagan beliefs and sought to establish the reasonableness and truth of Christianity. Patrick Healy says of this work, “The beauty of the style, the choice and aptness of the terminology, cannot hide the author’s lack of grasp on Christian principles and his almost utter ignorance of Scripture.” Read more…

Times and seasons in the sayings of Jesus

November 16, 2011 Comments off

In Revelation 19:10, the angel said to John, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” What do his sayings recorded in the Gospel accounts reveal about the times and seasons? Do they support the idea that prophetic times, and units of time, should always be understood literally? Some sayings of Jesus concerning time are examined below. Read more…

The thousand years in Revelation 20:1-9

November 12, 2011 Comments off

In his prophecy about the “thousand years,” John declared that during that period Satan is bound, and no longer deceives the nations, and in the same period of time, those who have been beheaded reign with Christ, and they are priests of God and of Christ. The apostle Peter said that a thousand years with God is as a day, and a day as a thousand years. [2 Peter 3:8] Thus, when John mentioned a thousand years as the length of the saints’ reign with Christ, this must be a figurative number, to be understood spiritually, rather than in terms of the letter. Earth days, earth months, and earth years, do not apply to things that are spiritual. The reign of the beheaded saints together with Christ, in Revelation 21, is clearly a spiritual concept. How could it be otherwise? Read more…

David Brown: The Blessed Hope 8

November 11, 2011 Comments off

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The following concludes David Brown’s series on the Blessed Hope.

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David Brown: The Blessed Hope 7

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In this the seventh article in the series, David Brown claims that “the Gospel Church is not a new thing under the sun: historically and lineally, it is that very ‘Israel of God.'” He writes, “in the light of the New Testament, no position is more unscriptural–none more distorting to all Biblical truth–than that the Church, in the proper sense of that term, had no existence till the day of Pentecost.”
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David Brown: The Blessed Hope 6

November 11, 2011 Comments off

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In this the sixth article of his series on the Blessed Hope, David Brown discusses Romans 11 and the promise of Israel’s restoration.

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David Brown: The Blessed Hope 5

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Below is David Brown’s fifth article in the series on The Blessed Hope.

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David Brown: The Blessed Hope 4

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David Brown’s discussion of flaws in premillennialism continues below.

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David Brown: The Blessed Hope 3

November 10, 2011 Comments off

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Below is the third article in the series on The Blessed Hope, by David Brown, in which he considers statements by the apostles which seem to be inconsistent with popular ideas about the millennium.

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David Brown: The Blessed Hope 2

November 10, 2011 Comments off

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Below is the second article of a series by Rev. David Brown, D.D., in which he critiques the premillennial theory, and presents his views on the Blessed Hope of the gospel.

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David Brown: The Blessed Hope 1

November 10, 2011 Comments off

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Rev. David Brown, D.D. (1803-1897), was Professor of Theology at Free Church College, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1857-1887, and was elected principal in 1876. He served as moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church in 1885. He is remembered as one of three editors of the popular Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments (6 vols., Glasgow, 1864-70); the other editors were R. Jamieson and A. R. Fausset. Brown contributed the sections on the Gospels, the Acts, and the Epistle to the Romans.

In 1870, Brown authored a series of articles for The Christian, a weekly newspaper published in London, on The Blessed Hope, in which he presented his defense of the Post-millennial view of prophecy. The Historical or Protestant view had been previously explained in a series of articles written by P. H. Gosse, and Futurist view was supported by Rev. Richard Chester. Below is the first article by Brown.

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When the thousand years are finished…

November 8, 2011 Comments off

In Ecclesiastes 6:6, the phrase a thousand years is associated with a human lifetime: “Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?” In the Psalms, a thousand years is compared to yesterday when it is past, and a watch in the night, concepts which might apply metaphorically, or spiritually, to a lifetime. “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” [Psalm 90:4] The number a thousand is used in Scripture to indicate an indeterminate quantity, and completeness or fullness. “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” [Psalm 50:10] Read more…