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Philip Mauro on the thousand year reign

December 28, 2011 Comments off

Philip Mauro, in his book “Of things which soon must come to pass,” [1] said that the thousand years of Revelation 20 refers to a future millennium. He connected the thousand year reign of the saints with Ephesians 2, which he said also refers to future rewards. He wrote: [2] Read more…

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M. G. Kline, Armageddon, and discrete millennialism

December 26, 2011 Comments off

In his article “Har Magedon: The End of the Millennium,” [1] Meredith G. Kline reviewed a previous study by C. C. Torrey on the Hebrew term translated as har magedōn, and showed how this is significant for the millennium debate. Kline identified this as a reference to Mount Zaphon or Mount Zion, and said it is parallel or equivalent to har moēd in Isaiah 14:3, the “Mount of Assembly.” He wrote: [2]

This in turn proves to be of critical significance in the millennium debate. For it adds a final, decisive point to the traditional amillennial argument for the identification of the conflict marking the end of the millennium (Rev 20:7–10) with the climactic battle of the great day of the Lord to which the Apocalypse repeatedly returns, as in the Rev 16:12–16 account of the Har Magedon encounter itself and the Rev 19:11–21 prophecy of the war waged by the messianic judge. Read more…

Revelation 20 and 12 compared

December 24, 2011 Comments off

William Milligan D. D., (1821-1892) was Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In his comments on Revelation 20, Milligan pointed out that there are striking parallels between the prophecies in chapters 20 and 12 of Revelation. He wrote: Read more…

B. B. Warfield on the Millennium

December 23, 2011 1 comment

Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921) was professor of theology at Princeton Seminary from 1887 to 1921. He discussed his views on the thousand years of Revelation 20 in a lecture entitled The Millennium and the Apocalypse. [1] Warfield quoted Klieforth’s comment: “because the so-called millennium is included in its compass, it has been more than any other part of the book tortured by tendency-exposition into a variety of divergent senses.” [2] He observed: [3] Read more…

Ezekiel’s visionary armies compared

December 21, 2011 Comments off

Ezekiel describes two armies, one in chapter 37, and another in chapters 38-39. These may be connected, like the wheat and the tares growing together in the same field, in the parable of Jesus. One is destroyed by various judgments, and the other one is revived.

The army described in the prophecy of Joel is said to be “a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.” [Joel 2:2] In Joel’s prophecy, there is only one army, and verse 11 says, “And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great.” The army is identified as God’s army. After the description given in verses 1-11, the prophet calls for repentance. [Verses 12-20] Read more…

The thousand years and the temple

December 20, 2011 Comments off

From the erection of the first temple by Solomon, to the destruction of the Herodian temple in 70 AD spans a little more than a thousand years. If the time for which Solomon’s temple lay in ruins is excluded, a temple was standing in Jerusalem for a little less than a thousand years. Perhaps John’s use of a thousand years in Revelation 20 is connected to the period in history when a literal temple of God, made with hands, stood in Jerusalem. Read more…

Ezekiel and the thousand year reign

December 15, 2011 1 comment

In Revelation 20:4, John says that the saints who are “beheaded” for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and who do not worship the beast, or his image, “lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” He does not say that they reign over nations on the earth. Neither does he say anything about Jesus returning to the earth, for the thousand year reign to begin, as premillennialism teaches. That doctrine denies the reign of Christ as Lord over all at the present time, and says Jesus is yet to become king; he is currently “uncrowned.” He has to descend to the earthly Jerusalem, it is said, and he will reign there as king. Ethnic Jews, they allege, will then be doted on by Gentiles. Read more…