The Millennium will follow the Lord’s return – an explanation by H. Grattan Guinness

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“The millennium will be a peculiar period, unlike any period that has as yet been known on earth. If it were immediately to precede the coming of Christ, it would surely have been mentioned among the signs of that great event which we are exhorted to note. But it is never so mentioned; it is never mentioned at all in connection with an advent following it. In no one single passage of Scripture can the two events be found in this order; nor can a single text be produced in which the second advent of Christ is spoken of, in connection with a preceding millennium. We must therefore conclude that the millennium is to follow the coming of Christ…

“… This book [Revelation] presents the church as exposed to tribulation, and having need of patience, as bearing a painful and dangerous testimony to Christ, and as enduring temptation and persecution, right up to the time of the advent. Its author was, in his own person, a representative of the church in these respects. ‘I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.’ Never in the whole course of the book do we see the saints exalted and reigning, until after the second advent …”

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The Approaching End of the Age – Viewed in the Light of History, Prophecy and Science by H. Grattan Guinness (1879)

Published at Historicism.com

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