by E.W. Bullinger

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E.W Bullinger
Isaiah 11:9; Matthew 24:37

The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea (Isa. 11:9).

As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be (Matt. 24:37).

It is a fundamental article of the Christian faith that Jesus, who was conceived of a virgin, born in Bethlehem, suffered and died for the sins of His people, rose again from the dead, and ascended up into heaven, shall in due time come again with power and great glory. Whatever views individuals may hold concerning this event, all creeds and confessions of faith, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Western, and Oriental bear their witness to it; all the churches of the world can unite in the words of the Te Deum, "We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge."

Again, all are agreed that the Scriptures reveal a time of universal blessedness as being in store for this world, and the world itself looks forward to "a good time coming." All are agreed that it will be characterized by a universal knowledge of divine truth, universal subjection to divine rule, universal peace among nations, and blessing for "all Israel." This happy period of the world is commonly spoken of by the word millennium (two Latin words which together mean "a thousand years"), because five times in six verses (Rev. 20:1-6) when Saint John speaks of that age, he calls it "a thousand years."

Now while all Christians are agreed as to these two great facts: (1) that Christ is coming, and (2) that this time of universal blessedness is also coming, yet all are not agreed as to the relation of these two events, the one to the other. The simple question is this, which of these two events will take place first?

The question is not whether Christ is coming and it is not whether a Millennium of peace is coming, but which of these events precedes the other.

All other questions in connection with t ...

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