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fore the apostasy should eome to the full, and the man of sin be revealed. This is confirmed by verse 7. The Holy Spirit, who, while he is gathering the Bride,15 reproves the world of sin, righteousness and judgment,10 will, when he is taken out of the way, catch up the Bride to meet the Lord in the air, leaving the apostate church, adulterous Israel and the ungodly world, to believe a lie,17 and then shall the lawless one be revealed. Praise God, that the Church is to be kept from this awful hour of temptation.18 She shall be with her Lord,19 while the world is ruled by antichrist.
But, though antichrist shall so greatly exalt himself and rule over the world with such power, yet "shall he come to his end, and none shall help him."20 The Lord shall destroy him "with the brightness of His coming," literally "will paralyze (him) with the forthshining of His arrival"21 (See Rotherham's translation), when He shall
(15) 1 Cor. 12:12. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Eph. 4:30. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
(16) John 16:8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
(17) 2 Thes. 2:11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.
(18) Luke 21:36. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass', and to stand before the Son of man.
Rev. 3 :10. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I
also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
(19) 1 Thes. 4:17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thes. 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10. Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
(20) Dan. 11:45. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
(21) 2 Thes. 2:8. And then shall be revealed the lawless one. whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming. come, with His saints, to execute judgment upon the ungodly.22 Yes, he shall "be brought down to hell (sheol), to the sides of the pit." They that see him shall narrowly look upon him and consider him, saying, "is this The Man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness and destroyed the cities thereof?" Isa. 14:15-17.
We would call special attention to the fact that antichrist denies the Father and the Son,23 and that the Greek words in 2 Thes. 2:7-8 should be rendered "the mystery of lawlessness"—"the lawless one." Tuis, we think, gives an alarming significance to the atheistic and lawless trio of socialism, nihilism and anarchy, so rapidly spreading in our day, and which seeks to wipe out all law relating to marriage, property, etc.
It may be that these are the immediate precursors of antichrist. At any rate, he is surely coming, and sad indeed is the thought of a godless world, rushing on to such a culmination of evil.*
* For a more extended statement of this subject of the antichrist; the rebuilding of Babylon, as Satan's earthly capitol and the headquarters of commercialism, its complete overthrow and destruction, and other co-relative events, see the author's pamphlet, "Satan, his kingdom and its overthrow." F. H. Revell Co., Chicago, New York, etc.
(22) Jude 14. And to these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, Behold, the Lord came with ten thousand of his holy ones,
15. To execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness which they have un
godly wrought, and of all the hard things which ungodly sin. ners have spoken against him.
(23) 1 John 2:22. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
The Principal Event.
We believe that the foregoing outline of the order of events will commend itself to every careful student of the Word. However, we persistently urge but ONE POINT, and that is the Pre-millennial Coming Of Christ And Rapture Of The Saints. This we believe to be the Great Hope for the church, and the principal event for which believers wait.1
Much has been revealed in regard to the Tribulation, the Kingdom, etc., which follow the Rapture; but it is, as it were, only an outline. And, dear reader, let us not be discouraged if we cannot fully understand it.
Do not forget that The King is coming. And when He comes it will be time to make known, in detail, the manner of the Kingdom.2
Post-millennialists apparently forget this altogether, and because they cannot fully understand those things in regard to the Lord's coming, which we now see through a glass darkly, they reject what is plainly revealed.
If, even in the present dispensation, we cannot explain the doctrines of "Free Will," and "God's Sovereignty," to our mutual understanding,—much less can we comprehend the glory, which shall be revealed in us, in the coming
(1) 1 Thes. 1:9. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
(2) 1 Sam. 10 :24. And Sam
uel said to all the people, See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.
25. Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the Lord. AndSamuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.
Kingdom. Let us not be disturbed, then, by the questions which they ask; such as—
How will men be saved during the Millennium?
What will be the means of grace?
What may take the place of the preaching of the gospel? and of the sacraments of the Church?
The Jews could not have answered similar questions before the first coming of Christ. It was not revealed until He came.
Jesus is coming Again, and it is just as consistent that we shall receive an addition to the revealed Word of God when He comes, as it was when He came before.
He will speak again, who spake as never man spake,3 even the dead will hear His voice,4 and the gracious words which shall proceed out of His mouth5 will be a continual revelation.6
It will all be plain when Jesus comes, for we shall be like Him and see Him as He is,7 eye to eye,8 face to face.9
Post-millennialists seem to think that all must be accomplished under the Church, and with present instrumentalities.
Pre-millennialists look for the main accomplishment under Christ Himself, who will cut short the work in righteousness,10 and with different instrumentalities.11
(3) John 7:46. The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
(4) John 5:28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
(5) Luke 4:22. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's Eon?
(6) Mat. 11:27. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
(7) 1 John 3:2. Beloved,
now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
(8) Isa. 52:8. Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
(9) 1 Cor. 13:12. For now we see through a glass, darkly: but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
(10) Rom. 9:28. For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a Post-millennialism exalts the Church.
Pre-millennialism exalts Jesus and fills the heart of the believer with a Living, Personal, Coming Savior.
Post-millennialists, though Acknowledging that the Second Advent of Christ is the very Pole Stak of the Church, have little heart in it, and are disposed to say very little about it. This is natural and perfectly consistent for those who believe the event is at least a thousand years away.
They very seldom preach or talk about it.
Preach the Word.
What a contrast to Paul, who charged Timothy to Preach The Word (2 Tim. 4:2);* and when writing to Titus, of the blessed hope and glorious appearing of Jesus, he said: "these Things Speak." Ch. 2:15.
And again, when writing to the Thessalonians of the descent of the Lord and the rapture of the church, he said: "wherefore comfort (or exhort) One Another With These Words." Ch. 4:18; see also 2 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 10:25; 2 Pet. 1:19.12
We ask our post-millennial brethren, Why do you not give the Church these comforting words,—this "meat in
* "I bear full witness, in presence of "God and Christ Jesus "who is about to be judging living and dead, both as to His "forthshining and His kingdom proclaim the Word." Rotherham's N. T. from the Gr. text of Tregelles.
short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
(11) Isa. 4:4. When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
Also Zech. 14.
(12) 2 Tim. 3:16. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness.
Heb. 10:25. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
2 Pet. 1:19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the daystar arise in your hearts.