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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Fall Edition 1996

Adam Clarke On The Millennium

    "It is truly an astonishing thing that men will prefer hope to enjoyment; and rather content themselves with blessings in prospect than in possession! . . . Thousands, in their affections, conversation, and conduct, are wandering after an undefined and indefinable period, commonly called a millennial glory, while expectation is paralyzed, and prayer and faith restrained in reference to present salvation; and yet none of these can tell what even a day may bring forth; for we now stand on the verge of eternity, and because it is so, 'now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation'" (Clarke's Christian Theology, p. 420).

    Did Christ actually conquer the Devil on Calvary two-thousand years ago? And what degree of deliverance from the power and dominion of the Evil One is available to believers in this present life through the power of the Cross? Sadly, those who deny the fullness of redemption from sin that is available through the true Christian gospel now are all too eager to read some post-second coming "earthly millennial reign" into the Revelation twenty text. Ironically, however, the Revelation chapter twenty text itself  says nothing about: (1) the reign of Christ on earth, (2) the reign of the saints on earth after the second coming, or (3) the involvement of the Jews in any type of a political kingdom. Consider the non-Wesleyan source of those ideas— and beware!

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