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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Fall Edition 1999

John Wesley: A-millennialist

    We believe that John Wesley was "catholic" enough in his Christian faith to be called an "a-millennialist," though he never attempted to refine an intricate system of futuristic prophetic understanding. Wesley believed what the universal Christian church had taught, in main, up until his day, that is, that Christ would come in the end of the world to resurrect the dead and judge all mankind. No man could determine the day or hour of this coming, for it would arrive "suddenly and -unexpectedly," and would involve major physical upheavals in the earth and heavens. John Wesley looked for a consummation in the future, as most evangelicals today believe—in contradistinction to preterism, which denies the relevancy of end-time Bible prophecy to our day (the "end-time" in question was the events of 70 A.D.)--, yet had no sense of any elaborate scheme of events associated with the end-time, which contemporary Darbyites are so divisively prone to dwell on!

    Friends, John Wesley would have been completely befuddled by the emotionally tinctured pre-, mid-, or post-tribulation "rapture question" conflict of our modern day. Why? Because he didn't know anything about any future seven year tribulation period to begin with, nor had he ever realized that the rapture of the church was something that could be separated from the general resurrection of the dead!

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