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

What Is Millennial Glory?

Here is the promise: "And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word: But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of he Lord" (Numbers 14:20-21). "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9). And again: "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14)

    And here is the fulfillment: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth forth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard" (Psalm 19:1 -3). "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (II Corinthians 3:18).

    The glory of God is revealed in the face of Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 4:6). Christ is to be preached in all the world (Mark 16:15). He is to be received in faith by all people (I Timothy 2:4). And the glory of full salvation in all mankind is to be the end result (Colossians 1:27-29). God has done all that is necessary to see this goal accomplished. As far as God is concerned it is already done. The earth is even now filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea--the very heavens declare it! Sinners cannot see it, of course! They never will until they repent of sin and believe the kingdom gospel!

    Christ's return is not to impart the wrongly-conceived "millennial glory" of Darbyite dispensational premillennialism—God has designed a plan of full and free salvation to do that now. Believers can now rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Peter 1:8) for Christ shares his glory freely with the fully sanctified in heart (John 17:22).
    The antinomians of yesterday and of today do not, yea they cannot, comprehend millennial glory. In the darkness of their carnal mind they cannot see the reality of God's glory filling earth and sky and sea today. Thus, it is only natural these should want to rob the present church age, in order to pay some fictitious, post-second coming Jewish millennial era.

    May God save the present Wesleyan Holiness Movement from the postponement of the kingdom theory of modern dispensational premillennial antinomianism! May the Spirit open our eyes to behold, in Christ Jesus our present messianic king, the glory of the Lord revealed!

    The only so-called "millennial glory" the world will ever see this side of eternity is the reign of the Holy Ghost in the hearts of the wholly sanctified. Christ is now objectively "Lord of all" (Acts 10:36). Nothing can be added or subtracted to make Christ "reign" objectively any more than He does right now. The real substantive issue is whether Christ reigns in you and in me, and that is a matter that, because of free moral agency, you and I must individually determine.

    Christ reigns in redemption. What degree of it do you believe in? To what degree have you personally experienced it? Are we content to settle for less than what Calvary has provided? If we are, then we shouldn't blame God for the lack of any millennial glory!

    The Second Coming judgment is delayed precisely so that all men everywhere may repent of sin and find on earth millennial glory (II Peter 3:9).

    Hallelujah! What a Savior!

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