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investiture to their kingdoms from the Roman Emperor and then returned to occupy them and reign. So Christ received from his father, after his ascension, the investiture to his kingdom but with the intention not to occupy it till his return at his Second Coming. In token of this investiture he takes his seat as the Lamb on the divine throne? ( <660506>Revelation 5:6-8). But this interpretation contradicts <402818>Matthew 28:18, 20 ? ?All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth?lo. I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.? See Presb. Rev. 1882:228 . On the effects of the pre-millennial view in weakening Christian endeavor, see J. H. Seelye, Christian Missions, 94-127; per contra, see A. J. Gordon, in Independent, Feb. 1886.

(e) We may therefore best interpret <662004>Revelation 20:4-10 as teaching in highly figurative language, not a preliminary resurrection of the body in the case of departed saints but a period in the later days of the church militant when, under special influence of the Holy Ghost, the spirit of the martyrs shall appear again, true religion be greatly quickened and revived and the members of Christ?s churches become so conscious of their strength in Christ that they shall, to an extent unknown before, triumph over the powers of evil both within and without. So the spirit of Elijah appeared again in John the Baptist ( <390405>Malachi 4:5; cf. <401113> Matthew 11:13, 14). The fact that only the spirit of sacrifice and faith is to be revived is figuratively indicated in the phrase: ?The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years should be finished? = the spirit of persecution and unbelief shall be, as it were, laid to sleep. Since resurrection, like the coming of Christ and the judgment, is twofold, first, spiritual (the raising of the soul to spiritual life), and secondly, physical (the raising of the body from the grave), the words in <662004>Revelation 20:5 ? ?this is the first resurrection? seem intended distinctly to preclude the literal interpretation we are combating. In short, we hold that Revelations 20:4-10 does not describe the events commonly called the Second Advent and resurrection but rather, describes great spiritual changes in the later history of the church, which are typical of, and preliminary to, the Second Advent and resurrection and therefore, after the prophetic method, are foretold in language literally applicable only to those final events themselves (cf. <263701>Ezekiel 37:1-14; <421532> Luke 15:32).

<390405> Malachi 4:5 ? ?Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Jehovah come?; cf. <401113>Matthew 11:13, 14 ? ?For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, that is to come?; <263701>Ezekiel 37:1-14 ?

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