dominion is prior to the Second Advent. One passage only seems at first sight to teach the contrary, viz.: <662004>Revelation 20:4-10. But this supports the theory of a pre-millennial advent only when the passage is interpreted with the barest literalness. A better view of its meaning will be gained by considering:
(a) That it constitutes a part, and confessedly an obscure part, of one of the most figurative books of Scripture and therefore, ought to be interpreted by the plainer statements of the other Scriptures.
We quote here the passage alluded to. <662004>Revelation 20:4-10 ? ?And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon theft forehead and upon theft hand; and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.?
Emerson and Parker met a Second Adventist who warned them that the end of the world was near. Parker replied: ?My friend, that does not concern me; I live in Boston.? Emerson said, ?Well, I think I can get along without it.? A similarly cheerful view is taken by Denney, Studies in Theology, 232 ? ?Christ certainly comes, according to the picture in Revelation, before the millennium; but the question of importance is, whether the conception of the millennium itself, related as it is to Ezekiel, is essential to faith. I cannot think that it is. The religious content of the passages, what they offer for faith to grasp is, I should say, simply this: that until the end the conflict between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world must go on. As the end approaches it becomes ever more intense, progress in humanity (not being a progress in goodness merely or in badness only) but in the antagonism between the two and that the necessity for conflict is sure to emerge even after the kingdom of God has won its greatest triumphs. I frankly confess that to seek more than this in such Scriptural indications seems to me trifling.?
(b) That the other Scriptures contain nothing with regard to a resurrection of the righteous, which is widely separated in time from that of the wicked but rather declare distinctly that the Second Coming of Christ is
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