Here is abundant evidence that there is no interval of a thousand years between the Second Coming of Christ and the resurrection, general judgment, and end of all things. All these events come together. The only answer of the premillennialists to this objection to their theory is that the Day of Judgment and that the millennium may be contemporaneous. In other words, the Day of Judgment may be a thousand years long. Elliott holds to a conflagration, partial at the beginning of this period, complete at its close. Peter?s prophecy treating the two conflagrations as one, while the book of Revelation separates them so a nearer view resolves binary stars into two. But we reply that, if the judgment occupies the whole period of a thousand years, then the coming of Christ, the resurrection and the final conflagration should all be a thousand years also. It is indeed possible that, in this case, as Peter says in connection with his prophecy of judgment, one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day?; <610308>2 Peter 3:8). But if we make the word ?day? so indefinite in connection with the judgment, why should we regard it as so definite, when we come to interpret the 1260 days?
(c) That the literal interpretation of the passage, holding, as it does, to a resurrection of bodies of flesh and blood and to a reign of the risen saints in the flesh and in the world as at present constituted, is inconsistent with other Scriptural declarations with regard to the spiritual nature of the resurrection body and of the coming reign of Christ.
<461544> 1 Corinthians 15:44, 50 ? ?it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body?Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.? These passages are inconsistent with the view that the resurrection is a physical resurrection at the beginning of the thousand years, a resurrection to be followed by a second life of the saints in bodies of flesh and blood. They are not, however, inconsistent with the true view, soon to be mentioned that ?the first resurrection? is simply the raising of the church to a new life and zeal. Westcott, Bib. Com. on <431418>John 14:18, 19 ? ?I will not leave you desolate [margin: ?orphans?] I come unto you. Yet a little while, and the world beholdeth me no more; but ye behold me: ? ?The words exclude the error of those who suppose that Christ will ?come? under the same conditions of earthly existence as those to which he submitted at his first coining.? See Hovey, Bib. Eschatology, 66-78.
(d) That the literal interpretation is generally and naturally connected with the expectation of a gradual and necessary decline of Christ?s kingdom upon earth, until Christ comes to bind Satan and to introduce the
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