Will There Be A Millennium

On This Earth?


by James Willoughby*


[* Mr Willoughby, M.A. was the first principal of the Strict Baptist Bible Institute which began in London in 1923.  He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1938].



A Period of Remarkable Blessedness


There is to be on this earth a period of remarkable blessedness (Isaiah 11: 5-10; Daniel 7: 13, 14, 18, 27).


The events here referred to will not take place before the coming of the Son of Man with the clouds of heaven (verse13): ‘Behold, He cometh with clouds’ (Revelation 1: 7).  And again see Revelation 11: 15.  The events here referred to will not take place before the time of the sound of the seventh trumpet, which will be ‘the last trump’ and will sound when prophets and saints will be about to receive their rewards (Revelation 8: 2; 11: 15, 17, 18), that is, at the coming of our Lord (compare Revelation 11: 18 with 1 Corinthians 15: 52, Luke 14: 14, 2 Timothy 4: 8, 1 Peter 5: 4, Revelation 22: 12).


Accordingly, there is to be on earth a period of remarkable blessedness which never has been, and never shall be before the second coming of our Lord.


Two Resurrections


There will be two resurrections, one of the just and the other of the unjust.


1. In no passage is it asserted, or necessarily implied, that all the dead

will simultaneously arise.


It is not necessarily implied in John 5: 28-29; ‘The hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation;’ for in verse 25 we read, ‘The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live  Whether the coming to life again referred to in verse 25 was the coming to physical life of some dead bodies, as of Lazarus and others, or the coming to spiritual life of many dead souls ‑ souls dead in sins ‑ they most certainly did not in either case all come simultaneously to life; therefore verses 28 and 29 do not necessarily mean that all the dead bodies will come simultaneously to life; for the two passages are parallel.  In fact, the latter passage speaks of two resurrections, one of the just* and the other of the unjust, but does not, of course, indicate whether they will take place simultaneously or otherwise.


[* See Matt. 5: 20; Luke 14: 14; 20: 35; Phil. 3: 11; Heb. 11: 35b; Rev. 6: 9-11; 20: 4.]


2. ‘Thou shalt he recompensed at the resurrection of the just’ (Luke 14: 14).


If all the dead were to rise simultaneously there would be no need of the qualifying phrase ‘of the just  ‘Thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection,’ would have been sufficient.  Thus this passage also makes it natural to conclude that there will be two resurrections, one of the just, and the other of the unjust.


3. ‘The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that worldage’], and the resurrection [out] from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: neither can they die any more: for they are equal to the angels; and are children of God, being the children of the resurrection’

(Luke 20: 34-36).


In this passage the word rendered by ‘world’ means ‘age,’ and the phrase, ‘ek nekron,’ rendered by ‘from the dead,’ means ‘from among the dead.’  Accordingly (a) there will be a resurrection from among the dead; (b) only [regenerate] children of God will be accounted worthy of that resurrection, and (c) only these [who ‘attain’ unto that resurrection] will be accounted worthy to live in resurrected bodies during the future remarkable age.


Now, the phrase, ‘ek nekron’ (from among the dead) occurs in the New Testament 42 times.  In 31 places it refers to our Lord’s resurrection [out] from among the dead.  In 3 places it refers to John the Baptist: Herod thought John had risen from among the dead.  In 4 places it refers to Lazarus, who rose from among the dead. In other places it refers to other children of God, but in no place does it manifestly refer to children of Satan.  If these will rise in the second resurrection and if all who will rise in it will rise simultaneously, then there will be no rising of the wicked* from among the dead.


[* Keep in mind: There are many within the redeemed family of God, who are described in the Holy Scriptures as “wicked”!  1 Cor. 5: 12, 13. cf. Num. 14: 26, 25.]


Now, manifestly, since the resurrection spoken of in the last passage quoted will be a resurrection of the just [righteous] from among the dead there will be another resurrection, namely, of the unjust, from among whom the just will have been already raised.


4. Now consider Revelation 20: 4-6.


‘And I saw thrones (I beheld till thrones were placedsee Daniel 7: 9), and they (i.e., the saints, ‑ see Daniel 7: 18, 27) sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them (see 1 Corinthians 6: 2 and Daniel 7: 22); and I saw the souls of them that were (had been) beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God (the apostle here makes special and honourable mention of one class of the saints, namely those who had been beheaded), and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands (in the latterforegoing words he makes special and honourable mention of either another class of the saints, or else a larger class including the beheaded saints and possibly all other persons then in Christ), and they lived (not [just] the ‘souls,’ for the word rendered by ‘souls’ is in the feminine gender, whereas in the context the pronouns referring to the persons [i.e., resurrected persons in glorified bodies] spoken of in this clause are in the masculine gender) and reigned with Christ a thousand years  Manifestly those who are to live [after resurrection] and reign with Christ are those who are to sit upon the thrones, namely, ‘the saints


‘The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were (should be) finished.  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such (over these) the second death bath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years  ‘They lived’ means, ‘Their bodies again lived,’ for we read, ‘The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were (should be) finished,’ which manifestly means that their bodies did not again live until the thousand years should be finished, and it would be most unnatural to suppose that in two places so very near each other the word ‘lived’ could have two entirely different meanings.


That all the dead saints will rise at the sound of the last trump is clear: ‘We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed’ (1 Corinthians 15: 51-52). ‘For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive ... Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming’ (1 Corinthians 15: 22-23).


Accordingly, there will be two resurrections of dead bodies, one of the just, and the other of the unjust, with a millennium lying between.  Even if the language in Revelation 20: 4-6 were all figurative, which it most certainly is not, could a thousand years mean anything except a thousand years?  This millennium leaves room for the remarkable age in which children of God [who] were to be accounted worthy to live in bodies raised to life; it leaves room which we cannot find anywhere else for the remarkable period of blessedness referred to in Isaiah 11: 5-10, and for the reign over the earth of Christ and His saints spoken of in Daniel 7 and in Revelation 5: 10, and for the radical change in the government of the earth spoken of in Revelation 11: 15; and while these passages do not show that Christ, as man, and His saints, will abstain from passing to and fro between heaven and earth during the millennium, they do show that in the said period Christ and His saints will reign over this earth.



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The Millennium from the Old Testament*


by George Barnett


[* This is part of a message given at an S. G. A. T meeting in January 1949.]


If there is to be no millennium on this earth, then to me at least the Bible becomes a meaningless book.  So much is written of blessing to come to this earth as also to Israel restored and forgiven in their OWN land, that if I am to believe that none of this is true then I am afraid that I should have to close the book and confess it unreliable.


Psalm 110: 1 says, ‘Jehovah said unto My Lord, sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool  In Isaiah 66: 1, we hear God saying, ‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool,’ therefore the gathering of the enemies of Israel and of Christ must be on the earth to become His footstool.  Zechariah 14: 4 tells us that when that shall take place, ‘His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east  The Mount of Olives and Jerusalem are both in Palestine (as it was then knownEd.), therefore on the earth.


As the coming again of Christ will be to save the spared remnant of Israel and to destroy their enemies, so it will also be to deliver creation from the bondage of corruption in which it now travails (Romans 8: 21), hence Isaiah 11: 9, ‘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’ ‑ note the earth, not heaven; the earth has never yet been full of the knowledge of the Lord, therefore it must be future.  Still speaking of the earth, Isaiah 35: 1 says: ‘The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them (Israel); and the desert shall ... blossom as the rose  There are no wildernesses or solitary places or deserts in heaven therefore it must mean on this earth.


Ezekiel 40 and 41 describe a Temple yet to be built, the details of which are so minutely and accurately given that it is said that an architect is able to sketch its plans and elevation.  Some have said that it was Ezekiel’s dream of an ideal temple, which was never realised.  But this cannot be, for the glory of the Lord is seen by the prophet coming into and filling the house (43: 1­5; also specially note verse 7).


Ezekiel 48 describes the future division of Palestine in strips from east to west.  The land has never been so divided, therefore it remains to be fulfilled in the millennium.  Moreover, Israel has never yet possessed the land in its fullest extent as promised to Abraham (see Genesis 15: 18).   All our maps show Palestine as a very small country, no larger, it is said, than Wales; but God gave it to Abraham and to his seed from ‘the river of Egypt (which I believe to be the Nile) to the great river, the river Euphrates,’ which makes it a large land indeed.  It may be that much of it is now desert and wilderness, but it is to this that Isaiah 35: 1 refers, then no longer desert, but blosson‑fing as the rose.


Now we know that none of this has been fulfilled, therefore, as ‘the Scripture cannot be brokenall must have a literal fulfilment, and that in the millennium on this earth.  Finally, in Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Daniel 2: 36-45), we have a description of the four great world empires, and of the fifth, which is Christ’s, like to a stone ‘cut out of the mountain without hands  There are no stones or mountains in heaven, therefore it is an earthly figure, and it is said of the stone (verse 35) that it ‘became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth;’ so when, as in Daniel 7: 13, the Ancient of days shall sit, one like unto the Son of Man shall be brought before Him, and to Him will be given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages shall serve Him.


Then, as in Revelation 11: 15, great voices in heaven will be heard saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever  Zechariah 14: 9: ‘And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day there shall be one LORD, and His Name one





[This article is taken from the book, ‘Text Meditations: in the Form of Short Treatises’ published in 1903].



‘This same Jesus, Which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven’ (Acts 1: 11).


Some persons, who hold the unscriptural notion of ‘a secret rapture,’ have supposed that this passage teaches, that as only a few persons, who were believers in Jesus, saw Him go into heaven, and none others, that this will be the case when He comes again; and that, therefore, He will come secretly, and that believers only (some say all, and others, watchful ones only) will see Him when He comes [at the end of the Great Tribulation]*.  But this notion is rebutted, not only by the positive and absolute statements of Scripture to the contrary, but by this very passage itself; for the ‘so’ and ‘in like manner’ expressly refer to the ‘going’ and ‘coming again’ only of the Lord Himself, i.e. that He went up in ‘a cloud,’ and ‘from the Mount of Olives;’ and ‘so’ and ‘in like manner’ it is also expressly stated that He will return.


[* See ‘Conditional Rapture’ (by D. M. Panton) – a removal of ‘careful’ and watchful saints, ‘begging that they might be able to escape all that is about to happen,’ and to ‘stand before the Son of Man’ (Luke 21: 34-36, lit. Gk.), BEFORE the the Great Tribulation.]


1. He went up in a cloud: so also will He return.


‘Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him (not a few only), and they also which pierced Him: and all the kindred of the earth (tribes of the land, i.e. of Israel: for Israel will then be gathered into their own land) shall wail because of (for) Him.  Even so, Amen’ (Revelation 1: 7).


‘Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth (land, i.e. of Israel) mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other’ (Matthew 24: 29-31).


‘But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.  And then shall He send His angels, and shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven’ (Mark 13: 24-27).


Jesus said unto the High Priests and the Elders, ‘Ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven’ (Mark 14: 62).


‘And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh’ (Luke 21: 25-28).


‘For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father, with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works’ (Matthew 16: 27).


‘Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels’ (Mark 8: 38).


2. He went up from the Mount of Olives; so also will He return to it.


‘And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.  And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with Thee’* (Zechariah 14: 4-5).


[* That is, ‘all’ who were ‘watchful’ and  ‘able to escape,’ by being rapt into heaven before the Great Tribulation set in.  See Luke 21: 34-36; Rev. 3: 10.  Always keep in mind: Scripture speaks of more than one rapture of living saints: some are removed before the Tribulation; some must ‘endire unto the end]


‘For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of His place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth (i.e. the land of Israel. See in proof, Deuteronomy 32: 13; Isaiah 58: 14; Amos 4: 13).  And the mountains shall be molten under Him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place’ (Micah 1: 34).


‘Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.  Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him.  He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people.  Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.  And the heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself’ (Psalm 50: 2-6).


‘A fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His enemies round about.  His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.  The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.  The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the people see His glory’ (Psalm 97: 3-6).


‘Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting [age-lasting] destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power: when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day’ (2 Thessalonians 1: 6-10).*


[* NOTE.  The word ‘and’ above, can be used, seen, interpreted and understood as a disjunction, sepatating the unregenerate ‘who know not God,’ from disobedient regenerate persons ‘that obey not the gospel


Paul was writing to those who were perseveraing in faith, persecutions and trials (1: 4); and so were (by their lifestyle of obedience to God), to ‘rest’ with them (the aspostles. [See Heb. 4: 8, 9, 11]), ‘when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven’ (v.7): but not all who are regenerate can be included with them, (unless by repentance and obedience to Christ) their lifestyle is synonymous with that of the saints’ to which Paul’s epistle was addressed.  See 1 Cor. 5: 11-13; Gal. 5: 19, 21; Eph. 5: 6 for examples of divine threats against the regenerate whose lifestyle is at present contrary to theirs.


If the word translated ‘everlasting’ [Gk. aionios, the adjective equivalent of aion, which has been indiscriminately translated ‘eternal’ or ‘everlasting’ in various English translations, is translated as ‘age-lasting;’ and the word ‘and’ is seen and understood as a disjunction and not a conjunction, we have two distinct classes of people described above – the unregenerate (non-Christians), who ‘know not God;’ and the disobedient regenerate (real Christians), who ‘obey not the gospel’.


The Greek word ‘aionios’, translated ‘everlasting’ above is misleading.  Those for whom Christ is the source of ‘eternal’ or ‘everlasting’ salvation (all regenerate believers) already possess eternal salvation and eternal life as a ‘free gift’ (Rom. 6: 23. cf. Eph. 2: 8); and, beyond that, this initial salvation was not acquired through obedience to Christ.  Rather, it was obtained by believing (faith) on the Lord Jesus Christ.  (For example, see John 3: 16, where the word aionios must be translated as ‘eternal’ or ‘everlasting’; simply because (by the context in which it is found, and by comparing Scripture with Scripture) the context in which the word aionios is found demands this interpretation and translation.


This text above appears to me to be a case in point, where word aionios (is wrongly translated as ‘everlasting’ instead of ‘age-lasting’ destruction.  That is, the reaping of ‘destruction’ by disobedient regenerate believers who sow to please their ‘sinful nature’ (Gal. 6: 7a). 


The  ‘destruction’ in Gal. 6: 8, is therefore for a period of ‘a thousand years’ (an aeon or millennial age) after the righteous dead are resurrected.  That is, their bodys (‘the flesh’ [v.8]) will remains in the grave, and their disembodied souls must therefore remain in Hades -  the place of the dead, (Acts 2: 27 and 31; cf. Acts 2: 34; Rev. 6: 9-11; 20: 4, 6.): and this is why the apostle Paul encouraged regenerate believers to ‘work … with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know’ (or rather they should know) ‘that you will’ (at the time of Christ’s return) ‘receive an inheritance’ – (i.e., a millennial or aionios [age-lasting] inheritance no doubt) – ‘from the Lord AS A REWARD’ – that is, ‘a just recompense of reward’ for their hard work for the Lord, (Col. 3: 23, 24; cf. 1 Cor 15: 58).


Two other examples of Scriptural texts in, where the Greek word aionios should be translated ‘age-lasting’ instead of ‘eternal’ or ‘everlasting’ are Heb. 5: 9 and 1 Pet. 5: 10, where the contexts always determine the correct translation and interpretation of this Greek word is used.]


‘And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD’ (Isaiah 59: 20).


‘For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits: that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob’ (Romans 11: 25-26).


‘And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn’ (Zechariah 12: 10).


‘In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness’ (Zechariah 13: 1).


3. And when the Lord Comes Again, His People will he caught up in the Clouds to Meet Him in the Air*; and will Descend with Him to the Earth


[* Here is another rapture (at the end of the Great Tribulation) of those ‘who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord’ (1 Thess. 4: 15, N.I.V.).]


‘For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even them also which sleep in (through ‑ dia, i.e. through, or by means of the instrumentality of) Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep.  For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ* shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet (eis apanteesin, to meet and return with. See in proof Acts 28: 15.  See also Matthew 25: 1-6, where only the same phrase occurs) the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord’ (1 Thessalonians 4: 14-17).


[* Not all ‘the dead in Christ’ as many imgine, but only those judged worthy to rise from Hades (the place of the dead) at this time.  Scripture must be compared with Scripture.  See also Luke 20: 35; Phil. 3: 11; Heb. 11: 35; Rev. 6: 9-11, etc.]


For ‘Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment ... at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality’ (1 Corinthians 15: 51-53).


‘For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order (or in his own proper band): Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming’ (1 Corinthians 15: 22-23).


‘And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these (i.e. of the ungodly in the last days), saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him’ (Jude 14-15).


‘He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.  Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus’ (Revelation 22: 20).


An equally false notion also prevails, that the preaching of the gospel is to convert the whole world to Christ; which a few texts only will serve to confute; for we are expressly told that, ‘God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His Name’(Acts 15: 4); and that this people would be hated and persecuted by the world: for Jesus said of such, ‘If  ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but 1 have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you .... If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you’ (John 15: 19-20).


Indeed, Daniel tells us that Antichrist ‘shall wear out the saints of the Most High,’ and shall make ‘war with the saints,’ and prevail ‘against them; until the Ancient of days camei.e. until the second coming of the Lord Himself; when judgment will be ‘given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom’ (Daniel 7: 25, 21, 22) - a time referred to also by our Blessed Lord, when He said, ‘And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.  Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth’ (Luke 18: 7‑8) - a question which implies that it will then, in consequence of such persecution, be at a very low ebb indeed.


So far the from the world getting better before the second coming of the Lord, the Scriptures plainly reveal, that it will get worse and worse.  For Jesus Himself tells us that, ‘Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold;’ and that these ‘false Christs, and false prophets* ... shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect’ (Matthew 24: 21-22).


[* See also: ‘For I know this, that after my departure shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves (i.e., deceived, regenerate and apostate believers) shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them” :(Acts 20: 29, 30).]


While Paul tells us that, ‘in the last days perilous times shall come,’ of which he gives a fearful description; and says that, ‘all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution;’ and that ‘evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived’ (2 Timothy 3: 1-5, 12, 13).


Daniel also, when speaking of these times, tells us that the transgressors will then come to the full; and that this will take place ‘in the last end of the indignation’ (Daniel 8: 23, 19) ‑ i.e. against Israel.  This ‘last end of the indignation’ will culminate in ‘the great tribulation,’ which is so often spoken of in the Scriptures as occurring at ‘the time of the end


Daniel speaks of it, when he says, ‘And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people (i.e. of Israel): and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book’ (Daniel 12: 1).


Jeremiah also refers to it, ‘For thus saith Jehovah, We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.  Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child?  Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it; it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble: but he shall be saved out of it’ (Jeremiah 30: 5-7).


Our Blessed Lord Himself also refers to it, ‘For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened’ (Matthew 24: 21-22).


And that this will take place just before the second coming, we have His own express testimony – ‘Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth (land, i.e. of Israel) mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other’ (Matthew 24: 29-31).  (This paragraph is repeated to complete the connection).


And this gathering will include all ‘that are Christ’s’(1 Corinthians 15: 23) - even the martyrs under the ‘great tribulation,’ as we learn from Revelation 7: 14, who are said to have come out of the tribulation, the great one (so in the original); as well as from Revelation 20: 4-6, which speaks of them as partakers of ‘the first resurrection,’ all of whom are described as ‘blessed and holy’ - which is another most convincing proof, that Christ will not come again until after, and not before, ‘the great tribulation


‘But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.  And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith Jehovah of hosts’ (Malachi 4: 2-3).



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The Plan for this Age


by David Baron


[This article is taken from ‘Watching and Waiting,’ April, 1936, some 10 years after Mr Baron was called home].



Unbelieving men sometimes taunt us with the little that the gospel has accomplished, and maintain that Christianity has proved a failure; and truly if, as is supposed by some, the Scriptures held out the expectation that the gospel was to go on gradually extending, until the world was converted, there were some appearance of reason in the imputation.  For when we contemplate the condition of the world after eighteen centuries, how far are we from seeing these expectations realised!  Consider how small a proportion of the human race are even professedly believers in Jesus.


In the wide wastes of heathen, Mohammedan, and Jewish ignorance that present themselves, how insignificant in point of extent and numbers is professing Christendom!  And then contemplate this favoured field of gospel culture itself and what a spectacle does it present to the enlightened mind!  Alas! how few, comparatively, profess the truth, which truth is ‘in Jesus


Again, consider the condition of professing Protestantism; look at our own highly-favoured land, the most enlightened in the world, and ask, is this a Christian nation?  Does it even deserve the name?  Or does it show any signs of approximation to such a happy state?  My brethren, it is sufficient merely to glance at the state of things around us to feel persuaded that to whatever climax the world is progressing, it is not to one of righteousness and obedience to the gospel.


But if we look into the Scripture and around us, at the condition of the world, we see that the gospel has and does accomplish just that which God said it would accomplish in this present age.  ‘A remnant according to the election of grace’ was to be saved out of Israel (Romans 11: 5).  And the Gentiles, or the other nations of the earth, we read that God hath visited ‘to take out of them a people for His Name’ (Acts 15: 14).  These two reconciled in one body unto God through the cross was to form His Ecelesia ‑ His Church ‑ the Bride* or Body of Christ, ‘the fullness of Him that filleth all in all


[* Note. The ‘Bride’ is taken out of the ‘Body’: a selection out from a previous selection.]


And as the Scriptures have foretold so it is: Israel as a nation still rejects Christ, but are there not thousands of Jews who receive Him and become sons of God through believing in His Name?  The nations of the earth still, for the most part, sit in darkness and under the shadow of death, but wherever the gospel is preached are there not some who are visited by God’s Spirit and ‘taken out’ to be His?


Nor does this truth of the elective character of this dispensation tend to slacken zeal or depreciate missionary labour as some suppose.  Oh, no, ‘this gospel of the kingdom must first be preached as a witness unto all nations,’ the whole of God’s great harvest-field consisting of all kindreds, peoples, and tongues, ‘must’ first be traversed for the gathering in of ‘the first ripe ears’ to constitute a glorious first-fruits, and then – ‘After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My Name is called, saith the Lord, Who doeth all these things.  Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world’ (Acts 15:16-18).


Then, not only shall all in Israel know God, from the least unto the greatest of them, but all the nations shall walk in the light of Jehovah.