With Reasons For Receiving Them
By Alfred Bryant
I recently finished reading an excellent book. It’s been quite awhile since I added to my favorite prophecy books list, but this one has definitely made it. This book made me want to stand up and applaud at some points. At other points, I had to go back and review my own position since the points he was making were new to me. It’s been awhile since I had my views challenged.
The book sets forth the Pre-Millennial position with A-Millennial objections already anticipated. The one thing that surprised me though is that Alfred Bryant is a supersessionist. This was the aspect of the book that caused me to stop and review my position. The ironic thing though is that I could not find any reason for disagreeing with the way the author set forth his case.
The book was originally published in 1852, so the writing style is a little different. He asks rhetorical questions quite frequently to prove his points. There is no misrepresentation of A-Millennialism. He seems to know the position quite well. It makes me wonder if he had been of that persuasion before converting to Millennarianism, but there is no way for me to know. Despite the original date, there have been reprints making this book easy to pick up. You can get it right now at Alibris for under $20.
The chapter divisions are as follows:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Restitution of All Things
The Restitution of all things; or, in what sense do the Scriptures teach that the world will be converted? And when?
Chapter 3: The New Dispensation
The Millennium a New Dispensation, during which the world will be converted, and the restitution of all things take place
Chapter 4: The Pre-Millennial Advent
The Second coming of Christ pre-millennial, or at the introduction of the Millennial Dispensation, to receive the dominion of earth, with an answer to popular objections
Chapter 5: The Reign of the Saints
The Resurrection of the Just¾ and the Transfiguration of Reign of the Saints
Chapter 6: The Jews and Gentiles
The Jews¾ Their Conversion and Restoration¾ And the Conversion of the Approved Gentile Nations, at the coming of Christ
Chapter 7: The Judgment Day
The Judgment Day¾ What is to be understood by it?¾ The Judgment of the Saints¾ Of the Living Nations¾ The Conflagration¾ The Perpetuity of the Earth¾ The Loosing of Satan¾ The Resurrection and Judgment of the Unholy Dead¾ The destruction of Death and the Grave, and hence on the eternal and glorious career of a redeemed and restored world
Chapter 8: The Signs of Christ’s Coming
The Season and Time of Christ’s coming
Chapter 9: The Resurrection
The Fact, Nature, and Rationality of the Resurrection of our Material Bodies
So go to Alibris or some other book nook, order the book, and read it soon. The title is Millennarian Views: With Reasons For Receiving Them by Alfred Bryant. He covers a lot of scripture so be prepared to study the Word. I extend a special thank you to Brian Simmons for recommending the book to me. Alfred Bryant was a pastor right here in west Michigan, so let’s here it for Michiganders!
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