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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Reason and Scripture agree in this.

Hence, the second advent is as necessary as the first.

The appearing in sinful flesh was necessary for the dedication of the covenant by the death of the substitutional testator; and the second appearing in the spiritual nature in power and great glory, for the administration of the will by the sole executor.

For it is manifest that the will cannot be administered except by one who is all powerful.

Abraham Isaac, and Jacob, and all constitutionally in them, are legatees.

The legacies bequeathed to them are eternal life, the land of Canaan, and "a city," or state, " whose architect and builder is God".

Hence, the executor must be able to form them out of the dust and to give them life for ever.

He must be mighty in battle; for He will have to expel the Mohammedans, catholics, and other barbarians, from the land, and to restore the kingdom of David "as in the days of old".

The accomplishment of these, and many other things to be hereafter developed, makes the future pre-millennial advent of Christ a necessity.

There is no room for opinion upon the subject, for opinion implies doubt.

It is a matter of absolute certainty, and the belief of it is as essential to a participation in the kingdom of God as faith in the death and resurrection of the Lord.

For a man to deny the advent of Jesus to Palestine in power and glory before the millennium, is to proclaim to men and angels his utter ignorance of the glorious gospel of the blessed God.

To talk about His coming at the end of the millennium to make a bonfire of the world, is ridiculous.

Restitution and renovation, and not destruction of the earth, is the Almighty fiat, as I have already shewn at length.

"Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly is the heart-breathing of the true-believer, who, with the hearing ear, rejoices in the Bridegroom's voice, which says, "behold I come as a thief, and quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame" (Rev.

21:12; 16:15).

The prolonged absence of Christ for ten more centuries would break the hearts of the saints of God, who have long since cried with loud voice saying, "how long, 0 Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them who dwell on the earth"?

No, no, the day is come at length, when He is about to gather the vine of the earth, to reward His saints, and to destroy the oppressors of the world (Rev.

11:18;14:19, 20).

Then will "the kingdoms of the world become those of Jehovah [Yahweh] and of His King, and He shall reign for ever and ever," and the covenant with Abraham concerning Christ will be fulfilled in every jot and tittle of its details.

ABRAHAM THE HEIR OF THE WORLD Abraham and Christ are inseparably associated as co-heirs of the covenant of promise.

Hence, they are joint-heirs of the country mentioned in the covenant.