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day glory of the Church-the season of Millennial blessedness. This is agreeable to the opinion of the most able and learned modern writers on the prophecies. (h) Q. 10.
How long will the Millennium continue? A. Most probably 1000 years literally. Some, however, have thought that it will continue 1000 prophetical years, which, a day being put for a year, and reckoning 360 days in a year, would make 360,000 years. Q.11.
How is the Millennium to be introduced? A. By the instrumentality of human means, accompanied with the blessing of Heaven.
Q. 12. How ought the benevolent exertions of the present day to be viewed in relation to this subject?
A. They ought to be viewed as an indication of good. The Bible, Education, Missionary, Sabbath School, and Tract Societies, will be, no doubt, greatly instrumental in advancing the Millennial day.
(h) Dan. vii. 25. And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws; and they shall be given into his hand, until a time and times, and the dividing of time, that is, three years and a half, or forty-two months, which, reckoning thirty days to a month, (and this is according to prophetical computation,) make twelve hundred and sixty days, which prophetical days make twelve hundred and sixty years.-Rev. xi. 12. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles; and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.-Ezek. xxxvi. 24. 28. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land; and ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.Is. xi. 12. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.-Luke xxi. 24. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.-Rom. xi. 25. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, (lest ye should be wise in your own conceit,) that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Q. 13. What will immediately follow upon the close of the Millennium?
A. Satan will then be loosed a little while, probably as long a time before the close of the seventh thousand years, as the Millennium commences before the close of the sixth thousand. (i)
Q. 14. What is meant in Scripture by binding and loosing Satan?
A. They are figurative modes of expression, denoting, in the one case, the restraints under which he is laid by God, and, in the other case, the permission or liberty, granted him by God, to tempt and afflict mankind.
Q. 15. What will take place at the end of the seven thousand years?
A. The world will come to a solemn close, and be burnt up; Christ will be revealed from heaven in great power and glory, and sit in judgment upon angels and men, and award retribution for eternity. These awful and glorious events will conclude all the scenes of this world. (j)
Q. 16. What is the duty of Christians in view of the Millennium?
A. It is their duty to desire it, expect it, pray for it, and use all means in their power tending to introduce it.
(i) Rev. xx. 7, 8. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison; and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
(j) 2 Pet. iii. 10. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a loud noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also, and the works that are therein, shall be burnt up.2 Thes. i. 7-10. 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 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 (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.