Bishop Ryle’s Millennial Creed, Part II

Fifth, I believe that the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is to be a literal, personal coming: that as he went away in the clouds of heaven, before the eyes of his disciples, so, in like manner, will he return. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18)

Sixth, I believe that, after our Lord Jesus Christ comes again, the earth will be renewed and the curse removed; the devil shall be bound, the godly shall be rewarded, the wicked shall be punished; and that before he comes there shall be neither resurrection, judgment or millennium; and that not till after he comes shall the earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. (Acts 3:20-26; Isaiah 25:6-9; Revelation 1:5-8; 20:1-6; Isaiah 65:17 to end)

Seventh, I believe that the Jews shall ultimately be regathered, as a separate nation, restored to their own land, and converted to the faith of Christ. (Jeremiah 3:10-11; 13:10; Romans 11:25-26; 2 Corinthians 3:15-16)

Eighth, I believe that the literal sense of the Old Testament prophecies has been far too much neglected in the present day, and far too much neglected by the churches; and that, under the mistaken system of spiritualizing and accommodating Bible language, Christians have too often completely missed the meaning. (Luke 24:25-26)

I believe, finally, that it is for the safety, happiness and comfort of all true Christians to expect as little as possible from the churches or government under the present dispensation; to hold themselves ready for tremendous convulsions, and changes of all things established, and to expect their good things only from Christ’s second advent. 

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD.  Amen.

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