Rev. Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee, Brisbane, Australia, 1999,for 2000ff.
The following pages are excerpted from the latter part of the thoroughlyrevised and greatly-expanded edition of my forthcoming work Onward, Christian Soldiers! Is is subtitled: Toward a Victorious Eschatology.
That work goes through the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. This explains in my present excerpt therefrom the subsequent page numbers, footnote numbers, and format. For what follows are but the last 31 studies of passages from Holy Scripture for 366 "daily readings" and Bible meditations one for each day of the entire year (including provision for a leap year).
Currently, I lack the time painstakingly to re-format all of this in what now follows. Yet I am very desirous to get this excerpt into the hands of my students and certain friends, before 2000 with its 'Y2K' scenario. So, as an interim measure, I am now simply presenting it here 'as is.'
I much respect many elements in Preterism. Yet I believe the consistent eschatological teaching of the infallible Word of God is Classic Historicalism. Certainly that is the position of the mainline Christian Church reflected in: the Patristic Fathers; the Mediaeval Scholastics; all of the many Protestant Reformers; the 1561 Belgic Confession (arts. 28 & 29); the Preamble to the 1619 Canons of Dordt; the 1645 Westminster Directory for the Publick Worship of God (in the middle of its Publick Prayer before the Sermon); and the unadulterated Westminster Confession of Faith 23:4o & 25:6o to all of which documents I myself am a Strict Subscriptionist. See my essay The Non-Preteristic Historicalism of John Calvin and the Calvinistic Standards (1993).
Truly, A.D. 2000 is very far from the end of World History! May we then redouble our efforts and labour for the Master from the dawn till setting sun or rather, till the sunrise of Christ's postmillennial Millennium! See: the 1563 Heidelberg Catechism (cf. QQ. & AA. 80 & 123); the Westminster Larger Catechism Q. & A. 191 c-h; and my own A.D. 2000 essay Always Victorious! The Earliest Church Not Pre- but Postmillennial.
For, as Isaac Watts declares in his poem drawn from Psalm 72:
"Jesus shall reign where'er the sun, doth its successive journeys run His Kingdom stretch from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more."
Also Sir Arthur Sullivan exulted in his own rousing marching song for the Church Militant here on Earth:
"At the sign of triumph, Satan's legions flee. On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!"
Let Hell's foundations then indeed quiver! Onward, Christian Soldiers, to victory!
Rev. Prof. Dr. Francis Nigel Lee, Regente Jesu, 2000 Anno Domini.
Christ has made us Kings unto God, to reign on the Earth
Revelation 1 December 1
"Jesus Christ…is the faithful Witness and the First-begotten from the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the Earth. To Him Who loved us and washed us from our sins in His Own blood and has made us kings and priests to God and His Father to Him be glory and dominion, for ever and ever! Amen."1
Probably very soon after writing his three Epistles, the Apostle John inscripturated also the last book of the Bible.1 While himself in exile on the island of Patmos, he wrote the Book of Revelation to encourage persecuted Christians. For tribulation was even then being experienced in the Christian Congregations of Western Asia Minor, on what is now the Western Coast of modern Turkey. It was soon to spread throughout the Roman Empire.2