The Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ: A Past Event

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Simpkin, Marshall, 1845 - Second Advent - 172 pages

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This book is a benchmark in the history of Christian interpretation. Being the first known book to fully systematize a preterist view of the Bible, Townley established himself as a pioneering theologians. Unfortunately, the "Full Preterism" which was set forth in this work caused him a great deal of grief, and he ultimately left the view for Universalism shortly after this book's publication. It may be that the system itself is a pathway into the view of Unlimited Atonement... or perhaps it is one and the same. The American Universalists of the early part of the 19th century were nearly full preterists... and had they not looked forward to an ultimate "last day at the end of the world," they would have been the pioneers of this view. Regardless, the modern full preterist movement has followed in Townley's footsteps, and seem to be very much agreeable to the Universalism of Ballou and the other Americans. 30-50% of all full preterists embrace Universalism, according to the official preterist statistician. At any rate, Townely is fine fellow, and ultimately left both full preterism and Universalism for a form of Idealism. Having moved from Liverpool to America in 1845, Townley became a full-fledged Yankee by the time the civil war broke out. In his last known public speech, he beseeched his Southern brothers to respect the union won on the blood of so many patriots. This book remains his more ambitious publishing project, and is a fine enough book upon which to hang one's legacy. 

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Page 34 - And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?
Page 19 - Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many ; but as of one. And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Page 16 - And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
Page 76 - What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy foot-stool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his Son?
Page 28 - But I have greater witness than that of John : for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me that the Father hath sent me.
Page 61 - But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Page 81 - And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
Page 53 - For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Page 45 - ... who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray ; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Page 93 - We having the same Spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken ; we also believe, and therefore speak ; knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

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