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A Careful Look at Our Lord's Second Coming

By James Stuart Russell, M.A., D.Div.

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Critical Reviews of the Parousia:

"I believe that Russell's work is one of the most important treatments on Biblical eschatology that is available to the church today. The issues raised in this volume with respect to the time-frame references of the New Testament to the Parousia are vitally important not only for eschatology but for the future debate over the credibility of Sacred Scripture."

"I can never read the New Testament again the same way I read it before reading The Parousia. I hope better scholars than I will continue to analyze and evaluate the content of J. Stuart Russell's important work." —Dr. R. C. Sproul, The founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries

"How many times have you struggled with the interpretation of certain Biblical texts related to the time of Jesus' return because they did not fit with a preconceived system of eschatology? Russell's Parousia takes the Bible seriously when it tells us of the nearness of Christ's return. Those who claim to interpret the Bible literally often trip over the obvious meaning of these time texts by making Scripture mean the opposite of what it unequivocally declares. Reading Russell is a breath of fresh air in a room filled with smoke and mirror hermeneutics." — Gary DeMar, Author of Last Days Madness

Although I do not agree with all the conclusions of J. Stuart Russell's The Parousia, I highly recommend this well-organized, carefully argued, and compellingly written defense of preterism to serious and mature students of the Bible. It is one of the most persuasive and challenging books I have read on the subject of eschatology and has had a great impact on my own thinking. Russell's biblical theological study of New Testament eschatology sets a standard of excellence." — Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Author of Before Jerusalem Fell

"throws so much new light upon obscure portions of the Scriptures, and is accompanied with so much critical research and close reasoning, that it can be injurious to none and may be profitable for all." —Charles H. Spurgeon

In view of Dr. Russell's insightful observations, no serious student of Biblical escatology should attempt to construct a systemeatic scheme of apocalyptic events without first consulting this 19th century work, The Parousia." — Walt Hibbard, Great Christian Books

From the Congregational Year Book for 1896.

The text has been lightly edited, and both the orthography and
the punctuation have been conformed to American conventions.
Roman numeral scripture references have been converted to Arabic.





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Topic: The Parousia: A Careful Look at Our Lord's Second Coming - by James Stuart Russell
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Vinnie says...
James Stuart Russels Sticky Note

The Parousia teaches that Christ's Second Coming took place in A. D. 70, at which time the dead saints were resurrected and caught-up to Heaven, and the living saints were bodily caught-up to Heaven. The Parousia also teaches that Revelation 20:5-10 (unlike the rest of Revelation) is still unfulfilled.

James Stuart Russel did not teach that Revelation 20:5-10 is unfulfilled. James Stuart Russell Simply said in his book he didn't have an answer for the millenium or Rev 20: 5-10. And also in several places in the bible it says the Earth will Never End.

Ecc 1:4 is just one example.
Ecclesiastes 1:4 (New International Version)

Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.

I suggest you stop inferring that he taught it. He simply after all his great work and research had to throw up his hands and say I don't Know.

2nd February 2017 6:11pm
James - webmaster says...
Vinne, you accuse us of making a false inference when stating that Russel taught that Revelation 20:5-10 was unfulfilled. I will let Russel's own words speak for themselves and let the reader decide if our statement is accurate or not. He writes the following in his book: "It would have been an abuse of language to say that the events at the distance of a thousand years were to come to pass shortly; we are therefore compelled to regard this prediction as lying outside the apocalyptic limits altogether. We must consequently regard this prediction of the loosing of Satan, and the events that follow, as still future, and therefore unfulfilled. We know of nothing recorded in history which can be adduced as in any way a probable fulfilment of this prophecy... The result of the whole is, that we must consider the passage which treats of the thousand years, from Rev. 20:5-10, as an intercalation or parenthesis. The Seer, having begun to relate the judgment of the dragon, passes in ... Read More
2nd February 2017 6:22pm
Vinnie says...
A Great Youtube Channel For Biblical Eschatology
Without a doubt, Don Preston is probably the most knowledgeable on the Subject in the World Today. I don' know anyone else who even comes close.

2nd February 2017 6:15pm
Vinnie says...
I see Said the Blind Man to His Deaf Son as He Picked up His Hammer and Saw However, again just because Stuart Russell did not find an answer doesn't mean there isn't one and again I will have to look at my original copy of the book, what page was that on? As I remember Russell Merely saying he didn't have any other explanation other than to say he honestly didn't know. But another interesting point. In the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 15:26 New International Version (NIV) 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Well if Christ didn't destroy it as he said, the bible clearly states Satan's Head will soon be crushed under his feat. Not Soon = 2000 years later, that is pure nonsense. But back to my original point, If The last enemy to be conquered was death, and according to the Bible it wasn't the First, the 2nd or the 3rd but the last enemy, not the Devil, Death was the last enemy, you have to ask yourself a question, Did Christ Conquer Death, The Last Enemy or Did he ... Read More
2nd February 2017 6:19pm
Jon Steedley says...
God's Truth In all these comments, I see people use this or that Scripture to support *their* view of the matter. Jesus gave us what we needed to know, at *that* time. The Scriptures teach that God has been 'progressively' revealing his Purpose, as the time for it arrives. Proverbs 4:18; But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established. In many verses, God uses the word 'day' to symbolize the Millennial reign of Christ. So Proverbs is here referring to the increase in knowledge regarding God's Purpose, which occurs before "the end". Daniel mentioned this occurring during "the time of the end", either the "end of the gentile times", or the end of the period during which the satan has dominion over the earth.” 2 Corinthians 4:4. The Bible does NOT indicate how long this period of time is, but Jesus said; "this good news of the kingdom will be ... Read More
2nd February 2017 6:35pm
Seyemore says...
If Jerusalem was the "Babylon" of Revelation...why is it still here? I found "The Parousia" interesting but very incomplete. One huge problem, if Matt 24 and Revelation are referring to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, then why is Jerusalem STILL HERE? On page 337 of The Parousia, "we conclude that Babylon is the symbolic name of the wicked and doomed city, the old Jerusalem, whose judgment is here predicted." Rev 18:21-24 says Babylon is completely destroyed: "Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: 'With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of ... Read More
2nd February 2017 6:40pm
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