A Perusal of the Prayer Book by a Premillennialist Pastor awaiting the Parousia

October 26, 2010 at 6:27 am (Parousia) (, , , )

Pastor John (The Rev. John Spender)

Pastor John peruses the Prayer Book

The Rev. John Spender

Pastor John's 18th Century Book of Common Prayer

Pastor John's Devotional Guide

It was an enlightening and devotional experience to have Pastor John staying for a couple of days. He was on a pastoral visit to Australia from his parish in Alabama. His faith in the Parousia is a source of inspiration in our secular age.

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4 Comments

  1. Brother John said,

    What joy to share kind hospitality, comfort and encouragement over the Ancient Word; and a chance to heal me of my grievous wounds! Only by His stripes may we be healed, and then perchance through the silence and medium of the liturgy in purification, preparation, recollection and prayer!
    Purity of heart is to will one thing; and in prophetic matters nothing should disguise the next seminal prophetic event – the coming to meet the Lord in the air of the Saviour to translate the Church (the Bride of Christ) in the Parousia or Raptura (“And so shall we ever be with the Lord” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
    As ambassador in bonds I shall be glad to share in this imminent event, followed by the Great Tribulation (judgment for the House of Israel); and in turn the Second Coming of the Lord to the Mount of Olives as described in Zechariah 14:4. May I speak boldly to warn a blinkered, lukewarm and Laodicean church that its preaching of an Amillennial “replacement theology” is in gross error; and going back to the 4th C Augustinian “City of God” cannot do justice either to the”Blessed Hope” held by believers in the first 300 years of Christian history and subsequently; or to the turbulent geopolitical realities of Middle-eastern events today!
    I am no covenant theologian but believe the New Covenant like the Abrahamic Covenant is a promise to God’s chosen and special people that they should be fully restored as a Jewish people in these end times!
    “O pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee!” (Psalm 122:6)
    The Amillennial and Postmillennial Reconstructionist and Kingdom Dominionist churches with their allegorizing and spiritualizing methods of interpreting prophetic scriptures is I believe without justification as they continue blindly to misappropriate the promises and blessings for the Jewish nation to themselves as a newly constituted “Spiritual Israel”! The Church is the prophetic Bride of Christ not an allegorized or revivified “Spiritual Israel!”
    Your George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, praises Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain recently to beautify Cardinal John Newman, “a convert from Anglicanism in those un-ecumenical times”! This is obviously a significant milestone in his ecumenical initiatives in attempting to restore the separated brethren back into the bucolic Catholic fold; and where his English Catholic spokesman describes olde London Town as “the geopolitical epicenter of the culture of death”! (Annals Australasia 7 Oct 2010). While the good Cardinal may properly remind us that “England was Catholic for more than one thousand years before Henry V111”; he would presumably find it hard to hold to the biblically pre-eminent premillennial position that the coming literal Millennial Reign of Christ will be on terra firma and headquartered at Jerusalem and not Rome!!
    “For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.”(Psalm 132:13)
    “Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem.” (Ps 135:21)
    So the world according to this view will last at least another one thousand years after which cosmological and supernatural events are clearly delineated and determined from the same and certain prophetic word!

    “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth,
    as it is in Heaven!” (Matthew 6:10)

    My dear brother, I stand firmly at the side of the psalmist:
    “Many there are that trouble me, and persecute me:
    yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies.” (Psalm 119:157)

    Our Master reminds us gently:
    “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:
    I came not to send peace but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34)
    -ooOoo-
    Brother John
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  2. Deborah Ruiz Wall said,

    Impressive, Brother John!

    As an aside, I quote from your passage: ‘Your George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, praises Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain recently to beautify Cardinal John Newman, “a convert from Anglicanism in those un-ecumenical times.’

    I would have thought Cardinal John Newman was sufficiently spiritually ‘beautiful’ that his beatification had no need to make him more ‘beautiful’ in the eyes of his God.

  3. Brother John said,

    Process Theology & the Perseverance of the Saints.

    John Henry Newman’s beautiful lines are a measure of the man and prove your point in our blogospherical dialogue:

    “Lead kindly light, amid the encircling gloom,
    Lead Thou me on:
    The night is dark, and I am far from home,
    Lead thou me on.
    Keep Thou my feet: I do not ask to see
    The distant scene; one step enough for me.”

    In contrast proud existential postmodern man claims: “I am what I am now deciding to be!”

    Seeing through a glass darkly it seems we no longer peer through the poet’s eyes! The cultural relativist and the neognostic materialist have embraced the confusions of process theology, pantheism and panentheism to justify their search. Perhaps this even applies to the quaint and contrived process of the making of saints! Recall the story of the nobleman’s dying son and the Lord’s rebuke: “Except ye see signs and wonders ye will not believe!” (John 4:46). The perseverance of the New Testament saints of light lies in the mystery of God and in Christ in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; and the fullness of the Godhead bodily. If this is our criterion of beauty and wholeness and even vocation it needs no further legitimacy. All blessings are ultimately linked to the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant through which the whole earth shall be blessed in Him. (Genesis 18:17-19).

    The Jewish philosopher Heschel is quoted in a thesis by Charles Joseph Mooney on Newman at the University of Hong Kong in March 1987:

    “The decay of conscience fills the air with a pungent smell. God and evil, which were once as distinguishable as day and night, have become a blurred mist. But the mist is man made. God is not silent. He has been silenced.”

    The denouement of man’s continuing evil inclinations, pollutions and corruptions is imminent! Indeed, “He remembers His covenant for ever.” (Psalm 105:8).

    I pray your own labour of love is producing plentiful fruit in the Australian outback! We miss you and look forward to your safe return!

    -ooOoo-

    Brother John

  4. Deborah Ruiz Wall said,

    Thanks Brother John!

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