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Chapter II.

James Dodson

We have seen that Christ’s second coming is the Church’s “blessed hope.” Its place in the Christian system, and in the Church’s view, is over against his first coming, as its proper counterpart. As “once in the end of the world he hath appeared to put away sin, by the sacrifice of himself,” so, “to them that look for him, shall he appear the second time, without sin, unto salvation.” As the grace of the one coming is received by faith, so the glory of the other is apprehended by hope; and thus, between the Cross and the Crown, the believer finds all his salvation and all his desire.

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Chapter I.

James Dodson

Premillennialists have done the Church a real service, by calling attention to the place which the second advent holds in the Word of God and the scheme of divine truth. If the controversy which they have raised should issue in a fresh and impartial inquiry into this branch of it, I, for one, instead of regretting, shall rejoice in the agitation of it. When they dilate upon the prominence given to this doctrine in Scripture, and the practical uses which are made of it, they touch a chord in the heart of every simple lover of his Lord, and carry conviction to all who tremble at his word; so much so, that I am persuaded nine-tenths of all who have embraced the premillennial view of the second advent, have done so on the supposition that no other view of it will admit of an unfettered and unmodified use of the Scripture language on the subject—that it has its proper interpretation and full force only on this theory. Assertions to this effect abound in the writings of all modern premillennialists.

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Part I.

James Dodson

The subject handled in this volume seems periodically to agitate the Church. It has its law of recurrence. In times of general excitement, of extensive change, of pervading uneasiness and trial, of mingled hope and fear—it invariably rises to the surface. The struggles of the primitive Church forced it up, and kept it alive; with the battles of the Reformation it revived; in the exciting times of the English commonwealth it took a pretty prominent place among the multitudinous questions which distracted the Church; and the first French Revolution—startling Europe, intellectually as well as politically, from the sepulchral repose of the last century, shaking the old continent to its centre, and impregnating the entire social system with new elements both of good and of evil—woke it up, and set inquiring minds to work upon it, to an extent unknown before.

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Messiah’s Second Advent.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-Baptist theologian Calvin Goodspeed presents a thorough and popular treatment of the subject of eschatology showing that Postmillennialism is the teaching of the Bible. One of the strengths of this book is Goodspeed’s careful exposition of many of the Scripture passages bearing on the topic.

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INTRODUCTION.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this introduction to his very useful manual of defense for Postmillennialism, Goodspeed, who was professor of theology at McMaster University, Toronto, explains why he felt the need to write this book.

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CHAPTER I.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this opening chapter, Goodspeed raises the very important question of when the dead will be raised. The doctrine of the resurrection is one of the keys to unlocking proper views of the second coming and demonstrating the defects of Pre-millennialists.

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CHAPTER II.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed begins with a discussion of the differences necessitated by the different views on the Millennium and its relation to the second coming of Christ.

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CHAPTER III.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed sets out the differences between Pre-millennialists and the Post millennialists with respect to the various doctrines connected with their respective views.

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CHAPTER IV.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed demonstrates that, contrary to Pre-millennial doctrine, there will be no probation, or opportunity to come to faith in Christ, after His second coming.

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CHAPTER V.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed undertakes to set forth a Postmillennial interpretation of Revelation 20:4-6 wherein he discusses the much disputed question of what is meant by the Millennium.

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CHAPTER VI.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed opens a discussion of the true nature of the Kingdom of God and begins to show why the Postmillennial view is more closely conformed to Scripture.

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CHAPTER VII.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed continues his discussion of the nature of the Kingdom of God showing that the Pre-millennial emphasis on its future coming is demonstrably false.

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CHAPTER VIII.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this final chapter on the nature of the Kingdom of God, Goodspeed discusses the peculiar notions of the Pre-millennialists respecting this doctrine and its views regarding the Davidic kingship.

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CHAPTER X.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed continues his critique of the Pre-millennial (and Amillennial) doctrine of the imminent coming of Jesus a second time and shows that many verses used to prove this actually prove too much.

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CHAPTER XI.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed examines certain assumptions held by the Pre-millennialists concerning the power of the Lord’s coming and its impact upon believers versus the reality of the consequences of their views.

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CHAPTER XII.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed explains why the Pre-millennialist notions of the “Last Day” do not reflect the teaching of the Bible. A proper understanding of the “Last Day” must see it as containing the final Judgment—it is Judgment Day.

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CHAPTER XIII.

James Dodson

1900-Calvin Goodspeed (1842-1912).-In this chapter, Goodspeed addresses the very different expectations which Postmillennialists entertain as distinguished from Pre-millennialists and Amillennialists. Only Postmillennialism believes that the preaching of the Gospel will actually be shown to be efficacious in this world.

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