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St. James’ Sunday Bible Study Lectures
June 9, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Awaiting the End in 1844 and Beyond
Sunday June 9 2019 12:15pm. to 1:30pm.
In this last lecture, we looked at a worldview known as postmillennialism, that is, the idea that the millennial age of peace and prosperity comes through progress. As we saw, post-millennialism lost its appeal after the Civil War, when society still seemed far short of reaching the golden age. Some people hung onto hope for progress in the church and in society, but they found it best to leave Revelation aside and to focus on texts that seemed more realistic. In this lecture, we will turn to the other side of the story and focus on those who decided that the movement of history was not positive but negative. Instead of dropping the apocalyptic dimension and maintaining the hope for progress, this pre-millennialist perspective hung onto the apocalyptic dimension and abandoned hope for progress. Those who held this perspective turned away from reforming society as a whole to focus on bringing individuals to faith and salvation.