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'The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the
Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place' (Psa. 68:17).
Stephen in his last speech described his hearers as those:
'Who have received the law by the disposition of angels' (Acts 7:53).
The interpretation, therefore, that is still advocated, namely, 'The
coming with and the coming for His saints' is based upon a false
dispensational understanding and a false interpretation.
To the devoted city, however, at length comes peace and blessing.
Israel is to be a kingdom of priests, and consequently the very bells on the
horses shall bear the words, 'Holiness unto the Lord', while the pots used in
Jerusalem shall be as sacred as the bowls before the altar. The 'cup' of
trembling is exchanged for the 'pot' of holiness, symbols indeed of a mighty
change. At long last 'the Canaanite' shall be for ever expelled from the
house of the Lord, and the reign of righteousness shall begin.
Much indeed remains to be expounded. The geological rift that has been
reported as observable is all ready for the touch of the finger of God (Zech.
14:4,5); the awful parallel of the judgment of Zechariah 14:12, with the
observed results of the dropping of an atomic bomb; the evident maceration of
the nations, 'every one that is Left' (Zech. 14:16), cannot now be examined.
Our present purpose is rather a survey of the prophets as a whole than a
detailed exposition of one of them. We can but leave the student who
delights in the Word, with the pointers already provided, and pray that as
each one pursues these studies, the Lord Who inspired the prophet to speak,
will continue His gracious illuminations to those that seek.
Some of the subjects dealt with in this article have been given a
fuller consideration under separate headings. We believe, however, that the
presentation of the truth concerning a number of features that are peculiar
to the Millennium in one article will be welcome, and that the preservation
of the pamphlet called forth by the controversial points that had been raised
in some quarters, justifies its place in this Analysis. In one or two places
it has been revised.
We have doubtless heard of the little old lady who drew such comfort
from 'that blessed word Mesopotamia', and have passed it over with an
indulgent smile. Yet we all seem to have been bewitched by the word
Millennium, for no such term is found in Scripture. The word has passed
beyond the confines of Scriptural exegesis, to the world outside, so that a
Member of Parliament may dismiss a suggestion as 'thinking we can bring about
'All engineering commences on the drawing board'. A moment's
reflection will show how sane this observation really is. If only expositors
of the Scriptures would get the overall plan of Prophecy before them, and
then see how far their theories fit or fail, what a deal of trouble,
misunderstanding and false teaching would have been spared. The reader will
perceive that this principle is before our mental vision in all the attempts
in this analysis to piece the intricate subjects of Prophecy together. For