Jul 20 2016
Revelation 10:5-7 in the Matthew Bible: And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea, and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, and swore by him that liveth for evermore, which created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which therein are, that there should be no longer time, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to blow: even the mystery of God shall be finished, as he preached by his servants the prophets.
What does this passage have to do with the millennium? Read on.
The Matthew Bible teaches many doctrines that have been eclipsed or lost. One is amillennialism (as it is called). The Matthew men – William Tyndale, Myles Coverdale, and John Rogers – believed that we are now in the thousand-year reign of Christ, which is a spiritual reign in the hearts and consciences of his people, his nation. The 1,000 years is symbolic of a long period of time, the end whereof is only in the knowledge of God the Father, though certain events are foretold that will be harbingers of the end.
When the end comes, Jesus will return. Then will come the resurrection of all people from their graves, and the great judgment will begin. That will mean the end of time as we know it, a doctrine which is upheld in Revelation 10:6 in the MB and in all bibles until the KJV; that is, time will be no more (as updated in the October Testament).
However modern bibles have changed Revelation 10:6, so it says “there will be no more delay.” Why? To accommodate the now-popular theory that the millennium is not here and now, but is a future thing.
But one of Satan’s tricks is to push off God’s promises and blessings to the future, so that we miss them now. Thus:
-The blessings of the millennium and the reign of Christ – in which he reigns over sin and death now in his saints, who are his body on earth – is a future thing.
-The first resurrection is a future thing. Rather than understanding that the first resurrection is the time when we pass from death to life in the power of the Holy Spirit on hearing the voice of the Son of God (John 5:25), it is something to look for in the future.
-The time when Jesus drink wine with us is a time in the future, not now in the new kingdom and the Lord’s Supper.
To fail to understand that the kingdom is now is to misunderstand the faith, and is to diminish the power and wonder of salvation, and results in losing the true and deep sense of many scriptures. But a right understanding is restored in the Matthew Bible, which is one reason why I want the world to have it again.
—Ruth Magnusson Davis, July 2016