Joy of Heaven to Earth Come Down: Perfection and Millennium in the Eschatology of John Wesley

By: Robert B. Brown

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John Wesley was not a systematic theologian and therefore never expounded a systemized eschatology. Nevertheless, his soteriology and eschatology were inseparably linked. His belief in the possibility of entire sanctification in the present life of the believer meant that Christians could be perfected in love on earth as preparation for their eternal presence with God. Therefore, end-time events were already occurring now. Additionally, Wesley was an optimist of grace. He envisaged an extensive conversion of mankind throughout the world before Jesus' second advent, through the preaching of the Gospel. This led naturally to his belief in a future millennium, for it was during this period that this spiritual utopia would take place.However, Wesley adopted much of the strange millennial eschatology of Johann Albrecht Bengel, who believed in a double millennium. Additionally, Wesley seldom wrote overtly about the millennia, especially the second 1000-year period. Thus, as an 18th century evangelist, Wesley should not be so readily labelled using the familiar post-19th century millennial language which exists today, as previous scholarship has so often done. It is the conviction of this thesis that Wesley can only safely be described as a `millenarian' in the broadest definition of that word. Printed Pages: 205.

Title: Joy of Heaven to Earth Come Down: Perfection and Millennium in the Eschatology of John Wesley

Author Name: Robert B. Brown

Categories: India, Religion,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Christian World Imprints/B.R. Publishing Corporation: 2016

ISBN: 9789351481850

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Seller ID: 113673

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