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THE PAROUSIA: The New Testament Doctrine of Christ's Second Coming
James Stuart Russell, 1887, 2003
The classic defense of the Preterist view. Written a century ago (1887), it examines each NT book, analyzes the doctrine of the second coming, and concludes that Christ returned in AD 70. Includes a survey and interpretation of the book of Revelation. New forewords by Walt Hibbard and Ed Stevens, as well as the the original "Afterword" that Russell added to his second edition. Contains a picture of Russell and a biographical sketch about him. This is the book which most profoundly influenced David Chilton to take the preterist view. Endorsements on the back by Walt Hibbard, Gary DeMar, Ken Gentry and R. C. Sproul, Sr.. No serious student of eschatology should be without it.
TABLE OF CONTENTS - ABRIDGED
PART I - THE PAROUSIA IN THE GOSPELS
The Teaching of Our Lord Concerning the Parousia in the Synoptical Gospels
PART II - THE PAROUSIA IN THE ACTS AND THE EPISTLES
In the Acts of the Apostles
PART III - THE PAROUSIA IN THE APOCALYPSE
The First Vision
Afterword by Russell
James Stuart Russell (1816-1895), son of a pious Scotchman, born at Elgin, Morayshire, England, November 28, 1816. Entered King's College, Aberdeen, at the early age of twelve, and at eighteen took his M.A. degree. Served in a lawyer's office for a short time. Then, having begun to read with a view to the ministry, he studied in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and ultimately in Cheshunt College. In June 1843 Russell settled at the Congregational Church in Great Yarmouth, first as assistant minister and next as successor to the Rev. Alexander Creak. In 1857 he moved to the congregational Church in Tottenham and Edmonton. While holding that charge, he visited Belfast to observe the great Irish Revival, and came under its influence. After five years in the second church, Russell was attracted to a new church in Bayswater, whose chapel on Lancaster Road was built in 1866. Here he served until his retirement toward the close of 1888.
570 pages, paper.