The Momentous Event
A Discussion of Scripture Teaching on the Second Advent
The best brief presentation of the Amillennial (or non-millennial) position regarding the last things. Attention is given to the teaching found in the gospels, then the Epistles and Revelation, with special attention on the significance of the millennium of Revelation chapter 20.
Grier sets forth, in orderly and eminently readable fashion, what most Calvinistic teachers believe concerning the Second Advent and questions related to it. With orthodox Christians of every age, the author holds that our Lord’s return will be personal, visible, sudden and unexpected, glorious and triumphant.
Of the three views titled post-millennialism, pre-millennialism and non-millennialism, Grier advocates the last of those as the scriptural option, and shows that it has been maintained by a large majority of the Fathers and Reformers of the Church. In two valuable chapters dealing with the interpretation of prophecy, he points out that the literalist view leads logically to absurdities and is not adopted by the writers of the New Testament, who specifically state that many of the Old Testament predictions have been fulfilled, albeit in a spiritual sense.
A general consideration of New Testament teaching on the subject, is followed by a more detailed review of the doctrine of the Gospels, Epistles and Apocalypse, special attention being devoted to the significance of the “millennium” of Revelation chapter 20. Here is a book that will well repay study by those who seek to understand truth that is basic to Christian faith and hope’.
“The best book for its size on eschatology, on end-time matters. Still highly recommendable. One of my favorite books.” — Derek Thomas
- The Momentous Event
- Post, Pre, or Non
- The Fathers and the Millennium
- The Reformers and the Millennium
- Interpretation of Old Testament Prophecy
- New Testament Interpretation of Old Testament Prophecy
- Some General Considerations from the New Testament
- Christ’s Teaching as to His Second Coming
- The Second Coming in Early Apostolic Preaching
- The Victory Over Death
- New Heavens and a New Earth
- The Witness of Revelation
- Three Views of Revelation
- The Pre-Millennial View of Revelation 20
- Satan, A Defeated and Doomed Foe
- Is the Momentous Event Near?
- Appendix: The Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9
About the Author
William James (Jim) Grier was born on 18 November 1902 and grew up on a farm in County Donegal, Ireland. As a Classics student at Queen’s University Belfast, he was converted through the witness of a Christian student friend and in a W. P. Nicholson mission meeting. He was a foundation member of the university’s Christian Union. Then he studied theology under Gresham Machen and Geerhardus Vos at Princeton Seminary, 1923-25.
Jim Grier became one of the founding ministers of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He managed the Evangelical Bookshop in central Belfast, edited the Church’s Evangelical Presbyterian magazine for fifty-three years, and ministered the gospel faithfully in what became the Stranmillis congregation. He was a trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust, co-chairman of the Leicester Ministers’ Conference, a founding member of the British Evangelical Council (now Affinity), and served on committees of the Evangelical Fellowship of Ireland and the Evangelical Library in Belfast. Through the magazine and inter-church relations, he was a well-known and enormously respected leader in the Reformed community.
He retired in 1979 after a ministry of almost 52 years and went to be with the Lord in 1983. He was the author of many booklets and the books The Momentous Event and The Life of John Calvin.