Johann Bengel

(1687-1752). German Lutheran theologian, textual scholar, and commentator. He predicted that “the appearance of the coming of Jesus Christ,” the destruction of the beast, and the imprisonment of Satan would take place about 1836, and would be followed by two millenniums, the first a golden age on earth, the second the reign of the saints in heaven (Bengel, Gnomon of the New Testament , ed. Andrew R. Fausset, vol. 4, p. 226; vol. 5, pp. 365, 367, 368, 373). He described this “appearance” of Christ’s coming as separate from the “one coming of Christ in glory, at the last day” ( ibid. , vol. 5, p. 363). Yet for many in Europe who did not necessarily follow his elaborately contrived chronology or his double millennium and double Second Advent, his writings served as a call to pre...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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