50. St. Luke

The Millennium Will Not Come With The Coming Of Jesus In A Manifested Physical Way

.    I am here, Luke of the New Testament;
    People must cease to believe that the millennium will come with the coming of Jesus in a manifested physical way as a mortal conqueror might come with legions of followers and noises of drums and by force of arms or greatness of power subdue his enemies.
    This will never be, for no person is an enemy of Jesus', but all are his brothers and sisters. And he is not now making, and never will make, war on any human being, only on the error and defilement that is with their soul. And this war can never be waged by power or force of legions of angels, for so great is the power of a person's will, and so respected is its freedom of action by the Father, that there is no power in heaven or earth that can or will change a sinful soul into a pure one by force or threats and conquering legions of angels, even though they might be led by Jesus, which will not happen. No, the soul is the person, and that soul can be made pure and sinless only when that soul desires and consents that such a condition may become its own.
    So it should not be difficult for men to understand that this erroneous belief that Jesus will come in this semblance of a human conqueror and establish this great time of peace is doing them much harm and delaying the actual time of the coming of this event. The effect of this belief upon the soul is that everything is to be accomplished by the work of Jesus and nothing by themselves except to believe in his coming and wait and be ready to be snatched up in the clouds, and then help the host of heaven to destroy all of their late fellow mortals who had not believed with them, and put on robes of ascension as they literally or figuratively designate such robes.
    They thus believe, and in their minds they might be honest, yet their souls may be disfigured and tainted with error and the life's accumulation of sin so that they could not possibly be in condition to enjoy a place of purity and freedom from sin. And some of them expect and claim that they will be the judges of others of their fellow mortals because of deeds done in the body, and yet in how many cases would it prove to be the blind and sinful judging the blind and sinful.
    And they further claim that Jesus by his great power, and the fact that they believed that he would come again to earth to establish his kingdom, will, in the twinkling of an eye, make them fit subjects for his kingdom and qualified to judge the unrighteous and help cast them out of his kingdom. No, this can never be the way in which the millennium will be established, and the sooner people discard this belief and seek the truth and the true way to purity and perfection, the sooner this hope and expectation of mankind will be realized. 
    Your brother in Christ, Luke