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Classic Premillennialism Resources: The Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony

As a follow-up to my recent post listing many online books from classic premillennialists, here is another interesting resource with current-day reference to these teachers: the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony (Reformed, Protestant, Puritan, Prophetical, Expository, Doctrinal). Based in England since its founding in 1918 (with representatives in Australia, Canada and New Zealand – but apparently nothing in the U.S.), the group meets monthly; each meeting brings new topics and hour long messages from the various members.  As stated on their website: “We hold regular meetings and publish material on the subject of eschatology. The works of men such as Benjamin Wills Newton, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, JC Ryle, Dr S.P. Tregelles, Dr C.Y. Bliss, George Müller and David Baron are promoted.”

Among their past meetings is an interesting series from 2012, “Bible Lands in Bible Light”: ten messages about “God’s Purpose for …” with separate messages on Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, and Israel.  The British accent takes some getting used to, and at least some of the speakers are older age (indeed this is the one troubling thing, an indication that this group may not continue long-term, since the current speakers are quite advanced in age — perhaps reflective of the current secular climate in Great Britain), such that the lectures move at a slower pace going through lots of background material; but still very interesting topics.  Some of the messages in the “Bible Lands in Bible Light” are featured in text, summary form in their recent quarterly magazines.

SGAT main website:   Basic information about the group, as well as a collection of audio MP3s from their meetings over the last few years.

SGAT quarterly magazine and a few premillennial articles in PDF format (including their PDF of Dennis Swanson’s article, Charles H. Spurgeon and Eschatology, which is also posted at Phil Johnson’s Spurgeon site)

SGAT Facebook page also includes updates of their upcoming meetings, their video messages and PDF magazines

  1. September 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Baron and Ryle were also involved with the Prophecy Investigation Society (founded 1842) which was later connected to The Advent Testimony Movement ( founded 1917), later renamed the Advent Testimony and Preparation Movement. These are the foreunners of the present day Prophetic Witness Movement International. See “You Shall Be My Witnesses The Transatlantic History of the Prophetic Witness Movement”, by Paul Wilkinson, on Pre-Trib at http://www.pre-trib.org/data/pdf/Wilkinson-YouShallBeMyWitnesse1.pdf [accessed 5 SEP 2013].

    • September 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Thanks, interesting history, including the people who did and almost did sail on the Titanic! It sounds like this group (Prophetic Witness Movement International) broke away from the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony group at some point, over differences on the rapture timing. It is clear, though, that the original SGAT is also still in existence, with an online presence in many areas (their web page, Youtube, facebook, etc.) and still regularly meeting to discuss biblical prophecy.

      • September 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

        Perhaps there is some documentation out there somewhere for sovereign grace being an issue between the two extant groups in their ancestry along with the timing of the rapture. This might explain the derivation for the current distinctions in their labels. Certainly the current members of the Prophetic Witness Movement International (Tommy Ice, et al.) would not be comfortable with the description of “Reformed” maintained by the SGAT.

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