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Universal Evangelization, Toleration, And Ecumenism?

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Antnio Vieira expounded upon what appears to be an original theory regarding the Fifth Empire especially when describing it as an empire of Christ and the Christiansas holding both temporal and spiritual power and as happening within history. It is clear that his main purpose is achieving universal evangelization. Vieira describes, as mentioned, two times of conversion : one before the antichrist and another during the time of the antichrist. He says that the first is to be done by the apostles and their successors, while the second, by Elijah and Enoch , would give special consideration to gentiles and Jews. The Fifth Empire proposed by Vieira was neither a dream nor a utopia. It was the consummation of a promise of God, first to the Jews and later to the Christians. Vieira s system is, as observed, based on the text of the book of Daniel.

Keywords: Antnio Vieira; Daniel; fifth empire; Jews; universal evangelization

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