PREFACE Salvation is taught not only in the gospels but also in the prophecies. The author has endeavored to make clear the vitally important truth that the true interpretation of the prophecies illustrates how salvation is accomplished, and also strengthens the soul to resist sin. As the Word of God is the "seed" which, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, generates the new life (1 Peter 1:23), that life is revived and strengthened as often as the Word of God is read and received into the soul (1 Thess. 2:13). The "new man" (Col. 3:10, etc.) lives and grows "by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).
CONTENTS 1-The Scriptures Were Given to Reveal Jesus 2-The Jews Failed to Study the Scriptures in the light of God's Moral Purpose. A Solemn Warning for Today 3-History Repeats Itself 4-Futurism's Fundamental Fallacy 5-Further Futuristic Fallacies 6-Futurism and the Book of Revelation 7-Pentecost Brought Light on the Moral Purpose of Prophecy 8-Jesus is Reigning Now! 9-All Scriptures Are Vibrant Moral Messages from a Living Saviour 10-The Individual Application of History and Prophecy 11-Applying the Principle in Connection with the Study of "Armageddon" 12-The Moral Purpose of the Prophecies of Daniel 13-Christian Realities Revealed in the Prophetic Pictures of the Apocalypse 14-"Christ in You" - the Assurance of Victory LOUIS F. WERE Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 3/3/49. COPYRIGHT 2.
CHAPTER ONE THE SCRIPTURES WERE GIVEN TO REVEAL JESUS Rightly understood, the prophecies are just as important and contain just as much concerning the Gospel as other portions of Scripture. God inspired the prophets to write the prophecies of Scripture in order that by them men might find salvation. The Bible is not a book composed of portions containing the essential facts of the Gospel and other less important parts containing the prophecies.
CHAPTER THREE HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF Similarly today, many thousands of professing Christians study the prophecies and misapply them in the same way as did the Jews: their interpretation of the prophecies agrees with the Christ- rejecting Jews and is actually opposed to the plain teachings of the New Testament. The Jews pointed to the prophecies picturing the triumph of Israel over her foes (such as those in Ezek. 38, 39; Joel 3; Zech. 12 and 14, etc.) and felt certain of the protection and blessing of God. Today, Christian expositors teach the same as did the Jews regarding those prophecies. Both have overlooked the spiritual qualifications required by those whose victory and blessedness are depicted: both have overlooked the moral purpose of the prophecies. In the days of our Lord, when the Jews read the promise contained in Jer. 31:31-37, they applied it unconditionally to their nation. An author, whose works give evidence of keen spiritual insight, says:- "The Jews had misinterpreted God's promise of eternal favor to Israel [the words of Jer. 31:33, 34 are then quoted]. 'Thus saith the Lord . . . If those ordinances [sun, moon and stars] depart from Me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever.' (Jer. 31:35-37.) The Jews regarded their natural descent from Abraham as giving them a claim to this promise. But they overlooked the conditions which God had specified. Before giving the promise, He had said, 'I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts.
CHAPTER FOUR FUTURISM'S FUNDAMENTAL FALLACY The book of Revelation was written for the church of Jesus Christ (see Rev. 1:11; 22:16; 2:7, 11, 29; 3:6, 13, 22, etc.), and at its close our Lord says: "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches" (Rev. 22:16). Yet, despite the Lord's own statements given in the Revelation, and despite the plain teaching of the New Testament that the church is now "the Israel of God" (Gal. 6:16, etc.), Futurists declare that because it contains so much imagery pertaining to "Israel" it deals mainly with the literal Jew in Palestine! To rightly appreciate any teaching it is always necessary to observe carefully its basic principles. We will let Dr. Scofield's Bible (which speaks for Futurism) state the underlying principle of Futurism :- Futurism denies "that the church is the true Israel, and that the Old Testament foreview of the kingdom is fulfilled in the church" (p.989). This is, as we have shown, the direct contradiction of the plain teaching of the New Testament, and also the time-tested teaching of the Christian church for hundreds of years. Futurists ignore the plain declarations of Scripture that "wrath is come upon them [the literal nation of Israel] to the uttermost" (1 Thess. 2:16); that as a nation they have been so broken that they "cannot be made whole again" (Jer. 19:11); and that Christ had explicitly declared to them: "The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation [the church, 1 Pet. 2:9] bringing forth the fruit thereof" (Matt. 21:43).
CHAPTER FIVE FURTHER FUTURISTIC FALLACIES Adherence to the principle that prophecies which are couched in terminology pertaining to "Israel" must be fulfilled literally in relation to the literal Jews postpones fulfillment to some time in the future. Thus Futurists, because these prophecies cannot be regarded as having yet been fulfilled or as being capable of fulfillment in this present age, refer their fulfillment after the "rapture" of the church.
CHAPTER SIX FUTURISM AND THE BOOK OF REVELATION As did the Jews, so do Futurists - they fail to discern the present moral purpose of the prophecies pertaining to "Israel." Old Testament terminology is employed in the Revelation because the church has taken the place of Israel; because the church is "Israel." God had a moral reason for giving Jacob the name "Israel" - because his character was changed after a night of prayer. (See Gen.
CHAPTER SEVEN PENTECOST BROUGHT LIGHT ON THE MORAL PURPOSE OF PROPHECY Even the disciples were slow to appreciate their Master's interpretation of the Old Testament kingdom prophecies. They, too, were looking for temporal deliverance from the Roman yoke, and thus they were not prepared for their terrible disappointment when they saw their Lord crucified. One writer states :- "Before His crucifixion, the Saviour explained to His disciples that He was about to be put to death, and to rise again from the tomb. But the disciples were looking for temporal deliverance from the Roman yoke. . . . The words which they needed to remember were banished from their minds, and when the time of trial came, it found them unprepared. The death of Jesus as fully destroyed their hopes as if He had not fore- warned them." ("The Great Controversy," p. 594.) Had the disciples a correct understanding of the prophecies they could have had a praise service in recognition of the marvelous fulfillment of prophecy in the death and resurrection of their Lord.
CHAPTER EIGHT JESUS IS REIGNING NOW! The Scriptures make it plain that the prophecies concerning the reign of David's Son were to be fulfilled by His death and resurrection. (See Acts 2:29, 32; 13:22-24, 32-34; Rom. 1:4; 2 Tim. 2:8.) Paul preached the kingdom of God and of Christ as' a then reality, into which every believer of the gospel was, and is, instantly translated. (Col. 1:12, 13; 1 Cor. 15:11; Acts 20:24, 25, etc.) God has "raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus" (Acts 13:22, 23; Luke 2:10, 11, 30-32, 68-70; Acts 5:30, 31). By the work of the Holy Spirit in Messiah's spiritual kingdom of grace, Christ is now saving, redeeming Israel out of "all people" (Luke 2:30-32, etc.). That salvation is "in Zion" (Joel 2:32; Rom. 11:26; 9:33; 1 Pet. 2:4-7), the church, where Jesus reigns.