Israel

The Early History of PWMI

100 years
(The following is taken from "The Midnight Cry"
- 50 years of prophetic witness
- published by PWMI in 1967)
 

 

Historical Origins

 

In the parable of the ten virgins, our Lord declared that at midnight a cry came, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh: go ye out to meet him” (Matt. 25: 6). Prior to that awaken­ing shout, all the bridesmaids had slumbered and slept, oblivious to their responsibilities on that nuptial night. For centuries it seemed that the church, like the ten virgins, was comparatively without thought of her heavenly Bridegroom or hope of His Second Advent. Indeed, it was not until the nineteenth century that there was much attention given to this subject. In the last 150 years, however, there has been a deepening interest in eschatology and an increasing belief in the imminence of our Lord’s return. This revival of interest and expectancy (never, of course, completely absent), more­over, received a very great impetus fifty years ago.

Early in 1915 proposals were submitted to the British Government that Palestine should be converted into a dom­inion for occupation by the scattered nation of Jews, but although the recommendation was sympathetically received, no action was taken. Consequently, in the following year, the Zionist organisation put forward a “programme for a new administration of Palestine and for a Jewish resettlement of Palestine in accordance with the aspirations of the Zionist Movement”. This too was shelved. But the matter was brought to a head by other developments.

The Middle East Meltdown - Dr Andy Woods

The Middle East Meltdown - Dr Andy Woods

There are two passages of Scripture which have drawn the interest of many students of prophecy over a long period of time; namely, the Gog/Magog Invasion of Israel in
Ezekiel 38 & 39, and the so called conflict of Psalm 83.
 
In this book Andy Woods deals with both, only very briefly with the latter. The bulk of the book is on Ezekiel’s prophesied war involving a coalition of nations led by a powerful northern enemy of Israel.

Islam Israel And The Church

Islam Israel And The Church

Marcel Rebiai

This interesting book clearly sets out the differences between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The author looks at all three religions from an historical and theological background.

The chapter on the origins and beliefs of Islam is most helpful and gives a clear understanding of what the Moslem religion is all about. By the same token Israel’s election by God is also biblically set forth along with God’s continued plan for them as a nation. Replacement theology is refuted as the author draws a distinction between God’s plan for Israel and tor the Church.

God's People And God's Purpose

 

This interesting Ritchie reprint of an earlier work by Archie & Fraser Naismith is well worth reading. Entitled 'God's People and God's Purpose' with a sub-title 'The Hope of Israel and the Church' makes a distinction between the two said groups of people while also showing that their destinies are dovetailed together in the eternal plan of God.

Understanding Christian Zionism

Understanding Christian Zionism

Israel's Place in the Purposes of God

Dr Paul R. Wilkinson

 We are pleased to announce that The Berean Call ministry (Oregon, USA), which was founded by the late Dave Hunt, has republished Paul Wilkinson's book, For Zion's Sake: Christian Zionism and the Role of John Nelson Darby (Paternoster, 2007). It is available under the new title Understanding Christian Zionism: Israel's Place in the Purposes of God, and is edited by Andrew D. Robinson. The text remains the same; only the cover and layout have changed. This new edition comes at a time when belief in the any-moment, pretribulation Rapture of the Church is under sustained attack, and the reputation of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), the principal founder of the Plymouth Brethren and a man to whom we owe an enormous debt for recovering the truth of the Rapture, has been scurrilously maligned by members of the pro-Israel Church. We recommend this new edition to all who have not read the original.

There Will Be A Millennium - Rev. E. Buckhurst Pinch

There Will Be A Millennium

by Rev. E. Buckhurst Pinch
 

    THERE is a certain group of teachers today - and some of them in respected evangelical circles - who are making bold assertions, which are ill-founded, and without Scriptural authority.

    The writings of these A-Millennialist teachers show very considerable disagreement among themselves. Most of them, however, apparently subscribe to three propositions: (1) that there is to be no millennium; (2) that there is no future for Israel; and (3) that all the prophecies of the Old Testament are to be spiritually realised in the Church.

    These three assumptions are, of course, bound up together. To say that there is no millennium means that there is no future for Israel, and if there be no fulfilment of these predictions for Israel then we may assume that they are to be fulfilled as all prophecy must be, and fulfilled in this case in the Church. These three suggestions, therefore, stand or fall together.

The Coming Crisis

The Coming Crisis

by Rev. RONALD J. PARK

    CRISIS, climax zero hour, the crash! Is that how it is to be? Is there something catastrophic round the corner? Are we sitting on a volcano grumbling to erupt? But isn’t it all very stupid to talk like that?

    Scaremongering is a mean business and we want none of it. Yet - and this is a remarkable thing - if you were to confide your fears to the man in the street, he wouldn’t think you mad! He is very worried himself when he thinks about it. The press, TV and radio pour the whole wretched story of a chaotic world into our laps. We cannot escape it. The violent insanity of our age threatens to undo civilisation and throw us back to an early barbarism where high principle, moral standards, common civility and God himself have no meaning. History, of course, is a series of crises. That’s how we fix dates in our mind. Crises tumble one on another thick and fast, or history books would be as stuffy as the multiplication table.

    Is something quite extraordinary likely to happen in our time - a crisis of crises? If we try to interpret history, one guess is as good as another: and if we try to piece the confusing bits of current events together to make a pattern, we get nowhere. Are we entirely at the mercy of human wisdom to discern the future - man’s wisdom has proved pretty threadbare - or is there some authoritative source to enlighten our poor, bewildered minds about what it is all coming too? Yes, GOD! From Adam onwards God has divulged His secrets to men He could trust. God told His prophets in the Old Testament, who in turn told the people, of sure and certain eventualities. The people for the most part could not have cared less. They ridiculed the communications as the fantasy of disordered minds, and did some of God’s prophets to death for their pains. But it all came about just as God had said and passed into history. The fact is, God is not uncommunicative. "Surely the Lord does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). But we are born cynics, our inherent belief in a communicating God blinds us to His truth. We stumble on in our darkness, which becomes the more dense by reason of the stupid prejudices we pick up by the way. It is not difficult to believe the words of St. Paul, "The god of this world (the devil) has blinded the minds of unbelievers" (2 Cor. 4:4). But the light of God is the answer to the darkness of man. We become intelligent and understanding when we abase ourselves before the God only wise and let Him teach us from His Word, the Holy Scriptures.

The Premillennial Faith

THE PREMILLENNIAL FAITH
 

The Premillennial Faith is that the Coming of Christ at the end of this Gospel Age is to be followed by His visible reign over the nations of the world, before the final resurrection of the wicked and the creation of new heavens and earth This, we believe, is what John clearly teaches in chapters nineteen to twenty-one of the Apocalypse. To believe this is not to commit oneself to the idea that the Cross was unnecessary, or that it was second-best to a proffered kingdom. Nor is it to believe that the Church was an afterthought, a mere parenthetical innovation. All such propositions we utterly reject We must confine ourselves to a discussion of leading ideas and points of difference.