Prophetic Witness Magazines

Prophetic Witness - November 2014

Prophetic Witness - November 2014F.B. Meyer And The Call To
Spirit-Empowered Witness

by Dr Paul Wilkinson
 

..."If even a very few Christians in every place would begin "to speak often one to another' about the Coming of the Lord, they would soon come together to pray for His Return ...and to pray the prayer which He Himself has given us, 'Even so come, Lord Jesus.'" -  Sir Robert Anderson

 

Prophetic Witness - October 2014

Prophetic Witness - October 2014The Error Of Replacement Theology

by Pastor Andrew D. Robinson
 

...Addressing a "crowded and attentive congregation", in the inaugural year of what were to become known as the Bloomsbury Lent Lectures, William Robert Freemantle (1807-1895), the Rector of Claydon, Buckinghamshire, and later, Dean of Ripon, North Yorkshire, denounced the spiritualisation of Scripture, and, appealing to God's unchanging character, exhorted those present to follow "the literal delineation of promises made to the nation of Israel” in the interpretation of biblical prophecy.

The Bloomsbury Lent Lectures were inaugurated in 1843 for the purpose of encouraging belief in, and the study of, biblical prophecy in relation to Jesus' Second Advent, His earthly millennial reign and Israel's restoration. The Lectures ran for at least sixteen years and were delivered by some of the most distinguished evangelical Anglican churchmen of the Victorian era, including the hugely influential Edward Bickersteth (1786-1850), Hugh McNeile (1795-1879), John Charles Ryle (1816-1900), Alexander McCaul (1799-1863), and the Honourable Henry Montagu Villiers (1813-1861), to whom we will return at a later date.

Ministers of their scholarly calibre are few and far between, and it pleased the Lord to gather them together at a strategic point in English history, when world attention was beginning to turn once again to the barren land of Palestine. Their mandate, through he annual lecture series, was to proclaim as widely as possible he course and order of events which are connected with our Lord’s return.

Today, annual prophecy conferences akin to the Bloomsbury Lent Lectures are held in different parts of the world. The opposition to the pre-millennial message is greater than ever, but as we study the prophecies that herald the Lord’s return, let us, in the words of Edward Bickersteth, make "...no apology for this united effort to call the attention of the Church of Christ to this all important event."

 

Prophetic Witness - September 2014

Prophetic Witness - September 20141914-2014: The First World War And
The Beginning Of The End Times

by Tony Pearce
 

100 years ago in August 1914 World War One began. Germany declared was on Russia and invaded Belgium on 1st August. Onimously this was the day of the Jewish fast of Av (Tisha b'av, the 9th of Av), the day that commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, a day associated with calamity and disaster in the Jewish calendar. Britain declared war on 4th August 1914 and so World War One began.  ...In the days before His return the Lord Jesus said 'For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there shall be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the begining of birth pains (travail).' Matthew 24:8.

 

Prophetic Witness - August 2014

Prophetic Witness - August 2014Genesis 1-2: Dead And Best Left Buried?

by Philip Jones

INTRODUCTION
Every person on this planet possesses what theologians call a 'worldview’. A worldview is a story which explains who we are, how we got here, and why we are here. Worldviews are derived from a number of sources, including the views of others, science teaching, religious beliefs and even personal preferences. Worldviews are very important, as they help us make sense of the world around us. However, not all worldviews are equally useful — a good worldview can guide us towards the truth, but a bad one can lead us astray.

The traditional Christian worldview is based on the story of origins contained in the book of Genesis (Genesis means 'beginnings'). Genesis chapters 1-2 tells us not only who we are, how we got here and why we are here, but also what is wrong with us and how we got into this mess. This worldview teaches that mankind, the earth and the universe in which we live, were created quickly and recently by God from nothing...

 

Prophetic Witness - July 2014

Prophetic Witness - July 2014The Resurrection Body

by Alan Willis

INTRODUCTION
There was a distinct difference in the beliefs of the Sadducees and the Pharisees, concerning life after death. The Sadducees believed that there was no resurrection, whereas the Pharisees believed that the soul hovered over the body for three days after death, finally breaking free on the fourth day, and going to Hades.
 
There is also a difference between the resurrection of Lazarus [John 11] and that of Christ. Lazarus would die again, whereas Christ had passed through the valley of death once and forever. The book of Revelation teaches us that all of those who do not belong to Christ, will pass through a ’second death’ (Revelation 20 verse 6), which follows the Great White Judgement, and this is described in chapter 21 verse 8, and it is unlike the first death since it is eternal.

A second difference is also clear. Lazarus was raised to life....

 

Prophetic Witness - June 2014

Prophetic Witness - June 2014The Sealed Book and the Oral Torah

by Tony Pearce
 

In the prophecy of Isaiah 29 have a remarkable passage, which deals with Israel in the last days. Verses 1-4 speak of a time when ‘Ariel’ (which represents Jerusalem) will be brought low by a siege of nations which surround it. 'I will encamp against you (Ariel / Jerusalem) all around, will lay siege against you with a mound, and I will raise siegeworks against you. You shall be brought down, you shall speak out of the ground; our speech shall be low, out of the dust; your voice shall be like a medium’s, out of the ground; and your speech shall whisper out of the dust.’
         
We have a similar prophecy of Jerusalem being the central point in a conflict which involves all nations in the last days of this age in Zechariah 12.2-3: ’’Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.’

 

Prophetic Witness - May 2014

Prophetic Witness - May 2014A Heart Like Joseph:

Preparing For The Famine
by Pastor Andrew D. Robinson
 

’Behold the days are coming,’ declares the Lord God 'when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger from sea to sea and from north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, but they will not find it"’ (Amos 8:11,12).
 
Israel had never had it so good; it was the Golden Era, a period of economic and military strength, material blessing, extravagant lifestyle and pious religion. The rich dwelt in mansions, lounged on beds inlaid with ivory, and enjoyed the richest of fayre (3:15, 6:4-6). But although she had the outward appearance of soundness, the nation was rotten to the core. Complacency and corruption had eaten away the conscience of the people and God's anger was roused.

It was into this world that Amos the shepherd was called, to point out the sin, to pronounce God's judgement, to stand in the gap and to plead for repentance. But it seems that the nation had run out of warnings. If God's hand of chastisement had made no difference (4:6-11), then his prophetic pronouncements were unlikely to be heeded. Even when Amos hopped over the border to sue for peace he was sent packing, his words falling on deaf ears (7:10-17). Israel refused to listen to God and she faced the inevitable consequences of her stubbornness — ”a famine of hearing the words of the Lord." The warning could not have been clearer.

CLOTH-EARED CHRISTIANITY

Things haven't changed much. The British Church is characterised by similar traits, and like her Laodicean counterpart brags that she is "rich and wealthy and in need of nothing" (Revelation 3:17). But God does not share her over—inflated view of herself. He sees...

 

Prophetic Witness - April 2014

Prophetic Witness - April 2014Cross Examination

(The Cross in Galatians)
by Jon Ikin
 

The Cross and Bible prophecy should always go together. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, "... you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes" (1 Cor. 11:26) one without the other is to be unbalanced and unbiblical. Real prophecy students love the message of the Lord's return supremely because He is the Saviour who died for them. As Dr Harry Ironside once said, "To me it is not just a doctrine. The reason I love to speak of it is this. My friend of Calvary is coming back again" (The Crowning Day, p22). With this in mind let us look at one of the foremost books of the Bible on the teaching of the cross, the book of Galatians.

 

Prophetic Witness - March 2014

Prophetic Witness - March 2014Downgrading for Armageddon

(Does the Bible suggest a weapons downgrade in the last days?)
by Jon Ikin
 

One of the issues that has puzzled Bible students over the years, is why end times battles are described in terms of ancient warfare. Ezekiel for instance, describes the invading armies of Magog as, 'horses and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers ans shields, all of them handling swords" (38:4). John similarly described the military forces at Armageddon as "horses and... those who sit on them" (Rev.19: 18). Were these descriptions the best that the authors could do I given the day and age they lived in? Or were they technically correct? Will last day battles be fought by men on horseback with swords?

As one who believes implicitly in what is called 'the plenary verbal inspiration of Scripture' (that every word in the Bible is inspired), I find the latter view most attractive. But if so, that raises a question: will there be a significant weapons downgrade in the last days? Will new weapons be traded for older  more conventional armaments? And if so why?

Why would governments of the day secure the latest that their borrowed cash can buy, and then revert to traditional forms of combat technology in the future? There area number of possible scenarios which may explain this. We will briefly explore a few to show that a weapons downgrade is a possibility that should not be ruled out of Bible interpretation. Let us begin with ...

 

Prophetic Witness - February 2014

Prophetic Witness - February 2014The Remnant of Israel:

- PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE -

by Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum
 

A. The Meaning

The doctrine of the Remnant of Israel means that there are always some who believe within the Jewish nation as a whole, and all those who believe constitute the Remnant of Israel. Thus there are two Israels: Israel the Whole and Israel the Remnant. Ethnically, the two are the same, but spiritually, they are not. The Remnant at any point of history may be large or small, but there is never a time when it is non-existent, except immediately after the Rapture.

B. The Ramifications

There are five ramifications concerning the Remnant of Israel First, only believers make up the Remnant. Secondly, not all believers are part of the Remnant, for the Remnant is a Jewish Remnant and is therefore made up of only Jewish believers. Thirdly, the Remnant is always part of the nation as a whole, not detached from the nation as a separate entity; the Remnant is distinct, but distinct within the nation. Fourthly, this means that Jewish believers have a dual citizenship; they are part of both Israel and the Church. And fifth, within the concept of the Remnant, there is a twofold contrast: a contrast between the miraculous and the non-miraculous and a contrast between the noise and the quiet.

C. The Concept

The concept of the Remnant of Israel was apparent from the very beginning of Israel's history as they began to multiply. As a doctrine, the theology of the Remnant began with Elijah the Prophet, then was developed by the writing prophets, and continued through the New Testament.

 

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