The 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."