20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 20 - The Eternal State. This study brings us to the last in this series and will centre our thinking around the glorious climax. God's ultimate. The apostle Peter declares in his second letter (3:13), "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." Here we have the ultimate realisation of the blessed hope. Paradise lost is now regained.
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 18 - The Post-Millennial Rebellion. The final revolt at the close of the millennial reign of Christ on earth will be the concluding test for the world, and will bring to a close the satanic enslavement of mankind since the tragedy of Eden.
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 17 - The Millennial Kingdom. Having consummated His purpose for the church in the rapture (see Study 3), God will bring in His kingdom of peace and righteousness. Psalmists and prophets speak of this in most inspiring terms, while Jesus taught His disciples to anticipate the climax of redemption's story. What a prospect! Jesus Christ in supreme control, reigning from shore to shore. This golden age can be realised only when Jesus returns to the planet as King.
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 16 - The Judgment of the Nations. Judgment is God's "strange work", and as William Hoste observed, "There is a sense in which God is at the present time judging nations and His people, but this is corrective and temporary." The aspect of judgment we are now examining is final and penal.
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 15 - The Return of Jesus Christ in Person to this Planet. The rapture will be aerial, the King's appearing will be earthly. Failure to comprehend this two-phase aspect of the advent results in confusion, and it is necessary to differentiate between Christ's coming for and with His saints. If we look closely at Old Testament predictions relative to the coming of the Lord, there is "no effort to synthesize the prophecies; and the effort to decide which prophecies apply to the church age, which apply to the millennial era, and which apply to the age to come, ignored the basic fact of the prophetic perspective." (So writes Dr. Eldon Ladd in THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM).
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 13 - The Beast and the False Prophet. The passage of Scripture dealing specifically with this study is found in Revelation 13. The first ten verses deal with "a beast", a character who will figure prominently in the Great Tribulation, the subject, of study 8. This beast emerges from "the sea", which in Biblical usage indicates that he will spring from the great mass of humanity. A. J. Pollock comments, "the sand of the sea referring to the multitudes of mankind, the sea to the unstable and revolutionary forces at work."
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 12 - The Future of Israel. To emphasise the importance of this study we must remember that we are considering a unique race. The Jews form a large part in the purpose of God. In fact, states Alan Hayward in PLANET EARTH'S LAST HOPE, "the whole history of mankind, both past and future, revolves around the history of Israel." John Urquhart, a writer of a much earlier day, put it very succinctly when he said, "The Bible lives in the Jew. His whole history is a testimony to the historic truth."
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 11 - The Kings of the East. The two previous studies dealt with the northern confederacy, or the "King of the north," and the "King of the south", which by general agreement has reference to Egypt. We come now to examine the federation of the Far East, the vast oriental armies of S.E. Asia, referred to in (Rev. 17:12) as the "Kings of the east". The word "east" comes from the Greek "the rising of the sun".
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 10 - The King of the South. There is general agreement among prophetic scholars that the "King of the South" has reference to Egypt, inasmuch as this power is referred to as that south of Israel (Dan. 11:5, 6, 9, 11, 14, 15, 25, 29, 40). Indeed it is not possible to understand the history of Israel without a knowledge of the history of Egypt. If we take a careful look at (Dan. 11:40) it becomes evident that we are dealing with prophecy. "At the time of the end" are words, which allude to a time beyond the day of Daniel. At this time after the close of the present church age, when a dark power will rule over Israel (Dan. 11:36-45), this "king of the south shall push at him".
20 Studies in Bible Prophecy. Study 9 - The King of the North. Turning our attention to the age of Gentile dominion, we must take a look at the expression "the times of the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24). This phrase refers to the era of Gentile world domination, which commenced with the ascendancy of Nebuchadnezzar, and will terminate with the advent of Christ to reign. The time limit of this dominion is lucidly penned in the Scofield Reference Bible. It reads: