Renewed interest in prophetic teaching is a likely result of the Jerusalem Conference on Biblical Prophecy, to be held June 15–18.
According to many scientists and military authorities, world affairs cannot long proceed as they are without erupting into global catastrophe, whether a civilization-erasing nuclear war, life-choking environmental pollution, overpopulation and famine, or something else.
Evangelical Christians have always believed, however, on the basis of the inspired Scriptures, that it is God who will consummate the course of history, and that he will do so, moreover, in his own revealed way. Early in this century Western intellectuals looked to science to usher in a global millennium, and accommodating liberal Protestants decided that the scientific method rather than the Holy Spirit would lead men into all truth. For all that, Bible-believers remained confident that human history is moving inexorably toward a catastrophic divine judgment of men and nations, and that if a millennium were in the offing, only God and not human ingenuity would bring it to pass.
Whatever one may think of dispensationalism as a system of biblical interpretation, the fact remains that early in this century, when the historical prospects seemed about as remote as a Swiss Navy, men like C. I. Scofield, A. C. Gaebelein, J. M. Gray, and H. A. Ironside insisted on the basis of Old Testament prophecy that Jewry would be regathered in Palestine, and would at first reassemble in unbelief in Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah of promise. At the same time, they averred, Russia would emerge as an archfoe from the north.
In view of Paul’s revelational philosophy of history in Romans 9–11 as well as Old Testament passages, many students of biblical ...1
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