PROPHECY HEADLINES: Obama eases rules of engagement for ISIS in Afghanistan | Russia likely considering air base in Syria | China backs Palestinian state
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “Hell on Earth (Part 2)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
— Jewish Focus of the Vision
Charles Feinberg has shown that reference to the temple, altar, court, and holy city “alerts the reader that events continue on Jewish grounds.” The confusion that one finds in nondispensational commentaries comes from their attempts to read the Church into this chapter. Bruce Metzger admits, “What follows in chapter 11 has been generally acknowledged to be one of the most perplexing sections of the entire book. There is presented here an almost bewildering interweaving of symbols suggested by Old Testament history and prophecy.”
The confusion is the result of trying to force the Church into this vision. That is because it is the Jewish people and state that are in view here! What else is one to make of references to the temple, the altar, the descriptive ministries of Moses and Elijah, the wild olive trees and the lampstand of Zechariah, the plagues upon Pharaoh, the tyrant predicted by Daniel, and Sodom, Egypt, and Jerusalem?
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 25) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
The men in the days of Noah and Lot found to their own cost that Noah and Lot were right. The Apostle Peter foretold eighteen hundred years ago that men would talk in this way. “There shall come in the last day scoffers,” he tells us, “saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” Oh, do not fulfill this prophecy by your unbelief!