Now for the first time, these prophecies and interpretations are available by themselves in one book. This ultimate guide to messianic prophecy explores:
• The historical background for every prophecy about Christ throughout the Bible
• How and when Christ will return to earth
• What today’s events in the Middle East have to do with Jesus’s life and purpose
• How all the prophecies about Jesus influence and confirm one another
• Why we can interpret biblical prophecies literally and why they matter to us today
Understanding biblical predictions about Christ is crucial to the church, our awareness of world events, and our personal faith in a God who keeps His promises.
GOD'S PLAN AND PURPOSE IN THE AGES
This edition reproduces the numerous illustrations, maps and linked charts in full size, so that all text is legible. There are two sets of charts, one in the book and another that is linked to the web.
Rev. Clarence Larkin (1850–1924) was an American Baptist pastor, Bible teacher and author whose writings on Dispensationalism had a great impact on conservative Protestant visual culture in the 20th century. His intricate and influential charts provided readers with a visual strategy for mapping God's action in history and for interpreting complex biblical prophecies.
Larkin's major publications were Dispensational Truth (or God's Plan and Purpose in the Ages), Rightly Dividing the Word, The Book of Daniel, Spirit World, Second Coming of Christ, and A Medicine Chest for Christian Practitioners, a Handbook on Evangelism.
Dispensational Truth (or God's Plan and Purpose in the Ages), contains dozens of charts and hundreds of pages of descriptive matter. He spent three years designing and drawing the charts and preparing the text, which remains in print. It is a thoroughgoing defense of premillennialist dispensationalism that draws on the major themes found in the works of figures like C.I. Scofield, William Eugene Blackstone, and John Nelson Darby.
Because ‘Dispensational Truth’ had a large and wide circulation, the first edition was soon exhausted. It was followed by a second edition, and then, realizing that the book was of permanent value, Larkin revised it and expanded it, printing it in its present form of over 300 pages. Larkin followed this with other books: Rightly Dividing the Word, The Book of Daniel, Spirit World, Second Coming of Christ, and A Medicine Chest for Christian Practitioners, a handbook on evangelism.
Like C. I. Scofield, he postulated seven separate dispensations—the current being the "Dispensation of Grace," "Church Dispensation," "Ecclesiastical Dispensation," or "Parenthetical Dispensation." This position held that the church age filled a "gap" in the timeline of biblical prophecy.
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The author addresses the study of the book of Revelation and Eschatology with an emphasis on the Kingdom. Notably, the results are conclusively Preterist in content by the eyes of the author, of the mildest of forms.
Coming from several years of end-times research, and many more of that of Bible knowledge, this book focuses on the prophesies of Daniel, as well as the Gospels, to prove with reasonable certainty (to the author) that the reasonable whole of the book of Daniel is concluded and fulfilled, and much of the Revelation of John.
The book follows in an "at-face-value" approach, allowing normal customs of language, demonstrating a concise and historic progression of events, with the destruction of the temple on 70 AD, the Second Jewish Revolt of 135 AD being the winepress of God's wrath, the seven bowls of wrath poured out upon Rome in what is known as the Crisis of the Third Century to destroy Rome, and a literal, already-fulfilled Millennium in the Middle Ages.
The focus of the book is doctrine of the Kingdom, which demonstrates its centrality in the entire subject. It is the asserted that the study of Eschatology is the study of the Kingdom (this is repeated throughout the book).
Including a look at the parables of Jesus, and taking Jesus' introductory declaration of Mark 1:15 to be clearest statement of the Kingdom, this book side-steps the fruitless debates of the Schweitzer, Dodd, and Ladd, of "consistent", "realized", or "inaugurated" Eschatologies, and steps directly to an "everlasting eschatology".
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
Generally relying upon the KJV version for the development of key issues, except where a nuance is better brought out by another version as indicated, the author develops the case, 'sola scriptura', that the Kingdom is indeed here, and that it relates to the first coming of Christ.
Of note, the author specifically interprets the Olivet Discourse as being divided, based upon the merits of a study of the word "Eutheos" in Matthew 24:29. "Eutheos", when compared throughout the New Testament, often implies an unspecified time gap, representing hours, days, or even months. This, combined with a reading of the traditional "time texts", Matthew 24:34&36, the author sees that the v36 "but of that day and hour" specifically excludes the v29-31 "that day" from the "these things" of v4-22. As such, the "this generation" applies precisely and exactly to the generation then alive during the giving of this discussion, as per the traditional partial-Preterist position. However, it clearly excludes the obvious Second Coming references in vv29-31.
Additionally, the author makes specific reference to the verses of Daniel 11:40-43 as pertaining to the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, or the foundation of the Roman Empire, which is shown to be the fourth Kingdom of Daniel 2,7. These two facts place the Great Tribulation of Daniel 12 and Matthew 24 decidedly in the first century, the 70AD destruction of Jerusalem, according to the author.
The author then divides the body of Revelation into two prophecies, as per the two prophetic commissions in Revelation 1 and 10. Using a 68-70AD, post-Neronic, pre-fall of Jerusalem date for the book, Rev 6-11 corresponds to the destruction of Jerusalem, while Rev 12-19 are clearly seen in historic events and detail the further punishing of the Jewish nation, followed by the final overthrow of the beast, Rome.
Woven throughout the book, the author attempts to depict the great contrast of ages. For 1,000 years, Babylon, in four different stages, ruled the known world. Then, after it was broken small at the conversion of Constantine, the Kingdom of God ruled for its 1,000 years. We are now in that "short time", looking towards a Gog Magog conflict, and the fulfillment of the Israel promises in between Revelation 20:10-11.
God says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come” (Isaiah 46:10). The One who knows the future has revealed much about it in His Word, the Bible.
This book contains one hundred questions concerning the end times, answered from a biblical perspective. “How can I understand the book of Revelation?” “What is Israel’s role?” “What is the rapture?” “Should I be worried about 666?” “Are we living in the end times?” We don’t have all the details of what will happen, but this book will point you consistently to the Bible for answers. The student of Scripture should have an advantage when it comes to prophecy: “You, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:4).
Eschatology is a fascinating and beneficial study. Following current events is sometimes like watching pieces of a puzzle fall into place. We know God’s purposes will stand and what He has decreed will come to pass.
I have in mind particularly those who have not given much attention to these things or others who by wrong teaching have had their faith shaken. All I ask of each reader is that he read the messages with an open mind, and if at times he does not find himself in agreement with what is presented, that he search the Scriptures carefully to see whether these things be so. If they are not in accord with the Word, I would have no one receive them. But if convinced, as I am myself, that they do indeed set forth the truth concerning the near future as revealed in the inspired Writings, my hope is that under GOD they will prove to be for the edification and sanctification of those who accept their teaching.
H. A. Ironside
However, by laying out a relentlessly researched argument author J.E. Gulbrandsen invites you to consider a compelling, reliable, and rigorous exploration of why the commonly held view—based on dispensationalism—is not, in fact, biblically accurate. His teaching clearly fall in the ballpark of Partial Preterism.
In fact, the Kingdom of Christ has been already established. We see evidence of this today, and once we fully apprehend what this means for us as believers, our walk with Christ, and our work for the Kingdom, will be profoundly impacted. Instead of fearing the enemy, we can walk in confidence and power knowing that Satan is bound. This is not a future event—it is done! Jesus won over Satan on the cross; he is now “under our feet,” tied up for “a thousand years” in the Abyss. With so much discouragement and bad news barraging us from every side, of this we can be certain: things are not getting worse. As you will discover in Jesus Delayed, they are, in fact, getting better and better, and will continue to do so until Christ finally returns, as promised, for his victorious bride—the Church!