Clarence E. Mason's "ESCHATOLOGY
The Prophetic Story
BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
Edited by Dr. Clarence E. Mason,
SECTION: Addendum 2
The Prophetic Story
- Prophecy must be divided
into that which is fulfilled and that which is unfulfilled.
- Fulfilled prophecy has been
fulfilled exactly and literally, thus establishing the divine method of the
fulfilment of prophecy.
- Unfulfilled prophecy will
follow the same method. It is unreasonable to say prophecy has been
fulfilled up to a certain point in one way, and will be fulfilled from that
point on in a different way. Cp, Isa. 61:1-3.
- Prophecy of the O.T. should
be distinguished from that of the N.T.
- SEVEN MAJOR THEMES OF
PROPHECY IN THE O.T.
- Concerning the Gentiles
- The allotment of the
portion of the sons of Noah, Gen. 9:26-27
- The judgments upon the
nations surrounding Israel, Isa. 13-23; Jer. 46-49
- The four world-ruling
monarchies, Daniel 2 and 7
- Final judgment of the
Gentile nations, Joel 3; Zeph. 3:8
- Promise of great blessing
for Gentiles, Isa. 11:10; 42:1, 6; 49:6; 22; 60:3; 62:2
- Concerning Israel's Early
Covers the period of Abraham's life and Israel's bondage in Egypt.
- Egyptian bondage and
release, Gen. 15:13-14
- Character and destiny of
Israel's sons. Gen. 49
- Israel in the land after
the Egyptian bondage, Dt. 28:62-67
- Concerning the Nation
Begins with Abrahamic Covenant and continues through whole O.T.
- National entity, Jer.
- A king, Jer. 33:21
- A kingdom, Dan. 7:14
- A land, Gen. 13:15
- A throne, 2 Sam. 7:16;
- Concerning the Last
Dispersion and Regathering of Israel
The Assyrian captivity of the Northern Kingdom and Babylonian captivity of
the Southern Kingdom, followed by dispersion at hands of Rome, were
national punishments for sin. The whole of Israel was thus taken from off
the land and scattered among nations of the earth. But the Scriptures make
clear that Israel will finally be regathered. Lev. 26:32-39; Dt. 28:63-68;
Neh. 1:8; Jer. 9:16; 18:15-17; Ezek. 12:14-15; 20:33; 22:15
- Concerning the Two Advents
From 1 Pet. 1:10-11 we see the prophets did not distinguish between the
two advents of Messiah. Thus, He is seen as a Lamb (Isa. 53) and as a Lion
(Isa. 11:1-12; Jer. 33:5-6). Cp. Isa. 61:1-2, where the two views are
Prophecy said Christ must:
- Be of the tribe of Judah
- Be of the house of David
Isa. 11:1; Jer. 33:21
- Be born in a supernatural
way Isa. 7:14
- Be born in Bethlehem
- Die a sacrificial death
- Die by crucifixion Ps. 22
- Rise from the dead Ps.
- Come to earth the second
time Zech. 14:3-4 on the clouds of heaven Dan. 7:13
- Concerning the Tribulation
and the Day of the LORD
A time of tribulation related to the present age-long chastisement of
Israel is seen. Dt. 4:29-30; Ps. 2:5; Isa. 24:16-20; Jer. 30:4-7; Dan.
12:1. This is enlarged in the N.T., but the O.T. indicates the one
essential feature of the tribulation period--it is the "time of Jacob's
trouble." Jer. 30:4-7
- Concerning the Messianic
Kingdom and the Day of the Lord
No theme of prophecy involves so much Scripture. Vision of this kingdom
given to all the prophets. As Israel was literally removed from the land
in chastening, so certainly will she be brought back in blessing. Isa.
11:1-16; 12:1-6; 24:22-27-13; 35:1-10; 54:1-55:13; Isa. 59:20-66:24; Jer.
23:3-8; 31:1-40; 32:37-41; 33:1-26; Ezek. 34:11-31; 36:32-38; 37:1-28;
40:1-48:35; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:14; Hos. 3:4-5; 13:9-14:9; Joel 2:28-3:21;
Amos 9:11-15; Zeph. 3:14-20; Zech. 8:1-23; Zech. 14:9-21. There are more
than fifty extended passages in all which deal with this.
- NINE MAJOR THEMES OF N.T.
- The New Age: not
announced in O.T. but now revealed
A "mystery" or one of the sacred secrets hidden in the counsels of God
until the appointed time of its revelation. The following predictions are
made concerning the new age:
- Said to be evil, Gal. 1:4
- Course characterized by
the parallel development of good and evil, Mt. 13:24-30,36-43
- Its last days set forth
in extended prophecies:
2 Thes. 2:1-12; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Jas. 5:1-10; 2 Pet. 2:1-3:8;
Jude 1-24; Rev. 3:14-22
(d) No prediction of a converted earth, Mt. 13:1-50; 24:38-39; 2 Tim.
- The New Divine Purpose:
Jew and Gentile united in Christ as co-equals
In addition to the two 0. T. divisions into Jew and Gentile, a third is
now added--the Church. Into this group during this age Jews and Gentiles
both are gathered and united. They are related to Christ as His sheep,
John 10:6-16; the branch in the vine, John 15:1-5; the stones in a
building, Eph. 2:18-22; a kingdom of priests, 1 Pet. 2:5; Heb. 8:1; the
new creation, 2 Cor. 5:17; the body, Eph. 1:22-23; 3:6; and will be
related as His bride in heaven. Rev. 19:7; 12:9.
When this out-calling is completed:
- Christ will come to
receive His own John 14:1-3
- Those who have died will
be raised 1 Cor. 15:23
- Those then living will be
translated 1 Cor. 15:51; 1 Thes. 4:13-17
- All, whether by
resurrection or translation, will receive a new body like His glorious
body Phil. 3:10
- The Nation Israel:
blinded in part but yet to repent and be restored
Israel in N.T. prophecy is taken up where O.T. prophecy leaves them,
scattered and disorganized. Judgments are pronounced on all; blessings on
a repentant remnant.
- Dispensationally, they
are set aside Rom. 3:9; 11:19-22
- The wrath of God will
fall on them 1 Thes. 2:16
- Their beloved city would
fall Luke 21:20-34
- Sorrows of the
tribulation predicted Mt. 24:8-22
- Sifting judgments
preparatory to their Mt. 24:44-25:30 entrance into the kingdom Ezek.
- His own occupancy of the
throne of David Mt. 25:31
- Blessings under the
Davidic Covenant Lk. 1:31-33; Rev. 5:5; 11:15
- Israel's place in the
tribulation Rev. 7:4-17; 12:13-17
Israel through this age will be rebellious (Lk. 19:14); partially blind
(Rom. 11:25); broken off (Rom. 11:17); without national center (Lk.
21:24); scattered (Mt. 10:6); in tribulation will be hated (Mt. 24:9);
and in the Kingdom will be regathered (Mt. 24:31), and saved (Rom.
- The Gentiles: "Times of
Gentiles" run through age and conclude at Christ's return
- The "times of the
Gentiles, " begun in the scattering of Judah by Babylon 600 years before
Christ, and marked by a succession of world empires (Dan. 2 and 7),
continue their course through the present dispensation, and are ended by
the coming of Christ to earth, Dan. 2:44.
- Christ comes in the
"fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God"
(Rev. 19:15) as the "smiting stone" (Dan. 2:36-45), and conquers the
nations of the earth in the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19:llff.).
- The divine purpose in
this age is to have the Gospel preached to Gentiles as well as Jews, to
call out His Church (Acts 15:14).
- The Tribulation; more
detail added in N.T., including apostate Christendom's doom The O.T.
Predictions are continued with more detail.
- Christ speaks of that
time in relation to Israel Mt. 24:8-31
- Paul writes of it in
relation to the forces of evil 2 Thes. 2:1-12
- John writes of the divine
program which will be enacted in those days Rev. 6:1-19:6
Divine judgments are accomplished, forces of evil are released then
terminated, and ecclesiastical and political "Babylon" are destroyed.
- Satan and Forces of
Evil: expanding "mystery of evil" reaches its climax
- Prophecy concerning Satan
which began in Ezek. 28:11-19 and Isaiah 14:12-17 is continued,
- His expulsion from
heaven to earth Rev. 12:7-12
- His binding and
confinement Rev. 20:1-3
- His temporary release
and deception of the nations
- His final doom in the
lake of fire Rev. 20:10
- Paralleling this is the
prophecy of the Man of Sin, begun in Ezek. 28:1-10; Dan. 7:8; 9:24-27;
- Is continued by Christ
whose coming is a sign to Israel Mt. 24:15
- Seen as the object of
worship in the restored temple by Paul 2 Thes. 2:1-12; Rev. 13:11-18
- Seen by John in his
governmental power Rev. 13:3-10
- And in his final doom
Rev. 19:20; 20:10
- Second Coming of Christ
to^ Air and to Earth: distinguished as two steps
- Predicted by Christ, Mt.
24:37-25:46; Mk. 13:1-37; Lk. 21:3-38
- Predicted by Paul, Rom.
11:26; 1 Thes. 3:13; 5:1-4; 2 Thes. 1:7-2:12
- Predicted by James, Jas.
- Predicted by Peter, 2
- Predicted by Jude, Jude
- Predicted by John
throughout the Revelation
Subject of first prediction by a prophet, Jude 14-15, and the last
message of the Bible, Rev. 22:20.
- Messianic Kingdom: its
government, requirements, and exact length
The character of the Kingdom, its government and requirements are
presented in the Synoptics, and its duration told by John in Rev. 20:4-6.
- The Eternal State: N. T.
gives only detail in Bible on this area of truth While the O.T. says
little of the future state, Christ and the apostles reveal much about it.
Jesus said more about eternal punishment in three years than all the
prophets had said in 3000 years, Mt. 25:46; John 14:1-3; Rev.
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