Understanding The Bible
STUDY REFERENCE
Clarence E. Mason's "OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETIC BOOKS"
Introduction:  SEVEN GREAT THEMES OF THE PROPHETS

Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
1970

OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETIC BOOKS
Seven Great Themes of the Prophets


SEVEN GREAT THEMES OF THE PROPHETS

  1. Calls to repentance from the sins which characterized the nation at the time of their prophecy.

  2. Warnings of judgment, if repentance is not forthcoming. Explanations that the
    things present (drought, locust plagues, etc.) are illustrative of things future (i.e., greater judgments, such as invasion by the Assyrian army and their final captivity).

  3. Encouragements are offered to a repentant but persecuted remnant.

  4. Prophecies concerning a coming Messiah:

    1. He shall come, only to be rejected.

    2. There will be a period of spiritual decline, followed by great suffering, as the result of that rejection, but    [*The rapture is unseen in the O.T.]

    3. He will return again and deliver a substantial part of the nation who will have repented.

  5. There are prophecies of the purging out from Israel of a mass of apostates when Christ returns again.

  6. Prophecies of an era of great blessing to the whole world through a redeemed Israel. (The NT later tells us this is 1000 years.)

  7. There is more than a hint of an eternal state, with a new heaven and a new earth for repentant believers and, also, of eternal judgment for the unrepentant.
 

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