ADDENDUM - A BRIEF
The belief that "Armageddon"
will be a military conflict in Palestine is part of the Futuristic system which
is based upon a literal application of the things of ancient Israel, in contrast
to the New Testament spiritual application in relation to the church. The errors
of Roman Catholicism are based upon the literal application of the things of
national Israel. Protestant Futurists may not appreciate their interpretation of
prophecy being coupled up with the errors of Roman Catholicism; but they have
the same foundation. Futurism has been fostered by Roman Catholicism because of
its potent force against true Protestantism.
Dr. H. G. Guinness, in his
"Approaching End of the Age," pages 100, 101, writes of the Futuristic
view: "In its present form, however, it may be said to have originated, at
the end of the sixteenth century, with Jesuit Ribera, who, moved like Alcasar,
to relieve the Papacy from the stigma cast upon it by the Protestant
interpretation, tried to do so by referring these to the distant future . . . For
a considerable period this view was confined to Romanists [italics mine],
and was refuted by several masterly Protestant works."
The Roman Catholic Church justifies its
ornate buildings and ritual, etc., by pointing to the literal things of ancient
Israel. (See their "Question Box," pp. 187-189; "Keenan's
Catechism," pp.193-212, etc.)
The following brief outline is intended
to convey "much in little," and to provoke the reader to study further
into the fundamental principles of interpretation.
MYSTERY OF GODLINESS"
(1 Tim. 3:16)
APPLICATION OF THE THINGS OF ISRAEL.
MYSTERY OF INIQUITY"
APPLICATION OF THINGS OF ISRAEL.
- Church (1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. Temple. 2:21)
- on earth, all believers (1 Pet. 2:9)
- prayer (Ps. 141:2; Rev. 5:8)
- daily self-denial (Luke 9:23)
Temple - Bible (Ps. 119:105; 2 Cor. 4:4, etc.)
- Word of God (John. 6:27-68). Water-Holy Spirit working through Word of
God (Titus 3:5; Eph. 5:26)
which dross is burned:-
(1) Work of Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:11; Isa. 4:4; 1 Pet. 1:7; 4:12).
(2) Obedience to truth purifies (1 Pet. 1:22)
(1 Tim. 1:17)
- visible Head
- Representative Invisible (John. 14:17)
Representative of Christ; visible
each heart (Rom. 5:17-21)
in Rome (Rev. 16:10; 17:18)
Spiritual: Those delivered from sin (Col. 1:13)
Literal: Political power
War: world-wide conflict. "War a good warfare"
(1 Tim. 1:18)
Military: conflict in Palestine
the good fight of faith" (1 Tim. 6:12)
Military: conflict in Palestine
- God and soul: New Testament about 110 times, Paul
about 52 times, spiritual peace
- ''Gentiles'': ''Heathen'' those who are not
Israelites (Eph. 2:11, 12; Rev. 11:2) in any part of the world
"Gentiles": - Literal nations East of Palestine
Church in all the world (Gal. 6: 16; Rev. 7:1-4, etc.)
- a few literal Jews in Palestine
attacked by enemies: Spiritual enemies (Ezek. 38, 39; Joel 3;
Zech. 14; Rev. 14:1, 20; 16:12-16; 17:14, etc.)
attacked by enemies: literal nations to literally attack
literal Jews in Palestine
is a spiritual leader: A counterfeit Church which makes
"war with the saints" (Rev. 13:7)
is a military leader: a person to dominate literal Jews in
Time (Dan.7:25; Rev. 11:2; 12:6, 12; 13:5). Affecting the
(3 1/2 literal years) affecting literal Jews in Palestine