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Adherence to the principle that prophecies which are couched in terminology pertaining to "Israel" must be fulfilled literally in relation to the literal Jews postpones fulfillment to some time in the future. Thus Futurists, because these prophecies cannot be regarded as having yet been fulfilled or as being capable of fulfillment in this present age, refer their fulfillment after the "rapture" of the church. It is beyond the scope of this necessarily limited outline to discuss the subject in its many details. However, we point out that Futurists teach that Jewish peculiarities will be revived: animal sacrifices will again be offered. Scofield has endeavored to solve the difficulty confronted by numerous New Testament texts which explicitly teach that the Mosaic ritual of sacrifices and the Aaronic priesthood have been abolished, and that the Old Testament typical system of expiation finds its fulfillment in the high priestly atonement and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Scofield says: "Doubtless these offerings will be memorial, looking back to the cross, as the offerings under the old covenant were anticipatory, looking forward to the cross" (p. 890). In this, as in so many other illustrations that could be given, we see the sad result of following a system of interpretation which demands that the things pertaining to "Israel" must be literally fulfilled.

It is a sufficiently damning indictment of Futurism that it relegates to the future the fulfillment of such prophecies as Zech. 13:1 ("In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and uncleanness"), and Dan. 9:24. The Futuristic comment is: "The day is yet future when a fountain shall be opened for the iniquity of Daniel's people (Zech. 13:1), and righteousness shall be ushered in for them."

It is a principle employed by Bible prophets to speak of world-wide events in the language which, at first glance, seems to indicate that Palestine is to be the place of fulfillment. But a closer study reveals that the whole story of salvation is couched in similar phraseology. Thus the whole of the literal local things in the Mosaic economy foreshadowed world-wide events in connection with the Christian church. (See 1 Cor. 10:6, 11 margins.) This has been the belief of Protestant interpreters for hundreds of years, as may be seen in the headings of the King James' Version. Though couched in phraseology indicating that the fountain for cleansing would be literally in Jerusalem, yet most Christians have applied this verse as refer- ring to the crimson stream which has flowed from the Saviour by His death on Calvary. We may all symbolically, or by faith, plunge into that precious fountain wherever we are literally located on earth. Cowper's familiar hymn, "There is a fountain filled with blood," owes its beautiful though painful imagery to this verse. Comparing Zech. 14:8 and Ezek. 47:1-12, we see the thought in Zech. 13:1 that water is the symbol of cleansing and purification. (See also Ezek. 36:25; Rev. 7:14, etc.) The refusal to see the symbolical import of the Scriptures employed by the Holy Spirit to convey spiritual truths is the foundation of the errors of Roman Catholicism.

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