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In our previous studies, we discussed the concept of “Sorting Prophetic Material,” suggested by Otis Q. Sellers in his pamphlet of the same name. We talked about creating “bins” into which we could sort the prophecies of Scripture predicting events in the future. We had used the book of Revelation to establish four future time periods that are set forth in Scripture, and called these our “bins” into which we could sort future prophecies. However, by examining other evidence, we concluded that there was a fifth time period “bin” we could create, coming before all these, and which we called, as a working title, the “last days.”

Once we had established this fifth time period called the “last days,” we went through all the Scriptural occurrences of it to get an idea in our minds of what this term means. We concluded that this phrase does not speak of only one time, but that none of the time periods of which it speaks fit into that time period called “the millennium.” We concluded that the word “last” in this case means “result” or “outcome,” and the phrase “last days” indicates a time period that is the result of all that came before it. Thus, the last days of Isaiah 2:2 and Micah 4:1 are the result of God’s great work to bring in His order upon the earth through His government. Read the rest of this entry »

In our previous studies, we discussed the concept of “Sorting Prophetic Material,” suggested by Otis Q. Sellers in his pamphlet of the same name. We talked about creating “bins” into which we could sort the prophecies of Scripture predicting events in the future. We had used the book of Revelation to establish four future time periods that are set forth in Scripture. From this study, we constructed four bins to sort prophecies. However, by examining other evidence, we concluded that there was a fifth time period, coming before all these, and which we called, as a working title, the “last days.” Once we had established this fifth time period called the “last days,” we went through all the Scriptural occurrences of it to get an idea in our minds of what this term means. We concluded that this phrase does not speak of only one time, but that none of the time periods of which it speaks fit into that time period called “the millennium.” We concluded that the word “last” in this case means “result” or “outcome,” and the phrase “last days” indicates a time period that is the result of all that came before it. Thus, the last days of Isaiah 2:2 and Micah 4:1 are the result of God’s great work to bring in His order upon the earth through His government.

I had been bold in saying that the “last days” of Isaiah 2:2 cannot be the millennium. One reason I believe this is because of what the Bible says must happen “before the day of the LORD.” In our last issue, we examined this phrase, “the Day of the Lord.” An examination Revelation 1:10 led us to the conclusion that the “Lord’s Day” of Revelation is the same thing as the “Day of the Lord,” and so that all of Revelation takes place in that Day. However, the “last days” take place before the Day of the Lord, so they are a time period not found at all in Revelation, and that precede all the prophecies made there, including Daniel’s Seventieth Week, the Millennium, the Little Season, and the New Heavens and New Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

In our previous studies, we discussed the concept of “Sorting Prophetic Material,” suggested by Otis Q. Sellers in his pamphlet of the same name. We talked about creating “bins” into which we could sort the prophecies of Scripture predicting events in the future. We had used the book of Revelation to establish four future time periods that are set forth in Scripture. From this study, we constructed four time periods. However, by examining other evidence, we concluded that there was a fifth time period, coming before all these, and which we called, as a working title, the “last days.” Thus, we can construct a chart of five time periods, as is shown below:

The Last    Days

Daniel’s Seventieth Week

The      Millennium

The             Little            Season

The New Heavens and  New Earth
         

      1                            2                            3                          4                          5                             6

Once we had established this fifth time period called the “last days,” we went through all the Scriptural occurrences of it to get an idea in our minds of what this term means. We concluded that this phrase does not speak of only one time, but that none of the time periods of which it speaks fit into that time period called “the millennium.” We concluded that the word “last” in this case means “result” or “outcome,” and the phrase “last days” indicates a time period that is the result of all that came before it. Thus, the last days of Isaiah 2:2 and Micah 4:1 are the result of God’s great work to bring in His order upon the earth through His government. Read the rest of this entry »

In our previous studies, we discussed the concept of “Sorting Prophetic Material,” suggested by Otis Q. Sellers in his pamphlet of the same name. We talked about creating “bins” into which we could sort the prophecies of Scripture predicting events in the future. We had used the book of Revelation to establish four future time periods that are set forth in Scripture: Daniel’s Seventieth Week, The Millennium, The Little Season, and The New Heavens and New Earth. We have examined these four future time periods, all of which we suggested considering as “bins” into which we can sort the future prophecies of the Scriptures. All of these take place after the dispensation of grace, the current time period we live in. If we have properly identified all the future “bins” into which prophecies can be sorted, then we should be able to fit any future prediction we find in the Bible into one of these four bins. Read the rest of this entry »

In our last message, we discussed creating “bins” into which we could sort the prophecies of Scripture predicting events in the future. We had used the book of Revelation to establish four future time periods that are set forth in Scripture. From this study, we constructed the following chart showing these time periods in order:

 

Daniel’s Seventieth Week

      The       Millennium

The     Little     Season   

The             New Heavens and          New Earth   

       

      1                               2                               3                               4                               5

As we noted last time, the second coming of Jesus Christ takes place at line 2, and the release of Satan from his imprisonment takes place at line 3. At line 4, the heavens and earth are renewed. The Bible does not take us beyond the new heavens and the new earth. It could very well be that this period will have no real end, though there could be changes within it as God’s plan continues to unfold. Read the rest of this entry »

binsThe Word of God contains many different truths. We know that many of these have to do with the past. They tell us of the creation of the world and of Adamkind. They teach us about Israel, and the work God did with them. We learn of His activities through His kings, prophets, and apostles. And we learn of the life on earth of Jesus Christ, and of His finished work on the cross. Then, there are some passages that speak of the present time. They tell us of the mystery, of the dispensation of grace, and of God’s current, secret dealings in grace, and His work to bring men of all nations to faith in Christ through the gospel. And finally, there are passages that speak of the future. These tell us what God is yet going to do in the time to come. There are many such passages, and they tell us of many things that must come to pass in the future if the Word of God is not to be broken. These are predictive passages, that is, they tell us of things yet to come. Yet it is clear that these things must happen in a certain order and sequence. Just as it would not be right to scramble past events and put the coronation of David before the exodus from Egypt, so we are not interpreting these passages speaking of the future correctly if we do not determine the proper order and the proper time when each of them needs to take place. Read the rest of this entry »