The Reformed Layman

 

Prophecy

 

Handbook of Prophecy by James Stacy

In this work, Mr. Stacy gives us a brief overview of the Historicist perspective. Unlike the Preterists who consider all fulfilled, or the Futurists who imagine all yet to be fulfilled, or the Idealists who see all as symbolic, the Historicists understand the book of Revelation as a prophecy spanning the entire New Testament age. Thus, for the Historicist, the ten persecutions of pagan Rome, the triumph of Constantine, the 1260 year reign of the Roman Popes and their war against the saints, along with many other events in our history and future are all declared beforehand in this final book of prophecy. Mr. Stacy also discusses the relationship between the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel and at the end gives a critique of the premillennial (futurist) view.

 

Daniel’s Weeks An Interpretation of part of the Prophecy of Daniel By Joseph Mede

Written in 1643. Dr. Mede explains Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks which predicted the rebuilding of the Temple, the coming of Messiah, the destruction of Jerusalem and the times of the Gentiles.

 

The Apostasy of the Latter Times by Joseph Mede

Throughout antiquity, including the first century A.D., pagans used the Greek word for “Demons” to refer to the departed souls of those whom they deemed to be pious and heroic men. It was believed that these “demons,” or departed souls, could be compelled to intercede with the gods on their behalf. They were considered less than the celestial gods, but more than mere humans. The bones of these men were commonly gathered and prayed to in elaborate sepulchers. Statues or images of these “Demons” were also fashioned and bowed before, and prayed to. In I Timothy 4:1-3, Paul warns the Church of a then future revolt and departure from the Christian faith. This revolt would bring into the Church, pagan doctrines concerning “Demons”.  Within about three hundred years, the Apostle’s prophecy came to pass. Christians began praying to departed saints, and seeking their intercession. Their bones were collected and templed, and prayed to. Gold and silver images of these departed saints were prayed to as well. Curiously, those who taught and promoted these doctrines concerning Gentile demon (departed soul) worship, also forbad their clergy to marry, and observed strange prohibitions on the eating of meats, just as the Apostle said they would. This treatise was written in 1641. In it, Dr. Mede expounds I Timothy 4:1-3, and shows how the man of sin led, and still leads this great defection from the Christian faith. This is an important part of the puzzle for those who wish to understand the mystery of iniquity and the Papal antichrist that has led so many to perdition.

 

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