July 26th, 2023
SOMETIMES THOSE CLOSEST TO THE EVENTS ARE NOT IN THE BEST POSITION TO HAVE THE BEST PERSPECTIVE OF THOSE EVENTS
In Professor Stuart Piggin’s follow-up to his seminal work on the Evangelical history of Australia, ATTENDING TO THE NATIONAL SOUL, he notes about recent events in Australian Church history that it was not possible to evaluate it true significance yet. He goes on to say, as only a historian could, it would be up to those fifty years hence to form a clearer perspective of events that happened recently. Not long ago I heard NT Wright make similar point about the legacy of Winston Churchill’s leadership during World War II. He pointed out that those who wrote about Churchill within a few years of the War ending lionised him. It wasn’t until a few decades later that a clearer and more accurate picture of Churchill was formed after diverse historians collated the many and varied later recollections of those who got to know, see, and spent time with Churchill. Understanding fulfilled Bible prophecy requires a similar process.
“LATER ON WE REALISED”
When therefore he was raised from the dead,
His disciples remembered that He had said this,
and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying out,
“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
¶ “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
¶ His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified,
then they remembered that these things had been written about Him and had been done to Him.
The prophecies within the Book of Revelation would mostly be fulfilled within a few years of AD65 when the Apostle John penned it. But it would take a few centuries before theologians began to wonder whether the events surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 might have what much of Revelation was predicting. To find out more about this, read my eBook THE MOST EMBARRASSING BOOK OF THE BIBLE… [CONTINUE]
When was the last time someone said to you, “I was wrong and I am sorry”? For some people these words have never passed their lips. Some of these people may never have made a mistake, done anything wrong, or ever needlessly ever hurt someone so they may never had an occasion where they needed to say those words. But, if you have ever had someone tell you something that they knew was untrue as if it was true, or claimed that something was a fact that you later discovered was actually not a fact — and so did they — have they ever come back to you and said, “I was wrong and I am sorry”? If this has never been your experience, it’s about to be — because I’m going to say it to you…[READ]