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By ROBERT M. RUSSELL, D. D., LL. D., of the Moody Bible
OLD Testament prophecy does not throw specific light on pres-
ent-day events. Old Testament prophecy concerns Israel and
deals with the world nations only so far as they are con-
nected with Israel’s career in God’s covenant with Abraham. The
Church age is therefore a parenthesis so far as Old Testament proph-
ecy is concerned. In Daniel 9:24-27, seventy weeks, or 490 prophetic
years, are designated for the political career of Israel from a given
Old Testament date. Sixty-nine of these weeks, or 483 prophetic
years, were fulfilled at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Israel then
passes from the stage so far as the Old Testament prophetic program
is concerijed and will not return for the last week or the last seven
years of her prophetic destiny until her return to the promised land
and the granting to her of national existence as a member of the
family of nations. Just as it is "time out" in the football game, when
the quarterback is temporarily disabled, so it is parenthesis, or "time
out," in the program of prophecy when Israel is not specially con-
cerned in the movement of world nations.
New Testament Prophecy
New Testament prophecy, however, throws a very clear light upon
the Church era, making it plain that in the career of the church
there would be a development of Nicolaitanism, or a disposition to
establish a ruling of the people by ecclesiastical autocracy, a cor-
ruption of doctrine and the rejection of sound doctrine, together with
a great final apostasy from "the faith delivered once for all unto the
saints." Such a view is very unwelcome to the mind that is wedded
to a theory of evolution both for the moral and spiritual progress of
humanity, but it is clearly set forth in the New Testament Scriptures.
Our Lord gave warning concerning false teachers, saying, "Beware
of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly
they are ravening wolves" (Matt. 7:15). Jesus here indicates not only
the possibility but the certainty that preachers and teachers hostile
to heavenly truth would wear the garb and seek the position of an
orthodox ministry.
Paul had equally clear vision of the future when he addressed the
Ephesian elders, saying, "For I know this that after my departure
shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

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