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212 The Bible, Prophecy and the War
submission to Him and the kingdoms of this world shall at length
become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.
Talk about prophecy! What kind of Bible students are we, if we
neglect the prophetic portions of the Bible? Three-fourths of the
Bible is filled with prophecy. How we can ever understand the mind
of God, how we can ever intelligently cooperate with God in carrying
out His plans and purposes on the earth except as we know His word,
and especially His prophetic Word, is certainly an enigma to me.
The Riches of Prophecy
Now we come to the second part of my theme, which is pr6phecy. I
might open the Bible almost at random when it comes to speaking of
this truth that I have set before you from the prophetic Word. I
might begin at Genesis, for Genesis is full of prophecy. I might go
into Leviticus, which though so largely taken up with the sacrificial
offerings, contains one of the most wonderful prophecies of the history
of Israel down to the millennium, which is to be found in the Bible.
I might go into Numbers and Deuteronomy where the same thing is
true. And as to the book of Psalms, it cannot be understood except as
you perceive in it God’s purpose in Israel. And so on, from Isaiah to
But I have chosen part of a single chapter in the book of Daniel,
the second chapter, because the prophecy there is so well known, so
realistic, and so easily understood. It is the story of Nebuchadnezzar’s
dream about six hundred years before Christ. It was the time when
God had begun His work of judgment upon Israel, and when for her
unfaithfulness she was being carried into Babylonian captivity. The
dominion of the earth, which had been promised to her if obedient,
was taken from her fox the time being,—and committed to certain
Gentile nations, the first of which was Babylon.
And God is revealing His purpose in this matter through the prophet
Daniel to the king of Babylon. He reveals it in a dream. The king
in his dream saw a great metal image of a man, the head of gold, the
breast and arms of silver, the belly and sides of brass, the legs of
iron, and the feet part of iron and part of clay. As he gazed upon it,
a stone cut out of the mountain without hands, struck the image on
its feet and not only destroyed them, but also the whole image;
so that, as the record says: "Then was the iron, the clay, the brass,
the silver and the gold broken to pieces together, and became like the
chaff of the summer threshing-floor; and the wind carried them away,
that no place was found for them; and the stone that smote the image
became a great mountain and filled the whole earth."

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