by Evangelist Larry Wolfe
"Revival of Early Church Prophecy"
The Lord reveals to His beloved prophet Daniel in the twelfth and closing chapter of Daniel's prophetic book a very significant truth that is being played out in our day! This truth is found in Daniel 12:4 & 12:9:
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased"
"And He said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."
Since Israel was established as a nation in 1948, and the Jews are returning to the Promised Land in record numbers fulfilling the necessary prophecy of Deuteronomy 31:1-9; Ezekiel:24-36, 37:21ff stating that the Lord will gather the Jews from all the nations and will bring them into the land and He will then circumcise their heart and bring the blessing on them - speaking of the Millennial Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ - we can be assured that we are living in the time of the end.
This miraculous birth and establishment of the nation of Israel was accomplished in 1948. The six-day war of 1967 gave Israel control over the entire city of Jerusalem. These are but two of the necessary ingredients of God's program for the end of the age, for unless Israel is a sovereign nation, able to make treaties and covenants with other world powers, the beginning of Daniel's Seventieth Week, which is initiated by the confirming of a covenant with the Antichrist (Daniel 9:27), the end times can not begin. But, since God has begun to fulfill His prophetic program by regathering His people into the Promised Land, the stage is now set for the unfolding of the necessary events of the time of the end.
Therefore, we can be assured that we are living in what Daniel describes as 'the time of the end' and the unsealing of Daniel's book is well nigh at hand! This is what I call the REVIVAL OF EARLY CHURCH PROPHECY. During the last two decades of the Twentieth Century students of prophecy have labored over the Scriptures bringing to light much new prophetic insight by the harmonizing of all of the prophetic passages of the entire Bible. This effort has brought about a revival or return to what the church fathers believed as revealed in their writings!
By standing on the foundation of the prophetic teachings of Scripture and examining the interpretation of the church fathers, those leaders of the church who lived during the first, second and third centuries, it is clear to even the casual observer that the Church will definitely experience the presence and persecution of the Antichrist but not the Day of the Lord/Wrath of God! This had been the position of the Church throughout the ages up until the mid-1800's when the pre-tribulation rapture theory was wrested from the Scriptures primarily by John Darby and then popularized in the USA by C.I.Scofield who basically used much of the teachings of John Darby, the founder of the Plymouth Brethren, to formulate his popular study Bible.
The majority of modern-day Bible teachers hold to the pre-tribulation rapture theory. However, since the introduction of Robert Van Kampen and Marvin Rosenthal's books, 'The Sign' and 'The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church' there has been a steady movement of Bible teachers to the Pre-Wrath prophetic doctrine of Scripture. God's unsealing of the prophetic passages continues, coming right on time as always, bringing to light the truth that was taught by the early church and the church fathers, but not necessarilly systematized or labeled during the past two millennia!
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