The Momentous Event
The Momentous Event, by W.J. Grier, $6.95, 128 pages. This book gives a general consideration of the NT teaching on the subject of the Second Coming of Christ, followed by a more detailed review of this doctrine in the Gospels, Epistles and Apocalypse. Here is a book that will repay the study of those who seek to understand this truth that is so basic to the Christian faith and hope.
There are several reasons LAM Publications, LLC is making this book available. First, we believe that where the Bible is clear, we can and should be certain, where the Bible is unclear or open to more than one interpretation, we should be tentative. Because there are so many honest Christian scholars who disagree regarding last day events we ought to be informed on all views and carefully examine the assumptions and presuppositions upon which each view is established.
Second, we believe the New Testament gospel of Christ is the central truth of Scripture and therefore we ought to unite around the gospel and not let our understanding of last day events become a point of contention.
Third, we hold that the New Testament interprets the Old Testament. We believe this hermeneutic we is well-grounded in Bible truth: The truth revealed by Christ is God’s final word. (Heb. 1:1-3). The Old Testament is seen as a “shadow” pointing forward to Christ. (Heb. 8:5; 10:1; Col. 2:16, 17). The Apostles were given truths that were not clearly made know to previous generations. (Gal. 3:1-11).
However, one or more of the popular views of last day events centers on OT prophecies, rather than on their NT interpretation. Following are some points you may wish to consider:
1. Some hold that all OT prophecy must be literally fulfilled. Yet there are dozens of NT examples where the writer gives a symbolic interpretation to an OT prophecy and says this “fulfilled” it. The Jews of Christ’s day held to a literal interpretation of the O.T. and many believe this was one reason they rejected Christ.
2. Paul gives extensive teaching regarding the Jews in Romans 9-11 but never mentions a future separate Jewish kingdom. He does speak of their reconciliation and salvation when they accept Christ. If he had additional truths presented to him, why did he not mention it? Or, we might ask, why was he not informed about the future Jewish kingdom?
3. Many teach that the rapture will take place before the judgment of the wicked. However, several of the parables of Christ speak of the wicked being taken out before the righteous. Consider Mt. 13:36-43; 45-50. Others speak of a simultaneous event.
4. Some hold that one must never confuse the church with Israel because they are two separate groups and will remain such. However, the NT teaches that the dividing wall between them has been broken down. (Gal. 3:1-14; Eph. 2:11-22; 3:1-14; Col. 1:25-29). Will it be rebuilt?
5. The NT teaches that Christ’s death was a “once-for all” event, (Heb. 10:12) never to be repeated and the ritual sacrifices that pointed forward to that event are now obsolete (Heb. 8:13) and yet some teach that all these sacrifices will be reinstated. Would these not undermine the finished work of Chirist which is the very heart of the gospel?
6. The many OT texts that point forward to Christ were often in shadowy form and were not understood until after the event took place. In fact, this “after the event” motif is one of the purposes of prophecy. (Jn. 13:19, 29).
Considering all these things, it is our hope that we will carefully examine the assumptions and presuppositions of each view of eschatology and not be dogmatic on unfulfilled prophecy. It is our hope that this little book may prove valuable to that end. Even so come, Lord Jesus.