Captivity And Restoration - Israel’s History -- By: Robert W. Myrant

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 07:1 (Spring 1964)
Article: Captivity And Restoration - Israel’s History
Author: Robert W. Myrant

Captivity And Restoration - Israel’s History

Robert W. Myrant

Registrar Central Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary

Of the writing of books on prophecy there is no end—and will not be until the Day of Eternity is ushered in after the millennium. And, it should not be considered strange or discouraging to find a multitude of interpreters, often differing sharply on prophetic themes, God has so arranged the imparting of spiritual knowledge that each believer has the anointing of the Holy Spirit for personal instruction in the Scriptures; and, the believers collectively profit from the contribution of each. Even the gift of teachers to the church is meaningless apart from this; they cannot teach if the Holy Spirit does not administer light to the individual. Doctrinal and spiritual stagnation would inevitably follow rigid doctrinal conformity. Further, the biblical student always has an infallible, authoritative prophetic Word against which men’s interpretations may be checked. “Every believer a Bible student” is a motto which, if operative, would make for virile, spiritual dynamic churches.

The Pattern Of Prophetic Fulfillment

Through centuries of Bible study, certain important interpretive principles have become more and more apparent, as the divine plan of the ages has unfolded. History has shown the consistent, precise, and literal manner

of fulfillment of God’s promises. It is quite true that the Holy Spirit has revealed prophetic fulfillment in certain instances where it would not have been so understood prior to actual fulfillment. For example, Hosea 11:1, “Called my son out of Egypt,” is quoted by Matthew in connection with Christ’s childhood exile in the land of Israel’s bondage. A double reference is certainly to be accepted here; but, who so recognized it before the incarnation? Yet, Christ held the Israelites responsible for recognizing in Himself the fulfillment of the Messianic promises. The Spirit who authored prophecy has always given to the faithful an understanding of the general outline of the future (cf. Dan. 9:2.; Matt. 16:16–17; Acts 2:30–31; I Pet. 1:12).

The New Testament writers are inspired interpreters of the Old Testament. Peter, for example, was taught by the Spirit a very important principle as he surveyed the history of divine activity from his strategic position (I Pet. 1:16–21). He personally stood in awe and worship...

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