Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Grace Journal
Volume: GJ 14:2 (Spring 1973)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Jesus Prophetic Sermon. The Olivet Key to Israel, the Church, and the Nations. By Walter K. Price. Moody Press, Chicago, 1972. 160 pp. $4.95.

The Olivet Discourse as recorded in Matthew 24–25 is seen as Christ’s inclusive portrayal of the future concerning Israel, the Church, and the Gentile nations. Price holds that 24:4–34 deals specifically with the future of Israel, 24:35–25:30 portrays the Church in its twofold duty of watching and occupying until Christ’s return, while 25:31–46 pictures Christ’s judgment of the Gentile nations concerning their treatment of the Jews. This volume does not offer a verse-by-verse exposition of the Olivet Discourse but uses it rather as the key for the interpretation of the entire end-time prophetic picture. The author draws in various other prophetic portions, both Old and New Testament, to give a comprehensive over-view of the Biblical teaching concerning Israel, the Church, and the nations from a premillennial viewpoint.

Holding that the present church age is a parenthesis in God’s prophetic program for Israel, he points out that the present suspension of the program for national Israel is connected with two interim mysteries: Israel presently set aside in unbelief, and the formation of the Church at the Rapture, which is imminent, the prophetic program with Israel will be resumed. At first restored Israel will be protected by the Antichrist, but during the middle of his career (Daniel’s seventieth week) he will terminate the resumed Jewish temple worship and seek to exterminate the Jews. The point of the judgment of the living nations at Christ’s return will be their treatment of His persecuted Jewish brethren during the Great Tribulation.

The author holds that a spiritualizing of the promises to Israel cannot do justice to the complex fabric of the prophetic Word. Only a literal-futuristic interpretation can do justice to the complete picture. This volume offers a stimulating and rewarding study of eschatology from the premillennial viewpoint.

There is a detailed subject index and a Scripture index but no bibliography. Suggestions for further study in this important and complex area of Biblical teaching would have added to the value of the volume.

D. Edmond Hiebert
Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary

Masters of Deception. A Christian Analysis of the Anti-Biblical Teachings of the Jehovahs Witnesses. By F. W. Thomas. Baker Book House, G...

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