Editorial -- By: Richard L. Mayhue

Journal: Masters Seminary Journal
Volume: TMSJ 13:2 (Fall 2002)
Article: Editorial
Author: Richard L. Mayhue


Richard L. Mayhue

I am often asked why it is important to spend any time studying God’s prophetic program. My answer is generally twofold. First, believers are commanded to study all of the Scriptures; and, second, the Bible outlines at least five profitable reasons for Christians to study prophecy. They are: (1) the study of prophecy can be the source of God’s blessing, Rev 1:3; (2) the study of prophecy will motivate us to holy living, 1 Thess 5:6, 8, 11; (3) the study of prophecy will equip us, 2 Tim 3:16–17; (4) the study of prophecy will purify us, 1 John 3:2–3; and (5) the study of prophecy will comfort us, 1 Thess 4:13–18.

This issue of TMSJ features the Winter 2002 Faculty Lecture Series on the pretribulational rapture. It is the strong and unified conviction of the TMS faculty that after all of the historical, exegetical, and theological issues have been studied, a pretribulational rapture best describes what the Bible teaches about this next major event in God’s prophetic program. Discerning readers will discover that contributors to this issue may not agree on every single point in interpreting individual passages, but they will also see the absolute unanimity of the contributors in supporting the pretribulational catching away of the church to be with Christ in heaven.

Speaking about the faculty, many of them traveled extensively during this past summer. Our president, Dr. John MacArthur visited Samara, Russia, and New Zealand via the new virtual-reality room on the campus of The Master’s Seminary. John conducted several hours of lectures to both locations, having traveled no farther than from street level to basement level at TMS. Dr. Bill Barrack traveled to South Africa where he participated in several Shepherds’ Conferences. Then he spent six weeks in Bangkok, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Dhaka, Bangladesh, with various teaching opportunities. Dr. Irv Busenitz spent a week teaching in Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia. Dr. Michael Grissini invested a week teaching in Bogotá, Colombia. Alex Montoya also taught for a week in Bogotá, Colombia, and additionally spent another week teaching in Honduras. Also, the faculty is glad to announce the release of Volumes 3 and 4 in The Master’s Perspective series in late August. These volumes, published by Kregel Publications, are The Master’s Perspective on Postering and The Master’s Perspective on Prophecy.

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