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William Kelly and the mount of Olives

October 9, 2011 Comments off

William Kelly (1820-1906) was an early dispensationalist and a friend of John N. Darby. He published many books on prophecy promoting dispensationalism. He viewed the Israel of prophecy as meaning the Jews, rather than the Church. Jerusalem meant the earthly city. In centuries of scholarly investigation, no plausible figurative interpretation of the cleaving of the mount of Olives, and the displacement of the two halves of the mountain towards the north and towards the south, as described in Zechariah 14:4-5, had appeared. Perhaps Kelly was comforted by this. He assumed that surely, that prophecy must be a literal one, and could only refer to literal earth movements yet to occur, at Christ’s coming.

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Charles H. H. Wright on “The Antichrist”

October 5, 2011 Comments off

Charles H. H. Wright (1836-1909) wrote commentaries on Daniel, and on Zechariah, in which he opposed both the views of critical scholars, and the extreme claims of the futurists. He stated:

“The sober-minded theologian who compares Scripture with Scripture will find many a gap in Scripture revelation which he will not venture to fill up dogmatically from his own reasonings. If desirous to speculate on the subject he will modestly advance his opinions as speculations, and nothing more.” Dr. C. H. H. Wright. [1]

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Beauty and Bands in Zechariah 11

October 4, 2011 Comments off

Zechariah chapter 11 tells how the prophet took two staves, and named one of them Beauty, and the other Bands. Beauty represented God’s covenant; Bands represented the unity of Israel and Judah. Then the prophet cut each of them up into pieces. He said: “And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock. … And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. … Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.” [Zechariah 11:7, 10, 14]

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