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Key To The Understanding Of The Scriptures
by H.P. MANSFIELD

SECTION 5
Notes On Prophecy

Bible prophecy is a subject of tremendous interest and vital significance. More space in the Scriptures is given over to it than to any other theme. The Gospel, itself, is prophetic, for it speaks of a time when the blessings of Christ's administration will be manifested in all the earth. But prophecy also includes the revelation of God's purpose in the rise and fall of nations, as well as the latter-day signs that indicate the near return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The re-establishment of the Kingdom of God on the earth will be preceded by a latter-day national crisis which will bring all nations to Jerusalem to battle. Present day developments in Israel, Russia, and all nations can be aligned with Bible prophecy, and indicate that the world lives in the very shadow of Christ's second coming. We have only space to touch briefly upon a few items of Bible prophecy, but recommend its close study to the Reader, as one that is most rewarding. It will enable him to see the future more clearly, and so develop a conviction of reality in regard to the purpose of God that can act as an incentive in the determination to gain the reward laid up for those who "love the appearing" of the Lord Jesus (2 Tim. 4:8). The subject of prophecy is particularly commended by God, Who introduces Himself as its Author: "I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure" (Isa. 46:9-10).