When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern by Paul Boyer

By Paul Boyer

Millions of usa citizens take the Bible at its observe and switch to like-minded neighborhood ministers and television preachers, periodicals and paperbacks for assist in discovering their position in God’s prophetic plan for mankind. And but, influential as this phenomenon is within the worldview of such a lot of, the assumption in biblical prophecy continues to be a well-liked secret, principally unstudied and little understood. When Time might be No More deals for the 1st time an in-depth examine the delicate, pervasive ways that prophecy trust shapes modern American proposal and culture.

Belief in prophecy dates again to antiquity, and there Paul Boyer starts off, searching out the origins of this actual model of religion in early Jewish and Christian apocalyptic writings, then tracing its improvement over the years. in contrast extensive ancient review, the influence of prophecy trust at the occasions and subject matters of contemporary a long time emerges in transparent and notable element. Nuclear battle, the Soviet Union, Israel and the center East, the future of the USA, the increase of a automatic international financial order―Boyer exhibits how amazing feats of exegesis have included all of those within the well known mind's eye when it comes to the Bible’s apocalyptic works. Reflecting ultimately at the tenacity of prophecy trust in our supposedly secular age, Boyer considers the path such well known conviction may perhaps take―and the varieties it might probably assume―in the post–Cold battle era.

The made of a four-year immersion within the literature and tradition of prophecy trust, When Time might be No More serves as a pathbreaking consultant to this mammoth terra incognita of latest American renowned thought―a thorough and punctiliously interesting index to its resources, its implications, and its enduring appeal.

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In the Matthew version, he foretells the destruction of the Temple ("there shall not be left here one stone upon another") and, answering his disciples' request for "the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world," describes a sequence of events that will massively disrupt both the social and natural worlds: conflict among nations ("wars and rumors of wars"), famines, plagues, earthquakes, sinfulness, the persecution of believers. " Were this period not cut short, Jesus says, no life on earth would survive.

The last of these, though "strong as iron," will be divided, as symbolized by the ten toes, and become progressively 28 l§" The Genre and Its Early Interpreters weaker, as suggested by the incongruous juxtaposition of iron and clay. And what of the stone that destroys the statue? Here the eschatological theme emerges: And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall . . break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms and it shall stand forever.

Moving openly to destroy Judaism in 167, he forbade circumcision and Sabbath worship under penalty of death, forced Jews to take part in pagan rituals and to eat pork, and desecrated the Temple by erecting a statue of Zeus (called "the abomination of desolation" by Jewish writers) in place of the holy altar. These outrages gave rise to a resistance movement led by the Hasmonean family under Mattathias and his son Judah, nicknamed Maccabee. In 164, following Antiochus' death, the Maccabean rebels recaptured Jerusalem, purified the Temple, and rededicated it to God-a triumph commemorated in the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

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