We have noted the rapidly increasing volume of literature by Christian ministers specifically predicting this catastrophe or that great catastrophe - many times with concrete dates attached - and most of these predictions fall to the ground without fulfillment. But that does not seem to bother some of them - eventually the law of averages says that they will get a prediction right. Where are the prophets like Samuel of whom it was written, " And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground." 1SA 319 ?
One European writer, whose work we read recently, described this state of affairs in the following manner. ""The prophecies, sayings and parables which have been uttered have only had a partial fulfillment, and had more direct reference to the time of the end,--when the fullness of the Gentiles had set in. It is by losing sight of these facts that so many Bible students have erred; --that so many sects have risen up at various times and by calculations and figures, through their worldly wisdom have affixed at various times, the precise date at which the Second Coming Of Christ would actually take place;--and the deluded multitude, led by their spiritual leaders have been induced to sell their farms, give up the their properties, &c. and at each streak of lightning in the firmament they have concluded that Christ was then actually coming.--But all their calculations and figures so wisely arranged have all come to the ground; and the people have turned out to be infidels, and exclaimed "The Lord delayeth His coming" and "Where is the promise of His coming," more infidelity has been brought into the world through false teachers than through any other source."" However, this same writer went on to make a number of predictions of his own. So, we will present some of these here and ask our readers to look them over with a critical and discerning eye and to evaluate their validity. These predictions are as follows:
"Each denomination vying with one another to gain the ascendancy in numbers;--but in the face of all this profession, we declare unto men this day, that it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the Day of Judgment, than for this generation. And despite all the boastings of this age of their advancement,—progress--civilisation, etc.--we declare that a greater spiritual darkness never reigned in Satan's kingdom than at this hour.--Yes, the evil inoculated in blood of man at the beginning has become doubly evil by its intermixture. Look at the increase of crime in such cities Paris, London and New York and others. The police reports make one shudder at the enormous strides evil is taking in these Latter Days.
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