we have it full-grown; just such a specimen of harmonic device as orthodox interpretation familiarizes us with. The definite statement that the advent is to be within that generation is met with the general principle that ?one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day? ( <610308>2 Peter 3:8). ?We must regard this comment of Dr. Gould as an unconscious fulfillment of the prediction that ?in the last days mockers shall come with mockery? ( <610303>2 Peter 3:3). A better understanding of prophecy, as divinely pregnant utterance, would have enabled the critic to believe that the words of Christ might be partially fulfilled in the days of the apostles, but fully accomplished only at the end of the world.
(c) In this we discern a striking parallel between the predictions of Christ?s first, and the predictions of his Second Advent. In both cases the event was more distant and grander than those imagined to whom the prophecies first came. Under both dispensations, patient waiting for Christ was intended to discipline the faith, and to enlarge the conceptions, of God?s true servants. The fact that every age since Christ ascended has had its Chiliasts and Second Adventists should turn our thoughts away from curious and fruitless prying into the time of Christ?s coming and set us at immediate and constant endeavor to be ready, at whatsoever hour he may appear.
<010401> Genesis 4:1 ? ?And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man with the help of Jehovah [lit.: ?I have gotten a man, even Jehovah?],? an intimation that Eve fancied her firstborn to be already the promised seed, the coming deliverer; see MacWhorter, Jahveh Christ. <051815>Deuteronomy 18:15 ? ?Jehovah thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.? Here is a prophecy, which Moses may have expected to be fulfilled in Joshua, but which God designed to be fulfilled only in Christ. <230714>Isaiah 7:14, 16 ? ?Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel?For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings thou abhorrest shall be forsaken.? This was a prophecy which the prophet may have expected to be fulfilled in his own time and which was partly so fulfilled, but which God intended to be fulfilled ages thereafter.
<420225> Luke 2:25 ? ?Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout looking for the consolation of Israel.? Simeon was the type of holy men, in every age of Jewish history, who were waiting for the fulfillment of God?s promise and for the coming of the deliverer under the Christian
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