The Joy of Writing About Prophecy
By Jonathan C. Brentner
Below is my most recent newsletter. I am posting it here to give you an idea of what I write in it as well as to describe my passion and my joy for writing.
Back in the last century, most Bible-believing churches affirmed premillennialism. Not only that, many of these churches held week-long prophetic conferences teaching believers about the rapture, the tribulation, Jesus’ second coming, the millennium, and the eternal state.
Sadly, this has changed. Many pastors no longer believe Israel has a place in God’s prophetic program. The Lord’s promise that we will reign with Him in the millennium is either relegated to another era or completely dismissed.
The book of Revelation receives the full force of the attacks by those who toss Israel into the trashcan of history and dismiss her place in the story of redemption. Many take a “scholarly” approach that either relegates the promises of Revelation to past or through allegory reduces its message to a mere shadow of what the Lord intended.
My purpose as a blogger is to enable believers to recognize this diminishing of our hope and explain why it’s important to defend Israel’s place in prophecy as well as the book of Revelation. Once teachers strip away these foundations, it opens the floodgates for a host of false beliefs.
For example, many Bible-believing teachers and writers assert that Revelation 6-20 is mostly allegory, but then return to a literal interpretation for the last two chapters. Can you see the danger of such an approach? If one takes away the intent of the Lord’s words in the early chapters of the Apocalypse, soon even the glorious promise of the New Jerusalem fades into a mere symbol of God’s presence.
We need pastors who boldly proclaim that God is not finished with Israel and teach the comforting and precious hope that comes from watching for Jesus’ imminent return (Matt. 24:42-44; 25:13). I believe the interpretations of those who turn future prophecy into allegory are exceedingly boring compared to the exciting adventure that Scripture portrays as ahead for those of us in Christ!
One of the joys of writing about biblical prophecy is seeing how beautifully the prophetic dots connect to each other from Genesis right through to the final chapter of Revelation. Those who retrofit God’s covenants with Israel to fit their New Testament understanding miss the beauty of how God’s prophetic words wind through the Psalms, the prophets, and the New Testament. It’s like the excitement of finishing a large jigsaw puzzle.