Chronologic prophecy must, in the very nature of the case, be designed for the benefit of later and not of earlier generations. The prophets themselves did not always understand their own chronological predictions. We are told that so far from understanding, they “inquired and searched diligently… what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify.” Hence it is evident that the treasures of chronologic prophecy were committed to earlier ages for the benefit of later ones, and especially of the latest. The statement that not even “the wise shall understand” chronologic prophecy till “the time of the end,” accounts for all the misunderstanding of earlier ages, and all the partial comprehension of later times… + Download the issue to read the complete article.
The Problem of Doubt
The Bible record and our own lives demonstrate that doubt can drive and define the course of one’s spiritual life. Doubt acts as a force shaping one’s faith for good or ill. We might define doubt as “suspension of assent between two or more competing viewpoints.” The ebb and flow of identifying doubts and resolutions is an important and intensely personal work. Regardless of how long it might take to address a particular doubt, we should recognize that having unanswered questions is not a sufficient reason to put our religious lives on hold. We may or may not wish to be forthright about our doubts, but if we do express them, we should be careful to use language that suggests honest inquiry.