Weighing the merits of premil- and postmil- eschatology with special interest in the Restoration of the House of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. No particular view is held in rigor since these essays are somewhat exploratory.
Reading the morning prayer lessons for the First Sunday after Easter, Isaiah 43:5-6 stood out where it says ‘I will bring thy seed from the East and gather from the West; I will say to the North, give up; and to the south, bring back: bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth” (v. 5-6). These sort of verses raise flags for Identity students, so I proceeded to my usual 18th-century sources, in this case, mostly the Reverend Thomas Scott for any clues regarding the Restoration of lineal Israel. Scott mostly gives an argument for why the verses are best taken in a futurist or ‘spiritual’ rather than historical way. Continue reading “Isaiah 43:1-2, v. 5-7 “Sons Afar””
The 61st chapter of Isaiah was the first lesson for our Saturday Morning Prayer as set by the American Prayer Book’s 1943 lectionary. Within this OT chapter was a number of verses describing the blessings of the coming Restoration. To help clarify these select passages. the NT reading was given as Luke 4. Here, the Lord reads the same chapter of Isaiah to the Nazarite synagogue, ending at the third verse (‘the accepted day of God’). Jesus then closes the scroll and declares, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled”. Consequently, I’d like to understand this prophecy in the context of Luke, meaning it speaking of the believing Jews around Christ rather than omitting such solely in favor of a latter-day revelation of Lost Israel. This was standard fare during the late 18th-century. . Continue reading “Isaiah 61:4-9 “ye shall have double””