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'Word from the Author' — Author's Preface

Another book on Prophecy? On what grounds can this be justified? The answer is fourfold.
  1. The widespread interest in evangelical circles in "the millennium issue", and the absence of a work of exposition of every relative passage in the New Testament in consecutive order. 
  2. The challenge presented to the thinking of every Bible student by the ever-increasing number of believers from every denomination ( Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Pentecostals, etc.,—some of them world-known names ) who have abandoned pre-millennial and dispensational views they have held for years, having become convinced of their unscriptural character, and have embraced the a-millennial view. This is generating a widespread enquiry for "something to read that deals thoroughly with the controversy". It is hoped that this work will help to meet that need. 
  3. Personal testimony is often one of the most forceful arguments for Truth. This work, besides being an exposition, is the record of how the New Testament alone, by its inherent authority, can deliver from the tradition of years, and open the heart to the Light of Truth. 
  4. The MS was read by about fifteen believers of different groups—Baptist, Brethren, Pentecostal—in various parts of the country. Practically all were traditional pre-millennialists and dispensationalists, and included preachers and teachers of thirty and forty years standing. Apart from three, all acknowledged that the work proved conclusively the falsity of the pre-millennial doctrine and the truth of the a-millennial interpretation of Scripture. Of the other few, only one expressed a dissenting voice, stating that he still held his own view ( "pre-mill., post-trib." was his definition ), but when invited to show where the exposition was wrong, he declined to do so, informing me that "arguing would do no good; people had their views and would not change". How delightful! Bless his dear heart! It was further encouragement to publish. 
  5. The book makes no pretence to scholarship. It is not marked by appeals to Hebrew and Greek, nor by a flood of quotations from numerous authors. Rather, the object is to let the N.T. speak for itself. That voice, at least to the author, appears to be so convincing as to be in no need of the buttressing of a multitude of human voices. 
  6. Convinced that the views set forth are productive of a more spiritual conception of the Last Things, devoid of the groundless theories and guesswork that characterises so much of some other prophetic schools, it, is the hope of the author that the reader may find, not merely a controversial interest, but also an abiding spiritual blessing. 
  7. "Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own Blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen! Behold He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him." Revelation 1:5-7.
Arthur Carver.
'Siloam',
Egerton Gardens, London, N.W.4

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