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The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

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“Throughout the extent of Bible history, from Genesis to Revelation, one city remains, which in
fact and symbol is execrated as the enemy of God and the stronghold of evil. In Genesis we are called to
see its foundation, as of the first city that wandering men established, and the quick ruin which fell upon
its impious builders. By the prophets we hear it cursed as the oppressor of God’s people, the temptress
of the nations, full of cruelty and wantonness. And in the book of Revelation its character and curse are
transferred to Rome, and the New Babylon stands over against the New Jerusalem.
“The tradition and infection, which have made the name of Babylon as abhorred in Scripture as
Satan’s own, are represented as the tradition and infection of pride! The pride, which, in the audacity of
Youth, proposes to attempt to be equal with God: ‘Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top
may touch heaven, and let us make us a name; ‘the pride, which, amid the success and wealth of later
years, forgets that there is a God at all: ‘Thou said in your heart, I am, and there is none beside me.’
Babylon is the Atheist of the Old Testament, as she is the Antichrist of the New.”
“The shell of Babylon, the gorgeous city which rose by the Euphrates, has indeed sunk into
heaps; but Babylon herself is not dead. Babylon never dies. To the conscience of Christ’s seer, this
mother of harlots, though dead and desert in the East, came to life again in the West. To the city of
Rome, in his day, John transferred word by word the phrases of our prophet and of the prophet who
wrote the fifty-first chapter of the book of Jeremiah. Rome was Babylon, in so far as Romans were filled
with cruelty, with arrogance, with trust in riches, with credulity in divination, with that waste of mental
and moral power which Juvenal exposed in her.”

N. The Threefold Message

1. THE prophecies disclose God’s purposes and plans for this world. Amos 3: 7; 2 Peter 1:19.

2. When events of great importance are impending, the Lord gives due warning and instruction through
a message for that special occasion, or through the interpretation and application of messages previously
given. Genesis 6: 13, 18; Hebrews 11:7; Luke 3: 2-6; Isaiah 40: 6-9; Matthew 3: 9, 10; John 1:29.

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3. The prophecy of Isaiah, upon which the message and work of John the Baptist were based, includes
the Second Advent, the judgment, and the reward; consequently, the warning message previous to the
Second Advent will be a revival and extension of the work of John the Baptist, applying it to the
changed conditions. Isaiah 40: 10; Revelation 22: 12; Matthew 3: 2, 3; Mark 1:15; Luke 1:17.

4. The distinctive setting for the gospel message of preparation for the coming of the Lord is given in
prophecy. Revelation 14: 6-16.

a. The message to be proclaimed is “the everlasting gospel.” Verse 6, first clause.

b. This will constitute a world-wide, last-day movement. Verse 6, last clause.

c. In every previous announcement of the gospel the judgment has been future, but in this
announcement it is a present event, and is the special reason for giving the message. Verse 7, first
clause.

d. In this message emphasis is placed upon creation as the work of a personal Creator. This is
because the gospel calling for a re-creation and because of the subversion of this fundamental truth by
modern evolution. Verse 7, last clause.

e. The apostasy and fall of modern Babylon are announced. Verse 8.

f. The consequence of fellowship with this apostasy is fully set forth. Verses 9-11.

g. Those who remain loyal to God are so described as to show that the great issue is over the

law of God. Verse 12.

h. The blessing pronounced upon those who die in the Lord indicates the troublous conditions

prevailing. Verse 13.

i. These conditions are immediately followed -by the Second Advent. Verse 14.

j. The harvest of the earth is then reaped. Verses 15, 16.

5. A mere knowledge of these facts is not sufficient, but there must be a personal experience in
fellowship with Christ. 2 Peter 3:17, 18.

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