INTO THE TRIB NETWORK
How goes it? I read your web chapter 11 on Dispensationalism (D)
-- quite prolific! I really am amazed how much ground you cover… and this is
just one of the chapters.
I found it very enlightening. I am not as up on the history of D
so I really appreciated to see some of the history of D and its relationship to
Covenantalism and the Lordship theology debate. I knew some of that, but was
surprised that Miles Stanford was
such a player in the debates. I've always loved Green Letters for
sanctification but now see how that fits in with the bigger picture of the
theologies. I also really like your chart on the breakdown of D -- truly
in the dispensational tradition since they all love charts.
I personally don't get too worked up about the Trib. I will have
to say that the interpretation of Rev 11, the "two witnesses" =
Israel and the Church, seems like a stretch. At least it seems from Zech 11
that the two olive trees would be the two witnesses - not that the olive trees
are one witness and the lampstands the other witness? I'll have to read some
more on that.
How are things otherwise? We keep thinking about and praying for
you guys. I do hope we can hook up this summer or fall some time and see how we
can spur one another on if not work together to build something together if the
Lord's into it somehow…. Greg
Bro Greg -
Getting through one chapter of The False Prophet - wow, I can hardly do that
myself! Yes, the history is fascinating. One can now understand why
it was primarily the Dispensationalists when holding their conferences (Keswick and Niagara http://www.sermonlinks.com/Sermons/Dispensationalism/DP_3.htm )
there was in the main and always seemed to be the case at least three emphases
and all under the banner: All One in Christ (which Keswick
still uses to this day): Holiness (and this may be because of the Quaker
convening of the movement in 1875, along with Hudson Taylor) - so Evangelism
came into play and these two always had the Prophetic emphasis which normally
wrapped up the conference. The Niagara (NY) conferences known as the
great Prophetic Conferences always had the three ingredients as well - and one
can put them into all sorts of terminology - this is where Amy Carmichael of
India fame came into play.
This unique and inseparable combination of emphases is what the Tribnet is
ultimately all about - "The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of
Prophecy!" Rev. 19:10 appears and then immediately followed by the
Second Coming of Christ - i.e., Bible Prophecy with all of its intricacies is
inextricably connected to the Second Coming, it is not just a "telling
forth" or testifying about Jesus in an evangelistic manner (bless their
hearts - but Dallas Seminary's emphasis in this capacity falls tragically
short) - it (prophecy) provides the "aggressiveness" - the
"urgency" of the Everlasting Gospel; likewise, "Behold, I am
coming as a thief - blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he
walk naked and they see his shame" (Rev. 16:15) connects holiness/the
inner/outer life of the believer with His coming/prophetic. So, when
Billy Graham was introduced to Keswick in 1946 it was totally compatible with
the gospel of the grace of God (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keswick_Convention).
The "Victorious Christian Life" must be linked to the gospel and
overshadowed by the prophetic urgency of His Coming. I hope you
"boys" (sorry, I'm nearly 70 now and that word haunts me a bit)
embrace and enjoy this "Triad of Triumph" for it will serve you
THE TWO WITNESSES
Now, may I mention that the Two mentioned in Zechariah 11 allude
to Israel and Judah - Beauty (in two) and Bonds (in two) wherein the Mosaic
Covenant would be replaced by the New Covenant for Israel - this has a profound
exegesis; however, the Two to which I allude are mentioned in Zechariah 4 who
are the "two olive branches" and the "two golden pipes" and
the picture of the Universal Lampstand. The "two sons of oil"
or the "two anointed ones" are Joshua the High Priest and Zerubbabel
the Governor (or put another way: The "Heavens" and the
"Earth" - or the Priesthood and the Kingship).
When we come to Revelation 11 the TWO are referred to, since the revelation of
the Church (the Heavens), the mystery, has been fully disclosed via Paul - John
takes them into a "prophetic engagement" whereby the TWO are clearly
declared to be: "These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth" (Rev.
11:4). The symbolism taken from Zachariah 4 is greatly expanded - the
Seven Golden Lampstands in Revelation 2-3 are the churches (whose picture of
the 49 conduits to seven lamps mirrors that of Zechariah's Universal Lampstand
vision); therefore, the TWO Lampstands stand for the Church. However, the
TWO (or 2 standing for WITNESS) Olive Trees are clearly Israel (these are
CORPORATE BEINGS) - they are clearly designated TWO OLIVE TREES and TWO
LAMPSTANDS. I could go into copious detail here (my humility kicking in
here) but please see: Unsealing the End of Days, the Visions and Prophecy
of Zechariah (http://www.the-tribulation-network.com/dougkrieger/unsealing/unsealing_by_chapter.htm).
Again, we are so very blessed to connect with you brethren - we are honored
that the Lord has allowed us to meet with those "in whom is no guile"
- we mean this sincerely - now, how the Savior will orchestrate our goings must
be shown - but I have no reason to believe that He will perfect a way for us to
connect in a substantial way – He will accomplish it!
Yours for His New Move at the close of this age!