Unless otherwise stated the articles are by David W. Norris
"It is sufficient for us to know, that God's mode of procedure has always been at variance with that which man in his wisdom vainly proposes; and that when a new era has arrived, it has been inaugurated strictly in accord with His own Word but never in accord with popular expectations. The views so universally prevalent on this subject, so opposite to the simple language of the Bible and the child-like faith of the early Church, are, on this ground alone, open to suspicion. It is enough for us to receive predictions, and, actuated by the past literal fulfilment, by faith in God, to believe them as recorded without the addition of another and differing sense, and of apologies for the ancient weakness and credulity."
Of all the doctrines of the Gospel, the one about which Christians have become most unlike the first Christians, in their sense of its true value, is the doctrine of Christ’s second advent. I am obliged to say this of all denominations of Protestants. I know’ not of any exception. In our view of man’s corruption, of justification by faith, of our need of the sanctifying work of the Spirit, the sufficiency of Scripture--upon all these points I believe we should find the English believers were much of one mind with believers at Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, or Rome, in former times. But in our view of the second advent of Christ, I fear we should find there was a mighty difference between us and them if our experience could be compared. I am afraid we should find that we fall woefully short of them in our estimate of its importance: that in our system of doctrine it is a star of the fifteenth magnitude, while in theirs it was one of the first. In one word, we should discover, that compared with them in this matter, ac slumber and sleep.
These words are part of the Lord’s Prayer. Did you ever consider what they mean? Did you ever consider what they mean? The subject is one about which many mistakes prevail. It is one about which is most important to your own comfort to have clear views. Give me your attention, while I try to explain to you the kingdom of God
“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
In the days of the apostles the disciples were comforted and encouraged by the prospect of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. An angel had said to them, as they watched the Lord depart from the earth, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11) This, and not death, was the hope of the Church; and thus it ought to have remained up to His actual return. His coming should have continued to be the hope of the Church; but this, alas! for centuries has not been the case.
Some matters and points of doctrine I accept as 'given' and have no time or inclination to involve myself in endless discussions about them. One of these is my view of prophecy. Below are books, perhaps not so well known some of them, I have found helpful. Most will only be available secondhand. Try to avoid modern re-written versions. As such books can be difficult to find a list of online booksellers/finders is also given below. Some may be available as e-books online.
The best defence of the historicity and integrity of Daniel's prophecies of which I am aware. He was professor of semitic languages and Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1900 to 1930, a time when there were several very reliable theologians teaching there. I do not necessary accept everything Mr Wilson says, but his writings reflect the belief that the whole Bible is the Word of God and they are therefore trustworthy.
A examination of the teaching of J. N. Darby and his followers, the result of over twenty years of study. Mr Reese sets forth in a concise and scholarly way the plain teaching of the Bible on many perplexing matters, including 'the great tribulation'. This book was an invaluable guide when I was struggling with this subject some years ago. Highly recommended.