An Alphabetical Analysis
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away' and crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, who are likened to the
earth which produces thorns and briars, and is (1) 'rejected', (2) 'nigh
unto' cursing, (3) whose end is to be 'burned' (Heb. 6:6-8).  Adokimos is the
word translated 'castaway' in 1 Corinthians 9:27, meaning 'disqualified' so
far as the 'crown' is concerned.  'Nigh' unto cursing is not the same as
being actually cursed, even as Bethany was 'nigh' unto Jerusalem, but
actually two miles distant.  When a field that is full of weeds is 'burned'
the weeds are destroyed, but the field abides, and is the better for it.
Enough we believe has been brought before the reader to enable him to
see that the book of the Revelation deals with a particular class and
calling, its terms of judgment, although awful, are limited by their
contexts, and taken with the alternative of reigning and overcoming, cannot
be lifted out of these contexts and applied to the believer
of the present dispensation, or to the ungodly and unevangelized world of all
ages.  To be 'nigh' unto cursing, to be 'hurt' of the second death, to have
one's name 'removed' from the book of life, which apparently contains the
names of all overcomers since the death of Abel, to be 'excluded' from the
heavenly city, all pertain to the people of God who find themselves in the
dreadful three years and a half of the domination of the beast, and which
give us a picture of the Millennial reign, that must be retained.  Let us
rejoice that there will be some who will endure that time of terror, and who
will consequently:
'Live and reign with Christ a thousand years'.
While it is true that a Prophet in the Scriptural record did minister
to the immediate needs of his own time, the outstanding character of his
office was the God -given ability to speak of things to come.  Horne says of
'It is a miracle of knowledge, a declaration, or description, or
representation of something future, beyond the power of human sagacity
to foresee, discern or conjecture, and it is the highest evidence that
can be given of supernatural communion with the Deity, and of the truth
of revelation'.
Bishop Hurd has written of Messianic prophecy:
'That prophecy is of a prodigious extent; that it commenced from the
fall of man and reaches to the consummation of all things; that for
many ages it was delivered darkly, to a few persons, and with large
intervals from the date of one prophecy to that of another; but, at
length, became more clear, more frequent, and was uniformly carried on
in the line of one people, separated from the rest of the world, among
other reasons assigned, for this principally, to be the repository of
the divine oracles ... even to the end of time, or, in St. John's
expression, to that period when the mystery of God shall be perfected'
(Rev. 10:7).
When Peter wrote his second epistle, the testimony of prophecy was
being discounted by scoffers who said, 'where is the promise of His coming?'
This he countered by saying, 'no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private