by Alexander Keith D.D. (1781-1880)
Bible prophecy is a favorite topic of many Christians. It seems that everyone wants to know what tomorrow holds. Josh McDowell has capitalized on this public fascination by selling millions of copies of his book, Evidence That Demands a Verdict. This bookAlexander Keiths Evidence of the Truth of the Christian Religionis akin to a 19th century version of McDowells book. Although nowhere near as comprehensive as McDowells two-volume tome, Keiths book is far more detailed and focused in its approach. McDowells book is something along the lines of an encyclopedia, while Keiths book is a theological treatise.
Predictive prophecy is a major component of the biblical Scriptures. In His infinite wisdom, God has declared that He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). In fact, through Moses, God reveals a simple test for those claiming to be prophets: When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:22). As the sovereign Creator of all that is, God is not limited by space or time. The future holds less mystery for God than yesterday holds for us. We may not know the future, but we know One who does.
Alexander Keith was well aware of the importance of predictive prophecy. In a handed-down story surrounding the inspiration for his writing on the subject, Keith witnessed firsthand the power of biblical predictions. It is said that a young agnostic was giving Keith no quarter in his relentless denial of the truth of the Scriptures. Having exhausted many arguments on the young man, Keith finally asked him what he made of all the predicted and fulfilled prophecies of the Old Testament. When the young man said he didnt know, Keith proceeded to give him several examples. Soon after this, the young man converted to Christianity and Keith realized that a book on the topic was sorely needed. This book is the fruit of that realization.
Modern readers may find Keiths book challenging and even tedious in some places, but they certainly will not find it irrelevant. It reveals information that will be new to most, and that will give new life to the often cryptic passages of Old Testament prophecy. Much of modern preaching and teaching gives little attention to the Old Testament and therefore most modern Christians are ignorant of the treasures it contains. This reprint of Alexander Keiths classic book will go a long way in reacquainting readers with the eventful and important 2000 years that preceded the birth of Jesus Christ. May a new generation be gripped and inspired by what it finds there.
Hardback; 450 pages
Posted by Roger47 on 11th Jul 2012
Dr. Keith's text may be a hard read for those not familiar with 19th century sentence structure, but it's well worth the effort to become comfortable with Keith's rhythm. Keith connects the accuracy of OT prophecies with NT events via many well-researched links, all spelled out with chapter-and-verse quotations. Christ's life and his position in our tri-partite God is traced clearly to OT prophecy, historically demonstrating the truth of the NT's claims as to Jesus' identity. Keith takes the same approach with the history of the Jewish people, the fall of the Babylonian empire, the seven churches of Asia, and other NT areas of historical interest. In effect, Keith's work tells us that if we accept the historical accuracy of the OT and of the dates of its writing, we must accept the statements and claims found in the NT, as the predictive accuracy of OT prophecy is so consistent and so strong as to be undeniable..... As an aside, it's interesting to note that, even in 1834, the falsehoods of Islam were visible to western scholars. Keith makes many amusingly critical statements about Mahomet (Muhammad), such as this one on page 29: "Mahomet pretended to receive a divine warrant to sanction his past impurities and to license his future crimes. How different is the appeal of Jesus to earth and to heaven: 'If I do not do the works of my Father, believe me not. Search the Scriptures, for these are they which testify of me.' And if the life of Jesus was wonderful and unparalleled of itself, how miraculous does it appear when all his actions develop the prophetic character of the promised Savior!" Would that Dr. Keith has lived to hear the tale of Joseph Smith....!
Posted by Unknown on 27th Jun 2012
I haven't read this book yet.
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