Jessie Mills and Ed Stevens
several preachers get together and talk, you will hear them speak of unfulfilled prophecy. The same subject comes up in Bible
classes quite often, with questions such as, "Which of the Old Testament prophecies have been fulfilled, and which have not?"
We want to show that none of them are left unfulfilled! Two events in particular, the Judgment and the Resurrection, will
be used to show this fact.
All Old Testament
prophecies had to be fulfilled to confirm the Sonship of Christ and fully establish His Spiritual Kingdom on earth. No future
event was ever recorded in the New Testament, that had not already been spoken of by the O.T. prophets. That is why Jesus
could say in Luke 21:22 "These be the days of vengeance, that all things written may be fulfilled". Jesus' statement logically
included all N.T. prophecies also, since they teach nothing but what the O.T. prophets had already predicted (they just give
There are too
many who still believe in unfulfilled O.T. prophecy. But the purpose of all these prophecies was to point to Christ and His
Church (God's plan of redemption). Now that those things have come, how could any O.T. prophecies still be unfulfilled?
a couple of Biblical events, which are said by Hal Lindsey (and others) to still be future and unfulfilled (the Judgment and
It is absolutely
astounding to me how Bible interpreters can say (based on Lk. 21:22) that O.T. prophecies have been fulfilled (in order to
refute the premillenialist), and then turn right around and use O.T. prophecies about the Judgment in their funeral messages
and sermons as if the Judgment is still future. It is obvious that the O.T. predicts the Judgment (see 1 Sam. .2:10, Psa.
9:7 f, 96:13; 98:9, Eccl. 3:17, Dan. 7:10,22,2, Isa. 2:4, 66:6,15-18,24, Joel 3, Mal.3:5). So, if all O.T. prophecy has been
fulfilled (according to Lk. 21:22), then the Judgment has already happened as well!
has perpetuated the tradition of a collective,
universal judgment of all people (righteous and wicked) at "the end of time". It is based on such passages as Matt. 25:31
ff; Acts 17:31; 2 Cor. 5:10 and Rev .20:11-15. These passages just do not teach a collective, universal judgment for the Christian.
Note the following passages which seem to exempt the righteous Christian from a collective "judgment":
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law the spirit of life has set you free" (Rom. 8:1]
"He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been
judged already because he has not believed in the name of only begotten Son of God"
"Truly, truly I say to you, he who hears my word, and believes Him who sent
me, has eternal life and does not come into judgment but has passed out of death into life.
the Christian is not going to be judged. It means that the so-called "Universal Judgment" will be lacking at least one whole
group of people righteous). That doesn't sound too "universal me. Those outside of Christ are judged, but those in Christ
who walk after the Spirit are not. This means that the righteous Christian goes right to be with Christ at death. There is
no waiting period. As righteous individual dies he goes immediately unto his eternal state. Many have taught this for centuries
without realizing the implications of it.
is another facet of this subject that we haven't touched here, and that is the time of the Judgment. There
are abundant passages which show that "the Judgment" was an event closely associated with Christ's return and other "end-time"
events, (See Matt. 16:27 f, James 5:8 f, etc.) And, these same passages (as well as others) reveal the time of these
closely associated events:
"For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his
deeds. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing
here who shall
not taste death until they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom" (Matt. 16:27,28, (emphasis mine, E.S.).
"You too be patient; strengthen your hearts',
for the coming of the
Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brethren, against one
another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold the Judge is standing right at the door (Jas. 5:8,9) (emphasis
"...But they shall give account to Him who
is ready to judge the living and the dead, for the End of all things is at hand...for it is for judgment to begin..." (1 Pet. 4:5, 7,17 (emphasis mine, E.S.).
that Jesus says these events would happen some time within the lifetime of those standing there. James and Peter say that
it was "time for judgment to begin", Christ's return and the End were "at hand" and the Judge was "right at the door" and
"ready to judge". These emphatic statements cannot be brushed aside lightly. They place the Judgment as a First Century event. A.D. 70 (not still
in our future)! The Judgment is an event predicted in the O.T., which has already been fulfilled (at A.D. 70). It was something
that happened to the Jewish people as a lesson for the whole world to learn righteousness from (Isa. 26:9). God doesn't tolerate
wickedness, even in His own people.
21:20,22 places us in an interesting position, because it teaches that by the time Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D. 70, all
O.T. prophecy would be fulfilled. This includes all prophecy, which deals with Christ's return and the Resurrection. The O.T.
prophets did predict the Resurrection (see Job 14:12 ff; Dan. 12:2 ff; etc.).
"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these
to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt" (Dan. 12:2).
But, Daniel, when were these things supposed to happen?
"That it would be for a time, times, and a half time; and as
soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed". (Dan. 12:7).
history informs us, that the power of the holy people and the Temple was shattered by Rome in 70 A.D. Thus, the Resurrection
predicted here has already been fulfilled.
this statement by Hosea:
"He will revive us after two days; He will raise 'us up on the third day that we may live before
Him" (Hosea. 6:2).
may possibly be alluding to the fulfillment of this passage:
"And the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the
tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many (Matt. 27:52,53).
evidently believed that when his spirit would pass from his body, that he would go immediately to be with Christ (cf. Phil.
1:23). Where did Stephen expect his Spirit to go immediately at death (Acts 7:59)?
the Resurrection was, it was an event closely associated with the Return of Christ and the Judgment. We have already shown
above when these events were to take place (in the First Century at A.D. 70). The Resurrection happened at that same time
in association with Christ's coming in judgment upon the Jewish people.
informed the apostles and others that when they begin to see the signs of the end of Jerusalem, then know that their redemption
(being redeemed from the grave) was at hand. Heb. 9:28 have salvation in the place of Redemption, at the second appearing.
Those who eagerly waited for redemption at Christ's return (Rom. 8:19-23) would be so blessed. Now one may say, but this is
New Testament prophecy, and it is yet to be fulfilled? Wrong! Isa. 62:ll, 12 relates the same thing, only Isaiah has a few
statements which relate to our Rom. 8 text: In verse 11 he makes it known that the coming of the Lord to redeem His Saints
would be just after the Gospel was preached to the ends of the earth. Now Paul informs us that during his lifetime, the Gospel
was preached to every creature under the heavens (Col. 1:6,23). So, if the Old Testament prophecy is fulfilled, then its counterpart
in the New Testament must also be fulfilled. Thayer's Greek English Lexicon, page 465, under the Greek word "ouranou" ("heaven")
states, "Into Heaven have already been received the souls both of the Old Testament Saints and of departed Christians.
Resurrection is a past event. Hal Lindsey and all others who place it in our future are clearly mistaken. It is true that
most today still place it in our future, simply because they do not realize that it was an event necessarily associated with
the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (because of the time statements). Most people also misunderstand the nature of the
Resurrection, making it too physical and universal. What if Paul and Jesus had a spiritual resurrection in mind?
all Old Testament prophecy has been fulfilled (Lk. 21:22), and since the Judgment and Resurrection are predicted in the Old
Testament; we have no other recourse but to conclude that the Resurrection and the Judgment have already taken place.