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By Jessie Mills and Ed Stevens 

Usually when 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 more detail).

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?

Let's examine a couple of Biblical events, which are said by Hal Lindsey (and others) to still be future and unfulfilled (the Judgment and Resurrection):THE JUDGMENT

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!

Christianity 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" (John 3:18).

"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.

Since 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.

There 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 mine, E.S.).

"...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.).  

Notice 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.

THE RESURRECTION

Luke 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).

Ancient 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.

Consider 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).

Matthew 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).

Paul 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)?

Whatever 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.

Jesus 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.

The 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?

Since 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.

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