Bible Prophecies Literally Fulfilled: William E. Blackstone

“Prophecies Literally Fulfilled at the First Coming.”

“If He came and literally fulfilled the prophecies of a suffering Messiah, Psa. 22, Isa. 53, etc., will He not as surely come and likewise fulfill the prophecies of a glorified Messiah reigning in victory and majesty? Psa, 2; 72; Dan. 7: 13-14, Isa. 9; 11; 60, etc. Think of the many prophecies descriptive of a suffering Messiah, which we have seen literally fulfilled, and upon which we rest, as such strong evidence for the truth and inspiration of the Word, to wit:

All these were literally fulfilled when Christ came. Do not, then, reject the literal fulfillment of those numerous prophecies which describe His future coming, and His glorious reign upon the earth. Namely:—

“Prophecies to be Literally Fulfilled at the Second Coming.”

  • That He shall come Himself,— 1 Thes. 4:16.
  • That He shall shout,— 1 Thes. 4:16.
  • That the dead will hear His voice,— John 5:28.
  • That the raised and changed believers will be caught up to meet Him in the air,— 1 Thes. 4:17.
  • That He will receive them unto Himself,— John 14:3.
  • That He will minister unto His watching servants,—Lu. 12:37.
  • That He will come to the earth again,— Acts 1:11.

To the same Mount Olivet from which He ascended,— Zech. 14:4. In flaming fire,— 2 Thes. 1:8. In the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,- Mat. 24:30; 1 Pet. 1:7; 4:13. And stand upon the earth,— Job 19:25.

That the Temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt (Ezek. chapters 4048), and the glory of the Lord will come into it,— Ezek. 43:2-5; 44.

  • That the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,— Isa. 40:5.
  • That the wilderness shall be a fruitful field,— Isa. 32:15.
  • That the desert will blossom as the rose,— Isa. 35 :1-2.
  • And His rest shall be glorious,— Isa. 11:10.

“And many more we might mention.”

Surely, there is no symbolism in these plain prophecies, which gives us any authority to “spiritualize” them. Rather let us expect that He will as literally fulfill these as He did the others at His first coming.”–Evangelist William E. Blackstone; (1841-1935) 1878.

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