“…so is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NIV)
For over 470 years, Calvin’s “Institutes” has served as a textbook for students of Systematic Theology. It has guided a major branch of Protestantism on God’s Sovereignty, Christ’s salvation, and a host of other doctrinal points. It might be surprising that a minute fraction of “Institutes” is dedicated to the subject of God’s sovereignty in prophecy Revelation (cf. 11:15-18).
My answer as to why prophecy was nearly irrelevant to Calvin, Luther, Knox and other great Christian Reformers, is this: Their teaching had another purpose. The Spirit veiled their minds. Only now, in the latter days, are the prophets’ words being unsealed. Those receiving insight today are motivated by the same Spirit that stirred Daniel to read Jeremiah (cf. Dan. 9:1-3). Those who have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying have focused their attention on Christ’s repeated admonition, “I am coming soon!” (Rev. 22:7, 12, 20)
So shall the Lord’s word be that came from his mouth. He is coming soon! Tragically, multiplied millions of Christians following the instruction of the Great Reformers and their disciples, do not believe what Jesus has said. Teachers who are steeped in Calvinism have erased the plain meaning of foretold events by rejecting a literal interpretation of Scripture and injecting symbolism. They refuse to examine prophecy in its context or compare a passage with all other relevant passages. This highly intellectual, academically-trained multitude forgo accuracy by ignoring the near/far prophetic in Scripture. One could say they have thrown out the major rules for Bible interpretation to promote their theology.
Beginning with the 4th century and St. Augustine, Christians began to fall in love with human reasoning, intellect and thoughts. With all his brilliance, Augustine had also developed an antisemitic theology. (I have written of this at length in Key 22 of “The People of God”.)
“Amillennialism”, the widely-held view that the Millennium, Christ’s thousand-year reign (Rev. 20:4-6, Acts 1:6), is not a literal future event, came about by Augustine’s influence. Christ’s coming was to be understood only in spiritual terms. As a result, the Catholics and mainline Protestants Augustine influenced have embraced an “allegorical” (a good vs. evil tale) view of Revelation and prophecy.
Augustine’s anti-Jew sentiments gave birth to “Replacement Theology”. As far as God’s promises to Jacob’s offspring are concerned, the inheritance now belongs to Gentile Christians.
Catholics and Protestants have been guilty of terrible atrocities against the House of Judah. This is attributable to their Satanically-inspired belief that God has forever cursed the Jew. Within a segment of Presbyterianism, a virile strain of hatred for Israel exists. Their god is indeed antisemitic.
Lord, deliver your people from this and other lies. Open the ears and eyes of your true saints before it is too late. As you did with Simon, rebuke these misguided teachers. They do not utter the Father’s thoughts nor do they express his heart. Instead, they exalt the ideas of men (Matt. 16:23).