GLOSSARY OF PROPHETIC TERMS

ADVENT— A word used to refer to the coming of Christ. Thus, first advent or second advent.

AMILLENNIALISM — A word meaning “no millennium”. Amiilennialists identify the Millennium with the present Church Age.

ANTICHRIST — A system in opposition to Christ and assuming to be in the place of Christ (1 Jn. 4:3). A person yet to come who will be the Antichrist himself (1 Jn. 2:18).

ARMAGEDDON —- The battle in which the returning Lord will deliver His earthly people Israel from the Gentile powers. Located at the foot of Mt. Megiddo, west of the Jordan, in the Plain of Jezreel.

BABYLON — A political and religious system originating in that ancient city and continuing through history as representing apostate religion. Revelation 17 and 18 indicate that “religious Babylon” will be prominent in the end-times as a tool of the Antichrist.

BEAST — In Revelation 13 there are two beasts set forth. The word expresses God’s point of view when looking at the Antichrist and his false prophet.

DAVIDIC THRONE — The throne promised to Christ for His reign upon the earth. Compare Revelation 3:21; 2 Samuel 7:12-17; Luke 1:32-33.

DISPENSATIONALISM – A word based on the biblical designation . . . Oikonomia . . . meaning “stewardship”. “A dispensation is a specific, divine economy; a commitment from God to man of a responsibility to discharge that which God has appointed him.” Compare Ephesians 3:1-11.

ESCHATOLOGY – A term indicating the study of last things . . . thus prophecy. Eschatos (Greek) meaning “last”.

ETERNAL STATE – The period beginning officially at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20). This is the final estate for both saved and unsaved, though the destination of each is, of course, different.

GOG — A clear reference to Russia . .. the king of the far north of Israel. Compare Ezekiel 38.

GREAT WHITE THRONE – The place where the wicked dead will all be judged with finality (Rev. 20:11-14).

IMMINENCE —- Related to the return of Christ for His Church. Accents the nearness of this impending event. Emphasizes that there are no signs that have to be accomplished before the Rapture.

JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST — A judgment for believers only – 2 Corinthians 5:10. Deals with reward or loss of reward for service. (Has nothing to do with salvation.)

KINGDOM — Future aspect, related to prophecy, has to do with a physical rule in the earth by Christ. “Thy kingdom come … in earth . .. ”

MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB —- To take place following the Rapture of the Church from the earth and is the marriage of the Church to Christ.

MAN OF SIN—-(Cf. 2Thess. 2:3-10) Another title of the Antichrist

MID-TRIBULATIONIST —- Holds that the Rapture will occur in the middle of the seven-year Tribulation Period.

MILLENNIUM — The term literally means “one thousand years”. Biblically, it refers to the one-thousand-year reign of Christ on the earth. Only the length of the reign is in view in the word itself. Both Testaments amplify by giving its character, course and consummation (Isa. 11).

POST-MILLENNIALISM —- The Second Coming of Christ is held by this system to be after man ushers in the Millennium.

POST-TRIBULATIONISM —- The belief that there is only one stage in the Second Coming of Christ. After the Tribulation, Chrjst will receive His own to Himself and return to earth for His reign in one great movement.

PRE-MILLENNIALISM —- A system of theology which holds that Christ will come at the end of the Tribulation and personally establish the Kingdom.

PRE-TRIBULATIONISM —- The view that Christ will return for the Church prior to the Tribulation Period.

RAPTURE — The catching away of the Church by the returning of Christ in the clouds where He will meet them (1 Cor. 15:15-52; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL —- (Dan. 9:24-27) Probably the greatest chronological prophecy in the Old Testament. A passage that provides a key to understanding the Book of the Revelation. The period of time in which God is working out His program for Israel, and through her the world. The Seventieth Week corresponds to the seven-year Tribulation Period.

TIMES OF THE GENTILES —- A period which began in Nebuchadnezzar’s day (Dan. 2) and ends with the return of Christ (Rom. 11:25-26). During this time Jerusalem is to be “trodden down of the Gentiles” (Lk. 21:24).

TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE —- Commonly referred to as the Great Tribulation in which God will after persecution reconcile Israel, depose Gentile world power and reveal the true Messiah.

 

This glossary is not exhaustive. Many prophetic terms, because of space considerations, could not be included.

*The position of The Friends of Israel Mission and the editorial staff of ISRAEL MY GLORY is pre-millennial and pre-tribulational.

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