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"Prophecy, indeed, seems designed to confirm faith as the events occur, as well as to produce faith by contemplating those which have been fulfilled."
"But, to pass over the numerous predictions that respected minor matters and approaching events, we shall proceed to notice a prophecy of great utility, which respected an event about forty years distant. This prediction was designed for public conviction, and was perfectly adapted to this end. It was of that character of events which must necessarily be notorious and eminently conspicuous. Let us attend to it. When all was tranquil in Jerusalem, the city and the temple standing guarded by the enthusiasm and patriotism of a powerful people, under a Roman procurator; when religion and business were going on in their regular course as for ages, he foretold, that, before the people then living, died; before the existing generation passed off the stage, the city and the temple should be razed, and not one stone left on another that should not be thrown down."
"From these, and many more expressions
and references to the epistles to the predicted fall of Jerusalem, and the
power of the Jews, we are authorized to say that this catastrophe was, by
all the christians, universally expected for years before its arrival, and therefore they required exhortations to patience under their persecutions, and were consoled by the certainty of the accomplishment of their Lord's prophecy. In the year 70 Jerusalem and its temple were levelled to the dust, after being immersed in all the calamities the Saviour foretold. This event, then, gave a terrible blow to the Jewish adversaries of the christian cause, aid stimulated the christians
with fresh courage. Their patience having been tried for many years, the
deliverance would be the more appreciated, and their faith would be greatly
confirmed. The more extensive the hatred, opposition, and persecution of the
Jews had been, the greater publicity was given to the prophecy, and the more
convincing the accomplishment."
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R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Wikipedia: Alexander Campbell (12 September 1788 – 4 March 1866) was a Bible teacher, minister, and leader in a church planting movement of independent and pre-denominational congregations that is historically known in America as the Restoration Movement, and by some as the "Stone-Campbell Movement."
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