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Tuesday 4th July 1967*


Notes taken at the Bible Study meeting, where the speaker was John Nelson Parr

* Tuesday 4th July 1967: I arrived at my dating of John Nelson Parr’s first Bible Study to 27 June 1967 and his second to 4 July 1967 by comparing his words in the first study: “[The] Times of [the] Gentiles [are] nearly fulfilled. Soon [the] Gentiles will stop trampling Jerusalem.” (page 8), with those in his second: “[The] Times of [the] Gentiles [are] nearly over. [The] treading down of Jerusalem by [the] nations has ceased this week.” (page 10), and assuming that the change of tense from future to past corresponded with the event recorded in Pears Cyclopaedia: “… June… 28 Israel took over control of the Old City of Jerusalem.” —Pears Cyclopaedia 1974–75, page A29.

[Page 10:] Fulfilment of prophecy proves [the] infallibility of [the] Bible. E.g. Jesus: [his] birth-place [was predicted some] 300 y[ea]rs before [he was born; the manner of his] death [was predicted in] Ps[alm] 22. Crucifixion [had] not [been] invented then, [yet the psalm describes the suffering caused by crucifixion in graphic detail.]

 Why is God interested in [the] Jews?
 1. He is a covenant-keeper; [he] never breaks [his] promise. [He made a covenant-promise to] Abraham, [and that] covenant passed on to Isaac, [and thence to] Jacob (Israel), [and thence to the] twelve tribes [of Israel, and thence to] David, [to whom God] confirmed Abraham’s covenant. That’s why God has [an] interest in Israel; [he] has to keep Ab[raham]’s cov[enant].
 [The] Times of [the] Gentiles [are] nearly over; [the] treading down of Jerusalem by [the] nations has ceased this week.
 God has gathered together Israel, and has promised [that] they will never more be scattered.

Israel’s future. Mat[thew] 21:18, 19: [“18Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.” The] emblem of Israel [is the fig tree.
 According to] Leviticus, if Israel abandoned God and went in [the] way of [the] nations, they would be cursed. [There would be a curse on them as regards their] crops, [their] health, [and their becoming a] byword[1] among people. [Even] in J[ohn] N[elson] P[arr]’s [life]time people used to spit when they saw a Jew.

[1] A byword: The cursing of Israel for disobedience occurs in Leviticus at chapter 26, verses 14–39; but the reference to its becoming “an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall send thee” is in Deuteronomy 28:37.

[Page 11:] When they said, “His blood be on our head”, God took them at their word. [In] Deut[eronomy, chapter] 28, [is the] promise of captivity and misery [following disobedience.
 In] Matt[hew] 24:32 [is the] parable of [the] fig tree: [“When his branch is yet tender, and] put[teth] forth leaves, [ye know that summer is nigh.” The] Jews are now “putting forth their leaves.” [They are the] richest people [in the world; they are renowned for] success, etc. [Re the] return of [the] Jews [to the Promised Land], Isa[iah] 60:8 [says: “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as doves to their windows?”] Millions of Jews came by plane. [Verse] 9: [“Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their] silver and [their] gold with them, [unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.” Israel is] “putting forth leaves”. [The] Jews [are] rich. Also [the] Jews in [the] last 50 y[ea]rs have risen [to be] as big intellectually.

[The] fulfilment of prophecy. Approx[imately] 60 y[ea]rs ago God started to send rain [in Palestine. The] Jews have planted 5,000,000 trees in two years. [The] Jews export large amounts [of] oranges and grape[fruit]s. The desert is “blossoming as [the] rose”, [in the words of the] prophecy [of Isaiah 35:1].

1. [The fulfilment of prophecy for] Natural Israel.

[Page 12:] But most of the Jews are agnostics. [The] Rabbis are disbelieving. [The] Old Test[ament is] not considered as “[The] Oracles of God”, [for] they have other Rabbinic writings [set alongside the Old Testament. This] might make way for the Antichrist. [The] Ant[i]chr[ist] will make [a] coven[an]t with them and break it, [according to] Daniel.
 God has fulfilled [the] promises [which he made] in Leviticus; [the promises of] captivity [and subsequent] return [have been] fulfilled.
Natural Israel after the Rapture. 144,000 Jews [will be] filled with [the] Holy Spirit, 12,000 from each tribe after [the church has been] raptured. [They will be] sealed [and] will preach the Gospel of the Kingdom: “[The] Messiah is coming. [He is] Jesus.” [This we read about in the Book of] Revelation.
 After this, many will be martyred. “Inasmuch as you did it unto these, you did it unto me,” Jesus [will say] in [the] judgment of [the] nations after he comes. [See Matthew 25:31–46.]
 [The] Jews make [a] covenant with [the] Antichrist, and [then]

[Page 13:] [the] Antichrist manifests himself [for what he is. The] Jews don’t worship him; therefore [the] Antichrist gives them great trouble.
 Jeremiah [30:7: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of] Jacob’s trouble; [but he shall be saved out of it.”]
 Dan[iel] 12:1 [speaks of this time of] great trouble: [“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” [This trouble comes about when “the] abomination of desolation” [is revealed: Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14, referring to Daniel 9:27 and 12:11.]
 Joel 2:1: [“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an] alarm [in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath] n[ot been ]ever the like, [neither shall be any more] after [it, even to the years of many generations.]
 Matt[hew] 24:21: [“For then shall be] great tribulation, [such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”]
 [The] leader of [the] armies is [the] devil, [working] through Antichrist. They will come against Israel to wipe them off [the] face of [the] earth, [culminating in the] Battle of Armageddon. [This] will end by [the] coming of Jesus Christ, his angels and [his] saints.
 2 Thess[alonians] 1:8: [7“…The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe… in that day.”]
 Zech[ariah, chapter] 12, [says that] “all [the] people [of the earth (shall) be] gathered together against” Jerusalem, [and that the Lord “will] smite [every horse with] astonishment”, [then goes on to describe the great] slaughter [that will take place.]
 Zech[ariah,][1] ch[apter] 13, v[erse] 6: “What are these wounds in th[ine] hand[s]?”

[1] The word Zech. is written in Trevor
’s hand. Presumably, he borrowed these notes to copy at some time.

[Page 14:] Ch[apter] 14 [describes how the Lord “will gather all] nations against Jerusalem [to battle…”] V[erse] 4 [tells of the coming of the Lord Jesus: “And his] feet [shall stand in that day up]on [the] m[oun]t of Olives…” Jesus shall smite Antichrist with [the] breath of his mouth, [as described in the Book of] Revelation.[1]
[The] Outcome. [Zechariah, chapter 14] v[erse] 9: [“And the] LORD [shall be] king over all [the] earth: [in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.”] Then [for] 1000 y[ea]rs [there shall be a] king on [the] throne of David in accordance with [the] Davidic Covenant. Palestine [will] then [be the] wealthiest nation in [the] world, [and the] strongest.
 Psalm 48 will be fulfilled in that day; [it is] not true yet.

[1] Revelation 19:11–21 indeed describes the coming of the Lord Jesus and his destruction of the Beast and the False Prophet (Antichrist), and says: (v. 15) “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations…”, and (v. 21) “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth…”; but Mr. Parr’s words have their basis more in 2 Thessalonians 2:8: “…That wicked… whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit” (or “breath”) “of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming…”

[Page 15:] [It speaks of “the] city of [the] great King” — [i.e.] Jesus.
 Ezekiel [chapters] 46 [and] 47 [tell us of the] rebuilding of [the] temple in [the] Millennium.
 Luke 1:32, 33 [has] not [been] fulfilled yet. “He shall be great,” — [he is] not yet [great] among [the] nations — [“and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall] give [unto him the] throne of [his father] David: [And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his] kingdom [there] shall be no end.” [We do not see him sitting on the throne of David and reigning over Israel; these things are] yet to be fulfilled.

[Page 16:] 2. Spiritual Israel [is] greater than nat[ural] Israel. [This is the] Body of Christ, [the] true church, [made up of those who have been] washed in the blood of [the] Lamb, [the] New Jerusalem.

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