Resources

Maranatha

Harry Bultema, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1985, 364 pages, $12.95, paper.

Reviewed by Norman Gulley, professor of theology, Southern College.

Maranatha, a study of unfulfilled prophecy, was first published in the Dutch language in 1917. It caused such a stir that the author left the Christian Reformed Church that he "highly esteemed" because of differences he held in prophetic interpretation. It is an in-depth logical study, with a clear focus that sustains interest. The book centers on a literal biblical interpretation and includes 1,700 scriptural texts.

The author's hermeneutic principles are up-front. He states that his "literal interpretation" opposes the "year/day theory of the Adventists" and maintains that if Protestant churches had done justice to prophecy, there would not be so many sects. Briefly, his eschatology is dispensational and premillenial, with Antichrist as a Jew, Armageddon as a Palestine war after Christ's return to earth, and the resurrections of the righteous and wicked bracketing the millennium.

Bultema is thorough in unfolding the aspects of eschatology, but he fails to do justice to a proper Christological hermeneutic that recognizes the distinction between Israel and the church; Christ's completed work brought the mission of Israel to an end. Bultema's basic incorrect presupposition stems from overlooking the conditional nature of prophecies made about Israel, numerous examples of which we find in the Old Testament. He interprets these prophecies as part of an irrevocable divine election so that all unfulfilled prophecies concerning Israel will literally be fulfilled in Palestine.


Ministry reserves the right to approve, disapprove, and delete comments at our discretion and will not be able to respond to inquiries about these comments. Please ensure that your words are respectful, courteous, and relevant.

comments powered by Disqus
Reviewed by Norman Gulley, professor of theology, Southern College.

March 1988

Download PDF
Ministry Cover

More Articles In This Issue

Homemade Health

Raymond and Dorothy Moore, Word Books, Waco, Texas, 1986, 233 pages, $11.95, hardcover.

To Your Health

Hans Diehl, The Quiet Hour, 630 Brookside Avenue, Redlands, California, 92373-4699, 1987, 210 pages, $7.95, paper.

Ministers, Social Security, and honesty

Can you be honest and opt out of Social Security? If you've opted out, you have until April 15, 1988, to change your mind.

John Paul II: the first nine years

Is the pope reaffirming the monarchal concept of his authority?

Less than human?

Many support liberalized abortion policies because of a "quality of life" ethic. What lies behind this ethic, and where does it lead? Is it biblical?

He's really depressed-what do I do?

When your minister spouse suffers severe depression, how can you help?

Picking good software-2

In January I began sharing some of my opinions and prejudices about qualities a good computer program should have.

Tobacco: the spreading menace

The growing popularity of smoking in Brazil and much of the Third World reflects the success of American and European tobacco companies' efforts to diversify their markets.

View All Issue Contents

Digital delivery

If you're a print subscriber, we'll complement your print copy of Ministry with an electronic version.

Sign up

Recent issues

See All