Fallacies of Futurism - The Revived Roman Empire

ONE of the many obvious errors of Futurist interpretation of Bible Prophecy is their expected revival of the Roman Empire at the end of the Christian Dispensation. This is based on another great error of theirs that God's 'Prophetic Clock' has stopped over the period of the Christian Dispensation. This error, likewise, is based upon another great error of theirs: that Bible Prophecy is only related to the Jews. In the prophetic image in Daniel 2, which symbolises the great empires which God would permit to have dominion whilst His people, Israel, were being chastised, the Futurists are in agreement with the Historicists that the four metals symbolise the four empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. They could hardly do otherwise, for the Bible makes it clear that the first metal - the head of gold - symbolises Babylon. Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar the Emperor of Babylon: "Thou art this head of gold..." (DANIEL 2:38). The succession must logically symbolise the Empires which history records succeeded the Empire of Babylon.

But when they get to the feet of iron and clay, Futurists depart from logical reasoning. Although the feet immediately develop from the iron legs (as feet usually do!), the Futurist teaches that a gap of nearly 2000 years, covering the Christian Dispensation, intervenes between the legs symbolising the Roman Empire and the feet which they teach symbolises a revived Roman Empire at the close of the Christian Dispensation. This absurd conclusion is, of course, necessary in order to support their other erroneous conclusions previously mentioned - that God's "Prophetic Clock" stops over the Church period and that prophecy only relates to the Jews. A gap of almost 2000 years would obviously have to be clearly represented by an appropriate symbol. There is absolutely nothing! The feet come directly from the iron legs, just as the iron legs come directly from the bronze thighs. And just as the iron legs must symbolise the Roman Empire, which came immediately after the Greek Empire, symbolised by the bronze thighs, so the feet of iron and clay must symbolise something which immediately succeeded the Roman Empire and not something taking place 2000 years after!

The feet of iron and clay, of course, symbolise the nations which came into being after the fall of the Roman Empire. These nations accepted the claim of the Papal Antichrist and were labelled the Holy Roman Empire. This is, of course, confirmed in Daniel 7, where the four empires are symbolised by beasts instead of metal. The fourth beast representing the Roman Empire has ten horns protruding from its head, symbolising what the iron and clay feet symbolise - the nations which came into being after the fall of the Roman Empire. But there is an additional important revelation. Another little horn, with eyes like a man and a mouth speaking great things and which makes war with the saints, appears in their midst, obviously symbolising the Papacy. But, of course, the popes have never been able to achieve in Europe that unity which had existed under Caesar in the Roman Empire. This unity can never be achieved because God has declared concerning these nations: "They shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay" (DANIEL 2:43). And, of course, the Futurists in their stubborn error completely ignore God's decree.

Efforts at Unity

History clearly confirms the truth of God's judgment upon these nations. Repeated efforts have been made by tyrants to unite Europe: Phillip II of Spain; Louis XIV of France; Napoleon; Kaiser Wilhelm; Hitler and Mussolini: all tried and failed. Behind their attempts can be discerned, by those who have eyes to see, the strategy of the Jesuits to bring Europe and the entire world under the domination of the Papacy. It is also a historical fact that the stumbling block to every attempt to forcibly unite Europe has been the heretical British. This, of course, confirms that Britain is Israel. For the stone cut out of the mountain without hands that brake in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold is Israel. Since the Reformation it has been the British who have obviously been performing this great task.

The Role of Britain-Israel

Again in Daniel 9, where Gabriel gives a 70 week period from the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem by the Emperor Artaxerxes in 457 B.C. to the first Advent of the Messiah, the Futurist again has to insert his unnatural gap of nearly 2000 years between the 69th week and the 70th. Again there is nothing in the chapter to excuse this. In verse 24 it is made clear that the entire 70 week period is concerned with the first Advent of Christ.

"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up to the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy" (DANIEL 9:24).

The Futurist commits gross error indeed by applying that which pertains to Christ to their mythical future Antichrist. "The prince that shall come..." in verse 26 is obviously Titus; but the Futurists make it their future Antichrist! If the period covered events at the end of the Christian dispensation it would have to be about 443 weeks instead of 70 weeks! But the Futurist mind is able to juggle and twist scriptures indiscriminately in order to make it conform with his Jesuit-originated theories. In verse 27 "...he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease..." is, of course Jesus, Who caused the sacrifice to cease by His Own perfect final sacrifice of Himself. He confirmed the Covenant to the Jews by His miraculous ministry and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, before finally rejecting them and turning to the Gentiles - mainly the "gentilised" ten tribes.

It is tragic that Futurism has replaced Historicism in the evangelical churches for it is a formidable barrier to understanding British Israel Truth. Because most Futurists are sincere Christians, Historicists have not opposed their errors with sufficient vigour. This is a mistake which needs to be remedied.

by W. F. Finlayson

Source: 'Wake Up!' magazine