- Hoeh wrote that the Times of the Gentiles will end in 1982 (539 BC-AD 1982)
- It will end with Jesus Christ solidifying total world domination, several years after his return.
- This prophecy has failed and is now useless, so a new meaning must be given to it to make it relevant for today.
- This is done in order to scare believers to think that despite numerous failed prophecies the end is coming.
- Mario Hernandez then alters this prophecy so that now the end of the Times of the Gentiles, which in the original interpretation was the end of human rebellion against God, it has now become the beginning of the final revival of the Roman Empire from 1982 onwards.
- The end of the Times of the Gentiles is now identified with a speech of the Pope calling for European unity.
- Thus members are taught that this is the beginning of fearful things when originally it was to be the end of fear.
- This is evidence that among Armstrongite ministers prophecy is altered in order to keep members in fear of the future and cause them to look to the church for protection.
- A true minister of God would not resort to convenient alterations of old, failed prophecies to keep the loyalty of his flock.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Prophetic Revisionism: Mario Hernandez' 'Review of Prophecy' and 1982 Abridged
The following is a quick summary of my previous post: