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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Summer Edition 1998

Technical Flaws In Sra's Chronology Of The 70 Weeks

    Dispensational premillennialism became widely equated with biblical fundamentalism early in the past twentieth century, largely through the influence of that English Plymouth Brethren, Sir Robert Anderson's, solution to the chronology of the first sixty-nine weeks of Daniel's prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.

    Dispensationalists, building on the work of John Nelson Darby and Sir Robert Anderson, introduced a system that appealed to the sentiments of the fundamentalistic mindset at a time when the American Protestant churches were going through what has become known as the great modernist/fundamentalist controversy. That controversy was the attempt of orthodox churches to resist the influence of higher criticism, or German liberal theology, with its application of the principles of evolution to Christian theology.
   The liberal position would radically reinterpret Christianity along the lines of subjectivity and humanism. In opposition to the liberals, the fundamentalists contended for the rational integrity of Bible history and Bible prophecy.

    Now the appeal of Sir Robert Anderson's chronology of the first sixty-nine weeks of Daniel's prophecy of the Seventy Weeks lay in the "precision-quality" solution that it afforded. Exact day beginning and ending dates were given that seemingly synchronized with Biblical history. This appealed to the fundamentalistic mindset, which demanded the ability to nail things down pat, to say dogmatically: "we have the answer and this is it!" The fundamentalistic mindset was adverse to the admissibility of any ambiguity in the interpretation of Bible prophecy--that was tantamount to a concession to liberalism. So a system that appeared to nailed things all down pat, as dispensationalism's did, had great appeal.

   The problem with dispensationalism lay, not in the fact of wanting certainty in the understanding of prophetic mysteries, but in being deceived by a system that was technically inaccurate. The technical inaccuracies of Sir Robert Anderson's theory of Daniel's prophecy of the Seventy Weeks are exposed at length in our new book, HowTo Interpret End-time Bible Prophecy: A Wesleyan View and, more particularly, in our older work, now re-titled The Seventy Weeks: Sir Robert Anderson's Private Interpretation Refuted.
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    As far as we know, no one else has ever taken this focus, and dealt so exhaustively with it, as we have. These books prove beyond all reasonable doubt that Sir Robert Anderson's theory of the Seventy Weeks is a hoax. Of consequence, all the modern, popular, dispensational teachings that have been catalyzed upon it are fundamentally misguided, and give the modern Church a heretical understanding of salvation history, as well as a false worldview of end-time Bible prophecy expectations.

    Admittedly the implications here are radical. Some are catching on to them sooner than others. Time is on the side of truth.

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