NOT GIVING HEED TO JEWISH FABLES' (Titus 1:14).
Jewish fables (literally, myths) are no new thing. Paul has plainly
warned the household of faith not to give heed thereto. He has not given us a
list of those grievous heresies; but it is well known that the one that was
most fondly cherished, and that constituted the gravest menace to the truth of
the gospel, was the notion that the leading purpose of the mission of the
coming Messiah would be the reconstitution of the Jewish nation and its
elevation to the highest pinnacle of earthly dominion and glory; for that
fatuous doctrine was the cornerstone of orthodox Judaism in Paul's day; and
because of his sturdy opposition to it he was persecuted, his enemies plotted
to take his life, and he was sent a prisoner to Rome. No wonder that, during
the term of his imprisonment there, he wrote to Titus his plain-spoken warning
against "Jewish fables."
Such being the case, we question if there be anything in all the long
history of Christianity that is more difficult to account for than the fact
that that particular fable, concerning the purpose of Christ's mission to the
Jewish people, has become the central feature of a system of doctrine which,
in this 20th century of our era, has found numerous and zealous advocates
amongst orthodox Christians. In view of this extraordinary phenomenon, it
surely behooves those who take the Holy Scriptures for their guide and
instructor in all matters of faith and doctrine, to search them with the
utmost care "whether these things be so." This present volume is the result of
a painstaking investigation of that important question.
The investigation of that question leads inevitably to the subject of
the Millennium; and it is believed the reader will find, in the last chapter
of the present volume, something fresh upon that subject of perennial
interest. Enough at this point to say that, as the author now sees it, the
great question concerning the Millennium is not When? but Where?