This is William E. Blackstone's now-classic summary of Biblical eschatology—written from a dispensational, pre-millennial point of view—one of the very first of its kind, and among the first writings on eschatology to reach a wide popular audience.
NOTE: This title is included in the collection Classic Studies on Eschatology and the Second Coming.
Chapter 16: The Study of Prophecy
CHAPTER XVI. The Study of Prophecy
It may be you disapprove the study of prophecy, because Jesus said: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man” (Matt 24:36), and, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in his own power.” Acts 1:7.
Dear reader! do not conceive that the study of prophecy consists merely in the setting of dates or forecasting future events. For wise reasons the Master has withheld from us “the day and the hour” when He will come, but He called the Pharisees hypocrites, because they could not discern the signs of the times, and He has commanded us to WATCH, and he has pronounced a blessing upon the study of prophecy.
Peter exhorts us to GIVE HEED unto the sure word of prophecy. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Tim 3:16.
The greater part of this Scripture consists of prophecy, and if Christians would give more attention to it, they would not find themselves distracted from present service, but “they would find much light thrown on their present path, much practical encouragement given to their ministry.” Their faith would rest upon a broader and deeper comprehension of God’s character and ways, and their spiritual horizon would stand out in clearer outline than before.