FOR a third of a century it has been my privilege to present, with increasingfullness, certain of the evidences centering in the theme of this book, "TheAbiding Gift of Prophecy." Particularly is this true of those features treatedin the early and latter sections, dealing, first, with the Biblical evidencesconcerning the continuance of spiritual gifts, but more especially of theirlatter-day bestowal upon the remnant church. For years, ministerial groupsand General Conference Councils have gone on record asking that thesestudies be placed in book form. This was duly promised by the author, andthe work has been pursued with much pleasure and satisfaction.This volume deals with but one theme–
The Abiding Gift of Prophecy.
Thatprophetic gift has been God's chosen method of revealing Himself to thehuman race after man had been ruined through sin. Before being estrangedfrom God by this blighting, alien curse, he had free and open access to thepresence of his Creator. But after the fall this open way was closed. Sincethen, an obscuring veil has separated man from the presence of God.Only through men chosen and called by His sovereign will has God clearlydisclosed His purposes and fully revealed the future. The bestowal of theprophetic gift upon an individual has made that person a prophet. Theoperation of this gift, therefore, is wholly planned and utilized by the LordHimself. Concerning those whom He calls to the prophetic office, He says:"Hear now My words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord willmake Myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in adream." Num. 12:6.At the birth of John the Baptist, the prophetic power of the Spirit came uponhis father Zacharias. Being "filled with the Holy Ghost," he
saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemedHis people." In the midst of an outburst of joy over the advent of the long-expected Messiah,
give knowledge of salvation" by the remission of sinsthrough faith in His name, Zacharias testifies that God had spoken "by themouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began." Luke1:67-70. This most expressive and significant statement of the earlybestowal and continuance of the prophetic gift was repeated by the apostlePeter, who declared that God
"hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began."