STUDY I -- SPECIAL TIMES AND SEASONS DIVINELY APPOINTED



1. What features of the Divine Program are treated in Volume II of "Scripture Studies"? Pg. 13, par. 1



2. What exhortation is now due to the still loyal though drowsy children of the Kingdom? Pg. 13, par. 2



3. Why is a thorough understanding of the Plan of the Ages a pre-requisite to an appreciation of the Divinely appointed times and seasons? Pg. 14, par.1



4. Why should we expect more truth to be revealed in the Harvest of this Age than in times past? Pg. 14, par. 2



5. What is the proper method of interpreting prophecy? Pg. 15, par. 1



6. What is the character of the Scriptural testimony respecting the times and seasons, and what impression does this knowledge make upon the studious and reverent inquirer? Pg. 15, par. 2



7. What do we find respecting the length of the Gospel "harvest," and what are some of the many great and wonderful events that will transpire during this period? Pg. 15, par. 3



8. What attitude of mind and heart is necessary in order to receive the testimony of the prophecies, as set forth in this volume? And what is evidently the object for which these now unfolding prophecies are designed? Pg. 16, par. 1



9. Why should those who have been permitted to view God's chart of the ages be especially anxious to learn whatever has been revealed concerning the times and seasons? Pg. 17, par. 1



10. Is such interest displeasing to God? If not, why did He not gratify the desires of the Prophets and Apostles along these lines? Pg. 17, par. 2



11. Should a desire to understand the prophecies be considered an improper prying into God's secrets? What is the only safe ground to take with respect to interpreting prophecy? What has been God's method of revealing His Plan, both in detail and in general outline? Pg. 17, par. 3



12. What were our Lord's replies to the disciples who inquired of Him respecting the time for the setting up of the Kingdom? Pg. 18, par. 1



13. What is the popular but erroneous interpretation of Mark 13:32, 33, 37? And how should these words be explained? Pg. 18, par. 2



14. What do these words of the Lord indicate respecting the Father's method of executing His great work? Pg. 19, par. 1



15. Should we understand from Jesus' replies to His disciples that He rebuked them and forbade all interest in and investigation of these subjects? What was the significance of His exhortation to "take heed" and to "watch"? Pg. 19, par. 2



16. What was the experience of those who watched all down the age, and what will be the portion of those who will be living in the "due time" and watching? What does neglecting to watch indicate? Pg. 19, par. 3



17. How does St. Peter call attention to the times and seasons, and to what does he refer in 2 Pet. 1:16? What is his exhortation in 2 Pet. 1:19? Pg. 20, par. 1



18. What is the declaration of St. Paul regarding the times and seasons? 1 Thess. 5:1-4; pg. 20, par. 2



19. What advantage with respect to the times and seasons have the Lord's people enjoyed in contrast with the world? Cite Scriptural instances. Pg. 21, par. 1



20. What assurance is given us in Amos 3:7? Pg. 22, par. 1



21. Why does St. Paul so positively declare that "ye brethren" will know of the times and seasons when due? Pg. 22, par. 2



22. What is the significance of "ye" and "they," as used by the Apostle in this connection? Pg. 22, par. 3



23. What does ignorance of the times and seasons indicate? Pg. 23, par. 1



24. Did the Prophets understand the full import of their prophecies? What is their testimony on this point? Pg. 23, par. 2



25. How does a Combination Time-Lock aptly illustrate the Divine arrangement of the time-prophecies? And how does the Lord Jesus "open" to us the time features of the Divine Plan? Pg. 23, par. 3; Pg. 24, par. 1



26. How does this illustration of the Time-Lock fit the entire Plan of God? Pg. 24, par. 2



27. How has the Divine wisdom been manifested in keeping hidden in the past the times and seasons, and revealing them in this "time of the end"? Pg. 25, par. 1



28. What Scriptures indicate that our God is a God of Order? Pg. 25, par. 2



29. Why were time-prophecies given? Pg. 25, par. 3



30. Is the fact that the majority of Christians are indifferent regarding the study of time-prophecies any reason why those who "love His appearing" should drop into similar lukewarmness? Pg. 26, par. 1



31. What is the significance of the Prophet Isaiah's declaration respecting "both the houses of Israel"? Pg. 26, par. 2



32. What are the chief essentials to the proper understanding of prophecy and the signs of the times? Pg. 27, par. 1



33. What was the contrast in the attitudes of the "Israelites indeed" and the Pharisees in the "harvest" of the Jewish age? Pg. 27, par. 2



34. How do these find their parallels in the end of the Gospel age? Pg. 28, par. 1



35. What is the great importance of a knowledge of times and seasons? Pg. 28, par. 2



36. Why does a special odium attach to the study of prophetic time? Pg. 29, par. 1



37. What was the common cause of failure in the case of both the First and Second Adventists? Pg. 29, par. 2; pg. 30, par. 1



38. Were time-prophecies designed to alarm or convert the world? If not, what was evidently the Lord's purpose in giving them? Pg. 30, par. 2; Pg. 31, par. 1



39. What was the error of the Second Adventists, which led to their disappointment? And what was the primary cause of their failure to understand the prophecies? Pg. 31, par. 2



40. In their attempt to force all prophetic periods to one common day of termination, how did the Adventists handle the time-prophecies? On the contrary, what method is pursued in our present study of the times and seasons? Pg. 32, par. 1