Biblical Studies in Final Things - William E. Cox

Page 8: Although the covenant was made with Judah and Israel of the Old Testament, it was fulfilled in the spiritual Israel of the New Testament, that is, the church.

Page 13: Although the covenant was made with Judah and Israel of the Old Testament, it was fulfilled in the spiritual Israel of the New Testament, that is, the church.

Correction: The covenant was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 26:28 "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."

Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Hebrews 10:10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.


Page 10: The sabbath was superseded by the new covenant.

Correction: The sabbath still has a place for Jews after the church was established.

Matthew 24:15-20 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place ( whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those day! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath."


Page 11: In the second chapter of Acts, Peter quotes Joel's prophecy concerning the last days, and says that the new covenant has been ushered in.

Note: If Peter was correct in his first sermon, then we must be baptized to be saved.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."


Page 13: This grows out of the failure to realize that the last days have already begun.

Correction: The last days should not be confused with the last 2000 years.

Revelation 6:14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.


Page 17: If the seventieth week lies behind rather than ahead of our generation, then it is ludicrous to say that the book of Daniel is a "key" to the interpretation of the book of Revelation.

Correction: The author refuses to study the Bible and resorts to rationalizing.

Daniel 12:9-11 And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days."

Revelation 12:13-14 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman (Israel) who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman (Israel) was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.


Page 19: Daniel's prayer was heard (Dan. 9:20-23), and it was at that time that he was given the vision of 490 years - at the end of which a blessing was to come upon Israel in the person of the Messiah.

Correction: The author forgot to mention the desolations!

Daniel 9:27 "Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate."

Revelation 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.


Page 19: "Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the anointed one the prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: it shall be built again with street and moat (the city), even in troublous times" (Dan. 9:25). The building of the temple was to take place during the first seven weeks; this happened under Zerubbabel's reign.

Correction: The author is confused about who built what!

Nehemiah 2:4-5 Then the king said to me, "What do you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it."

Ezra 1:2 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house (the temple) at Jerusalem which is in Judah.


Page 20: In the middle of that seventieth week (here note that the Lord's ministry lasted approximately three and one-half years, at which time he was cut off from among the living) he will cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease, and, as punishment for this dreadful sin against Messiah, the temple will be abominated and made desolate to the extent that all the wrath God has stored up for Israel will be heaped upon her at that time.

Correction: According to his viewpoint, the author is contending that the temple was destroyed in approximately 35 AD or three and one-half years after the Messiah was cut off.

By 70 AD the revolt was crushed, the Temple was destroyed, and Jerusalem was razed; Masada, the last fortress, fell in 73. Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, Volumn 15, Page 59.


Page 22: The dispensationalist insists that verse 27 takes up a completely new subject by beginning to predict the antichrist, who is to appear just before the second coming of Christ. There is absolutely no scriptural justification for saying that Daniel speaks in one breath of the first coming and crucifixion of Christ, then in the next breath jumps to the subject of the second coming. Nor is any scriptural proof offered for this interpretation; it is simply assumed to be so.

Correction: Paul disagrees with William E. Cox.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away (dead denominations) comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.


Page 22: In both verses 26 and 27 Daniel foretells the crucifixion - this took place in the middle of the seventieth week, after the ministry of our Lord had lasted three and one-half years - and the resultant wrath of God which followed the crucifixion.

Note: The author inconsistently interpretes the first half literally and the second half symbolic.

Page 22: The avenging prince was not the antichrist, but Titus, who headed the Roman troops as they destroyed Jerusalem and descrated the temple in A.D. 70. The sacrifice and oblation ceased in the sight of God when Jesus died on the cross during the middle of the seventieth week.


Page 25: We shall show from the Scriptures that this refers to a matter which is now history. This prediction, as a part of the seventieth week, was fulfilled in A.D. 70, when the Roman armies under the direction of Titus literally destroyed the temple.

Note: If the author was consistent in Biblical interpretation, the seventieth week ended A.D. 35.


Page 25: The seventy weeks of Daniel 9 were predicted as being made up of three successive stages: (1) a period of seven weeks during which the temple would be rebuilt, (2) a second period of sixty-two weeks, culminating in the first advent of the Messiah, and (3) a third period of one week, which would constitute the earthly ministry of the Messiah, half way through which the crucifixion would take place.

Correction: Daniel 9:25 refers to the rebuilding of Jerusalem which was acomplished by Nehemiah. The book of Nehemiah takes us to the end of the historical account in the Old Testament, about four hundred years before the birth of the promised Messiah.

Correction: The author forgets that the earthly ministry of my Lord Jesus Christ was finished at His accension into heaven.

Acts 1:6-9 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.


Page 26: Then he proceeded in Matthew 24 to predict the abomination of desolation which he said would be the greatest tribulation ever suffered by Israel.

Correction: Jesus answers the disciple's question about the end of the age in Matthew 24.

Matthew 24:3-4 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you."


Page 28: After their rejection of Messiah the temple would no longer be God's house, but would simply be "your house." Our Lord "caused their sacrifices to cease," in fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy, and God took no more pleasure in their oblations.

Correction: Jesus is talking about Jerusalem not the temple.

Mat 23:37-38 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate;

Matthew 23:39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!'"

Zechariah 14:2-3 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.