False Prophecy of Christ’s Return

(Anabaptist John Hut) construed the Turkish inroads into Christendom as a sign of Christ’s imminent return. Appealing to Revelation 13 and Daniel 12, he interpreted the traditional figure of three and one half to mean that three and one half years – either from the recent restitution of believers’ baptism or from the outbreak of the Peasants’ War— had been given by the Lord during which the good news of a saving repentance could still be proclaimed. According to one reliable testimony, he foresaw the advent of Christ for Pentecost, 31 May 1528.

The Radical Reformation, G.H. Williams, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1962, p.163

What John Hut ignored was the author’s original intent in writing Revelation and read his own times into the book. The failure of his prophecy demonstrates the falsity of his method.

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