Triple Fulfillment

“To be more precise, the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy is usually in three stages. First came an immediate or literal fulfillment. The second stage, in which we are living, is the gospel or spiritual fulfillment. One day will come the third stage, which will be the final or heavenly fulfillment. Thus, the promise to Abraham of an innumerable posterity was historically fulfilled in the children of Israel (cf. Num. 23:10; 1 Kings 4:20), is being fulfilled today in Christ’s people, and will be consummated in heaven in the “great multitude that no one could count” round God’s throne (Rev. 7:9).” -John Stott, Understanding the Bible

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