The Adventure Begins! is the title to the first chapter in J. R. Church’s book Hidden Prophecies in the Psalms. The picture here pretty much sums up the book. Every chapter in the psalms refers to an historical event during the 1900s, because Psalms is the nineteenth book in the bible (14). [As a side note, in the Hebrew Bible Psalms is the fourteenth book. However, in English translations it is the nineteenth book because translators split up the books of kings and Samuel into two parts and so forth.]
Allow me to quote an exert about how Church came to understand the Psalms this way. After studying Psalm 102, finding prophetic references to the present, he tried find prophetic references to other places in Scripture. But he came up frustrated because he could find very little until a happy conversation with his research assistant Patty occurred (pp. 13-14).
“Patty,” I said, “would you take a look at Psalm 90 and give me your assessment? There must be something prophetic there, but I can’t seem to put my finger on it.”
Days went by. Passing her desk one morning, I asked, “Did you come up with anything on Moses?”
“No,” she replied, “but I have something hat might be of interest to you.” Turning to Psalm 48, she asked, “Will you read verses 4-6?”
Pausing for a moment, I read, For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, and hasted away. Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
She asked, “Doesn’t that sound like the United Nations giving birth to the state of Israel?”
The description seemed obvious. The assembled kings could imply a group of representatives from various governments and the woman in travail, the rebirth of the state of Israel. After I acknowledged the prophetic implication of Patty’s find, she said, “Did you notice in which psalm that prophetic reference was made?”
I replied, “Psalm 48.”
“Well,” she reminded, “in what year did the United Nations give birth to the state of Israel?”
“Doesn’t it seem a bit more than just a coincidence that the birth of Israel in 1948 should be described in Psalm 48?” she asked.
To which I whimsically replied, “Cute.”
“Well,” she continued to prod, “will you read a couple of verses in Psalm 17?”
By this time I had become suspicious. Turning to the Psalm, I read, Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, … Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, … (vv. 8,12).
“Doesn’t that,” she asked, “sound like a description of the British general, Allenby, taking Jerusalem in 1917?”
“It sure does!”
This goes on for a while. Having warned about the dangers of reading into the past the present, this is a clear example of just that. Or, is Church right?