God’s Prophetic Word, Foy E. Wallace Jr.
In 1995, my wife and I were honored to meet brother Wilson Wallace, son of Foy E. Wallace, Jr. We traveled nearly 250 miles to converse with Wilson about his father. I told him how I had spent time at the church building waiting to walk to work (since we had only one car). During one of my stays at the building I leafed through the church library and came across God’s Prophetic Word, which was placed there in the memory of Olive Hill. This interested me since Olive Hill was once my grandfather’s girlfriend. Since I never met neither my grandfather nor Olive Hill, I was interested in this book since it was placed in her honor.
God’s Prophetic Word contains three chapters to the proposition that the Bible is inspired of God, infallible, complete, and prophetic. The book proves there is no hope for the nation of Israel as “God’s chosen people” without Jesus Christ. The author shows conclusively the church/kingdom was established as prophesied and was not postponed. Then the false eschatological view of premillennialism is refuted. The author shows that we cannot know that “Jesus Is Coming Soon” as the premillennialists assert based upon their misapplication of Matthew 24. Foy E. Wallace also supplies material refuting Seventh-Day Adventists and Anglo-Israelism. He concludes with a defense of pioneers who are misrepresented by premillennialists. A final chapter on prophecy proof-texts is extremely valuable. Although the book was put on the market in 1946 and the author went on to his reward on December 18, 1979, the book is still vital. It is indeed a classic. Testimony to the value of this book is further substantiated by the fact that another writer has labored to provide a scriptural index to God’s Prophetic Word.
Wilson Wallace told me that one time when his father was away preaching in a gospel meeting, their house caught on fire. The firemen told his mother, Virgie Wallace, the house would surely be lost. She said if they could only save the contents of the library, it would be all right to let the rest of the house go. They were able to save books which no doubt reached well back into the 1800's. She realized the value of good books and so should we. I do not know who placed God’s Prophetic Word in the library in honor of sister Hill; however, I am very grateful that they did.
Originally printed in West Virginia Christian, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 2000. Reprinted by permission.