Martyn Loyd-Jones in 1980

Martyn Lloyd Jones writes in 1980, one year before his death.

To me 1967, the year that the Jews occupied all of Jerusalem, was very crucial.  Luke 21:43 is one of the most significant prophetic verses: ‘Jerusalem,’ it reads, ‘shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.’  It seems to me that that took place in 1967 – something crucially important that had not occured in 2000 years.  Luke 21:43 is one fixed point.  But I am equally impressed by Romans 11 which speaks of a great spiritual return among the Jews before the end time.  While this seems to be developing, even something even more spectacular may be indicated.  We sometimes tend to foreshorten events, yet I have a feeling that we are in the period of the end…. I think we are witnessing the breakdown of politics.  I think even the world is seeing that.  (Future Israel, Barry E. Horner)

Martyn Lloyd Jones was probably one of the most influential preachers of his day yet he had enough humility change his position on a significant topic.  D.A. Carson also writes about an interview with Martyn Lloyd Jones shortly before his death.  I think it speaks to the wisdom of this man.

“A few weeks before he died, someone asked him how, after decades of fruitful ministry and extraordinary activity, he was coping now he was suffering such serious weakness it took much energy to move from his bed to his armchair and back. He replied in the words of Luke 10:20: “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names ware written in heaven.” In other words, do not tie your joy, your sense of well-being, to power in ministry. Your ministry can be taken from you. Tie your joy to the fact you are known and loved by God; tie it to your salvation: tie it to the sublime truth that your name is written in heaven. That can never be taken from you. Lloyd-Jones added: “I am perfectly content.”

(A Call to Spiritual Reformation, D.A Carson)

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